Congo

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s Kabila, on eve of leaving presidency, urges unity

KINSHASA, Congo —Jan 23, 2019—  With less than 24 hours left in his rule, Congo’s President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday urged the nation to “massively” support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election that surprised the world by bringing an opposition leader to power. Kabila is stepping aside after more than two turbulent years … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s Kabila, on eve of leaving presidency, urges unity

United States | U.S. Response to Constitutional Court Decision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United States – The United States welcomes the Congolese Constitutional Court’s certification of Felix Tshisekedi as the next President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We are committed to working with the new DRC government. We encourage the government to include a broad representation of Congo’s political stakeholders and to address reports of … Continue reading United States | U.S. Response to Constitutional Court Decision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United States | United States Calls for a Lawful, Transparent Process To Resolve Electoral Disputes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United States – The United States stands with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at this historic moment. It is the people who should determine their country’s future through a fully transparent and constitutional process. The United States recognizes the legitimate concerns over the transparency of the electoral process. As the … Continue reading United States | United States Calls for a Lawful, Transparent Process To Resolve Electoral Disputes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United States | United States and the Republic of the Congo Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

United States – We welcome the December 4, 2018, signing of the new Open Skies Air Transport Agreement between the United States and the Republic of the Congo. This Agreement strengthens the civil aviation partnership between the two countries and deepens commercial and economic ties. The Agreement provides for unrestricted reciprocal market access for passenger … Continue reading United States | United States and the Republic of the Congo Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

United States | U.S. Calls for Credible Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United States – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture. On December 23, 2018, the DRC has a historic opportunity to carry out a credible election leading to a peaceful, democratic transfer of power. The stakes are high. Credible and transparent elections will help alleviate the DRC’s humanitarian and development … Continue reading United States | U.S. Calls for Credible Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

JOHANNESBURG | AP Explains: Why Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak is worrying

JOHANNESBURG  — The World Health Organization has announced that Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is not yet considered a global health emergency. Some aid groups expressed alarm when the rate of new cases more than doubled this month. With the area compared to a war zone, resistance to health workers sometimes turning … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | AP Explains: Why Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak is worrying

KINSHASA, Congo | UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use

KINSHASA, Congo— The United Nations Security Council has called on Congo’s electoral commission to open dialogue on the use of voting machines for December elections. French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who co-headed a delegation with ambassadors from Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea, said Sunday the security council wants the commission to consider a “broad consensus.” Voting machine … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use

KINSHASA, Congo | UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use

KINSHASA, Congo — The United Nations Security Council has called on Congo’s electoral commission to open dialogue on the use of voting machines for December elections. French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who co-headed a delegation with ambassadors from Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea, said Sunday the security council wants the commission to consider a “broad consensus.” Voting … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo ministry: At least 39 dead in Congo tanker truck fire

KINSHASA, Congo  — Congo’s Health Ministry says at least 39 people are dead and more than 80 people have been hospitalized after a tanker truck collided with another truck in western Congo. The ministry reduced the death toll from 50 announced Saturday by the regional governor. The updated lower figure cites rescue officials and hospital … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo ministry: At least 39 dead in Congo tanker truck fire

BENI, Congo | Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

BENI, Congo  — In a new reminder of the dangers in containing an Ebola outbreak in a war zone, suspected rebels killed seven people overnight in northeastern Congo and sent residents fleeing, an official said Saturday. Global health officials have warned that combating this virus outbreak is complicated by multiple armed groups in the mineral-rich … Continue reading BENI, Congo | Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

BENI, Congo | 7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak

BENI, Congo— An official in northeastern Congo says seven civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels, highlighting the threat to efforts to contain the latest Ebola virus outbreak nearby. The administrator of Beni territory, Donat Kibwana, tells The Associated Press the attack was carried out overnight in Mayi-Moya about … Continue reading BENI, Congo | 7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak

