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Under-threat DR Congo national park bans tree-felling

Beni, DR Congo | AFP | The threatened Virunga National Park in DR Congo announced on Thursday it has banned the felling of trees throughout the nature reserve. “The management of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature wishes to bring to the attention of the resident of Beni …

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Nigeria says will prevent Ebola spread from DR Congo

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the disease has killed 17 people. The federal government had put in place an emergency programme to monitor all border activity …

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New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

  Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.” “Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been …

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UN chief urges DR Congo to lift ban on demonstrations

United Nations, United States | AFP | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to lift a ban on demonstrations that threatens to scupper chances for credible elections. The December 23 elections in the vast resource-rich country are to pave the way to a …

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DR Congo planning to allow oil exploration in national parks: NGO

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Democratic Republic of Congo’s government is seeking to reclassify swathes of two UNESCO-listed parks so that oil exploration can be carried out there, an investigative group said. The London-based NGO Global Witness said it had seen documents about a scheme to “redraw the boundaries” …

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Dozens drown fleeing violence in northwest DR Congo

Mbandaka, DR Congo | AFP | Forty civilians drowned when their boats capsized on a storm-swollen river as they fled fighting in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior local official said Friday. “As of Wednesday night, we recovered the bodies of 40 people” after their boats capsized, Jean Bakatoye, …

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UN discovers five likely ‘mass graves’ in DR Congo

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | A UN report said Thursday what appears to be five mass graves have been discovered in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where recent intercommunal violence has killed more than 260 people. The UN’s joint office for human rights has identified five “probable mass graves” …

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