Francis demands foreign interests stop carving up Democratic Republic of the Congo for their own interests and acknowledge their role in economic "enslavement" of Congolese people.
The UN Security Council maintained the arms embargo on all nongovernmental entities and individuals operating in the territory of the DRC.
Worst floods in years batter Democratic Republic of Congo's main city following an all-night downpour, with government announcing three days of national mourning.
A preliminary investigation into November 29-30 massacres in the villages of Kishishe and Bambo found the killings were carried out in retaliation for clashes between M23 and rival armed groups.
Peace marches organised by the Catholic Church took place across the Democratic Republic of Congo to protest violence in the country's east, days after an alleged massacre of civilians.
Warplanes of Democratic Republic of Congo hit rebel positions in Kibumbaby town of eastern North Kivu province, as rebels push closer toward main Goma city, locals and officials say.
Military of Democratic Republic of Congo uses newly deployed jets to bombard M23 positions in the east of the African country, as some residents flee across the border, officials say.
The stampede occurred during an overcrowded concert by African music star Fally Ipupa at the biggest stadium in capital Kinshasa.
Seven-member East African bloc holds talks in Nairobi on an upsurge of violence in the volatile eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo that has ensnared neighbouring countries.
Kinshasa vows to defend "every centimetre of our territory", a day after rebels of the M23 group — which DRC alleges is funded by Kigali — seized eastern Bunagana town near the Ugandan border.
Recurring tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda flared anew last month amid violent clashes along the border between the two African countries.
Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi accuses Rwanda of backing M23 rebels – who have been involved in a series of clashes with the army since the end of May – allegations Kigali denies.
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