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Congo health ministry confirms 2 Ebola cases in new outbreak

Congo’s government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country’s rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed there.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:40 a.m.

Congo boycotts pledging conference, says crisis exaggerated

Congo on Friday took the extraordinary step of boycotting an international conference that reaped hundreds of millions of dollars to help its people, saying the Central African country’s humanitarian crisis …


41 new deaths reported in latest violence in northeast Congo

Authorities in northeastern Congo say more than 40 new deaths have been reported in an area where fighting has erupted between two communities in recent weeks.


Four shot dead in Congo’s latest anti-government protests

Organizers of anti-government marches in Congo say security forces shot dead at least four people and wounded dozens more in Sunday’s nationwide protest against President Joseph Kabila’s extended rule.


5 dead, dozens injured as Congo police disperse protests

Police in Congo used tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators across the nation on Sunday, leaving five people dead and injuring more than 33 who marched …


After year of separation, Congolese refugee family reunited in Spokane

For the past year, sisters Florance Mawazo and Mahirwe Solange Kobwa – refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who spent nearly two decades in a Ugandan United Nations camp …


Thirty-three die in Congo flooding after heavy rain

Authorities in Congo say at least 33 people have died amid flooding in and around the capital of Kinshasa.


Congo court sentences 12 to life for gang-raping children

In a groundbreaking trial in a country where sexual violence is rampant and perpetrators often go unpunished, a military court in eastern Congo on Wednesday sentenced 12 militia members to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

Fifteen U.N. peacekeepers killed, over 50 hurt in Congo attack

In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Congo election commission sets Dec. 23, 2018, date for vote

Congo’s top election official announced Sunday that a long-awaited presidential vote would not be held until late December 2018, months later than key opposition leaders have been seeking.


Congo vote delayed until 2019, electoral commission says

KINSHASA, Congo– Congo’s long-delayed presidential vote cannot take place until 2019 despite a deal with the opposition that it would occur this year, a top election official said Wednesday. The …


Congo president: Election timeline should be released ‘soon’

Congo President Joseph Kabila says a timeline for his country’s delayed and highly anticipated presidential election should be released “soon.”


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

U.N. peacekeepers: Congo leads world in sex abuse allegations

BUNIA, Congo – She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers. The camp should have …


From Rwanda to Spokane: Couple reunified after two years apart

Khalfani Ramadani and his wife, Josephine, were reunified in Spokane this week. It was the first time they’d seen each other in the two years since Ramadani came to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Congo forces shoot dead at least 18 Burundi refugees: UN

Congolese forces have shot and killed at least 18 Burundian refugees near Burundi’s border, officials said Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

U.N. report details Congo butchery, ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.N. human rights investigators warned Friday of ethnic cleansing in central Congo, documenting the recent killings of more than 250 people, including 62 children, in violence with “no good guys …


Congo rebel leader, wanted for crimes, surrenders

The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity surrendered Wednesday in the country’s North Kivu province, the United Nations mission in Congo …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

6 Congo rangers safe; U.S. journalist, 3 others still missing

Six Congolese rangers were found Saturday in a large forest reserve in Congo’s northeast a day after a security station was attacked by militia, but an American journalist and at …


Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases, including 2 deaths

One person has been confirmed dead from Ebola in an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo as health authorities look into a total of nine suspected cases, including …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Bodies of American, Swedish U.N. experts found in Congo

The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter have been found in Congo’s Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than …


Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police

A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official …


Congo disappearances raise alarm as political tensions grow

Nearly a week after Congo’s government announced the kidnapping of two United Nations experts along with their translator and drivers, no trace of them has been found. Their abduction in …


Mining workers from France, Tanzania kidnapped in Congo

Five workers have been kidnapped from a gold mine in eastern Congo, including ones from France and Tanzania, and rebels are demanding $1 million in ransom, a local official said …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Apple, Intel and others don’t want conflict minerals rule rolled back

Apple doesn’t want to see it scrapped. Neither does Intel or Tiffany & Co. But the U.S. conflict minerals law – which requires American public companies to avoid using minerals …


Rebels blamed for killing 25 with machetes in Congo

Authorities in northeastern Congo say Ugandan rebels have hacked more than two dozen people to death in a Christmas massacre.


Mediators want Congo political crisis solved by Christmas

Mediators urged Congo’s president and opposition parties Wednesday to reach an agreement before Christmas on a peaceful settlement to the country’s political crisis, saying dozens already have been killed this …


Congolese refugees in Missoula share joys, discoveries

Gilbert Hategeka and Chantal Nyiramanza, Congolese refugees, learn how to live in their new world – Missoula.


At least 17 dead amid opposition protests in Congo’s capital

Street clashes between security forces and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila left at least 17 dead in Congo’s capital Monday in a dramatic sign of mounting tensions after officials …


Unusual Congolese coffee lands in Spokane

Deborah Di Bernardo can be passionate about coffee – but it’s not every day that she gets choked up talking about it. In the three years since Di Bernardo and …


Congo park reports 10 baby gorillas

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo – The first census of critically endangered mountain gorillas carried out by government authorities since rebels seized the gorillas’ natural habitat shows that 10 babies have …