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18 October 2018 11:46 AM DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. "Based on the current context... the committee recommended that the current Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a public health emergency of international 27

18 October 2018 8:42 AM One of Africa's safest capitals? Brazzaville, Congo on the rise

The 2017 World Economic Forum listed Kigali in Rwanda as the safest African city. Tangiers in Morocco came in second. Yet earlier this year Forbes published a list of the 10 new coolest cities to visit. Surprisingly Brazzaville in Congo made the list. And mainly because of its safety. Despite the country's tumultuous history, Brazzaville, is on the rise. Dubbed 23

14 October 2018 10:16 AM DRC identifies 'second wave' of Ebola in east

A second wave of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an initial outbreak has already killed 125 people, a minister said Saturday. The latest wave is centred in Beni, a town in North Kivu near the border with Uganda, said Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga. "We don't yet know the scale of it," he added. "The epicentre 25

13 October 2018 5:36 AM DRC reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

The Democratic Republic of Congo is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a worker with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases under treatment. DRC's health ministry says the number of confirmed Ebola cases is now 170, including 95 deaths, as health workers express concern at the rising rate of new infections 39

11 October 2018 7:06 PM More than 30 killed in DRC gold mine: sources

More than 30 gold miners have died in an informal pit in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province after a landslide, officials said on Thursday, with dozens more feared trapped. "There has been an accident in a gold mine in Misisi. Proper searches only began today," said Aime Mutipula, the area's top local official, without giving a toll. "At least 26

11 October 2018 1:35 PM Rate of new Ebola cases in DRC has doubled since September

Health officials say the rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended. In a statement on Thursday, the International Rescue Committee says it is "alarmed" that there were 33 new cases between October 1 and Tuesday, versus 20

08 October 2018 7:19 PM Several Congolese killed in Angola clashes: reports

At least 10 Congolese were killed in Angola in clashes with locals and the police on the sidelines of a government drive to send them back to Democratic Republic of Congo, reports said on Monday. Angola's state-run television TPA said 10 nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo plus an Angolan police officer died in the unrest in Lucapa in Lunda 24

07 October 2018 2:53 PM DRC ministry: At least 39 dead in tanker truck fire

Congo's Health Ministry says at least 39 people are dead and more than 80 people have been hospitalised after a tanker truck collided with another truck in western Congo. The ministry gave the official updated toll Sunday for Saturday's accident in the village of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and about 200km southwest of the capital, Kinshasa 23

06 October 2018 3:28 PM Mukwege dedicates Nobel to women victims of violence

Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Denis Mukwege on Friday dedicated his award to women around the world who have been wounded in wars and those "confronted with violence every day". "This Nobel prize is a recognition of the suffering and the failure to adequately compensate women who are victims of rape and sexual violence in all countries around the world 28

04 October 2018 3:52 AM UN Security Council heads to DRC ahead of polls

The UN Security Council is heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week ahead of December elections, amid tensions between Congolese authorities and the UN and concerns over a risk of poll violence. The UN wants "free, fair and peaceful elections", Karel Van Oosterom, Dutch ambassador to the global organisation said on Wednesday. Van Oosterom 43