15 Jan 2019

DRC: Breakthrough in Fight Against Ebola

Not until partway through the West African Ebola epidemic between 2013 and 2016 was a treatment developed that was used to reduce fatalities and help end the outbreak.This treatment only treated one strain of the virus, however, and not the other two deadly strains. Only a few years later, Doctors

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10 Jan 2019

DR Congo presidential election: Outcry as Tshisekedi named winner

Opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi has been named winner of the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country’s powerful Catholic Church, the only truly nation-wide institution, has stated that the announced results do not match polling data collected by its 40,000 election monitors. The announced runner

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08 Jan 2019

Gabon thwarts coup attempt as plotters are killed, hostages freed

The Gabonese government has successfully countered a military coup attempt that had taken control of state radio services and a major traffic route in the capital of Libreville. President Ali Bongo took power in 2009 upon the death of his father, who had ruled the country for over 40 years.

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07 Jan 2019

U.S. sends troops in response to possible “violent” demonstrations in DR Congo

“President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election.  Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had

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02 Jan 2019

Warning of ‘Fictitious’ Election Results Online, Congo Cuts Internet and SMS services through January 6

“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after

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14 Dec 2018

7,000 Voting Machines Destroyed in Congo Warehouse Fire

“Barnabe Kikaya, an advisor to outgoing President Joseph Kabila, says about 7,000 voting machines were lost in the Thursday morning fire, which he says was the work of ‘criminals.’ But Kikaya said the fire will not disrupt preparations for the December 23 vote. Questions have been raised about whether the

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12 Dec 2018

Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak grow

“As an Ebola outbreak in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to spread after 4 months, there’s a glimmer of hope: An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be helping the communities it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine, by far the

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04 Dec 2018

Threat from Islamic State-Affiliated Group Reason DRC US Embassy Closed

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for over a week due to “credible” terror threat against U.S. government facilities in the capital. The nature of the threat was previously unspecified, but a U.S. official speaking with VOA under the condition of anonymity has

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30 Nov 2018

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016

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26 Nov 2018

Congo terror threat: U.S. warns of “credible” terrorist threat in Democratic Republic of Congo

The US Embassy in the DRC announced over the weekend that it had received “credible and specific” information concerning a terrorist threat against U.S. facilities in the capital Kinshasa. The announcement did not provide details on the source of the threat, whether connected to ongoing rebel activities by the Islamist

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