Tag: Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa)

Ebola Epidemic in Congo Could Last Another Year, C.D.C. Director Warns

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not under control and could continue for another year, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on Friday. “Let’s not underestimate this outbreak,” he said. His outlook was less optimistic than that of the director […]

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Improper Voting Occurred at Methodist Conference That Strengthened Ban on Gay Clergy

It was a momentous vote for the United Methodist Church, as the future of the country’s second-largest Protestant church hung in the balance. In a former football stadium in St. Louis last month, church officials and lay leaders from around the world voted to strengthen their ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy, a decision […]

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Outcry in Sweden Over Footage of Pregnant Black Woman Being Dragged From Train

STOCKHOLM — Footage of security officers dragging a pregnant black woman off a Stockholm subway train and pinning her to a bench has caused an outcry in Sweden, raising questions about the treatment of minorities in a country often seen as a beacon of tolerance. Two security guards have been […]

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‘Along the Main Road You See the Graves’: U.N. Says Hundreds Killed in Congo

Fifteen communal burial sites and 43 single graves have been found in a northwest area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where three days of ethnic strife last month may have left nearly 900 people dead, United Nations officials said Tuesday. The officials said the violence, between the Bununu and […]

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Deadly Ebola Virus Is Found in Liberian Bat, Researchers Say

For the first time, the type of deadly Ebola virus responsible for recent epidemics in West and Central Africa has been found in a bat, Liberian health officials announced on Thursday. Scientists have long suspected that bats were a natural host of Ebola and a source of some human infections, […]

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Congo Court Affirms Results of Contested Presidential Election

The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo ruled early Sunday on the results of the country’s highly contested election, determining that the opposition candidate Félix Tshisekedi was in fact the winner and rejecting a challenge from another opposition figure who was the runner-up. The court’s decision affirmed the […]

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Congo President Didn’t Run for Re-election, but He’s Still in Control

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The blaze that consumed the headquarters of the main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo was so devastating that several men were charred beyond recognition, their bodies among dozens killed protesting the rule of President Joseph Kabila. “We’re dealing with a rogue […]

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Congo’s Almost Free Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire, is one of the richest countries of the world in natural resources. But it also has a long and dismal history of colonial exploitation, dictatorial rule and war that has left its citizens among the poorest people of the world. That is […]

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Disputed Congo Election Result Leaves Country on Edge

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In the days after Congolese voters went to the polls late last month, as ballots were being counted, the opposition candidate widely believed to have won the presidency offered assurances to the regime that has long ruled the country. “If I am elected, there […]

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Congo Election Panel Names Opposition Candidate the Victor of Presidential Vote

Congolese election officials, rejecting independent assessments that a prominent opposition figure was the runaway winner of the recent presidential election, on Thursday bestowed victory on a candidate considered more acceptable to the departing President Joseph Kabila. The decision dashed hopes that the country might experience its first undisputed transfer of […]

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Opposition Leader Is Seen by Church as Winning Congo Vote

LONDON — The Catholic Church, one of the few trusted institutions in Congo, has determined that a leading opposition candidate won this week’s presidential elections, a senior Western official and a presidential adviser said on Friday, setting up a potential confrontation with the Congolese government. The candidate, Martin Fayulu, a […]

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Congo Votes, Amid Ebola Crisis and Problems at Polls, After Years’ Delay

Long-anticipated elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, already delayed by two years and a week, finally got underway on Sunday, but they were deeply flawed, with more than a million voters excluded from casting their ballots, most of them in opposition strongholds. Across the country, many voters arrived at […]

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How to Save Congo From Chaos?

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo is sliding toward chaos as outgoing President Joseph Kabila has failed to keep his promise to organize free, transparent and fair elections, which were scheduled to be held on Dec. 23. On Thursday the country’s electoral commission postponed the much-delayed vote by a […]

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Targets of U.S. Sanctions Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties to Seek Relief

WASHINGTON — On a July evening, Trump administration officials and allies, including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, gathered with investors atop the Hay-Adams hotel overlooking the White House for a cocktail reception featuring a short presentation by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s special envoy to the United States. […]

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Global Health: Ebola Attacked Congo Again. But Now Congo Seems to Be Winning

The month-old Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which emerged unexpectedly in a dangerous region and quickly soared to over 100 cases, now appears to be fading. Only a handful of new cases appear each week, and the region’s two treatment centers, full until recently, now have fewer […]

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Deadly Ebola Strikes Anew, a Week After Previous Outbreak Was Extinguished

The Ebola virus has struck again in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has killed at least 20 people, the country’s Health Ministry reported Wednesday, just a week after officials announced the end of an Ebola outbreak 1,550 miles away. The latest outbreak was the 10th time that Ebola, a contagious affliction that can quickly […]

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Album Review: Jupiter & Okwess Turn Congo Turbulence Into Ferocious Grooves

Jupiter Bokondji Ilola, now 54, didn’t choose a comfortable path. As the son of a diplomat from Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo — a country long ravaged by poverty, corruption and civil war — he spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and East Germany, and he could have pursued an education in […]

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Belgium Honors Congolese Leader It Helped Overthrow

BRUSSELS — The Belgian authorities imprisoned Patrice Lumumba as a rabble-rouser. When, shortly afterward, he became the first prime minister of an independent Congo, once their largest and most profitable colony, they supported a military coup that culminated in his killing. On Saturday, they named a square in Brussels after him. The former Square du […]

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Global Health: Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

After a rapid response by health agencies and the rollout of a new vaccine, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared “largely contained” by the World Health Organization. The outbreak was the first in which health authorities deployed a Merck vaccine field-tested in the waning days of the huge 2014 […]

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The Fight to Get a Vaccine to Center of Ebola Outbreak

Advertisement Medical investigators will need to overcome the rural region’s extreme logistical hurdles to reconstruct transmission chains, vaccinate contacts and halt the spread. By Emily Baumgaertner June 1, 2018 ImageHealth care workers preparing a makeshift center to administer an experimental vaccine in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, where the outbreak began, in May.CreditKenny Katombe/Reuters Aiming […]

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Art Review: Fantastical Cityscapes of Cardboard and Glue at MoMA

Kingelez favored setbacks, “glass” curtain walls (mostly plastic) and scallops that defined his buildings’ shapes, as throughout “Etoile Rouge Congolaise.” Housing what he called the “High Multicultural Court of Wisdom,” this building centered on a turquoise medallion and the two low pink wings to either side, which together conjure a tricked-out army tank. Inverted pyramids […]

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