Updated: 09/06/17 : 13:33:12
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World :: UN investigation into Congo massacres called for

The UN human rights chief has called for an international investigation into massacres and crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo's central province of Kasai.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the government response had so far fallen short.

In March, the decapitated bodies of 40 policemen were found, as well as the bodies of two missing UN investigators.

The UN says hundreds of people have been killed and more than a million displaced in central DR Congo since fighting broke out.

It says at least 42 mass graves have been found.

It had asked the government to agree to a joint investigation by 8 June, failing which it would call for an international investigation.

DR Congo has been plunged into a constitutional crisis since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after his term ended last year.

A succession deal brokered by the Catholic Church, that would see Mr Kabila hand over power by the end of this year, has failed to resolve the crisis.