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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.

UN council urges peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday welcomed President Joseph Kabila's decision to not seek re-election in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said the polls must now lead to a peaceful transfer of power.

25 line up for DR Congo presidency

Apo - Three opposition heavyweights, a 92-year-old ally of an independence hero and the president's chosen successor are among 25 candidates who have registered to run in the Democratic Republic of Congo's long-awaited elections.

Kabila move in DR Congo triggers relief, but uncertainty remains

Apo - By announcing he is formally stepping aside after 17 years in power, President Joseph Kabila has eased tensions in DR Congo but the volatile country remains gripped by uncertainty ahead of elections due at the end of the year.

US welcomes Kabila's decision to not seek re-election

New York - The United States on Wednesday welcomed President Joseph Kabila's decision to step aside and not seek re-election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but said more must be done to ensure a democratic transfer of power.

DR Congo's Kabila in talks on successor on eve of election deadline

Apo - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila scheduled talks on Tuesday with allies to discuss hand-picking a candidate to run in upcoming elections on the eve of a key campaign deadline, sources said.

Four more dead from Ebola in DR Congo

Beni - Four more people have died from Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two weeks after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the Congolese health ministry has said.

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo believed to have killed 33: health ministry

Apo - A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the health ministry said Saturday.

Barred DRC opposition leader says he'll try entry via Zambia

Lubumbashi - Exiled DR Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi said on Friday he was seeking to return home by road from Zambia to file a presidential election bid after the authorities barred his plane from landing in his provincial stronghold.

DR Congo announces fresh Ebola outbreak

Apo - DR Congo on Wednesday reported an outbreak of Ebola in its conflict-torn east, killing 20 people, barely a week after it declared the end to an epidemic in the northwest of the vast country.

DR Congo ex-warlord Bemba returns home to mount election challenge

Apo - After more than 11 years abroad -- a decade of it behind bars -- former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba returned home on Wednesday to huge crowds and police firing teargas, reflecting the country's high-voltage political mood.

Former DR Congo warlord Bemba lands in Kinshasa

Apo - Former warlord and ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday after an 11-year absence, an AFP reporter saw.

Heavy security as DR Congo ex-warlord 'heads home' to contest vote

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo said he was headed Wednesday for Kinshasa to throw his hat into the ring for a December presidential election after spending 11 years abroad -- most of them behind bars.

DR Congo tycoon seeks permission to return to contest key election

Apo - Multimillionaire and political heavyweight Moise Katumbi on Monday said he had sought permission to return to DR Congo this week to contest presidential elections in one of Africa's most volatile countries.

Bemba in spotlight as DR Congo opens registration for election bids

Apo - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday prepared for a two-week period for candidates to register their bids for key elections as former vice president and ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba took centre-stage.

DR Congo officially declares end to Ebola outbreak

Apo - DR Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

DR Congo leader maintains suspense over plans

Apo - The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, kept his country guessing on Thursday over his political plans five months ahead of crucial elections.

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DR Congo

New York - The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

ICC denies damages to kids born after Congo village attack

Den Haag - War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation.

DR Congo's Kabila promotes blacklisted generals in army shake-up

Apo - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila replaced the country's army chief in a military shake-up at the weekend that included the promotion of two key allies on a US sanctions blacklist.

Media curbs in DR Congo raise fears ahead of presidential vote

Apo - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is clamping down on online media in a declared campaign against fake news, hate speech and cyber-crime, a move that has stoked alarm as crucial elections loom.

UN voices alarm at 'barbaric violence' in DR Congo's Ituri

Geneva - The UN voiced alarm Friday at accounts of "barbaric violence" in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning conditions for the 150,000 people returning to the area after fleeing the intercommunal strife are "grim".

Belgium names square after Congo independence hero Lumumba

Apo - Brussels inaugurated a square named after assassinated Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba on Saturday in what campaigners called Belgium's first major step towards tackling its dark colonial legacy.

DR Congo, Mali, Yemen groups join UN black list

New York - Several Congolese, Malian and Yemeni groups have been added to the United Nations' annual black list of groups violating children's rights in wartime, the world body said this week.

UN probe accuses DR Congo troops, militia of 'crimes against humanity'

Geneva - UN investigators on Tuesday accused the security forces and militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of committing crimes against humanity in the country's restive Kasai region.

Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.

DR Congo's mining industry hobbled by poor infrastructure, tax hike

Lubumbashi - Feasting on a global demand for cobalt and copper, the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo is flourishing -- but two clouds are spoiling its sunlit future.

Bemba's release adds to Congo's volatile political mix

Apo - One of the world's most unstable countries was already struggling with a political crisis and nail-biting uncertainty.A decision by a war crimes tribunal has now added to the Democratic Republic of Congo's explosive mix.
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