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DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

Geneva - The World Health Organization chief on Monday urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high"."Ebola does not take sides.

Tshisekedi seeks to assert authority over pro-Kabila governors

Apo - Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday cautioned the country's newly elected provincial governors, many allied to his predecessor Joseph Kabila, to align themselves to his vision and steer clear of corruption.

UN shifts response as Ebola outbreak in DR Congo drags on

New York - The United Nations is stepping up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, now in its 10th month, and needs additional resources, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

More than 1,000 dead in D.R. Congo Ebola epidemic

Apo - More than 1,000 people have now died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, as aid workers warned that the highly contagious virus combined with insecurity in the restive region was creating a "deeply worrying situation".

Security issues dominate Tshisekedi's first tour of DR Congo after election

Apo - Before his disputed electoral victory in December, DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi promised the people of troubled North Kivu province that he would crack down on rebel and militia groups that terrorise the region.

DR Congo mourns as 127 feared dead in boat sinking

Bukavu - Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has declared Friday a day of mourning with 114 people still missing days after a boat capsized on Lake Kivu, killing 13, the presidency said.

Former Rwandan rebel leader accused of war crimes dies in Germany

Berlin - The former leader of a Rwandan Hutu rebel group has died in a German prison while he was awaiting a retrial on war crimes charges, a court said Wednesday.

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Geneva - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 750 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, ahead of a key review on the severity of the epidemic.

UN sets sights on exit strategy for DR Congo peacekeeping mission

New York - The UN Security Council agreed Friday to extend the huge peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo until December to allow time for a withdrawal plan to be drawn up.

In diplomatic first, DR Congo's Tshisekedi lays wreath at Rwanda memorial

Apo - DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday paid tribute at a genocide memorial on the sidelines of an economic forum in Rwanda, a highly symbolic gesture in bilateral relations badly hobbled by the 1994 bloodbath.

DR Congo train derailment kills 24

Apo - At least 24 people were killed and 31 injured Sunday when a freight train carrying stowaways derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, police and medical services said.

Violence in DRC after president's party crushing senate defeat

Apo - A police officer was killed in DR Congo on Saturday as violence broke out after the crushing defeat of new President Felix Tshisekedi's party in the previous day's senate election.

WHO says aiming to halt DRC Ebola outbreak within six months

Geneva - The deadly Ebola outbreak raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be over within six months, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

UN slams DR Congo failure to prevent December massacre

Geneva - The UN on Tuesday criticised authorities in southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo for failing to prevent a massacre of hundreds of people last December, despite clear signs of rising tensions.

DR Congo's Bemba seeks 68 mln euros from war crimes court

Den Haag - Former DR Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba is demanding 68 million euros in compensation from the International Criminal Court following his war crimes acquittal last year, his lawyer said Monday.

UN chief proposes cutting DRCongo force

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres has proposed shrinking the large peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN considering drawdown of DR Congo mission

New York - The United Nations is considering a drawdown of its large peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and charting a course towards an exit strategy, a senior UN peacekeeping official said Thursday.

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500: health ministry

Apo - More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP.

'Golden handshake' for DR Congo's outgoing ministers

Apo - In the weeks leading up to Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial election, those leaving power quietly passed two decrees guaranteeing themselves money and benefits that would ensure their financial security for decades to come.

Fifty mass graves discovered in western DR Congo: UN rights group

Apo - More than 50 mass graves have been identified in western Democratic Republic of Congo after a spate of killings in the region, a UN rights group has said.

DR Congo set for historic political transition

Apo - Felix Tshisekedi is to be sworn in on Thursday as president of Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the country's first-ever peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly-disputed elections.

President's inauguration in DR Congo may be postponed: party source

Apo - The swearing-in of the newly-elected president of DR Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, may be postponed by two days until Thursday, a source in his coalition said Monday.

Regional powers back Tshisekedi as DRC leader despite dispute

Apo - Regional powers hailed Felix Tshisekedi as DR Congo's incoming president on Sunday, despite claims by his opponents of an election stitch-up and the African Union earlier warning of "serious doubts" over the result.

DR Congo slaps down AU call to suspend final vote result

Apo - DR Congo rebuked the African Union on Friday over its calls to suspend the announcement of final results from presidential elections, insisting that the Constitutional Court assessing the vote's legality was impartial.

AU seeks delay in final announcement of DR Congo vote results

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Thursday for the final announcement of last month's disputed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be suspended due to "serious doubts".

UN urges DR Congo to respect election outcome

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on all players in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the outcome of landmark elections as doubt persisted over results announced by election authorities.

DR Congo presidential runner-up asks court to cancel result

Apo - The runner-up in DR Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu, has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said Saturday.

DR Congo presidential runner-up appeals against result: lawyer

Apo - Martin Fayulu, who came second in DR Congo's presidential election, has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said Saturday.

Russia, China push UN to stay out of DR Congo poll dispute

New York - Russia and China led calls at the United Nations Security Council on Friday for world powers to stay out of an election dispute in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo's shock vote result goes to Constitutional Court

Apo - The outcome of DR Congo's tempestuous presidential election appeared to be headed for the courts Friday after the poll's runner-up said he would demand a recount.
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