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Congo opposition leader Bemba expected home in July


GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December's presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday.

U.S. State Department imposes visa ban on several DRCongo officials

WASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country's electoral process to send a "strong signal" about the need for a peaceful transfer of power.

World, U.S., Africa Jun 21 2018

Africa's green revolution stumbles at Congo project to solve food shortages

DAKAR In 2014, Democratic Republic of Congo officials trumpeted the launch of a sweeping initiative they said would solve food shortages in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Ebola outbreak in Congo 'largely contained', says WHO

GENEVA Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has been "largely contained" and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on June 9, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Health, Jun 20 2018

Congo's parliament to consider legal protection for ex-presidents

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament will, at President Joseph Kabila's request, hold a special session to consider legislation providing legal protection for former presidents, lawmakers said.

World, Africa Jun 16 2018

'We are still at war' with Ebola: WHO chief

KINSHASA The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday cautioned against declaring victory too early in Congo's Ebola epidemic, despite encouraging signs that it may be brought under control.

Health, Jun 12 2018

Congo's Bemba ordered released after war crimes acquittal

THE HAGUE Jean-Pierre Bemba, the Congolese ex-vice president whose war crimes conviction was quashed on appeal last week, must be released, judges at International Criminal Court ruled on Tuesday.

World, Africa Jun 12 2018

Congolese ex-Vice President Bemba acquitted of war crimes on appeal

THE HAGUE/KINSHASA The International Criminal Court on Friday overturned the war crimes conviction of former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a huge blow to prosecutors that could also dramatically shake up politics in his home country.

World, Africa, Jun 08 2018

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in Congo is stabilizing

GENEVA A deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is stabilizing, giving reason for cautious optimism, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Health, World, Africa, Jun 08 2018

ICC overturns war crimes conviction of Congolese politician Bemba

The Hague The International Criminal Court on Friday overturned the war crimes conviction and 18-year prison sentence of Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba, a huge blow to prosecutors that could also impact politics in Democratic Republic of Congo.

World, Africa, Jun 08 2018

Pompeo warns Iran on nuclear arms; hopes military force will never be needed

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday warned Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons, saying it would face the "wrath of the entire world" if it did so, but added that he hoped it would never be necessary for the United States to take military action against the country.