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DR Congo: At least 25 people killed after high-tension power cable snaps and falls in Kinshasa market

At least 25 people died after a high-tension power cable snapped and fell on houses and a market in the outskirts of the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, police said. “A high-voltage electric cable fell on several houses in the Matadi-Kibala district and in the market, several people died on the spot,” Kinshasa’s police chief […]

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More than 50 dead, scores missing after boat drowns on Congo River

At least 50 people have died and dozens others are to be believed missing after a makeshift vessel capsized on the Congo River, according to officials. Fifty-one bodies had been from the boat that sank during the night of Monday to Tuesday, and almost 70 are believed to be missing, Nestor Magbado, a spokesman for […]

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Mount Nyiragongo: DR Congo orders Goma evacuation after large volcano eruption

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo launched an evacuation plan for the eastern city of Goma after a large volcano erupted. Lava burst from Mount Nyiragongo into the night sky forming a thick orange cloud over Goma, which has a population of two million. Thousands of panic-stricken residents were fleeing, many on foot. The […]

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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 […]