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Hereward Holland

Congo leader boosts influence with new constitutional court judges

Oct 21 2020

KINSHASA Three constitutional court judges selected by Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi were sworn in on Wednesday after months of delay, granting him greater influence over lawmaking and election issues and riling his coalition partner.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Congo grants new export ban waivers for copper, cobalt, tin

Aug 24 2020

* Cobalt hydroxide and carbonate, 3Ts, granted indefinite waiver

Congo to meet miners to debate copper concentrate export waivers

Aug 12 2020

Mining companies and copper and cobalt buyers have been invited to a meeting in Kinshasa next week to discuss if there is a way to maintain waivers to an export ban that are meant to expire in September, the mining minister said on Thursday.

Coronavirus causes poaching spike in Congo's Virunga park

Jul 20 2020

When rangers in Congo's Virunga National Park discovered three-year-old baby gorilla Theodore tangled in a poacher's snare this month, they knew they had to act fast. | Video

Congo virus funds embezzled by 'mafia network', says deputy minister

Jul 08 2020

KINSHASA Congo's deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

Mining magnate Gertler denies skirting U.S. sanctions in Congo

Jul 02 2020

Israeli billionaire mining investor Dan Gertler denied on Thursday that he had tried to evade U.S. sanctions after watchdogs said he appeared to have funnelled millions of dollars through a bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo mine closures would cause economic and social crisis, minister says

Apr 17 2020

JOHANNESBURG Democratic Republic of Congo's mining minister warned mine shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic would trigger a "catastrophic" economic and social crisis in the country, as he reported a 15% slump in cobalt exports in the first quarter.

Democratic Republic of Congo locks down mining area, workers sent home over coronavirus

Mar 23 2020

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo imposed a two-day lockdown in part of its copper and cobalt heartland on Monday, as two of the country's largest mines took steps to reduce staff levels in response to an accelerating coronavirus outbreak.

In the shadow of Ebola and Covid-19, measles rips through Congo

Mar 23 2020

BUSU-MANDJI, Democratic Republic of Congo Thomas the Tank Engine beams from the front of Dobo Mambanza's ripped pullover. Unlike the cartoon train's face, Dobo's is blistered and scrunched as she struggles for breath, her eyes shuttered and weeping. The three-year-old is going blind. | Video

In the shadow of Ebola and Covid-19, measles rips through Congo

Mar 23 2020

BUSU-MANDJI, Democratic Republic of Congo Thomas the Tank Engine beams from the front of Dobo Mambanza's ripped pullover. Unlike the cartoon train's face, Dobo's is blistered and scrunched as she struggles for breath, her eyes shuttered and weeping. The three-year-old is going blind. | Video

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