Smartphones are a part of modern life. China produces over two billion of them every year. And each one contains a minute trace of metals that come from coltan ore. The war torn Democratic Republic of Congo is a major source of the rare mineral.
The president's list followed last month's naming of a former opposition leader as his prime minister. The move seems at variance with his commitment to hold elections before year-end.
Former South Sudanese militants took 13 staff members hostage at a UN camp in eastern Congo, later releasing them without injury. Kinshasa has tried repeatedly to move them, but no other nation will take them in.
A former child soldier and a Guatemalan evangelical pastor are among this year's winners of the prestigious award, which recognizes activists from each of the world's six geographic regions.
Two UN officials on a peacekeeping mission have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The victims, a US national and a Swede, had been probing clashes in the devastated Kasai Central province.
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