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WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Gunmen kill 19 at fish market in northeast DR Congo

May 19, 2019 - 11:04 PM

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo mourns as 127 feared dead in boat sinking

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:25 PM

13 are confirmed dead, while 114 are still missing after a boat capsized in Lake Kivu

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says there are no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo election loser calls for rematch

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Fayulu says the DRC's Independent National Election Commission (CENI) had 'quite simply fabricated the results it published'

FAYULU SUPPORTERS. Supporters of the runner up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential elections, Martin Fayulu, sing and dance ahead of a rally against the presidential results on February 2, 2019 in Kinshasa. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president

EPIDEMIC. An unconfirmed Ebola patient rests in the Ebola Treatment Center on August 15, 2018 in Beni. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

DR Congo ushers in new president in historic transition

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'The campaign we had to run... got the better of me,' says Felix Tshisekedi, apologizing for the interruption

HISTORIC. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2017 Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the main Democratic Republic of Congo opposition party, The Union for Democracy and Social Progress, speaks during a press conference in his residence in Kinshasa. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo on edge as deadline for election result looms

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Frustrations have been building steadily since the election after the authorities cut Internet access and blocked broadcasts by Radio France Internationale

A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. - The Democratic Republic of Congo on December 31, 2018 began counting ballots from a presidential election marked by delays and fears of violence and vote-rigging, straining hopes for its first-ever peaceful transfer of power. (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP)

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Strike call, protests in DR Congo after new election delay

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Demonstrators took the streets after the Democratic Republic of Congo's national election panel announced that elections will be postponed in several areas until March

DELAYED ELECTIONS. Electoral banners are displayed in the Ndjili district of Kinshasa on December 19, 2018, after campaigning for Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections was called off in Kinshasa by the authorities on security grounds. File Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

U.N. hopes Congolese can 'freely' vote after delay

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:33 PM

The United Nations Security Council calls on all parties to 'engage peacefully and constructively in the electoral process'

ICC prosecutor says risk of 'grave crimes' in Congo ahead of vote

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Problems pile up ahead of the Congolese vote, with violence at electoral rallies, inter-ethnic conflict, militia attacks in the east and an Ebola outbreak

U.S. embassy in DR Congo warns of 'possible terrorist threat'

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:33 PM

American authorities urge its citizens to 'keep a low profile' as crucial election in the crisis-gripped central African nation approaches

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 27

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:37 PM

The current Ebola outbreak is still on a low scale compared with a 3-nation epidemic that occurred between 2013-15 but has stirred wide concern

QUARANTINE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Death toll in DR Congo Ebola outbreak now at 27

May 22, 2018 - 10:42 PM

So far, there have been 51 cases since the outbreak was declared on May 8, says the DRC health ministry

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  Photo Junior Kannah/AFP

Ebola death toll hits 26 in DR Congo as vaccinations start

May 21, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Since the outbreak was announced on May 8, there have been 49 cases, comprising 22 confirmed by laboratory tests, 21 probable and six suspected, says the Congo health ministry

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to a Congo city

May 17, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometers from the city

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

May 14, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

24 dead in DR Congo floods

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Flooding is a major peril for residents of Kinshasa, a chaotic city with a population of around 10 million people, most of whom are extremely poor

FLOODS. File photo shows people carry furnitures on a boat in Limete, part of Kinshasa on December 9, 2015 after an overflow of the river N'djili near the river mouth of Matete. Photo by Junior Kannah / AFP

Protesters put DR Congo death toll at 12

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:36 PM

"Eleven people died in Kinshasa and one in Kananga," Jonas Tshombela, a spokesman for the protest organisers, told AFP.

CRACKDOWN. A Congolese Catholic faithful recovers from a rubber bullet wound he received during a demonstration calling for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down, on December 31, 2017 in Kinshasa. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

UN urges DR Congo leader to keep promise to step down

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Violence has swelled after the date of the new vote was pushed back to December 2018, prompting fears that Kabila may seek to extend his reign

PRESIDENT KABILA. Congolese President Joseph Kabila (C) shakes hands during a special joint session of parliament on November 15, 2016 in Kinshasa. File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Child soldiers of Congo awarded $10M in damages

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The International Criminal Court convicted Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga, 56, and jailed him to 14 years for abducting boys and girls and press-ganging them into his Union of Congolese Patriots

CHILD SOLDIERS. A teacher gives a math class at a school which assists with integrating former child soldiers, who were affiliated with the local anti-government militia, Kamwino Nsapo, back into society, on October 19, 2017 in Kananga. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

