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The Congo River on the southern and eastern borders is the most important natural resource in Congo. Located on the equator, Congo experiences a consistent climate for the entire year and hosts the second largest tropical rainforest area in Africa. These forests are now being threatened by logging and colonization. Lacking sufficient waste disposal facilities, much of the trash is left outside to pollute the environment. As a result, the government recently banned the use of plastic bags in hopes of eliminating some waste.1

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Congo News

New York Times 
NAIROBI, Kenya — A landslide after heavy rains in an eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed dozens of people, and possibly as many as 200, according to an estimate of the number of households buried by tons of mud, an official ... See more..
BBC Sport 
Holders DR Congo fail to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals after a 1-1 draw with neighbours Congo Brazzaville. See more..
Eyewitness News 
He says the only reason SADC leaders are entertaining him is because they want to benefit from the mines in Congo. “Most of the leaders that are here have mines in the Congo, the South Africans that are dying there on a supposed UN mission are ... See more..
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The Punch 
The Nigeria`s senior female basketball team, D'Tigress, on Saturday defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo team, 84-47 in the ongoing 2017 Women Afrobasket tournament taking place in Mali. The Nigerian team on Friday overwhelmed Mozambique, ... See more..
New York Times 
The smoked monkeys brought the point home. During my first day on a boat on the Congo River, I'd embraced the unfamiliar: how to bend under the rail to fill my wash bucket from the river, where to step around the tethered goat in the dark and the best ... See more..
Reuters 
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo balanced its budget in all but two months between January and July without reverting to old habits of printing money to pay bills, its finance minister said on Saturday. "We decided in January to ... See more..
Reuters 
Neither official explained how Congo had managed to balance its budget in the current difficult economic climate, which has been caused by low commodity prices which last year kept deficits high. Civil servants, which take up nearly three quarters of ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
At least 60 people killed after heavy rain triggers landslide in fishing village near Lake Albert in the DR Congo. See more..
Washington Post 
UNITED NATIONS — The United States and Sweden called Thursday for the United Nations to follow up initial inconclusive investigations into the murder of U.N. experts from their countries in Congo — but Congo says it opposes an independent ... See more..
New York Times 
Two United Nations investigators, Zaida Catalán and Michael J. Sharp, were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasaï-Central Province, where violence has long been a constant threat. United Nations peacekeepers from Uruguay patrolled in ... See more..
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Geography

Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon
Area

Total 342,000 sq km
Land 341,500 sq km
Water 500 sq km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator
Natural Resources

petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, gold, magnesium, natural gas, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

seasonal flooding
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from vehicle emissions; water pollution from the dumping of raw sewage; tap water is not potable; deforestation

Demographics

Nationality
Congolese or Congo
Population
4,492,689 (July 2013 est.)
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The economy is a mixture of subsistence hunting and agriculture, an industrial sector based largely on oil and support services, and government spending. Oil has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports. Natural gas is increasingly being converted to electricity rather than being flared, greatly improving energy prospects. New mining projects, particularly iron ore, that may enter production as early as late 2013 may add as much as $1 billion to annual government revenue. Economic reform efforts have been undertaken with the support of international organizations, notably the World Bank ...See More and the IMF, including recently concluded Article IV consultations. Denis SASSOU-Nguesso, who returned to power when the war ended in October 1997, publicly expressed interest in moving forward on economic reforms and privatization and in renewing cooperation with international financial institutions. Economic progress was badly hurt by slumping oil prices and the resumption of armed conflict in December 1998, which worsened the republic's budget deficit. The current administration faces difficult economic challenges of stimulating recovery and reducing poverty. The drop in oil prices during the global crisis reduced oil revenue by about 30%, but the subsequent recovery of oil prices boosted the economy's GDP from 2009-12. In March 2006, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) treatment for Congo, which received $1.9 billion in debt relief under the program in 2010. Congo also restructured old defaulted London Club debt in 2007, which effectively cancelled 80% of its private debt. Contracts with China have increased Congo's publicly held debt. Officially the country became a net external creditor as of 2011, with external debt representing less than 22% of GDP and debt servicing less than 3% of government revenue. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$19.41 billion (2012 est.); $18.69 billion (2011 est.); $18.08 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

59.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 61.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 48.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cassava (tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa; forest products
Industries

petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes