The DRC has struggled for two decades to defeat dozens of local and foreign militias in the east of the country
DR Congo is the world’s largest source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest miner of copper and tin.
As body count mounts, mediator Museveni ‘takes his eyes off Burundi’ and country inches closer to the cliff
Rwanda denies recruiting Burundian refugees into a new rebellion, and accuses Bujumbura of hobnobbing with forces that carried out genocide in 1994
UPDATE: Rwanda's Kagame accuses Burundi leaders of 'massacres'; thousands flee Bujumbura fearing crackdown
Seven people executed by gunmen in Burundi bar attack as police launch weapon raids.
THE BURUNDI TINDERBOX: Cracks widen in army, Bujumbura accuses Rwanda of backing rebels; a nightmare nears
Army officers with an elite unit in Bujumbura recently absconded. They left with 40 junior soldiers, weapons, ammunition and communications equipment.
This could be awkward for Tanzania, which in the past called on Rwanda to negotiate with the rebels now turned kidnappers.
Nkurunziza to postpone vote after pressure from African leaders; S. Africa uses crisis to revive standing in region
It has been a busy week for Zuma and his deputy Ramaphosa in East Africa, with the Burundi crisis meetings and an appearance at Kenya's celebrations.
Nkurunziza seen warning Rwanda over coup, says 'any war will be fought on the other side of the border'
Tensions remain, with anti-Nkurunziza demonstrators returning to the streets on Friday and police firing shots to disperse them.
Burundi president may have felt he was on strong ground with his controversial third term bid--in the end it shifted dramatically under him.
“FDLR elements have crossed into Burundi from the Congo and might even get involved directly in the continued unrest in the country” - Mushikiwabo
Burundi protests enter 9th day; why Rwanda is losing sleep and fears of a Great Lakes eruption are growing
At least 9 people have been killed and 177 wounded since unrest began.
President Pierre Nkurunziza is expected to seek a third mandate, and the comment will have reverberated within the region.
With the Congolese army now on their own, it is very unlikely that the campaign against the FDLR will be launched at all.
Tanzania's position on the FDLR rebels is puzzling, and it is putting far too much on the line - for benefits that are unclear.
In public Uncle Sam has a beady eye trained on DRCongo and Burundi's big men; in private realpolitik little stands in the way of 3rd terms for each.
Many other rebels are believed to remain at large with less than a week to go before a January 2, 2015, deadline to surrender.
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