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DR Congo declares end to Ebola epidemic in east

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:39 AM

The epidemic in the east broke out in August 2018 and killed a total of 2,227 people

END OF EPIDEMIC. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019, family members react as they watch a victim of the Ebola virus being buried in Butembo. Democratic Republic of Congo's government on June 25, 2020, officially declared an end to an epidemic of Ebola that broke out in the east of the troubled country in August 2018. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo court hands top presidential aide 20-year sentence in graft case

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Kamerhe is accused of having embezzled funds allocated to the construction of 1,500 social housing units

GRAFT CASE. A top DR Congo court ruled June 20, 2020, that Vital Kamerhe, chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi and a key powerbroker, should serve 20 years hard labour for corruption. AFP file photo

World Bank earmarks $1 billion for DR Congo health, education

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Funds from the World Bank will be used to improve response to health emergencies and to support free primary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Demonstrators gather at the Kinshasa Grand market on June 9, 2020 to ask for the re-opening of the shops around there which has been closed by the government as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - At least three people were reported dead by local authorities. (Photo by ARSENE MPIANA / AFP)

1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo, over half million flee in months – U.N.

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:22 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that some of the massacres and attacks behind the killings and displacement 'may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes'

CONFLICT. In this photograph taken on March 13, 2020, Moroccan soldiers from the UN mission in DRC (Monusco) ride in a vehicle as they patrol in the violence-torn Djugu territory, Ituri province, eastern DRCongo. File photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

In DR Congo, denial becomes major obstacle for virus campaign

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'We have antibodies, from the time of our ancestors,' says one resident

SUIT UP. Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country's history comes just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th in the east

EBOLA. This handout picture released by Doctors Without Borders on November 14, 2019, shows a health worker preparing a syringe before administrating it as a first injection of the new Ebola vaccine to people at the MSF facilities in the North Kivu capital of Goma. AFP PHOTO/HO/MSF

Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite United Nations plea – aid group

May 22, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The Norwegian Refugee Council says its figures showed armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown

JAN EGELAND. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland gestures during an interview after a meeting on Yemen at EU Commission in the NGOs headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 13, 2020. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa's oil producers

May 14, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Here is a look at how African oil-exporting countries are faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

A view of the Kaombo Norte, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel(FPSO), a project operated by Total, the French multinational oil company, on November 8, 2018, about 250km off the coast of Angola in the Atlantic Ocean. - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around. For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below. The arrival of the platform ship which belongs to French oil giant Total has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP)

Congo seeking IMF loan of up to $500 million

May 07, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Republic of Congo, the 3rd biggest oil producer in Africa, is asking for aid from the International Monetary Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. - Reducing corruption allows governments to collect more in taxes, according to a study published on April 4, 2019, by the International Monetary Fund. The global crisis lender estimates that, among advanced economies, those that best combat graft collect on average 4.5 percent more in tax revenue as a share of GDP than those most beset by corruption. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

IMF approves $363 million in virus aid to DR Congo

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'experiencing a severe shock' due to the coronavirus pandemic

Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. - One positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus was reported on March 30, 2020 in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province and a city of more than one million inhabitants, bringing the total for the Democratic Republic of Congo to 98 positive COVID-19 cases including 8 deaths. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)

2nd Ebola death in DR Congo ahead of hoped-for deadline

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Hopes have been high that the World Health Organization on Monday, April 13, would officially bring the curtain down on the country's 10th known outbreak of the notorious hemorrhagic fever

EBOLA IN DR CONGO. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018, a health worker waits to handle a new unconfirmed Ebola patient at a newly build MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported Ebola treatment center in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. File photo by John Wessels /AFP

DR Congo reports 1st virus death, 5 new cases

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The death brings the total number of fatalities in sub-Saharan Africa to 3

PANDEMIC. A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus on his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, on border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

DR Congo's 1st coronavirus case confirmed in Kinshasa

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The patient is a Belgian citizen who has been in the country for several days

PRECAUTION. A bottle of hand sanitizer is seen at a food cart in Union Square on March 9, 2020, in New York City. File photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/AFP

DR Congo signs 'peace' deal with armed group in east

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The peace deal is 'designed to restore peace, security and stability' in southern Ituri, following 'several aborted attempts'

WHO extends emergency status of Ebola in DR Congo

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:53 AM

This is the second worst outbreak of the disease since 2014 when it killed about 11,000 people

SUITS. 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

Congo's veteran president set to run anew in 2021

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled 35 years, is chosen for the top job for another extension

Burundi seeks 15-year jail term for journalists

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The 4 journalists of Iwacu, one of Burundi's few independent media outlets, were covering a story about DR Congo rebels

