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Community fears grow as DR Congo Ebola death toll climbs

Geneva - Humanitarian workers are struggling to calm community fears in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 125 people have died of Ebola, and cases of the virus are spreading fast.

Katumbi's DR Congo trial sent to constitutional court

Apo - The trial of exiled DR Congo opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi for the alleged recruitment of mercenaries was suspended Wednesday and sent to the constitutional court, his lawyer said.

Hunting a shadowy armed militia in DR Congo's 'triangle of death'

Beni - "I am always anticipating an attack," says South African soldier Maijeke of how it feels to be in DR Congo's "triangle of death", where he is part of a UN peacekeeping force helping the Congolese army hunt down a militia group that is slaughtering civi...

Dozens killed in DR Congo oil tanker collision

Apo - Dozens of people were killed and as many as 100 others suffered serious burns on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR Congo.

UN chief says Nobel Peace Prize winners 'defended our values'

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday congratulated Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad after the two jointly won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kivu, Africa's Great Lakes battleground

Goma - The Democratic Republic of Congo's region of Kivu, where 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner doctor Denis Mukwege is based, has been caught up in conflict and war for 24 years.

DR Congo hails Nobel win but says Mukwege 'politicises' his work

Apo - DR Congo on Friday congratulated crusading Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege for his "very important work" in healing rape victims but accused him of mixing humanitarian work and politics.

Nobel Peace Prize honours champions of fight against sexual violence

Oslo - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

Mukwege: Brave healer of DR Congo's most horrific wounds

Kinshasa - In Democratic Republic of Congo, they call him "Doctor Miracle" for his surgical skill and dedication in helping women overcome the injuries and trauma of sexual abuse and rape.

UN Security Council heads to DR Congo ahead of polls

New York - The UN Security Council is heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week ahead of December elections, amid tensions between Congolese authorities and the UN and concerns over a risk of poll violence.

UN bars Nigerian peacekeeper for sexually exploiting woman

New York - A Nigerian policeman who served as a UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sent home and barred from peacekeeping after an investigation found he had sexually exploited a woman, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

WHO revises DR Congo Ebola risk to 'very high'

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday announced it had revised its Ebola risk assessment in the Democratic Republic of Congo from high to "very high".

At UN, Kabila vows 'peaceful, credible' DR Congo vote

New York - Congolese President Joseph Kabila pledged at the United Nations on Tuesday that elections planned for December will go ahead, promising to take steps to ensure the vote is peaceful and credible.

'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

Geneva - The struggle to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a "perfect storm" of challenges, including rebel violence and pre-election manipulation, the UN said Tuesday.

At least 27 drown as riverboat capsizes in DR Congo

Mbandaka - At least 27 people drowned and others were presumed dead after a riverboat capsized on a tributary of the Congo River in northern DR Congo, a local official said Wednesday.

DR Congo ex-warlord's sentence for witness bribes upheld

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Monday upheld former DR Congo vice-president and warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's one-year sentence for bribing witnesses in a case that led to him being barred for running for president.

ICC to sentence DR Congo's Bemba in bribery case

Den Haag - Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba is to be sentenced Monday by international judges for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial, which led to him being excluded from running for DR Congo president.

'Huge challenge' to halt DR Congo Ebola outbreak : Red Cross

Geneva - Efforts to rein in an Ebola outbreak raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being complicated by the geographical spread and growing suspicion towards outsiders fighting the epidemic, the Red Cross said Friday.

Top DR Congo court excludes Bemba from presidential race

Apo - The Democratic Republic of Congo's highest court on Monday ended former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's bid to stand in this year's presidential election, upholding an earlier ban imposed on him for bribing witnesses."The constitutional court...

Congolese rebel says he is a 'revolutionary,' not a criminal

Den Haag - Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda told international judges Thursday he was a "revolutionary and not a criminal" as arguments drew to a close in his three-year war crimes trial.

Congolese rebel says he is a 'revolutionary' not a criminal

Den Haag - Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda told international judges Thursday he was a "revolutionary and not a criminal" as arguments drew to a close in his three-year war crimes trial.

Congo war crimes suspect rejects 'Terminator' label at trial

Den Haag - The lawyer for a Congolese ex-warlord accused of recruiting child soldiers told judges Wednesday his client was like a father to his troops and that his nickname "Terminator" was undeserved.

Congolese 'Terminator' war crimes case to wrap up at ICC

Den Haag - International judges will hear closing arguments Tuesday in the case against former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of war crimes including using child soldiers and sex slaves in his rebel army.

ICC set for closing in Congolese 'Terminator' case

Den Haag - International judges will next week listen to final arguments in the case against former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, three years after the opening of his war crimes trial.

Bemba's party to appeal after ex-warlord barred from DRC vote

Apo - Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's political party on Saturday announced it would appeal a decision to reject his candidacy in DR Congo's upcoming presidential elections.

Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's presidential candidacy 'inadmissible'

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's candidacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo's upcoming presidential elections was deemed "inadmissible" by the country's election commission on Friday, as opposition groups cried foul.

Outside help not wanted, says DR Congo as key elections loom

Apo - Mountainous hurdles face the Democratic Republic of Congo as it prepares for elections, just four months away, that will shape the future of one of the world's powder-keg countries.

Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'

Apo - The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has now claimed 49 lives since the start of the month, the government has said, and the World Health Organization expects more cases.

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

Beni - First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.Now Ebola, a name almost as dreaded as death itself, has come.

Cholera kills scores in DR Congo, Niger

Kananga - A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.
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