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DR Congo declares end of 12th Ebola outbreak

– – Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced an end to the latest outbreak of Ebola in that country. It was the country’s 12 outbreak in its history with six people dying as a result of the outbreak three months ago. Three months ago there was a resurgence of the disease in North Kivu in the country’s eastern region. The UN’s children’s agency Unicef said in a statement that a quick response by the authorities and partners had helped contain the outbreak. The 12th outbreak…

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ICC upholds conviction of DR Congo’s warlord Bosco Ntaganda

– – The International Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the war crimes conviction against Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda. The Court in 2019 sentenced the former military leader to 30 years in prison. Ntaganda was convicted of several atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. He was found guilty on 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for acts committed when he was military operations chief for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003. The former warlord was also…

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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack on a UN convoy. The country’s foreign ministry said the ambassador was travelling in the United Nations convoy when it came under fire near Goma, in the east of the DR Congo. 43-year-old Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday, according to officials. The foreign ministry’s statement said “It is with deep sadness that the foreign ministry confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Italian ambassador.” Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed his “great…

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DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi takes over as AU chairman

– – President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi has now assumed the role of chairman of the African Union. He took over from South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa and will serve as the chairman for one-year. Tshisekedi’s tenure began officially at the African Union’s 34th summit on Saturday with discussions taking place virtually. As we hand over the baton to the DRC, we are determined to continue working with President Tshisekedi to ensure that Africa becomes an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism…

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DR Congo’s Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga resigns

– – DR Congo’s prime minister, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, resigned on Friday, the presidency said, a move enabling President Felix Tshisekedi to appoint his own premier supported by a new parliamentary majority. Presidency spokesman Giscard Kusema told AFP that Illunga “said he had drawn the consequences of the developing political situation. Ilunga, a close ally to former president Joseph Kabila whose supporters have been in a power struggle with Tshisekedi, was constitutionally required to resign after being censured by the National Assembly on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of…

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Over 20 people feared dead after a barge sank on Congo River

– – Up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said six bodies have been recovered. Overloading and the poor state of the vessel are believed to be the cause of the accident. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s vice…

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DR Congo declares end to recent Ebola outbreak

– – The Democratic Republic of Congo has again declared an end to the recent Ebola outbreak that claimed 55 lives. The country is free from the deadly disease after more than 40 days without a case. DR Congo’s health minister said “Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling Covid-19.” The 11th #Ebola outbreak in #DRC🇨🇩 has officially been declared over by DRC health minister @LongondoEteni! Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling #COVID19!🥳 End of…

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DR Congo musician Tshala Muana arrested

– – Congolese singer Tshala Muana has been arrested. Her producer Claude Mashala said the musician was detained by National Intelligence Agency (ANR) officers over a controversial song titled ‘Ingratitude’ which she released online last weekend. Speaking to the Nation by phone from Kinshasa on Monday evening, fellow musician Lofombo Gode said Ms Muana was arrested in Kinshasa amid speculation over the ‘deeper meaning’ or interpretation of lyrics which appear to have rattled some government officials. “Though no names are mentioned in the song, it was seen as intended to send a different message,” he…

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Rebels kill more than 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

– – More than 20 civilians have been killed in an attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the DRC have blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group for the attack. Reports say the rebels first attacked a rival group of Congolese militia members before killing inhabitants in the village of Lisasa. Local administrator Donat Kibwana, from the Beni territory in North Kivu province, put the “preliminary death toll” at 21. In a statement a local NGO Cepadho said 15 out of the 21 people killed…

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Armed groups kill Ebola workers in DR Congo

Three health workers fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed. They were killed in an attack launched by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. Four others were also critically injured in the attack. Such attacks have surged in recent months as local militias doubt the seriousness of the virus and how the vaccine is administered. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted about the incidents. He said “Attacks by armed groups…

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