PRESS FREEDOM. Four journalists of the Burundi's independent media Iwacu Press Group (L to R): Christine Kamikazi, Agnes Ndirubusa, Egide Harerimana and Terence Mpozenzi leave at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019 after attending a trial for complicity in endangering the internal security of the state. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

DR Congo Ebola death toll 2,231 to date – monitoring agency

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Deadly unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo hampers the fight against Ebola during this latest epidemic, which broke out on August 1, 2018, with the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri particularly badly hit

VACCINATION. A girl is getting inoculated with an Ebola vaccine on November 22, 2019 in Goma. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

24 killed in DR Congo gold mine collapse

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities expect the death toll to rise as rescuers continue searching for victims

Body of United Nations peacekeeper found in DR Congo

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The nationality of the peacekeeper was not given

PEACE MISSION. File photo of Indian peacekeepers from the MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, stand guard during a press trip to the Masisi Territory, North Kivu province, eastern DRCongo, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

Measles kills more than 5,000 in DR Congo this year – WHO

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The World Health Organization says, the 'outbreak is the largest outbreak worldwide. It is one of the largest that we have seen.' As of November 17, the country had registered 250,270 measles cases, including 5,110 deaths.

OUTBREAK. A child reacts as he receives an injection during the nationwide vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and polio targeting all children under 15 years old in Nkozi town.  Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Busy Bee Dornier-228 smashes into two houses near the airport, deputy transport minister Jacques Yuma Kipuya says

PLANE CRASH. Residents react after a small aircraft carrying around 15 passengers crashed in a densely populated area in Goma on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 24, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Second Ebola vaccine introduced in DR Congo

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Doctors Without Borders says the new vaccine, produced by a Belgian subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is aimed at protecting about 50,000 people over a period of 4 months

FIGHTING EBOLA. Photo from Johnson and Johnson at https://www.jnj.com/gph/shipping-the-ebola-vaccine

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

While the judges gave Bosco Ntaganda the maximum sentence allowed by the ICC in terms of the number of years, they say that 'despite their gravity' his crimes do not warrant a full-life prison term

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. File photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

300 attacks on Ebola health workers in DR Congo this year – report

Nov 05, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Efforts to roll back the Ebola epidemic are hampered not only by fighting but also by resistance within communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials

A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma. Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after a preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease in the region's urban hub in a nearly year-old epidemic. Pamela TULIZO / AFP

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Authorities say former health minister Oly Ilunga is accused of 'misdemeanours of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response'

36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still unknown

DR Congo ex-health exec nabbed for stealing Ebola funds

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Officials say former health minister Oly Ilunga was about to flee the country when he was arrested

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 by Junior Kannah/AFP

U.N. chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says the UN peacekeeping mission, the Congolese army, and national police 'will continue to work together to return peace and security to the region'

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

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August 2018

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, in Ituri province, a health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a Doctors Without Borders-supported Ebola Treatment Centre, where he will check up on patients.

Bolick on fire but Gilas succumbs to Congo in Spain

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Gilas Pilipinas misses a chance to face Spain's powerhouse national team of NBA players following a loss to Congo in the Torneo de Malaga

YOUNG GUN. Robert Bolick proves he belongs in the national team. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH


Norwood a game-time decision for Gilas vs Congo in Spain

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Gabe Norwood continues to nurse a mild groin injury that sidelined him in a friendly match against Ivory Coast

UNCERTAIN. Gabe Norwood may miss another game for Gilas Pilipinas in Spain. Photo from FIBA


Gilas crushes Congo behind Blatche, Aguilar in Spain camp

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:16 AM

Gilas Pilipinas takes Congo to school, virtually securing the victory even with a quarter to spare

TOO HOT. Andray Blatche carries the scoring cudgels for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH


Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

DR Congo health minister resigns after replaced as Ebola spearhead

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a result of your decision to place the response to the Ebola outbreak under your direct supervision... I hereby submit my resignation as health minister,' Oly Ilunga wrote in a resignation letter to President Felix Tshisekedi.

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 by Junior Kannah/AFP

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died – governor

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations

SCREENING. Congolese are seen lining up to wash their hands and get their temperatures taken at a Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 Photo by JOhn Wessels/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Congolese 'Terminator' rebel guilty of war crimes

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:29 PM

ICC head judge Robert Fremr says Bosco Ntaganda was a 'key leader' who gave orders to 'target and kill civilians' in DR Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. Photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DR Congo

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A health worker wears protective gears at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. A grandmother in Uganda has died from Ebola, health officials said on June 12, 2019, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border. ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

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

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

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

May 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.

BURYING EBOLA VICTIMS. A police officer escorts the coffins containing two victims of ebola as they enter a graveyard 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