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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Country in Central Africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. It was formerly called Zaire (1971–1997). It is, by area, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second-largest in all of Africa, and the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over 84 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populous officially Francophone country, the fourth-most-populous country in Africa, and the 16th-most-populous country in the world. Eastern DR Congo has been the scene of ongoing military conflict in Kivu, since 2015.

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DR Congo: Crimes and no punishment

This Friday, January 24, the Democratic Republic of Congo marks the first anniversary of the inauguration of Félix Tshisekedi as president. One of his challenges is to heal the wounds left by the two..
France 24 - Published

Has Felix Tshisekedi tackling DR Congo's six biggest problems?

Ordinary Congolese hoped Felix Tshisekedi would transform their lives when he became president.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Democratic Republic of the Congo


DRC government to force families to leave mines [Video]DRC government to force families to leave mines

Thousands of families living near lucrative cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to be forced to make way for foreign mining companies.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published

DRC child labour: Mining companies accused of exploitation [Video]DRC child labour: Mining companies accused of exploitation

The high cost of cobalt mining in the DRC that many children are paying.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Heavy gunfire erupts as DR Congo's anti-UN protests continue [Video]Heavy gunfire erupts as DR Congo's anti-UN protests continue

At least two people reportedly killed as demonstrations continue demanding UN peacekeepers leave the Beni area.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:31Published

Ebola outbreak: Security concerns limit progress [Video]Ebola outbreak: Security concerns limit progress

How a security crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is putting Ebola treatment operations at risk.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

DR Congo anger grows over deadly unrest [Video]DR Congo anger grows over deadly unrest

All 28 people killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo this week buried as many say UN troops have failed to provide protection from armed groups.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

Measles More Deadly Than Ebola In DRC [Video]Measles More Deadly Than Ebola In DRC

The measles epidemic is ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. The contagious virus has killed more than twice as many people since the beginning of the year as the Ebola outbreak. Measles, which..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

DR Congo: At least 19 killed in new rebel attack near Beni [Video]DR Congo: At least 19 killed in new rebel attack near Beni

UN says its soldier may have shot and killed a protester in Beni amid rising protests against peacekeeping mission.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

 

Risking my life to protect Congo's rainforest

How a conservationist tried to protect Congo's rainforest during the country's civil war
BBC News - Published

UN: Congo ethnic violence might be crimes against humanity

un: congo ethnic violence might be crimes against humanity
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Killings, rapes and other violence by an armed ethnic group targeting rivals in Congo’s northeast may amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations said Friday. More..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity, UN says

Killings, rapes and other barbaric violence committed by an ethnic armed group in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

DR Congo jail: Inmates starve to death in Makala Prison

Seventeen people have died in the country's biggest jail where it is feared another 100 are close to dying.
BBC News - Published

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

Paulin Bolumbu thought his family lived a safe distance from the Congo River, but in November the water overran its banks by more than half a kilometer, inundating his corrugated iron house.
Reuters - Published

South African military plane crash lands in Congo, no sign of major damage

A South African military plane crash-landed on Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Congo: greater than 6000 useless within the "worst measles epidemic in the world"

congo: greater than 6000 useless within the worst measles epidemic in the world
The measles epidemic within the Democratic Republic of the Congo is "the worst in the world" and has killed greater than 6,000 folks in a single 12 months, mentioned the World Health Organization (WHO)..
WorldNews - Published

DR Congo measles: More than 6,000 dead in world's worst outbreak

Around 310,000 cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since early 2019.
BBC News - Published

Ministry of Health Lauds Partners for Support during Ebola Preparedness Response in Uganda

ministry of health lauds partners for support during ebola preparedness response in uganda
Kampala 6 January 2020: - The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng lauded partnership and coordination as the key drivers for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness response in Uganda. This was..
WorldNews - Published

Angola and Congo tell dos Santos to cooperate with justice after asset freeze

The presidents of Angola and Congo said on Sunday Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of Angola's previous leader and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo, should cooperate with the justice..
Reuters - Published

2019 in Africa: pro-democracy uprisings, regime change and terrorism in the Sahel

From Felix Tshisekedi’s rise to power in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the fall of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria and the acquittal of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, Africa was..
France 24 - Published

Islamist militants kill 18 in attack in eastern Congo

Islamist militants have killed 18 people in an attack on a village in eastern Congo, a regional official and a local human rights group said on Monday, the latest in a 60-day counter-offensive that has..
Reuters - Published

Week in Review: Christmas in Paris, 'Black Tuesday' strikes and Congo's forgotten wars

French unions launch "Black Tuesday" strikes against pension reform, cartoonists use art to fight political repression, the magic of Christmas in Paris and revisiting Congo's forgotten wars.
France 24 - Published

For the first time, FDA approves vaccine to prevent deadly Ebola virus

For the first time, the FDA has approved an Ebola vaccine. Since 2018, the deadly virus has killed more than 2,200 in Congo.
USATODAY.com - Published

Reporter's notebook: Unpunished Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why have so few people heard of the two Congo Wars (1996-2003) which left millions of people dead ? Our reporters Nicolas Germain and Thomas Nicolon returned to some of the worst battlegrounds, from..
France 24 - Published

