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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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CNN 
Yerevan, Armenia (CNN) A seven-minute video showing a woman being beaten, raped and then beheaded in a public square in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was circulating on the messaging platform Whatsapp for months before being ... See more..
Daily Mail 
Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' have called for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the extremist group's self-styled 'capital', Raqqa, was reclaimed by US-backed Syrian forces. A video ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
The government is accused of trying to silence its critics over extrajudicial killings, disappearances and torture - all of which it denies. About 40,000 of the refugees are in the east of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Some of them told Al ... See more..
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Eyewitness News 
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – The bodies of 26 people believed killed after an ambush last week in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been discovered, most of them with their hands tied and their necks broken, a local chief said on ... See more..
Anadolu Agency 
A senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday survived a deadly ambush of his convoy by rebels, said an army official. The convoy of the army commander in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Gen. Marcel Mbangu, was ... See more..
Sports Interactive Network Philippines 
CENTRO Escolar University's Rodrigue Ebondo has been called up by the Democratic Republic of Congo for the African qualifiers of the Fiba Basketball World ... See more..
Business Day 
Brazzaville — The Republic of the Congo plans to replace the board of directors and appoint an audit committee at state oil company SNPC, as it strives to improve accountability and convince international lenders to bail out the country. SNPC, which ... See more..
Zambia Reports 
President Edgar Lungu has headed to Congo Brazzaville on another of his foreign trips and will join 12 other Heads of State at the Great Lakes Region Summit. See more..
Business Daily (press release) (blog) 
Democratic Republic of Congo was among 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term on Monday, a moved criticised by Britain, the United States and rights groups after the vote by the 193-member General ... See more..
Fox News 
A new report alleges that several 2011 transactions at the Congo-based BGFIBank DRC involved companies that had been linked to Kassim Tajideen—a Lebanese-Belgian businessman who was designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a ... 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