Congo Republic jails ex-intel official for life over gunbattle

BRAZZAVILLE - A Republic of Congo court convicted former deputy intelligence chief Colonel Marcel Ntsourou to life in prison with forced labour on Thursday for his involvement in a gunbattle that exposed political rifts in the oil-producing nation last year.


West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount 03 Sep 2014

MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbours.

Death toll from Congo Ebola outbreak rises to 31 02 Sep 2014

KINSHASA - The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 31, the government said on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in West Africa.

MSF 'delighted' by escape of kidnapped nurse in Congo 01 Sep 2014

LONDON, Sept 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said it was "deeply moved and delighted" after one of its nurses escaped unharmed from rebels who had held her hostage in eastern Congo for more than 13 months.

U.N. council urges 'neutralization' of Rwandan rebels in Congo 26 Aug 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called for the "swift neutralization" of Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of the Congo as essential to bringing stability to the conflict-torn eastern regions of the country.

WHO says sending supplies for Ebola outbreak in Congo 25 Aug 2014

GENEVA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo, where authorities have confirmed two cases of Ebola in a remote area.

Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province 24 Aug 2014

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.

WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link 21 Aug 2014

KINSHASA/DAKAR - At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola.

Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several in Congo - locals 20 Aug 2014

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday.

Military threat key to push FDLR rebels in Congo to disarm - U.N. 07 Aug 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo believe an extended deadline to disarm allows them to stall, a top U.N. official said on Thursday, suggesting military action against factions which do not comply or commit human rights abuses.


France opens Iraq conference urging 'global' fight on jihadists

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.