BENI, Congo | Congo’s latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

BENI, Congo— Armed groups, dense populations and mass displacement make Congo’s latest deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus more challenging than ever to contain, the World Health Organization’s chief said Friday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke after vaccinations began this week, with support from a U.N. peacekeeping mission, in Congo’s restive northeast where multiple rebel … Continue reading BENI, Congo | Congo’s latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s president not running again in long-delayed election

KINSHASA, Congo— Congo’s president is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in power. A government spokesman says former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the ruling party’s permanent secretary, is the presidential candidate as Congo faces its first peaceful, democratic transfer … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s president not running again in long-delayed election

KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo — Three more cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Congo’s latest outbreak, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said vaccinations could begin as early as Wednesday. The outbreak declared last week in North Kivu province in the northeast near Uganda and Rwanda is a … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo | Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo — The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday. The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as the region is … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo  | Congo’s Bemba returns to country to register as candidate

KINSHASA, Congo  — Congo’s former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba returned to the country on Wednesday to register as a presidential candidate in December’s long-delayed election, more than a decade after his arrest in Belgium led to a trial at the International Criminal Court over war crimes. Bemba arrived in a private jet in the capital, … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo  | Congo’s Bemba returns to country to register as candidate

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city of more than 1 million people. Health experts said the vaccinations of more than 3,300 people were a major factor in containing … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak

MEXICO CITY  | Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet

MEXICO CITY  — Killings of land and environmental activists rose in 2017 as Mexico and the Philippines registered worrying increases in such murders and Brazil saw the most ever registered in a single country, a watchdog group said Tuesday. At least 207 people who were protecting land and resources from business interests were slain last … Continue reading MEXICO CITY  | Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says countdown toward end of Ebola outbreak begins

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s health ministry says the countdown toward the end of its latest Ebola outbreak has begun, as all people who were in contact with the last confirmed case have passed the 21-day incubation period with no sign of the virus. The ministry announced the milestone Thursday. The outbreak’s end can be … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says countdown toward end of Ebola outbreak begins

U.S. Department of State News: Designation of Senior Officials From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Department is announcing the designation of several senior DRC officials, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, due to these officials’ involvement in significant corruption related to the DRC’s electoral process.  Further, the Department … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Designation of Senior Officials From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ebola vaccinations will begin Monday in the two rural areas of Congo where the latest deadly outbreak was declared this month, the health ministry said Saturday, as the number of confirmed Ebola cases rose to 35, including 10 deaths. A vaccination campaign is already under way in Mbandaka, the city of … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said, as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 30, including eight deaths. The spread of the often lethal hemorrhagic fever to a … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo’s health minister announced. “The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s Ebola risk ‘very high’ as confirmed virus cases rise

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak now has 14 confirmed cases as health officials rush to contain the often deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. The World Health Organization was holding an experts’ meeting on Friday to determine whether the epidemic warrants being declared a global health emergency. It now … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s Ebola risk ‘very high’ as confirmed virus cases rise

KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola spreads to city, entering 3 health zones in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo— Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a city, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province, a worrying shift as the risk of infection is more easily passed on in densely populated urban areas. Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka, a city of nearly … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola spreads to city, entering 3 health zones in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO says

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has agreed to allow the World Health Organization to use an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak announced last week, the WHO director-general said Monday. The aim is for health officials to start using the vaccine, once it’s shipped, by the end of the week, or next week if … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO says

2 dead in anti-government protests in Congo’s capital

KINSHASA, Congo/December 31, 2017  (AP)(STL.News)  —Congolese security forces shot dead two men outside a church on Sunday while dispersing demonstrators protesting in the country’s capital against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power, according to Human Rights Watch. Catholic churches and activists had called for peaceful demonstrations after Sunday mass, one year after the Catholic … Continue reading 2 dead in anti-government protests in Congo’s capital

UN promises justice in Congo against peacekeeper attacks

DODOMA, Tanzania /December 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  The bodies of 15 United Nations peacekeepers killed last week in eastern Congo arrived home in Tanzania on Monday, as a U.N. official vowed military offenses will be launched against rebels who carried out the attack. The bodies were received in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam … Continue reading UN promises justice in Congo against peacekeeper attacks