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Assombalonga on target in 3-2 Middlesbrough friendly defeat vs Newcastle United
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Assombalonga on target in 3-2 Middlesbrough friendly defeat vs Newcastle United

The Congolese striker got his name on the score sheet as Boro continue to warm up for a return to Championship football Britt Assombalonga scored a goal as Middlesbrough lost 3-2 to Newcastle United in a friendly game on Tuesday. The Premier League is expected to resume on June 17 while the Championship kicks off three days later and clubs are being allowed to organise friendly matches with teams that are within close proximity, while observing strict hygiene and social distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Boro led 2-0 in the first half thanks to George Saville and Assombalonga, the Democratic Republic of the Congo international scoring a screamer from outside the penalty area which left Newcastle's goalkeeper Martin Dubravka no chance
Beijing Guoan’s Bakambu not disappointed by failed Barcelona move
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Beijing Guoan’s Bakambu not disappointed by failed Barcelona move

The Congolese forward was close to joining the Catalan giants, but the deal never materialised Beijing Guoan striker Cedric Bakambu has revealed he has no disappointments about not joining Barcelona during the January transfer window. With Luis Suarez out injured, the Blaugrana needed a replacement and the Congolese man was a candidate. A deal never happened with Barca eventually settling for Denmark international Martin Braithwaite from Leganes.
Congolese Music Star, Aurlus Mabélé Dies From Coronavirus
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Congolese Music Star, Aurlus Mabélé Dies From Coronavirus

Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died. According to reports from family and relatives Mabélé aged 67 died on Thursday from coronavirus. Mabélé’s daughter, French singer Liza Monet announced the death of the Soukouss legend on her Twitter page: “My dad died of coronavirus this morning … Thank you for honoring his memory. It is a great legend of the Soukouss that the Congolese people lose today. I am inconsolable and collapsed. My dad whom I love so much … Aurlus Mabele … Fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel, also said on Facebook that he had died of coronavirus.” Mon papa est mort ce matin du coronavirus … Merci d’honoré sa mémoire . C’est une grande légende du Soukouss que le peuple congolais perd aujourd’hui . Je suis inconsolable et effondrée . Mon papa que ...
D.R Congo Affirms First Case Of Coronavirus
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D.R Congo Affirms First Case Of Coronavirus

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, after a Congolese national who had recently returned to Kinshasha from France, tested positive for the virus. DRC’s Minister of health, Eteni Longondo, said the patient, a 52-year-old is in a stable state. Although the minister failed to confirm the date of his arrival into Kinshasa, he said the patient showed no symptoms upon arrival. “He arrived a few days ago from Belgium. I cannot confirm the day. I was in contact with the border health services. When he got there, he had no symptoms,” the minister said. The National Institute of Biomedical Research confirmed the first case in DRC. WHO’s response The Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO...
Congo pull out of hosting the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations
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Congo pull out of hosting the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations

The Congolese sports minister reveals that the country is not ready to host the next year's event due to lack of funds Congo has announced they are no longer willing to host the 2020 Africa Women's Cup of Nations. The country were awarded the tournament's hosting rights last September, but has now opted to pull out hosting the women's finals due to financial issues. In a letter to Caf, Congolese sports minister Hugues Ngoelondele explained the country's situation and reasons behind their decision.
Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo
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Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Some 100 people have died in the Ebola epidemic in DR Congo over the past three weeks, taking the overall death toll in the latest outbreak past 700, according to health ministry data. Local people are now at least receiving vaccines on a large scale for the first time with more than 95,000 getting a dose of the rVSV-Zebov vaccine from Merck laboratories. The health ministry said this had enabled thousands of lives to be saved. The Democratic Republic of Congo declared its tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in northeastern North Kivu province before it spread into the neighbouring Ituri region. The current outbreak is the second worst to date, the deadliest being a 2014 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people in Guinea, Liberia ...
Koffi Olomide Sentenced 7 Years Jail Term For Sexual Assault on His Female Dancers
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Koffi Olomide Sentenced 7 Years Jail Term For Sexual Assault on His Female Dancers

Koffi Olomide is currently facing a risk of spending 7 years in jail over sexual assault charges in France. The Congolese musician is being accused of sexually assaulting his female dancers in Paris. Part of the charges against him include violence, coercion and kidnapped, all of which happened between 2002 and 2006. Some of the accusers claim they were forcefully held at his house in Paris. This is not the first time Koffi Olomide would be getting into trouble with his dancers. The last time was in 2016 in Kenya where he was detained and deported for assaulting his dancers at the airport. When he returned to his home country, he was slapped with similar charges by authorities.
UN Appoints Nigerian As Special Investigator For Killing Of Burundians
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UN Appoints Nigerian As Special Investigator For Killing Of Burundians

