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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Country in Central Africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. It is sometimes anachronistically referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997. It is, by area, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second-largest in all of Africa, and the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over 78 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populous officially Francophone country, the fourth-most-populous country in Africa, and the 16th-most-populous country in the world. Eastern DR Congo has been the scene of ongoing military conflict in Kivu, since 2015.

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Congo police detain former health minister in Ebola probe

A former Congolese health minister was taken into custody on Saturday over alleged mismanagement of funds for the country's response to the Ebola epidemic, police said.
Reuters - Published

Death toll in Congo's train accident revised down to 15

The death toll for a cargo train derailment in Congo's southeastern province of Tanganyika on Thursday was revised down to 15, the police and government said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC Ebola outbreak: UN chief says to step up containment efforts [Video]DRC Ebola outbreak: UN chief says to step up containment efforts

UN head calls on DRC officials, international community to combat spread of virus stymied by inter-ethnic violence.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:50Published

DR Congo: Ebola fears grow over lack of access to clean water [Video]DR Congo: Ebola fears grow over lack of access to clean water

Aid workers say fears grow over possible Ebola outbreak due to water shortage in Goma, where first case surfaced.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

New Ebola drugs show up to ‘90%' chance of survival [Video]New Ebola drugs show up to ‘90%' chance of survival

Scientists are a step closer to being able to cure the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever after two experimental drugs showed as much as 90% chance of survival in a clinical trial in the Congo. Roger..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

New drugs provide 'hope' in the Ebola fight [Video]New drugs provide 'hope' in the Ebola fight

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Reuters that two experimental drugs were 'significantly' lowering the number of deaths from the Ebola...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments [Video]Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments

Two experimental drugs developed in DR Congo trial using antibodies harvested from survivors of Ebola infection.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:36Published

Ebola treatment trial shows promise in Congo [Video]Ebola treatment trial shows promise in Congo

Scientists are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever after two potential drugs showed encouraging survival results in a clinical trial in the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Rwanda strives to stop Ebola from spreading from DR Congo [Video]Rwanda strives to stop Ebola from spreading from DR Congo

Health ministers of both countries have met to agree to a plan of action to counter the epidemic that has killed at least 1,800 people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Ebola: Rwanda bolsters DRC border restrictions [Video]Ebola: Rwanda bolsters DRC border restrictions

Rwanda has tightened Ebola screening and security measures along its border, in a challenge for health workers.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Rwanda closes border with DR Congo after third Ebola case detected in Goma [Video]Rwanda closes border with DR Congo after third Ebola case detected in Goma

Rwandan officials closed their border with DR Congo after the third case of Ebola was detected in the Congolese city of Goma, near the border with Rwanda.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:37Published

DR Congo: Ebola fears as the virus spreads [Video]DR Congo: Ebola fears as the virus spreads

Health workers trying to combat the outbreak are having to deal with hostility from militias and communities.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Singapore seizes record volume of elephant ivory [Video]Singapore seizes record volume of elephant ivory

Singapore said on Tuesday (July 23) it had seized 8.8 tonnes (9.7 tons) of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups said is a transit point for the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

DRC health workers optimistic after WHO's Ebola announcement [Video]DRC health workers optimistic after WHO's Ebola announcement

The world health organization has now declared the Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

WHO sounds global alarm over DR Congo Ebola outbreak [Video]WHO sounds global alarm over DR Congo Ebola outbreak

Ebola epidemic in DRC constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, World Health Organization says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

 

Army officer who went missing in Congo found dead in lake

The officer, Lt Col Gaurav Solanki, had disappeared after he went on a kayaking trip to the water body bordering Rwanda
DNA - Published

Up to 50 dead in Congo after train derails

Up to 50 people were killed when a cargo train derailed in Congo's southeastern province of Tanganyika in the early hours of Thursday, government officials said, though reports on casualties differed..
Reuters - Published

Missing Indian Army officer posted with UN mission in Congo found dead


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Kidnapped South African mine worker freed in eastern Congo

A South African mine worker kidnapped by militia in eastern Congo in late July was released on Thursday, according to the official Twitter account of the province where he was taken.
Reuters - Published

Head of Congo's public finances watchdog questioned by authorities

The head of Democratic Republic of Congo's public finances watchdog was detained for questioning for several hours on Saturday, in what he said was retaliation for investigations by his office into..
Reuters - Published

Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

The death toll from Democratic Republic of Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has climbed above 2,000, government data showed on Friday, as responders battle to overcome community mistrust and widespread..
Reuters - Published

Congo intelligence service orders audit of interim government spending

The intelligence agency in Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered an audit of spending by the interim government that has run the country for seven months since President Felix Tshisekedi's..
Reuters - Published

New Congo government shows influence of former president

Congo's prime minister announced a new government on Monday, eight months after President Felix Tshisekedi won an election, with around two thirds of posts going to allies of former president Joseph..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Main figures in Congo's new government

Congo's prime minister announced a new government on Monday, eight months after President Felix Tshisekedi's election victory, with about two thirds of posts going to allies of former president Joseph..
Reuters - Published

Congo government announced eight months after Tshisekedi won vote

Congo's prime minister announced a new government on Monday, eight months after President Felix Tshisekedi won an election, with around two thirds of posts going to allies of former president Joseph..
Reuters - Published

Congo President, PM name government for first time since December poll win

Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi and his prime minister named a new government for first time since winning an election last December, a statement from prime minister Illunga Illunkamba's office said..
Reuters - Published

Ebola spreads to remote, militia-run Congo territory

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled territory of Walikale, hundreds of kilometers away from where previous cases near..
Reuters - Published

Congo races to contain Ebola after gold miner contaminates several in Goma

Congolese authorities were racing to contain an Ebola epidemic on Thursday, after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several people in the east's main city of Goma before dying of the..
Reuters - Published

Second Ebola case in Congo's Goma infected several people: government

The second case of Ebola recorded in east Congo's main city of Goma had a large family including 10 children and managed to infect several people before dying of the hemorrhagic fever, the government's..
Reuters - Published

Fourth Ebola case found in Congo city, raising fears of faster spread

A fourth case of Ebola has been confirmed in the eastern Congo city of Goma, the government said late on Thursday, as the disease spreads in a city of more than 1 million people.
Reuters - Published

Fourth Ebola case detected in Goma after husband and daughter infected: government

A fourth case of Ebola has been confirmed in the eastern Congo city of Goma, the government said late on Thursday, marking a rapid escalation of the disease in the city of more than 1 million people..
Reuters - Published

Rwanda border with Ebola-hit Congo fully open after slowdowns: minister

Rwanda's border with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo was fully open late on Thursday, a minister said, hours after Congolese traders had reported it shut following a third case of the disease in..
Reuters - Published

Rwanda says its border with Congo remains open

Rwanda's health minister said the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo remained open on Thursday, appearing to contradict an earlier statement that the frontier was closed near the Ebola-hit..
Reuters - Published

Rwanda seals Congo border after third Ebola case in Goma

Rwandan authorities closed the border with the Ebola-hit Congolese city of Goma on Thursday for all people other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda, as a third case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma.
Reuters - Published

Congo says Rwanda has closed border near Goma

Congo's presidency said on Thursday that Rwandan authorities had closed the border between Goma and its nearest town of Gisenyi for all people other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda.
Reuters - Published

Second Ebola case detected in eastern Congo's main city

A second case of Ebola was detected on Tuesday in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, a Congolese health official said, increasing fears the virus could establish a foothold in the densely populated..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kidnap two workers at Banro Corp east Congo mine: army

Gunmen kidnapped a South African and one Zimbabwean worker at Banro Corp's gold mine in the east Congolese province of Maniema on Sunday, an army spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Congo president and predecessor agree on division of cabinet posts

Allies of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila said they had reached an agreement on Friday on the division of cabinet posts between the two political camps.
Reuters - Published

Deployment of second Ebola vaccine would not be quick fix, experts warn

The resignation of Congo's health minister in the midst of the country's worst Ebola outbreak could clear the way for a second experimental vaccine to be deployed. But the new shot would likely take..
Reuters - Published

Congo Islamist ADF rebels kill 12 in Ebola area

Islamist rebels killed twelve people in two attacks in an area of east Congo that is struggling to contain an Ebola epidemic, local authorities said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Congo minister's resignation over Ebola snub could unblock new vaccine

Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to..
Reuters - Published

Congo health minister resigns over Ebola snub

Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to..
Reuters - Published

Congo health minister resigns in protest over government handling of Ebola response

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister, Oly Ilugna, resigned on Monday in protest at the presidency's announcement last week that it would take control of the response to the Ebola outbreak..
Reuters - Published

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo 'global health emergency'; virus infects two million-strong city of Goma

In June, the Ebola outbreak spilled across the border for the first time when a family brought the virus into Uganda after attending the burial in Congo of an infected relative. Even then, the expert..
Firstpost - Published

Timeline: How a Congo Ebola outbreak became a global concern

The World Health Organization has declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighboring countries.
Reuters - Published

WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city..
Reuters - Published

Congolese cross-border trader's Ebola death fuels Uganda outbreak fears

A Congolese woman who died of Ebola this month vomited four times in a Ugandan market after crossing the border days earlier to sell fish, the WHO said, fuelling fears that the virus may be spreading..
Reuters - Published

WHO reports new Ebola incident in Uganda amid fears of virus spreading

The World Health Organization reported a new incidence of Ebola in Uganda on Wednesday, fuelling concerns that the virus may be spreading beyond Democratic Republic of Congo, as an expert panel weighs..
Reuters - Published

Send in the troops: Congo raises the stakes on illegal mining

A Congolese army officer arrived in the village of Kafwaya in June and warned residents not to trespass on a major Chinese copper and cobalt mine next door. As night fell about a week later, the..
Reuters - Published

Britain tells Canada and France to pull their weight on Ebola

Britain's international development minister Rory Stewart called on France and Canada on Monday to offer more help in tackling the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reuters - Published

The man behind the wheel of Congo's news

Pierre Mambele was never credited with telling the story of Congo's never-ending crises. But the news would often have gone unheard without him.
Reuters - Published

International court convicts Congo's Ntaganda of war crimes

International Criminal Court judges on Monday convicted former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda for atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers.
Reuters - Published

Congo army fires shot in the air amid protest at Glencore plant

Congolese soldiers fired gunshots in the air on Monday as illegal miners gathered outside a metallurgical plant on a copper and cobalt concession run by Glencore, a witness told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Glencore's Congo tragedy highlights security conundrum for miners

The deaths of 43 illegal miners at a Glencore facility in Congo last week highlighted a growing challenge for mining companies struggling to secure sites from small-scale prospectors digging for..
Reuters - Published

After deadly collapse, Congo vows to remove illegal miners from Glencore concession

Congo's interior minister vowed to remove all illegal miners by Sunday from a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore following a landslide this week that killed at least 43 of them.
Reuters - Published

Death toll rises at Glencore mine in Congo after collapse

The number of artisanal miners killed by a landslide at a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore in Congo rose to 43 on Friday and officials said the army would deploy at the mine as the search for..
Reuters - Published

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