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Unlicenced Ebola meds could soon be used in DR Congo: WHO

Unlicenced Ebola meds could soon be used in DR Congo: WHOThe World Health Organization said Tuesday it was awaiting formal approval from the Democratic Republic of Congo to send in unlicenced Ebola medication to help rein in an outbreak of the deadly virus. A “major innovation in this outbreak is the potential for use of therapeutic regimens,” Peter Salama, WHO’s head of emergency response, told reporters in Geneva Tuesday. Because of this, they can only be used under the protocols used for research and clinical trials, which also requires ethical reviews and informed consent from each recipient, he said.



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Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHO

Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHOBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday almost all the people it considers at immediate risk from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka have now been vaccinated against the disease. More than 400 potential Ebola contacts have been vaccinated, which represents 90 percent of those considered at risk, said Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “We can’t conclude that we’ve safeguarded the city of Mbandaka but we can say that so far there has not been an explosive increase in cases.



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Congo forces kill at least 7 in anti-government protests

Congo forces kill at least 7 in anti-government protestsKINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese security forces killed at least seven people and at least one policeman died amid violence as more than a thousand people demonstrated in the capital against President Kabila's refusal to step down from power, the United Nations mission in Congo and police said Sunday.



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Police fire shots, arrest altar boys in DR Congo unrest

Police fire shots, arrest altar boys in DR Congo unrestCongolese security forces fired tear gas to break up a Catholic mass on Sunday and arrested Catholic altar boys who were protesting against President Joseph Kabila, AFP reporters saw. Some officers fired shots in the air in the capital Kinshasa as church and opposition groups defied a ban by authorities to push ahead with the demonstrations. The protesters were demanding that Kabila promise he will not seek to further extend his time in power in Democratic Republic of Congo, a mostly Catholic former Belgian colony.



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Congo launches deadly crackdown on anti-president protests

Congo launches deadly crackdown on anti-president protestsCongolese security forces shot dead a man and injured several others Sunday in a bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power. AFP reporters witnessed the latest of several recent outbreaks of bloodshed in the vast, mineral-rich central African country, wracked by tension over delayed elections. An AFP reporter at a demonstration in the central city of Kananga saw a man shot in the chest by soldiers who opened fire on worshippers gathered for what church leaders said would be a peaceful protest.



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Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrations

Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrationsDemocratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. Grassroots Catholic activists have called for marches in major cities on Sunday to demand that President Joseph Kabila commit to not changing the constitution to stand for a third term and release political prisoners. Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December last year when his mandate expired but an election to replace him has been repeatedly delayed and is now scheduled for December 2018.



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DR Congo bans planned anti-Kabila march by Catholics

DR Congo bans planned anti-Kabila march by CatholicsA planned demonstration against Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila organised by Catholics has been banned a day before it was to take place in the capital, Kinshasa’s governor said Saturday. “The city does not have sufficient numbers of police officers to supervise this march,” Governor Andre Kimbuta said. About 150 Catholic churches had planned to protest in Kinshasa to call on the country to implement a compromise deal signed a year ago aimed at bringing about President Joseph Kabila’s belated departure and restore stability in the crisis-hit country.



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14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 hurt in Congo attack

14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 hurt in Congo attackRebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 40 others in the worst violence against the mission in this Central African country in years.



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Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalistFive park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday. Unidentified gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Mambasa administrator Alfred Bongwalanga said security forces and park rangers had launched a rescue operation that located the missing members of the group.



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U.S. Journalist, 3 Security Guards Remain Missing After Attack in Congo

U.S. Journalist, 3 Security Guards Remain Missing After Attack in CongoAn American journalist and at least three security guards remain missing after an attack by the Mai Mai militia outside of Mambasa



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