UN suffers worst DR Congo attack as 15 peacekeepers killed

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'I condemn this attack unequivocally. These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

Up to 250 feared dead in Democratic Republic of Congo mudslide

Aug 26, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Pacifique Keta deputy head of Ituri province where Tara village is located says the death toll is now between 150 and 250 with many still buried under the rubble of an estimated 48 destroyed homes

27 dead, 54 missing in DR Congo boat sinking

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Most of the victims of the tragedy on the Kasai river were students on holiday says a local official

Democratic Republic of Congo authorizes trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

May 29, 2017 - 9:45 PM

There is no licensed vaccine for the Ebola virus but the World Health Organization says a promising candidate vaccine exists and could be deployed within a matter of days if the DR Congo government gave its approval

DR Congo snubs calls for inquiry of massacre video

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The government brushes off the demands saying it s routinely the target of malicious rumors

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2015 in Kinshasa shows Lambert Mende (c), Minister of communications and governement spokeperson addressing journalists after more than 420 bodies were discovered 100 km outside Kinshasa. Lambert Mende on February 18, 2017 described an unidentified video alledgedly showing the Congolese army killing civilians in the Kasai Region as a "montage". The video handed to AFP on February 17, 2017 is being investigated by the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The Kasai region in central DR Congo is caught up in spiralling clashes that killed at least 200 people since tribal chief Kamwina Nsapu was killed in mid-August 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO SCOPPA

Pope calls for quick pact to end DR Congo violence

Feb 19, 2017 - 10:20 PM

I strongly feel the pain of the victims especially the many children ripped from their families and from schools to be used as soldiers says the pontiff

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayer on February 19, 2017 in Vatican City. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Who's behind the massacres in Congo's Beni region?

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:10 PM

The killings are being blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces but some observers say the truth may be more complicated

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a burial procession for one of the victims of an attack by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni. Who is behind the killings of Beni? While violence in this eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is eminently complex, the official explanation of a Ugandan Muslim rebellion that rallied to the international jihadist struggles to convince. / AFP PHOTO / KUDRA MALIRO

DR Congo crisis deal close but not before Christmas – mediator

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:05 PM

UPDATED At least 40 people have been killed during protests against President Joseph Kabila this week says the UN human rights office

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 20, 2016 shows a man screaming as people gather to protest in the neighbourhood of Yolo in Kinshasa. The government and opposition in DR Congo agreed late on December 22, 2016 on a draft deal to end a crisis sparked by President Joseph Kabila's decision to remain in office past the end of his mandate. A team of legal experts from the two sides is studying the document, under the aegis of the Congo National Episcopal Conference. It was set to be adopted at a plenary session on December 23, 2016 in the morning, to be followed by an official signing later in the day. However, sources say "complications" are holding up a final agreement. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

Record yellow fever vaccination campaign in DR Congo – WHO

Sep 03, 2016 - 4:45 PM

A total of 7 7 million people in the Congolese capital are vaccinated in less than two weeks

A man gets a yellow fever vaccine during a ceremony launching a response campaign against yellow fever in the district of Kisenso, Kinshasa, on July 20, 2016.  Last month of June the Health Ministry of D.R. Congo declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces of the country, being a major concern the border areas and the populated city of Kinshasa. Kisenso is one of the health zones of Kinshasa and considered an area of suspected and confirmed cases of yellow fever. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

6 suspected rebels on trial for DR Congo massacre

Aug 21, 2016 - 12:17 AM

The men accused in the slaughter of 51 people in Beni town last weekend are 2 Ugandans one Tanzanian and 3 Congolese

16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

May 04, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The brutal attack takes place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The United Nations and Tanzania open a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Former DRCongo leader Bemba guilty of war crimes in Central African Republic: ICC

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:35 PM

International judges find former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba guilty on all five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by his private army in Central African Republic a decade ago

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Oil confirmed under Africa's oldest wildlife park Virunga – DRC gov't

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:22 AM

UNESCO has warned several times that any exploration for oil in the park would be incompatible with its heritage status

HERITAGE SITE. An access to the Virunga National Park is seen near Rutshuru on June 17, 2014.  File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Salt, unsafe sex and booze: lifestyle killers on the rise

Sep 11, 2015 - 11:53 AM

A recent study shows that high blood pressure – which is easily diagnosed and readily treated – was the top health risk in 2013 contributing to 10 4 million deaths

PH port operator plans Africa expansion

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:45 PM

ICTSI Chairman Enrique Razon Jr says the firm is eyeing two ports in Africa as it continues its global expansion