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Four journalists judged in appeal in Burundi

The trial on appeal of the four Iwacu(one of the last independent media in Burundi) journalists arrested on 22 October 2019 in Boubanza province, northwestern Burundi, while covering a surprise incursion by a group of Burundian rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo, took place on 6 May. For more than two hours, the lawyers […]

Corruption: DR Congo president’s chief of staff arrested

The chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Wednesday in the capital, Kinshasa, after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds. According to local media, Vital Kamerhe was arrested over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects that fell under his remit during […]

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DRC spy chief Delphin Kahimbi died by hanging – President

An inquiry into the death of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s spy chief has found that he died by hanging.   At a weekly cabinet meeting on Friday, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said the United Nations peacekeeping force had asked him to conduct an independent investigation into Delphin Kahimbi’s death. Delphin Kahimbi was found dead […]

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Ebola vaccine approved in 4 African countries

Four African countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ghana and Zambia – have licensed an Ebola vaccine that can now be distributed. “The approval of the Ebola vaccine by these countries is another milestone in the fight against this unforgiving disease,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Africa has rallied to cement […]

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DRC: Killings and violence “may amount to crimes against humanity” – UN

DRC: Killings and violence “may amount to crimes against humanity” – UN

The United Nations said killings, rapes and other barbaric violence committed by an ethnic armed group in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide. “The widespread nature of the organization, the systematic nature, is certainly characteristic of crimes against humanity,” UN human rights […]

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DRC: world’s worst measles outbreak killed over 6,000 – WHO

A measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least 6,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. According to the UN health body, the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving with around 310,000 suspected cases in the central African nation. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency […]

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Dozens killed as plane crashes into homes in DR Congo

Dozens killed as plane crashes into homes in DR Congo

In Democratic Republic of Congo, a plane crash has killed at least 27 people, including some on the ground on Sunday, a rescue official said. The small plane, which was operated by local company Busy Bee, crashed shortly after take-off en route to the city of Beni, about 250 km to the north, officials said. […]

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Conflict in DRC: France pledges help

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced support to the Democratic Republic of Congo to enable it tackle armed groups in the east of the country. Macron made the statement during a meeting with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday. “We signed the second agreement on the subject of support for development […]

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Nigeria, DRC boycott World Economic Forum taking place in Cape Town

Leaders of Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, have reviewed their plans to attend the World Economic Forum, held in Cape Town, in the wake of xenophobic attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians in South Africa. A top advisor of President Muhammadu Buhari twitted that President Yemi Osinbajo will no longer attend the four-day […]

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DRC: armed groups killed 1,900 civilians, abducted 3,300

In Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups have killed nearly 1,900 civilians and abducted more than 3,300 others in the eastern provinces of South and North Kivu since June 2017, Human Rights Watch said. According to a joint report of Human Rights Watch and the New York University-based Congo Research Group, the conflicts […]

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