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Days of heavy rains in Congo’s capital kill at least 32

Nov. 26, 2019 11:00 AM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Flooding and landslides after heavy rains in Congo have left at least 32 people dead in and around the capital, Kinshasa, officials said Tuesday. "The situation is a dramatic. In addition to 15 lifeless bodies that we have collected, there is significant material damage," said Jean...

Congo residents burn town hall after latest rebel attack

Nov. 25, 2019 4:24 PM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Angry residents of the eastern Congo city of Beni burned the town hall and stormed the United Nations peacekeeping mission Monday after rebels killed eight people and kidnapped nine overnight in their latest assault. Gunfire could be heard as police and peacekeepers tried to disperse...

26 killed as small plane crashes into homes in Congo

Nov. 24, 2019 1:49 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A small plane crashed into homes shortly after takeoff Sunday in Congo’s eastern city of Goma, killing 26 people, including the aircraft’s passengers and crew, as well as residents on the ground, the government of the central African nation said. The 19-seat Dornier...

A local official says a plane has crashed on takeoff in Congo’s eastern city of Goma with 17 people aboard

Nov. 24, 2019 5:47 AM EST
GOMA, Congo (AP) — A local official says a plane has crashed on takeoff in Congo’s eastern city of Goma with 17 people aboard.

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

Nov. 7, 2019 11:18 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty in July of 18 counts of war crimes and...

International Criminal Court sentences Congolese warlord to maximum 30 years for war crimes, crimes against humanity

Nov. 7, 2019 5:03 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court sentences Congolese warlord to maximum 30 years for war crimes, crimes against humanity.

Bus crash in Congo's southwest kills at least 30, injures 16

Oct. 21, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidency says at least 30 people have been killed and 16 others injured in a bus accident in southwestern Kongo Central province. The statement from President Felix Tshisekedi's office says the provincial governor is opening an investigation into Sunday's accident. It says...

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

Oct. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent weeks. The U.N. health agency first declared the epidemic, the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in...

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct. 10, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill...

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Oct. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday. The Central African nation is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed about half that number since August 2018. Since January, more...