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UN to close five peacekeepers' bases in eastern DRCongo

Kinshasa - Five UN peacekeepers' bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style.

Seized US journalist in DR Congo found safe

Bunia - A US journalist kidnapped last week by a militia group in DR Congo was found safe early Sunday, officials said, as another source said five people had been killed in clashes.

27 dead, 54 missing, in DR Congo boat sinking

Kinshasa - At least 27 people have perished and 54 are missing after an overcrowded boat sank in a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said Sunday.

Seized US journalist in DR Congo found safe

Bunia - A US journalist kidnapped last week by a militia group in DR Congo was found safe early Sunday, officials said, as another source said five people had been killed in clashes.

DR Congo must identify those behind Kasai massacres: UN official

Kinshasa - DR Congo must identify both senior army personnel and politicians behind the massacres in the volatile Kasai region, a top UN human rights official told AFP Thursday.

DR Congo's opposition blasts election delays as 'provocation'

Kinshasa - The main opposition party in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo on Monday blasted as a "provocation" and a power grab an announcement that elections to end a deep political crisis in the mineral-rich country will likely not be held this year.

Painted huts offer DR Congo village a tourism lifeline

Lubumbashi - There's no electricity and only 500 residents in the Congolese village of Makwatsha, but a longstanding tradition by its womenfolk has turned it almost by accident into a star attraction for Chinese tourists.

DR Congo to probe ex-minister's suspected role in Kasai violence

Kinshasa - Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has authorised the state prosecutor to probe alleged involvement by a former minister in violence rocking the Kasai region, a judicial source said Tuesday.

UN denounces DR Congo tribunal's decision in Kasai trial

Kinshasa - The UN on Monday criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers for crimes against humanity.

Govt-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers: UN

Kinshasa - The UN accused DR Congo on Tuesday of backing a militia that has mutilated toddlers and hacked pregnant women in the troubled Kasai region as the Catholic Church put the death toll there at more than 3,300.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

DR Congo authorises trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government said Monday.

DR Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to stop outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has sickened 52 people and killed four others.

WHO races against the clock to contain Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

In an update issued on May 18, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said a race against the clock has begun to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in the remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Rebel chief escapes in DR Congo prison break: govt

Kinshasa - Rebels from an outlawed political-religious group attacked Kinshasa's central prison on Wednesday, breaking out their leader and about 50 other prisoners, the Congolese government said.

Central Africa refugees stream into DR Congo by the thousands

Kinshasa - Thousands of people fleeing troubled Central African Republic have streamed into DR Congo following an outbreak of sectarian violence in the border city of Bangassou, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday.

Ebola in DR Congo's isolated far north a logistical challenge

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak in a remote region in DR Congo's far north poses a logistical challenge for doctors and aid workers although the sheer remoteness could help limit its spread.

Three die from Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization confirmed on Friday that three people have died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.

DR Congo miners upset at US 'conflict mineral' rules

Goma - In the lush hills of eastern DR Congo, where the trade in rare minerals has long fed unrest, miners complain that recent US rules against "conflict minerals" have bitten into their meagre income.
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