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Congo approves 4 experimental Ebola treatments in outbreak

Congo has approved the use of four more experimental treatments in the Ebola virus outbreak in its northeast, as health officials try to contain the spread amid the threat from …


Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

In a new reminder of the dangers in containing an Ebola outbreak in a war zone, suspected rebels killed seven people overnight in northeastern Congo and sent residents fleeing, an …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Congo’s latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

Armed groups, dense populations and mass displacement make Congo’s latest deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus more challenging than ever to contain, the World Health Organization’s chief said Friday.


Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo’s latest deadly outbreak

Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday for Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.


Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed at least nine people in Congo’s latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said …


Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak

Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city …


Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on …


Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo’s health minister announced, as the spread of the …


After fumbling Ebola in 2014, Congo is key test for U.N.

Nearly four years after the World Health Organization was accused of bungling its response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the U.N. agency appears to be moving swiftly to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

‘Major, major game-changer’: Ebola spreads to big Congo city

Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered …


Congo announces 1st death amid Ebola outbreak in northwest

Congo’s minister of health on Thursday announced the first death since a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the country, as well as nine other cases of people sickened by …


Risk of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading ‘very low’

The risk of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading is “very low” because of the remote area, a Congolese disease expert said Wednesday as medical teams arrived on the scene.


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 …