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has appointed a retired Nigerian lieutenant general, Chikadibia Obiakor, to lead a special investigation into the killing of some Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in New York, announced this in a statement issued in New York. No fewer than 35 Burundian refugees were killed and more than 100 others wounded by security forces in eastern DRC September 15, 2017 at Kamanyola, South Kivu. The special investigation will look into the challenges facing the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in discharging its mandate to protect civilians and provide recommendations on improving the performance of...
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Police Fires Teargas On Churchgoers In DR Congo

Congolese police fired teargas on Friday to disperse dozens of churchgoers who had gathered in the capital Kinshasa to mourn seven people killed in protests against President Joseph Kabila two weeks ago. Opposition figureheads including Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe and foreign diplomats were among the mourners. A Reuters cameraman who was filming the church service said police fired a volley of teargas outside, apparently to prevent the gathering turning into another political demonstration. “I don’t know why they fired teargas at us. Truly, this government has to go,” said a mourner fleeing the cloud of teargas who gave only her first name of Florence. Scores have been killed in protests over Kabila’s future in the past two years and militia violence has destabilised swa...
Congolese Forces Criticised For Killing Anti-Kabila Protesters
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Congolese Forces Criticised For Killing Anti-Kabila Protesters

The EU and the Catholic Church on Wednesday criticised Congolese security forces for the killing of five anti-government protesters in Kinshasa on New Year’s Eve. The EU criticised what it called excessive violence during the action, also noting its concern that the internet was, at times, shut down during the operation. The UN had previously estimated that five died and 120 were detained during the unrest. Cardinal Laurent Pasinya, the archbishop of Kinshasa, went further, terming the government actions as “barbarism.” Pasinya decried the fact that members of the security forces had used violence against protesters, who had been called to the streets by Catholic officials. He noted that police officers disrupted services, deployed tear gas against people worshipping and fir...
Tear Gas As Police Break Up DR Congo Opposition Protests
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Tear Gas As Police Break Up DR Congo Opposition Protests

Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in several Congolese cities on Thursday as they gathered for a major opposition protest to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down. Opposition figures had vowed to push ahead with the demonstrations, despite a ban, as tensions soar over Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his term in December 2016. In power since 2001, Kabila’s prolonged rule has already led to street protests and a bloody crackdown. Elections had been due to take place by the end of 2017 under a deal with the opposition aimed at avoiding bloodshed, but the date has since been pushed back until December 2018, further heightening tensions. In Kinshasa, police fired tear gas to disperse about a hundred supporters outside the home of opposition coalitio...
Comedian Akpororo Calls Out Bobrisky While Speaking About Gays During Comedy Show
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Comedian Akpororo Calls Out Bobrisky While Speaking About Gays During Comedy Show

Comedian Akpororo called out Bobrisky during his performance at a comedy show. According to him, Bobrisky has gone quiet since the death of the Congolese gay-man, Paul Arduad. Bobrisky who has severally denied being gay although agreed he is in a relationship with an influential male politician has admitte he is gay. “All this house boys and girls coming to drop comment on page are you all stupid. “Do you think your hate comments can change me? Why are you trying so hard to get my attention? “Fuck off my page and go and find something meaningful to do with your life. Just this morning I have made up to 750, 000 hustle still continue. You are here wasting your Mb on someone else life style. “If all your insult bothered me I should have stopped posting here. “Yes am gay, I will go to ...
United States Tells DR Congo To Stick To Election Timetable
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United States Tells DR Congo To Stick To Election Timetable

The United States on Monday backed plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold elections in December 2018 and warned President Joseph Kabila must stick to the timeline. The election commission in Kinshasa announced on Sunday that the long-awaited presidential, legislative, regional and local elections would take place on December 23, 2018. “The release of an electoral calendar – while long overdue – sets a clear timeline for a transition of power,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement. “We will work closely with the DRC, the UN, and our partners to ensure President Kabila and his government stick to this timeline, encourage full peaceful participation and freedom of speech, and do not permit any further delay,” she added. Haley met with the head of the electoral ...
Five Arrested In Delhi Over Assault On Nigerian National
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Five Arrested In Delhi Over Assault On Nigerian National

Police in the Indian capital Delhi have arrested five people after a video circulated showing what appears to be a mob severely beating a Nigerian man. They have also detained the Nigerian, whom some residents accused of theft. The video shows four or five men using sticks to beat a man of African appearance who has been tied to a post. There was a spate of attacks on African nationals living in India last year, including one in which a Congolese man was beaten to death in Delhi. Police said the latest incident happened on 24 September, and the Nigerian victim was also arrested due to a theft allegation. A resident of the Savitri Nagar neighbourhood claimed the man broke into his house and tried to steal valuables from his room, police said. “It is a case of attempted bur...
UN Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DRC Military Base – Monusco
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UN Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DRC Military Base – Monusco

