Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have lifted a temporary ban imposed four months ago on the international adoption of children. The move to suspend adoption of children by foreigners followed the arrest on Oct. 25 2007 in neighboring Chad of members of a French NGO who were subsequently charged with abducting 103 children destined for new families in Europe. Cyrille Louya, the official in charge of cooperation in the Congolese ministry of justice and human rights, said regulations had been reviewed to guard against illegal adoption. (IRIN)

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