African Union chairman and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame speaks during a meeting with African leaders  in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday rejected an African Union demand to delay announcing final results from its presidential election, compound(...)

  Martin Fayulu casting his vote  during the DR Congo general elections in Kinshasa on December 30th. Photograph: Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images

The runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, Martin Fayulu, in fact thrashed the official winner with more than 60 per cent(...)

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, casts his ballot at a polling station in Kinshasa. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

The Democratic Republic of Congo voted on Sunday for a successor to long-serving President Joseph Kabila after a tense campaign the opposition said wa(...)

Protesters set up a barricade in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Thursday after the area was excluded from voting in Sunday’s presidential election. Photograph:  Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP

Security forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fired live rounds and tear gas on Thursday to scatter demonstrators who burned tyres and attac(...)

Cecile Kyenge, photographed in Rome in  July 2013 when she was Italy’s integration minister. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli /AFP/Getty Images)

When Cécile Kyenge was appointed Italy’s first black government minister in 2013, she was likened to an “orang-utan” by a politician from the country’(...)

A nurse working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows a bottle containing Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka on Monday. The death toll in an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 26. Photograph: Junior Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

The deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola has once again taken hold in sub-Saharan Africa. At least 45 cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic o(...)

 Medécins Sans Frontières staff   treat a suspected Ebola patients in  Congo in 2007. Photograph: Pascale Zintzen/Reuters/MSF

At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presenting the European Movement Ireland European of the Year Award to Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European of the Year award has been presented to the Defence Forces. The award, given by the European Movement Ireland, is in recognition of the D(...)

Flight delays: abandoned planes at Goma airport, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Phil Moore/AFP/Getty

In Ireland the case merited only a short story in this newspaper. “Congo aircraft held in Dublin due to debt,” read the headline last weekend. But in (...)

Health professionals with Médecins Sans Frontières at a training session in Brussels prior to their depature for west Africa to deliver care to Ebola patients.  Photograph: MSF

On a freezing morning near an industrial site on the outskirts of Brussels, a group of 40 people are hugging Styrofoam cups of coffee and chatting as (...)

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