Rebels from a Ugandan-dominated group on Monday attacked a UN military base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing one peacekeeper and injuring 12 others, the UN mission said. The attack took place in Beni, where UN soldiers have been battling the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is dominated by hard line Ugandan Muslims, a spokesperson for the UN mission in the DRC said. Congolese troops had clashed with the rebels in the area on Sunday. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis in the locality. “The Mamundioma base was attacked at 05:30 (03:30 GMT),” the UN mission known by its French acronym Monusco said, adding that UN ground and air forces had been deployed in the area. The UN did not specify the nationality of the dead soldier or the injure...
Gunmen Kill Three In Attack On UN Military Base
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Gunmen Kill Three In Attack On UN Military Base

Three suspected tribal militiamen were killed and two UN soldiers slightly wounded Friday when the armed men attacked a UN military base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN source said. “At around 4:00 am (0200 GMT), a group of armed men, probably Mai-Mai, attacked the MONUSCO (UN mission in the DRC) position” near central Lubero, General Bernard Commins, deputy chief of the UN troops in the restive country, announced. When UN soldiers fought back, “three (assaillants) were killed in exchanges of fire and one was wounded, then taken in hand by MONUSCO for treatment,” Commins said, adding that “two Blue Helmets were slightly injured”. Contacted by AFP, Lubero’s territorial administrator Joe Bokele, who was at the scene of the incident, confirmed the attack and the casualt...
Militia Clashes Kill 16 In Eastern DR Congo – Official
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Militia Clashes Kill 16 In Eastern DR Congo – Official

At least 16 members of a militia group have been killed in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military source said on Monday. The militia group had been engaged in intense fighting against the Congolese army since Friday, when at least four militiamen died. Army spokesman Jules Tshikudi told AFP that Congolese soldiers killed seven others on Sunday and the bodies of five Mai-Mai, a self-described “self-defence” group, were recovered on Monday. “The situation is currently under control,” Tshikudi said. The violence took place in the village of Kipese in Lubero, in the eastern Great Lakes region near the border with Uganda. The county is about 270km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, where fighting between militia groups and...
Up To 30 Feared Dead As DR Congo Army Plane Crashes
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Up To 30 Feared Dead As DR Congo Army Plane Crashes

A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing “several dozen” people, military and airport sources told AFP. The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had “several dozen people” on board, an airport source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The plane went down in Nsele, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the east of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source said. A local official in the area of the crash told AFP there were “no survivors”. The plane, which had a Russian crew, was carrying “two vehicles and weapons” and military personnel, a source at the army’s headquarters told AFP, also speaking on condition of anonymity. He said there were “between 20 and 30 people” on boar...
Doctors In DRC Suspend Strike After Deal With Government
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Doctors In DRC Suspend Strike After Deal With Government

Congolese doctors suspended a two week strike over better pay in public hospitals on Wednesday (September 06), the main medical union has said. SYNAMED, Congo’s main doctors union said the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government had agreed to their demands for a salary increase. Currently, Congo’s doctors working in public hospitals earn about 350 USD a month, and want their pay increased to 1,000 USD a month, to help them adjust to the high rate of inflation. “The representatives of the medical union SYNAMED signed with government representatives and it’s stipulated in the agreement that the Congolese government will reinstate the doctor’s rights and act on their grievances,” said SYNAMED Secretary General, Juvenal Muanda. The strike has caused havoc in public hospitals, whe...
Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN
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Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN

The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity has surrendered, the UN mission in Congo has said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the founder of Nduma defense of Congo, has been wanted since 2011 under a national warrant for crimes against humanity, including for mass rapes. He surrendered to UN forces in the country's North Kivu region on Wednesday. Sheka handed himself in "in full awareness of the fact that he is wanted by the government ... to stand trial for alleged crimes", the mission said. It was not immediately clear why he had turned himself in, but his forces have been locked in a losing combat in recent years with a rival armed group, Reuters news agency said. The UN mission said it would support Congo authorities in pursuing criminal...
DR Congo Opposition Unveil Plans To Force Kabila Out
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DR Congo Opposition Unveil Plans To Force Kabila Out

