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U.N. rights official to return to Congo despite expulsion: spokesman

KINSHASA - The top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left the country after the government ordered his expulsion for publishing a report accusing the police of abuses, but a U.N. spokesman said on Sunday he would return.

Congo lends a hand to fight Ebola, urges African solidarity

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home.

Health, 18 Oct 2014

Rebels kill more than 20 people in east Congo village

KINSHASA - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed more than 20 people overnight in their second attack near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in 48 hours, a civic group said on Saturday.

World, Africa, 18 Oct 2014

At least 27 killed in attacks in eastern Congo: official

KINSHASA - At least 27 people were killed and another seven people seriously injured in overnight raids on villages near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, local officials said on Thursday.

World, Africa, 16 Oct 2014

HIV pandemic's roots traced back to 1920s Kinshasa

LONDON - Bustling transport networks, migrant labor and changes to the sex trade in early 20th-century Congo created a "perfect storm" that gave rise to an HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide, researchers said on Thursday.

Health, 02 Oct 2014

Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city

LUSAKA/KINSHASA - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption.

World, United Nations, Africa 30 Sep 2014

Leper colony novel would make great film, producer tells Greene fest

BERKHAMSTED England - Writer Graham Greene's novel set in a leper colony in the Belgian Congo would make a great film, the producer of the 1999 film of Greene's "The End of the Affair" said.

Entertainment, 29 Sep 2014

Congo's Ebola outbreak 'almost over', prime minister says

KINSHASA - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said.

Health, 22 Sep 2014

UN entrepreneur taps African oil for child health

GENEVA - Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues toward childhood nutrition, a victory for "innovative financing" to help the world's poorest, the scheme's creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview.

Health, 19 Sep 2014

Congolese government clashes with bishops over third-term debate

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo's government accused Catholic bishops of pandering to foreign influence on Thursday after they issued an open letter opposing a possible constitutional revision to let President Joseph Kabila seek a third term.

World, Africa 18 Sep 2014
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Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp

PRETORIA - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. | Video