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Coronavirus causes poaching spike in Congo's Virunga park

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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 replaces sanctioned army chief with deputy also sanctioned for rights abuses

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has appointed a new head of the army to replace General John Numbi, state television said on Friday.

World, Africa, Jul 17 2020

Congo gives mines month to end COVID restrictions

The Democratic Republic of Congo has given copper and cobalt mining companies a month to stop confining workers on site away from their families as part of COVID-19 restrictions and return to normal operations, the labour minister said in an open letter.

World, Africa Jul 15 2020

DR Congo police fire tear gas to disperse protests over election chief

KINSHASA Thousands of opposition activists marched across Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa on Monday in renewed protest against the nomination of the election commission's new head. | Video

World, Africa, Jul 14 2020

Ebola spreading in western Congo with nearly 50 confirmed cases: WHO

GENEVA Ebola is spreading in western Democratic Republic of Congo, with nearly 50 known cases across a large region bordering the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Health, Jul 13 2020

Congo justice minister resigns after judicial reform dispute

KINSHASA The Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice Minister Celestin Tunda tendered his resignation on Saturday in the wake of a dispute with the president over proposed laws that would give politicians more control over criminal prosecutions.

World, Africa, Jul 11 2020

At least three killed in protests over Congo election chief

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.

World, Africa, United Nations, Jul 09 2020

Eastern Congo militia pledges to surrender after leader forced out

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo One of the largest rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced overnight that it had ousted its leader, accusing him of human rights abuses, and planned to surrender.

World, Africa Jul 09 2020

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

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.

World, Africa Jul 08 2020

Congo health workers reduce coronavirus services in pay protest

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.

World, Health, Africa Jul 07 2020
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Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents

BEIRUT Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources.