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Congo 'rumba king' dies after collapsing on stage

Abidjan - Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, died on Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in Ivory Coast.

Former opposition leader named Congolese premier

Brazzaville - Republic of Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso has named former opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as his prime minister.

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Kinshasa - The United Nations and Tanzania have opened a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the mission said Saturday.

DR Congo migrants in limbo as C.Rica, Panama reject them

San Jos - Around 200 African migrants, most of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were in limbo between Costa Rica and Panama on Friday, with both Central American nations refusing them entry.

Yellow fever spreading as world's vaccine supply depleted

The yellow fever outbreak that started in December 2015 has killed hundreds of people in Angola. The often fatal mosquito-borne disease has now spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it has already killed 21 people.

These remarkable primates are being wiped out by war in the Congo

Decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have decimated populations of the world's largest primate — the eastern lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer's gorilla.

At least 5 killed, buildings torched in Congo capital unrest

Brazzaville - At least five people died and buildings were torched in clashes between government forces and suspected rebels in Congo's capital, the government said Tuesday, saying some 50 people had been arrested over the "terror attack".

First UN soldiers on trial in C. Africa sex abuse scandal

Kinshasa - The first soldiers to face justice in a huge sex abuse scandal that has rocked the UN and France went on trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

Thousands flee gunbattles in Congo capital after disputed polls

Brazzaville - Thousands fled fighting in Congo's capital Brazzaville on Monday as the government blamed hours of heavy clashes in opposition bastions on a rebel group known as "The Ninjas".

UN opens probe into Congo sex abuse claims

Kinshasa - The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Saturday it had opened an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against Tanzanian peacekeepers.

UN decides against drawdown of DR Congo peacekeepers

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday decided against cutting back its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as fears grow of political turmoil in the vast African country ahead of elections.

Congo capital partly shut to protest veteran leader's re-election

Brazzaville - Opposition strongholds in Brazzaville were closed Tuesday following a strike call over the re-election of Congo's veteran ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso in polls his rivals say were marred by "massive fraud".

Congo opposition urges peaceful protest of president re-election

Brazzaville - Five defeated opposition candidates in Congo's recent presidential poll called on their countrymen to challenge the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso through "peaceful" and legal actions, according to a statement confirmed by AFP.

Congo president wins third term, opposition cries foul

Brazzaville - Congo strongman Denis Sassou Nguesso was on Thursday declared the winner of presidential elections, extending his 32 years in power in a vote the opposition says was marked by "massive fraud".

Congo president Sassou Nguesso reelected in first round

Brazzaville - Congo president Denis Sassou Nguesso has been reelected in a first round vote, extending his 32 years in power, the interior minister said Thursday.

DRCongo calls for halving number of UN peacekeepers

New York - The Democratic Republic of Congo called for halving the size of the UN peacekeeping force in the country by the end of the year.

Global calls for calm as Congo awaits election results

Brazzaville - Washington and the European Union called for calm in Congo as the country Tuesday awaited results from a weekend presidential election, with communications lines cut for a third day.

Communications cut as Congo leader seeks to extend 32-year rule

Brazzaville - Communications lines were cut in Congo for a second day and business was slack, hit by fears of post-election trouble as the country waited to see if President Denis Sassou Nguesso will keep his grip on power.

Congo police fire tear gas at opposition supporters: AFP

Paris - Riot police in Congo on Sunday used tear gas to disperse 200 opposition supporters who were trying to get into a polling station during counting in the country's presidential election, an AFP journalist saw.

Key genocide suspect transferred to Rwanda for prosecution

Kigali - Top level Rwandan genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa was flown from Kinshasa to Kigali on Sunday to face trial three months after his arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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