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Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi returns to rapturous welcome

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KINSHASA Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday to welcome home opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi after a nearly two-year stay overseas for medical treatment.

Congo opposition leader gets two years for inciting disorder

Congo Republic opposition leader Paulin Makaya was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for his role in protests against a referendum proposing a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso, the High Court of Brazzaville ruled.

World, Africa, Jul 25 2016

Congo's Kabila issues pardons in effort to ease political tension

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's Joseph Kabila issued a raft of pardons on Friday, including to several pro-democracy activists detained after calling for the president to stand down.

World, United Nations, Africa Jul 22 2016

U.N. demands release of political prisoners in Congo

KINSHASA The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Thursday for the release of people he considers political prisoners in Democratic Republic of Congo as the government cracks down on dissent ahead of a contentious electoral period.

World, Africa Jul 21 2016

Democratic Republic of Congo launches yellow fever vaccination drive

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo launched a campaign on Wednesday to vaccinate about a million people against yellow fever over the next 10 days in the capital Kinshasa and a nearby province.

Health, Jul 20 2016

Suspected Congo yellow fever cases up 38 percent in last three weeks: WHO

KINSHASA The number of suspected yellow fever cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo has jumped 38 percent in the last three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as health officials prepare to launch a vaccination campaign next week.

World, Health, Africa Jul 15 2016

Congo election likely to be delayed: U.N. mission chief

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo is unlikely to hold a presidential election as scheduled in November, the U.N. head of mission there said on Thursday, something that U.N. experts have warned could trigger violent political unrest.

World, Africa, Jul 14 2016

U.N. peacekeepers preparing for possible Congo political violence

UNITED NATIONS Political uncertainty over Democratic Republic of Congo's next presidential election could spiral into a severe crisis and United Nations peacekeepers are developing contingency plans for widespread violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

World, United Nations, Africa Jul 05 2016

Shortage of syringes hampers Congo's fight against yellow fever

KINSHASA A shortage of syringes is hampering plans to vaccinate people in Democratic Republic of Congo against a yellow fever epidemic despite the arrival of more than one million doses of vaccine, health officials said on Tuesday.

Health, Jul 05 2016

Suspected rebels hack nine people to death in northeast Congo: army

KINSHASA Suspected rebels hacked to death at least nine people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the army said, the latest in a string of massacres that have killed more than 500 civilians since October 2014.

World, Africa Jul 05 2016
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Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S. says purges harming cooperation

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected Western criticism of purges under way in Turkey's military and other state institutions after a failed coup, suggesting some in the United States were on the side of the plotters.