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DR Congo announces end of latest Ebola epidemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday declared the end of the country’s latest Ebola epidemic after the outbreak killed 55 people over the past five months. “I am happy to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus in Equateur province” in the vast country’s …

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WHO to probe ‘sexual exploitation’ by aid workers in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to investigate allegations that aid workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused and exploited women. WHO and other aid agency staff were accused by 50 women in a joint investigation by two news agencies. Local women were …

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DR Congo militia rape students on eve of exams

Armed militia attacked a school and raped female students on the eve of their examinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The men attacked an examination centre housing 35 final year students in Isiro town, the capital of Haut-Uélé province. Local authorities said some female students were raped during the …

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Ugandan rebels behead 3 in DR Congo

Uganda’s Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) beheaded three people in the latest attack in the Ituri region in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north Kivu province, local media reported Saturday. “Three civilians were killed in a new attack by the Allied Democratic Forces fighters late Friday in the village of Mbingi, …

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UN rights chief wants action on DR Congo army killings

The United Nations’ top human rights official has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to take action to curb human rights violations by the country’s army. On the final day of a visit to the DR Congo, Michelle Bachelet told UN radio that figures from her …

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DR Congo warned of proxy wars between neighbours

There’s a risk of proxy wars in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned. Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda are suspected of supporting different insurgent groups. Intensifying hostility among neighbouring countries threatens a return to the kind of regional war that previously tore …

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DR Congo to ‘relocate families from cobalt-rich area’

The authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo will relocate some 10,000 families from a southeastern town rich in cobalt estimated to be worth billions of dollars, the AFP news agency reports. DR Congo produces 60% of the world’s supply of cobalt. The rare mineral is used to produce lithium-ion batteries …

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Rwanda, DRC Begin Joint Border Services

The Rwanda-DR Congo border of La Corniche, popularly known as Grande Barrière, on Saturday started operating as a One-Stop Border Post (OSBP), according to the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration. The objective of this is to enhance trade through the efficient movement of goods, persons and services. “Today, La …

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DR Congo plane carrying 18 people crashes into homes

A plane with at least 16 passengers and two crew has crashed into homes in Goma city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita Carly said there had been deaths, but did not give a number. The plane crashed into houses in the Mapendo neighbourhood …

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