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In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction

Butembo - The UN is about to pound the drum for millions of dollars to stiffen the fight against Ebola in DR Congo, but at the heart of the epidemic, a money influx may worsen grassroots problems.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern: WHO

Apo - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died: governor

Goma - The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma has died, the governor of North Kivu province said on Tuesday.

Ebola case in DRC's Goma 'a warning': WHO

Geneva - A confirmed Ebola case in the key Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is "a warning" about the dangers of the outbreak, a top UN official said Monday.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo

Apo - The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern DR Congo last August, the health ministry said on Sunday.

'Terminator' warlord guilty of Congo war crimes

Den Haag - International Criminal Court judges on Monday convicted a Congolese rebel chief nicknamed "Terminator" of war crimes including horrific massacres of civilians, sexual enslavement and recruitment of child soldiers.

Congolese 'Terminator' faces war crimes judgment

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court is on Monday to pass judgement on Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, dubbed the "Terminator" for allegedly masterminding massacres and using children in his rebel army.

Illegal DR Congo miners protest after deadly accident

Lubumbashi - Hundreds of illegal miners protested in southeastern DR Congo on Thursday a week after a shaft collapse killed dozens of their peers.

DR Congo's army moves in to dislodge illegal miners

Lubumbashi - Democratic Republic of Congo's army has sent a battalion of troops to oust illegal miners from land worked by a majority-owned Chinese company, the military said Tuesday.

Hundreds of thousands flee violence in northeast DR Congo: UN

Geneva - Hundreds of thousands of people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, local authorities and the UN said Tuesday.

DR Congo fears 1,500 dead from measles epidemic

Apo - Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have declared an epidemic of measles which may have killed 1,500 people, according to statistical analysis.

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Apo - DR Congo's health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country's east 10 months ago.

Rwanda's Kagame stars in DR Congo Tshisekedi ceremonies

Apo - Rwandan President Paul Kagame was the surprise guest at ceremonies in DR Congo Friday to honour deceased opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi hosted by his son Felix, the country's president.

Repatriation from Belgium of body of DRC's Tshisekedi delayed: official

Apo - The repatriation of the body of former Congolese Prime Minister and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from Belgium to DR Congo was postponed at the last minute on Wednesday, an official source told AFP.

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

Butembo - People in Ebola-hit eastern DR Congo are struggling to come to terms with high-security burials that are part of a hard-pressed strategy to roll back the disease.

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.
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