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African man escaped a massacre, but death followed

Jul. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling journey starting in South America and extending...

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

Jul. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week. This is the fourth time WHO has convened the group to assess...

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass through three...

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola

Jul. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Ebola (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Geneva says the United States will "provide more in the coming months" to help respond to the Ebola outbreak, while the European Union ambassador says the bloc will examine possibilities to scale up its response....

Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma

Jul. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago. The health ministry said the man who had arrived earlier...

Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma

Jul. 14, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Congolese Health Ministry is confirming Congo's first Ebola case in the city of Goma, home to more than 2 million people. The regional capital in eastern Congo borders neighboring Rwanda, which has been preparing for possible cases since an outbreak began nearly a year ago. The...

Congolese health ministry confirms first Ebola case in Goma, a city of more than 2 million on Rwandan border

Jul. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese health ministry confirms first Ebola case in Goma, a city of more than 2 million on Rwandan border.

Intl court convicts Congo rebel leader known as 'Terminator'

Jul. 8, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Monday convicted a notorious rebel commander known as "The Terminator" of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery for his role in atrocities in a bloody ethnic conflict in a mineral-rich...

Congo police arrest 20 protesters over mining dispute

Jul. 4, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least 20 people were arrested in southeastern Congo Thursday when they protested the authorities' decision to prevent them from digging copper and cobalt ores in a mine controlled by the Swiss-based mining company Glencore. Gen. Philemon Yav, the deputy inspector of Congo's...

Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist...