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Forty-six civilians feared killed in eastern Congo attack, official says

KINSHASA Forty-six civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior provincial official said on Thursday.

Guardians of Congo's gorillas unbowed as ambushed colleague is buried

GOMA, Congo A line of Congolese park rangers raised their guns in salute on Monday as the coffin bearing their colleague Burhani Abdou Surumwe, a 30-year-old father of four, was buried in the black volcanic soil of a Muslim cemetery outside Goma.

Three drowned, dozens missing, after boat sinks in eastern Congo's Lake Kivu

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo At least two children and one woman have drowned after a passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Wednesday, as survivors warned that dozens more were still missing. | Video

World, Africa Jan 07 2021

R&B star Akon enters Congo mining sector in JV with state company

DAKAR A company led by American-Senegalese R&B singer Akon has signed a deal to finance a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a joint venture with a state miner, according to a contract published by the mines ministry.

Entertainment, Jan 05 2021

At least 22 killed in eastern Congo village

BENI, Congo At least 22 people were killed in an overnight raid on a village in a part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo plagued by Islamist rebel attacks, local authorities said on Tuesday.

World, Africa Jan 05 2021

Breaking with predecessor, Congo's Tshisekedi seeks new parliamentary base

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has asked a senator to work out if he can build up a new bloc of supporters in parliament that could help him force out a cabinet dominated by backers of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

World, Africa Jan 01 2021

Powerful business lobby replaces ally of ex-Congo president Kabila

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's main private business lobby replaced a close ally of former president Joseph Kabila as its chairman on Wednesday, further weakening Kabila in his power struggle with President Felix Tshisekedi.

World, Africa, Dec 23 2020

On Congo's muddy trails, lessons for a global COVID vaccine rollout

KINSHASA When Ebola hit the city of Mbandaka in northwest Congo in 2018, health officials had to act fast - the city was connected via regular boat service to the sprawling capital Kinshasa, where the deadly virus could spread out of control.

Congo President Tshisekedi says most lawmakers back his vision

KINSHASA Congo President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he believed he had the cross-party support needed to push through his plans for a new government, after ending an awkward coalition with his predecessor Joseph Kabila to seek a new majority in parliament. | Video

World, Africa Dec 15 2020

Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak, sees lessons for COVID fight

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of an almost six-month Ebola outbreak in the west of the country on Wednesday as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against COVID-19 in Africa. | Video

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Dutch government quits over 'colossal stain' of tax subsidy scandal

THE HAGUE Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government resigned on Friday, accepting responsibility for wrongful accusations of fraud by the tax authorities that drove thousands of families to financial ruin, often on the basis of ethnicity.