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Congo police detain ex-health minister in Ebola funds probe

Sep. 14, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Police in Congo have detained the former minister of health amid an investigation into the use of Ebola funds as confirmed Ebola deaths rose to near 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus exceeded 3,000 in the sprawling African nation. Former Minister of Health Oly Ilunga was taken...

Train derails in Congo, kills 50, injures 23

Sep. 12, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Ministry of Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity says that at least 50 people have been killed after a train derailed overnight in Congo's southeast Tanganyika province. Steve Mbikayi told The Associated Press Thursday that the derailment also injured 23 others near the...

Congo ministry says at least 50 people have been killed, 23 injured after a train derailed in the southeast

Sep. 12, 2019 7:36 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo ministry says at least 50 people have been killed, 23 injured after a train derailed in the southeast .

The Latest: UN chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

Sep. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (all times local): 9:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Robert Mugabe's "role in securing the independence of Zimbabwe and the fight against apartheid are key parts of his legacy." According to U.N....

UN chief visits Congo Ebola region, pledging support

Sep. 1, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The United Nations secretary general visited Congo's eastern city of Beni on Sunday, pledging solidarity as the region faces an Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 2,000 people in a year and ongoing insecurity that has residents skeptical of outside help. "I could not go to the DRC...

Uganda: 9-year-old girl from Congo dies of Ebola

Aug. 30, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola in neighboring Uganda has died, Ugandan authorities said Friday, as the World Health Organization said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The girl's body was repatriated to Congo for a funeral upon the request of her...

Uganda says a traveling Congolese girl has Ebola

Aug. 29, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl tested positive for Ebola in Uganda on Thursday after traveling from Congo, where an outbreak of the highly infectious disease has killed nearly 2,000 people. The child, who is now in isolation at a hospital in the Ugandan border district of Kasese,...

Hundreds gather in Goma, Congo for "Stop Ebola" march

Aug. 22, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Congo's eastern city of Goma Thursday to support Ebola response teams that have seen increasing attacks and resistance among communities where Ebola continues to spread. North Kivu Governor Carly Kasivita, who organized the march, said that anyone spreading...

Congo to use second vaccine to fight Ebola

Aug. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of Congo's Ebola response says another vaccine will be used to fight the outbreak that has killed more than 1,800 people in a year. Dr. Jean-Jaques Muyembe is the director of Congo's National Institute for Biomedical Research. He said Monday the World Health Organization has...

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the potentially deadly disease to a new province highlights the difficulties that health workers...