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2 UN peacekeepers freed in DRC's southeast

An official in Democratic Republic of Congo says two United Nations peacekeepers have been released after being held by rebels in the country's southeast.

Tanganyika province vice-governor Ali Omar Simukinje told The Associated Press on Thursday that the peacekeepers from Benin had been held by the Mai Mai militia and were freed on Wednesday.


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Burundi to vote in referendum that could let president hold power to 2034

Burundians vote on Thursday in a referendum that would let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034, raising fears of deeper political repression and ethnic conflict in the Great Lakes nation only a generation after the Rwandan genocide.

Nearly half a million have fled since Nkurunziza won a third term in a violent election in 2015. The…

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Congo bars tourists from national park after kidnapping

Rangers said on Tuesday they had stopped tourists entering Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park during investigations into the kidnapping of two Britons there last week.

Gunmen ambushed Robert Jesty, Bethan Davies and their driver in Congo’s volatile eastern borderlands on Friday and released them three days later.

Park ranger…

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WHO gets approval to use Ebola vaccine in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization has been given the go-ahead by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. 

“We have agreement, registration, plus import permit, everything formally agreed already,” Tedros told reporters.…

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