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Belgium, Congo normalize diplomatic relations during visit

Sep. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Officials from Belgium and Congo have signed agreements aimed at normalizing relations between the former European colonial power and the Africa nation during an official visit of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi to Belgium. Belgium's foreign affairs ministry said officials met Tuesday...

Police say 36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo

Sep. 16, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Police in Congo say 36 people are missing after a boat sank on the Congo River east of the capital, Kinshasa. The national police said Sunday that about 76 people were rescued after the accident near the Mambutuka locality about 80 kilometers (49 miles) outside Kinshasa. The boat had...

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....

Maine city allocates over $900K donations to asylum seekers

Sep. 5, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council in Maine will allocate over $900,000 in private donations to the more than 400 asylum seekers that arrived this summer. The council voted unanimously on Wednesday to accept the donations and put the money into the city's Health and Human Services budget to...

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,...