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DR Congo declares end of latest Ebola epidemic

Kinshasa, DRC | Xinhua | The Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of the country’s latest Ebola epidemic on Wednesday, after the outbreak in the past five months had killed 55 people. “I am happy to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus in Equateur …

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DR Congo seeks 20-year jail term for top aide in graft trial

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Prosecutors in DR Congo said on Thursday they are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for a key ally of President Felix Tshisekedi who is accused of embezzling more than $50 million. The prosecution is also asking that Vital Kamerhe is disqualified from holding public office …

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Eight bodies retrieved from Lake Albert

Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The bodies of eight people who drowned in Lake Albert when their boat capsized on Monday have been recovered. The eight were returning to Hoima district together with several others from a funeral in Mukambu Mahagi zone in Bunia district in the Democratic Republic …

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Trauma lingers from DR Congo’s ‘Six-Day War,’ 20 years on

Kisangani, DR Congo | AFP | Twenty years ago, two East African countries came to blows in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, fighting a “Six-Day War” that the world has now forgotten but whose pain lingers. The anniversary of the battle between Rwanda and Uganda is being recalled internationally by just …

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DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo on Monday reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country’s northwest, just weeks before it hoped to declare the end of another epidemic in the east. The appearance of the deadly disease on the other side of the vast central African country comes as an added blow …

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14 boys raped by fake pastor in DR Congo: hospital

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Fourteen boys were raped by a man posing as a pastor in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Panzi Foundation said Tuesday. The Bukavu charity hospital founded by Denis Mukwege, the Nobel laureate and gynaecologist hailed for his work with rape victims, said the children were admitted last month …

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Kinshasa fears spike in COVID-19 as 100 inmates infected

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The DR Congo government warned Tuesday of a “large-scale” spread of the COVID-19 pandemic after around 100 inmates of a military prison tested positive for the virus. “Contamination at the prisons could be a vector of large-scale propagation in our society, especially if it involves the Makala prison because …

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Vendors starve as DRC protects rich and powerful from virus

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo has cordoned off the poshest and richest neighbourhood in its chaotic capital Kinshasa to protect it from coronavirus, dealing a body blow to thousands of street hawkers who earn a meagre living there. Gombe, a waterfront district housing ministries, top government officials, millionaires …

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak still international emergency: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was extending its global emergency designation of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after fresh cases were detected. The announcement comes just a day after the vast central African country had been expected to announce that its outbreak was …

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