The Congolese opposition has unveiled a rolling programme of strikes and civil disobedience aimed at forcing President Joseph Kabila from power. The announcement was made after two days of opposition talks in Kinshasa amid concerns that Kabila, in power since 2001, is seeking to remain in place in defiance of constitutional limits. STRIKES Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political violence in the sprawling country of 71 million people after Kabila failed to step down when his second mandate ended in December 2016. Under the deal, Kabila is allowed to remain in office pending the elections, in late 2017, ruling in tandem with a transitional watchdog and a new premier, chosen from within opposition ...
DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over
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DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease. The outbreak in Congo’s remote northeastern forests, a record eighth for the country where the disease was first discovered in 1976, killed four out of the eight people infected, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Ilunga said. Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it because of the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges. The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which ...
Military Men Brutalise Lagos Teacher Over Apartment
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Military Men Brutalise Lagos Teacher Over Apartment

Two military men attached to the Nigeria Army Ordnance Tailoring Factory, Yaba, have been accused of beating up a teacher , Ojiah Marleth-Adeiza , in a house on Maye Street, in the Yaba area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the soldiers allegedly beat up the 40-year - old and damaged his property in a bid to eject him from his apartment. The men were allegedly acting on the orders of the landlady, identified only as Olawunmi, who is based in Canada. The victim said when he could no longer bear the beating , he lied to the soldiers that he wanted to get a taxi to move his property out of the house. He said he used the opportunity to escape , adding that he later reported the case at the Sabo Police Division. The Kogi State indigene alleged that aside damaging his prope...
Indian Mob Bashes Kenyan Student, Thinking She Is Nigerian
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Indian Mob Bashes Kenyan Student, Thinking She Is Nigerian

The racist mob in India is far from being cured of its insanity, as it attacked yet another African from Kenya. The 24-year-old Kenyan woman was dragged out of a taxi on Wednesday and bashed by the mob, which mistook her for a Nigerian. Coming just two days after a mob thrashed six Nigerians and a Congolese inside Greater Noida’s Ansal Plaza in Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening, the fresh attack has left most Africans in the area too afraid to step out of their houses, according to Times of India. Maria Burendi, the Kenyan, said she left her home in Alistonia society at 6.15am to collect an African wig and some food from a friend at DPS Society. On the way, she said the cab was stopped at 6.30am near the Omicorn roundabout by 10-12 men who then beat her up. “They stopped the car an...
Worse Than Wilders? Why Refugees In The Netherlands Fear The Status Quo
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Worse Than Wilders? Why Refugees In The Netherlands Fear The Status Quo

Khalid Jone is -- in theory -- one of the lucky ones. He fled bloodshed in Sudan after his family was killed in bomb attacks, and made it to safety in the Netherlands. "You're not looking for work, or to start a new life. You're just saying, 'I want to save myself,'" he says, remembering his desperation. But instead Jone found himself trapped in limbo. He is one of hundreds of refugees whose requests for asylum have been rejected by Dutch authorities; unable to return home, they are also blocked from work or study. "The biggest mistake I made in my life was to demand asylum in the Netherlands," he says. As the Dutch prepare to vote in a general election where the far-right, anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) are expected to poll strongly, Jone s...
American And Swedish UN Officials Kidnapped In DR Congo
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American And Swedish UN Officials Kidnapped In DR Congo

Two United Nations officials, one American and one Swedish, have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government said. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Michael Sharp of the United States and Zahida Katalan of Sweden were taken with three Congolese drivers and a translator while travelling by motorcycle. A government statement says the kidnappers have not yet been identified. It was not clear when the kidnapping - on a bridge near the village of Ngombe - occurred. Judicial authorities in the province have opened an investigation and are working with the UN mission in Congo to free those held. This vast Central African nation is home to multiple militias competing for stakes in its rich mineral resources.
Congo DR President Defies Growing Calls To Resign
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Congo DR President Defies Growing Calls To Resign

Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday defied calls to step down when his term ends next month and vowed during remarks to lawmakers to defend his government against violent overthrow. His defiant speech to parliament came as criticism grows following a controversial deal between the government and fringe opposition groups that effectively extends the president’s term in office and delays elections until late 2017. The deal agreed last month followed a “national dialogue” that was aimed at calming soaring political tensions but was largely boycotted by leading opposition figures. “The deal currently represents the only roadmap put in place by the Congolese themselves,” said Kabila during the speech to parliamentarians in the capital Kinshasa. As part of the deal, Augustin Matata r...
OAP Freeze Speaks Against Violence Towards Women
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OAP Freeze Speaks Against Violence Towards Women

Controversial On Air Personality, Freeze of Cool fm took to social media to share his two cents on violence towards women taking singer Koffi Olomide's case as an example. Congolese singer, Koffi Olomide attacked her dancer in Kenya and was deported for the awful act. The star singer is facing a possible long jail term.

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