Top tech firms sued over DR Congo cobalt mining deaths

A lawsuit accuses Apple, Google, Tesla, Microsoft and others of using cobalt mined by child labour.
BBC News - Published

Rebels kill 43 people over weekend in eastern Congo attacks

rebels kill 43 people over weekend in eastern congo attacks
BENI, Congo (AP) — Rebels with apparent links to the Islamic State group have killed at least 43 people in eastern Congo over the weekend in a series of attacks carried out in response to a new..
WorldNews - Published

Militants kill 22 in eastern Congo despite claims of security progress

Suspected Islamist militiamen killed at least 22 people overnight in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Sunday, as the rebels kept up attacks on civilians despite government..
Reuters - Published

Spike in Ebola cases alarms health officials in DRC

spike in ebola cases alarms health officials in drc
Health officials are investigating an alarming spike in Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with many of the cases blamed on a single individual who appears to have contracted the..
WorldNews - Published

Ebola spreads in Congo after militants attack treatment camp: WHO

Cases of the deadly Ebola virus have risen in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health care workers remain largely cut off from the disease's hotspots since militants attacked their camp, the..
Reuters - Published

U.S. imposes sanctions on Islamist rebels in eastern Congo

The United States imposed sanctions on the leader of an Islamist rebel group and five others on Tuesday for perpetrating serious human rights abuses including mass rape, torture and killings in eastern..
Reuters - Published

Suspected Islamist rebels kill 14 in eastern Congo: local authorities

Suspected Islamist fighters killed 14 people in eastern Congo on Friday, local authorities said, as a month-long spike in violence complicates efforts to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Reuters - Published

DR Congo: Is it one of the most dangerous places to fly?

The country has a notorious air-safety record - but is it the worst?
BBC News - Published

Fatal attacks on Congo clinics risk resurgence of Ebola epidemic

International organizations warned on Friday of a potential resurgence of Ebola in Congo after deadly militia attacks on health centers forced aid groups to suspend operations and withdraw staff from..
Reuters - Published

‘More deaths than Ebola’: Measles outbreak hits DRC

More than 5,000 people, mainly children, have died in what is currently the world’s biggest measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said..
France 24 - Published

Four killed in attacks against DR Congo Ebola response centres

Militia fighters in eastern Congo killed four people and injured several others in attacks on two Ebola response centres on Thursday, in what the United Nations described as a setback to efforts to..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Ebola health workers killed and injured by rebel attack in Congo

ebola health workers killed and injured by rebel attack in congo
World Health Organization chief warns violence will harm efforts to deal with Ebola outbreak Four health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been killed and..
WorldNews - Published

Suspected Islamists kill at least 19 in latest east Congo attack

Suspected Islamist rebels have killed at least 19 people in east Congo, an official said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks causing anger at the perceived inaction of the army and U.N...
Reuters - Published

At least 13 killed in latest militant attack in DR Congo's troubled east

At least 13 people were killed Wednesday in eastern DR Congo by an armed group blamed for a string of massacres that have sparked deadly protests against the UN's peacekeeping mission, officials said.
France 24 - Published

UN launches probe after peacekeepers suspected in DR Congo protest death

un launches probe after peacekeepers suspected in dr congo protest death
The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo said it was launching a probe after gathering evidence that its troops may have killed a young demonstrator, as a fresh protest unfolded in the east of the..
WorldNews - Published

DR Congo protests: UN to open investigation into demonstrator's death

The UN mission says it will investigate the killing of a man during protests in the city of Beni.
BBC News - Published

Appeals judges uphold sentence for Congolese ex-vice president Bemba

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld a 12 month-sentence for Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for witness tampering.
Reuters - Published

Ebola services in Congo hit as civilians attack UN base over massacres

ebola services in congo hit as civilians attack un base over massacres
Ongoing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has led protesters to attack a UN base and town hall, while forcing medical workers tackling the Ebola outbreak into lockdown. At least 60..
WorldNews - Published

Scores killed after heavy rains lash DR Congo's capital

More than 40 people died in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa as the city was battered by torrential rains and landslides, a top city official said on Tuesday.
France 24 - Published

Floods kill at least 39 in Congo's capital Kinshasa

At least 39 people died in flooding on Tuesday in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, following torrential rains overnight that caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa,..
Reuters - Published

At least two killed in eastern DR Congo as protests continue

Two people were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday in fresh protests at failures to root out a notorious armed group, a military official said.
France 24 - Published

WHO, UNICEF evacuate 76 staff from Ebola teams in Congo due to insecurity

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday evacuated dozens of their staff working on the Ebola epidemic from the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of..
Reuters - Published

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World

Nearly a quarter of a million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are thought to have been infected by measles in 2019 alone, the World Health Organization said.
NYTimes.com - Published

Two killed in Congo after protesters torch U.N. buildings over massacre

Two people were killed in clashes with police in eastern Congo on Monday after protesters in the town of Beni set fire to the mayor's office and several U.N. buildings in anger at a new round of..
Reuters - Published

DR Congo crowd burns UN base and Beni town hall

Protesters vent their fury after troops fail to prevent a rebel attack in Beni in eastern DR Congo.
BBC News - Published

Protesters torch Congo mayor's office, U.N. buildings after massacre

Protesters set fire to the town hall and several United Nations buildings in Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday in anger at a new round of violence by suspected Islamist rebels.
Reuters - Published

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