Category Archives: República Democrática do Congo

DRC moves to monopolise about 25 percent of all cobalt exports

Via: Aljazeera

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s biggest producer of cobalt, created a state monopoly that will buy all output not extracted by industrial operators in a bid to exert more control over the price of the key ingredient in rechargeable batteries. The central African nation dominates output of the metal, accounting for more than 70% of the global market in 2018. While most Congolese cobalt comes from large, mechanized mines operated by companies including Glencore Plc, artisanal miners can account for as much as a quarter of the nation’s output.

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DR Congo forces kill leader of splinter Hutu armed group

Via: Aljazeera

Congolese forces have killed a rebel leader and four of his bodyguards in a security operation in the restive east of the country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) army said. Troops killed Hutu rebel leader “Musabimana Juvenal, alias general Jean-Michel Africa, following an intense clash” on Saturday at Rutshuru in North Kivu province, a statement from the army seen by AFP news agency said. Juvenal was a leader with the ethnic Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) formed in the DRC in the aftermath of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.

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