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Toxic leak from Angola diamond mine kills 12, leaves 4,500 sick in DR Congo

A toxic leak from a massive diamond mine in Angola killed at least 12 people and left 4,500 sick, a minister in Democratic Republic of Congo says. The leak turned a tributary of the River Congo red and killed huge numbers of fish, which some people ate, said Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba. Reuters reported the mine […]

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ADF fighters killed 57 civilians in displacement camps in eastern DR Congo: United Nations

Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group killed 57 civilians in displacement camps in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on May 31, the United Nations said on Friday, voicing outrage at the gun and machete assaults. “On May 31, ADF simultaneously attacked displacement sites and villages near the towns of Boga […]

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Mount Nyiragongo: Goma volcano crater ‘continues to collapse’ triggering 61 earthquakes in 24-hour period

Seismologists in the Democratic Republic of Congo reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period on Saturday around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted a week ago. The details were outlined in a daily report prepared for the government by the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO). It explained that the volcano’s crater “continues to collapse, which contributed […]

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Mount Nyiragongo Volcano: Seismic activity indicate threat of more lava burst, thousands evacuate Goma

Tens of thousands of people are trying to escape the Congolese city of Goma after authorities issued an evacuation order warning that the Mount Nyiragongo volcano could erupt again. At least 31 people have died and 30,000 were forced to flee their homes when the volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) first […]

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Mount Nyiragongo Volcano: Tremors rock east DRC, raising fears of fresh eruption

Nyiragongo volcano have rocked the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the death toll from a recent eruption that left hundreds of families displaced rose to 32. Days after Africa’s most active volcano roared back into life, tremors were shaking the region every 10 to 15 minutes on Tuesday. Cracks several centimetres wide […]

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At least 15 killed in Mount Nyiragongo volcano eruption in DR Congo’s Goma city

At least 15 people were killed after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano located on the outskirts of Goma city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), authorities said. Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said that 15 people were killed while fleeing following the explosion on May 22. Nine people were killed in a truck […]

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Thirty people sentenced to death in DR Congo after one-day trial

Thirty people were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after a one-day trial for their role in anti-police violence marking the end of Ramadan in the capital. A policeman was killed in Kinshasa on Thursday as rival Muslim groups fought over the right to mark the end of Ramadan at […]

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200 killed, 40,000 displaced in armed attacks in DR Congo since January: UN report

Over 200 people were killed and an estimated 40,000 were displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January this year in attacks by armed groups affiliated to ISIS (ISIL), the United Nations said. The UN refugee agency reported on Friday an “alarming increase” in attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern […]

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Boat carrying 700 people capsizes in DR Congo, dozens dead

At least 60 people drowned to death and hundreds went missing after a boat carrying 700 people capsized in the Congo River in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a government official. Steve Mbikayi, minister for humanitarian action said the boat sunk near the village of Longola Ekoti, in Mai-Ndombe province on […]

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11 killed in gunfight between army and rebels in DR Congo’s second largest city

Four security forces and one civilian were killed as separatist rebels attacked two military camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main mining centre of Lubumbashi, the city’s mayor said. Lubumbashi Mayor Ghislain Robert Lubaba Buluma told the AFP news agency on Sunday that six of the rebels were gunned down in the attacks. […]

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6 endangered mountain gorilla park rangers dead, several wounded in Congo ambush

At least six park rangers  died and several others were wounded in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas. The identity of the attackers were unknown, Olivier Mukisya, a Virunga spokesman said. “We confirm this sad news. A group of armed men attacked our positions […]

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Strong winds drown boat in Lake Albert between Uganda and Congo, 26 dead

At least 26 people died after a boat drowned on Lake Albert on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, officials said. Strong winds caused the vessel to go under water, AFP quoted an official on scene. The boat was carrying about 50 people when the accident occurred. At least […]