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WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link

KINSHASA/DAKAR - At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola.

Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several in Congo: locals

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday.

Health, 20 Aug 2014

Military threat key to push FDLR rebels in Congo to disarm: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo believe an extended deadline to disarm allows them to stall, a top U.N. official said on Thursday, suggesting military action against factions which do not comply or commit human rights abuses.

World, Africa, United Nations, 07 Aug 2014

Congo imprisons opposition leader following public rally

KINSHASA - An opposition leader in Democratic Republic of Congo was imprisoned on Tuesday after he spoke at a rally calling on President Joseph Kabila to respect constitutional term limits and step aside in presidential elections due in 2016.

World, Africa 05 Aug 2014

Congo repels attack on military base in capital

KINSHASA - Gunmen attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control.

World, Africa, 22 Jul 2014

Central African leader appeals for ceasefire as talks open in Congo

BRAZZAVILLE - Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree on a ceasefire at the start of talks in the neighbouring Congo Republic.

World, United Nations, Africa 21 Jul 2014

Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining.

World, Africa, 16 Jul 2014

Central African Republic civilian leaders threaten to boycott peace talks

BANGUI/PARIS - Key political and religious groups in strifetorn Central African Republic on Friday threatened to boycott peace talks in the neighboring Republic of Congo, saying their county's future should be resolved at home.

World, Africa, United Nations, 11 Jul 2014

African nations give rebels in Congo six months to disarm

LUANDA/KINSHASA - African nations have agreed to suspend military operations for six months against Rwandan rebels in Congo to give them more time to lay down their arms, regional government officials said.

World, Africa, 03 Jul 2014

Head of U.N. Congo peacekeepers regrets failing to stop massacre

KINSHASA - The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June.

World, Africa 03 Jul 2014
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Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. | Video