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

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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.

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

West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount

MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. | Video

Health, Africa 02 Sep 2014

West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount

MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. | Video

Health, Africa, 02 Sep 2014

WHO says sending supplies for Ebola outbreak in Congo

GENEVA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo, where authorities have confirmed two cases of Ebola in a remote area.

Health, Africa, 25 Aug 2014

Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.

Health, 24 Aug 2014

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.

Health, 21 Aug 2014

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
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U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war. | Video