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Ebola still an 'urgent' global health emergency: WHO

Geneva - The deadly Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains an "urgent" global health emergency, The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday at its Emergency Committee meeting.

UN chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Beni - UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday vowed continued support for the Democratic Republic of Congo, grappling with the double scourge of militia violence and an Ebola epidemic.

Portland, Maine: an unlikely lure for weary migrants

Portland - Converging from far-flung corners of the earth, and operating by word of mouth and social media, hundreds of African migrants have turned Portland, Maine -- population, 67,000 -- into an unlikely sanctuary.

DR Congo awaits repatriation of former opposition leader's body

Apo - Democratic Republic of Congo awaited Thursday the return of the remains of former opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, an emotion-laden moment for the country after his son Felix became president this year.

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo

Apo - Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

DR Congo PM appointed under 'political agreement' with Kabila

Lubumbashi - DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday named a government veteran, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, as the next prime minister, a move that came nearly four months after his inauguration.

37 dead in another boat sinking in DR Congo

Apo - Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered after another boat sinking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, a week after a vessel capsized with nearly 130 people on board.

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.
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