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At least three killed in protests over Congo election chief

Jul 09 2020

KINSHASA At least three people were killed during protests in Congo's capital and elsewhere on Thursday, a U.N. rights body said, after the nomination of an election commission chief stirred public anger and further tension in the ruling coalition.

Congo health workers reduce coronavirus services in pay protest

Jul 07 2020

KINSHASA Health workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital have cut their services to a minimum in protest against unpaid bonuses, they said on Tuesday.

As pandemic spreads, Congo poet warns in music video of 'empty cooking pots'

Jul 02 2020

KINSHASA As the coronavirus spreads in Democratic Republic of Congo, a popular Congolese poet warns in his new music video that lockdowns are leaving the nation's many poor with no means of sustenance.

New hotline helps families survive abuse in Congo

May 26 2020

KINSHASA Four days after the Congolese government shut down Kinshasa's pulsating nightlife, her husband knocked out some of her teeth and went to live with his mistress, leaving her bleeding and naked on the floor. Their three children saw it all.

Profiteers pounce as COVID-19 threatens Congo food supply

May 04 2020

KINSHASA Eight weeks after the Democratic Republic of Congo recorded its first case of the new coronavirus, Kinshasa's main food market still has plentiful stocks of tomatoes, aubergines and other produce for the crowds of masked shoppers. | Video

As social distancing meets Congo, some say 'it just won't work'

Mar 24 2020

KINSHASA, March 24 Chloe climbs out of his yellow minibus taxi to admonish a mob of commuters crowding the pavement in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, where authorities are trying to prevent overcrowding to fight the coronavirus.

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

Jan 09 2020

KINSHASA Paulin Bolumbu thought his family lived a safe distance from the Congo River, but in November the water overran its banks by more than half a kilometer, inundating his corrugated iron house. | Video

Congo's top court excludes opposition leader Bemba from presidential election

Sep 03 2018

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's top court on Monday definitively excluded opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba from December's presidential election because of a witness tampering conviction at the International Criminal Court.

Congo opposition leader Katumbi refused entry at border

Aug 03 2018

KINSHASA Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi was refused entry into Congo via the country's land border with Zambia on Friday when he tried to return from exile to submit his candidacy for December's presidential election, he said in a tweet.

Congo to use Ebola vaccine as early as next week: health minister

Aug 03 2018

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo will start using an Ebola vaccine as early as next week to counter a new flare-up in the heavily populated eastern part of the Central African country, which emerged just as an earlier outbreak was being pronounced over. | Video

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