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Ebola treatment centre in eastern DR Congo reopens after attack

Beni - An Ebola treatment centre in eastern DR Congo has reopened after an attack by gunmen last Wednesday forced its closure, the health ministry announced.

New Ebola case in eastern DR Congo, first in 23 days

Apo - A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in an area where authorities believed the epidemic had been brought under control after 23 days without any fresh infections.

Fear and trauma haunt Congolese massacre survivors

Kindu - Wounded in the head and chest and with her children in tow, Miniunga Bonkita fled to the haven of an island in the Congo River, a sliver of land between two nations."I stumbled across the assailants as I was returning home," the young mother told AFP.

France assault trial opens for Congolese star Koffi Olomide

Nterre - Congolese music star Koffi Olomide went on trial in France on Monday on charges of sexually assaulting four former dancers who say they were held against their will at a villa outside Paris.

Kasai bishops endorse election of DR Congo's Tshisekedi

Kananga - Some Catholic bishops in the Kasai region of DR Congo on Sunday endorsed the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the new president, splitting with bishops in the rest of the country.

DR Congo's Kabila urges unity on eve of new president's inauguration

Apo - Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi will be sworn in on Thursday as DR Congo's next president, sources in Kinshasa said, as outgoing President Joseph Kabila called for national unity.

In DR Congo, patience wears thin over results delay

Apo - At first glance, life is proceeding as normal in DR Congo's bustling capital -- most shops and schools in Kinshasa are open, while rush hour traffic advances at a typical crawl.

DR Congo candidates snub peace pact on eve of vote

Apo - Two opposition frontrunners in DR Congo's long-awaited presidential election refused Saturday to sign a peace pact on the eve of a poll that has stirred fears of violence in the volatile nation.

Patients flee after Ebola holding centre attacked in DRC

Beni - Patients being monitored as possible Ebola patients fled a camp in eastern DR Congo on Thursday after it was attacked by demonstrators protesting further delays to the country's election, the health ministry said.

Congo elections: Calm before the storm?

Apo - The election posters are up, the candidates are doing the rounds and the party rallies are taking place almost without a hitch.

Mukwege saviour to dozens of 'little sisters' raped in DRC village

Bukavu - Lucie was just seven years old when the men took her. She was found the next day, naked and bleeding, on the edge of the vast forested hills of Kahuzi Biega Park, in violence-plagued eastern DR Congo.

Campaigning for critical election opens in crisis-wracked DR Congo

Apo - After two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday effectively opened the starting gates for a crucial election that could alleviate -- or perhaps worsen -- the decades-long crisis gripping the vast c...

DR Congo former warlord says he would back opposition candidate

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba said Monday he would be willing to support an opposition candidate in DR Congo's much-delayed presidential election, which he is banned from standing in.

DR Congo says latest Ebola outbreak under control

Apo - Health authorities in Kinshasa declared the Ebola virus under control five weeks after the latest outbreak left 89 people dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bemba appeals to DR Congo top court for right to run for president

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba lodged an appeal with the Democratic Republic of Congo's top court on Monday after he was banned from running in upcoming presidential elections.

DRC's Katumbi won't quit trying to get home for poll deadline

Lubumbashi - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi, repeatedly blocked from returning home to contest presidential polls, will try every avenue to get through, his spokesman said Sunday.

DRCongo's Katumbi determined to return home: supporters

Lubumbashi - DR Congo Opposition leader Moise Katumbi is determined to try again to return home so he can run in presidential elections after being turned back at the border on Friday, his supporters said.

DR Congo president Kabila to make address to the nation

Apo - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila will make a speech to parliament on Thursday, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

DRCongo's Bemba leaves ICC detention centre following acquittal

Den Haag - Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has left the detention centre of the International Criminal Court following his acquittal of war crimes after a decade behind bars, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

War of words over DR Congo's humanitarian crisis as children die

Kananga - A war of words has broken out between the United Nations and the DR Congo government which is shunning a donor conference in Geneva to raise $1.7 billion to tackle a humanitarian crisis that Kinshasa says has been vastly exaggerated by aid workers.

Tensions high as DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Kinshasa - Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila.

New head of UN's DR Congo mission takes office amid tensions

Kinshasa - The new head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo took office on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the world body and the government.

Police release 'kidnapped' priest in DR Congo

Kinshasa - Congolese police have released a Catholic priest hours after they snatched him this weekend following a mass in Kinshasa, the cleric said Sunday, amid spiralling tensions between the church and the government.

Three DR Congo soldiers killed fighting Ugandan rebels

Beni - Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died on Monday while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.

Four soldiers killed in DR Congo's Kasai region: witnesses

Kananga - Men armed with machetes killed four soldiers in an attack Sunday near the main Kananga airport in Kasai, an opposition stronghold in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, residents said as tensions returned to the restive region.

In DR Congo, flood tragedy highlights perils of urban sprawl

Kinshasa - The morning light showed a scene of desolation as people in Ngaliema surveyed the wreckage of shanty homes swept away by killer floods and landslips.

DRC opposition plans court challenge to electoral reforms

Kinshasa - The opposition in Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it had garnered enough signatures to challenge a new electoral reform, which it says is buttressing the ruling party of President Joseph Kabila.

In eastern DR Congo, Ugandan rebel group sows misery

Beni - Jean-De-Dieu was working in the fields in his village of Mamoundioma one day in October when he heard the distant but unmistakeable sound of gunfire.

400,000 children in DR Congo could die from hunger, says Unicef

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention.

UN peacekeepers honour 14 troops killed in DR Congo

Beni - The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century.
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