Bust of King Leopold II removed from Belgian city of Ghent (2) | AFP

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the city of Ghent organises an official ceremony where the statue of the former king Leopold II is taken down.

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Bust of King Leopold II removed from Belgian city of Ghent | AFP

City officials in Belgian city of Ghent remove bust of former King Leopold II on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independence Day.

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Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial kicks off in South Africa | AFP

In this edition of Africa Weekly: Researchers in South Africa start Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial in an international effort to halt the pandemic, which has officially, currently claimed 480,000 lives around the world. Meanwhile confirmed cases in Africa have reached 350,000, raising fears the continent might become the new virus epicenter. In some good news, the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an official end to an Ebola outbreak that took two years to crush.

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End of Ebola in DRC a ‘victory for science’: WHO chief | AFP

World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom hails the end of the Ebola crisis in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as a ‘victory for science’ after a vaccine helped stopped the virus spread. SOUNDBITE

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The Ebola virus | AFP Animé

WHO announced that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease recently declared in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo came from a different source than the one that has been raging in the east of the country since 2018. Short videographic on Ebola.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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Away from coronavirus, DR Congo battles deadly measles outbreak | AFP

As the world grapples with the spread of novel coronavirus, in remote western DR Congo, officials are fighting a deadly outbreak of measles. More than 6,000 people have died from measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a year, the world’s worst outbreak and triple the toll of the country’s Ebola epidemic. It is also nearly double the 3,404 people who have died from the coronavirus so far.

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DRC: at least 10 dead and 41 injured in road accident in Kinshasa | AFP

At least 10 people were killed and 41 injured on Sunday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, when a lorry ploughed into vehicles and pedestrians due to a brake failure, according to an inital police report. IMAGES

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Measles vaccination campaign ongoing in DR Congo amid outbreak | AFP

Young children are getting vaccinated for measles at a health centre in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus has killed more than 6,000 people in the country since January, the world’s worst outbreak and nearly triple the toll of the country’s Ebola epidemic, according to the World Health Organization.

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Vaccination and the immune system | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining how vaccinations work. Measles has killed more than 6,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January 2019, the world’s worst outbreak and nearly triple the toll in the country’s Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it’s now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where after three years in the making, the country’s National Museum has opened its doors in the capital of Kinshasa.

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More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year: WHO | AFP

Measles has killed more than 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January — more than double the toll in the country’s Ebola epidemic — the World Health Organization says IMAGES

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People examine site of deadly plane crash in eastern DR Congo | AFP

People in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo look at the wreckage of a small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in a densely populated area, killing at least 29 people. IMAGES

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Light plane crashes into building in DR Congo’s Goma | AFP

Smoke rises from the wreckage of a small plane which crashed on takeoff into a densely populated area of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo while carrying 19 passengers and crew that crashed. IMAGES

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The Ebola virus | AFP Animé

Short videographic on Ebola. The Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday introduced a second vaccine to fight a 15-month-old epidemic of Ebola in the east of the country, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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How Ebola attacks the body | AFP Animé

Videographic on Ebola. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday introduced a second vaccine to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the east of the country, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity said.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Ebola virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on Ebola. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday introduced a second vaccine to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the east of the country, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity said.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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How Ebola attacks the body | AFP Animé

WHO Emergency Committee meets over Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Videographic on Ebola. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Ebola virus | AFP Animé

WHO Emergency Committee meets over Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Videographic on Ebola. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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High-stakes conflict threatens DR Congo gorillas | AFP

In the forests of Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bonan̩ and other endangered eastern lowland gorillas are at the heart of a conflict. Their home is a haven in the province of South Kivu Рa battleground for rival militias for a quarter of a century. For the past year, park rangers have been at war with Pygmy leaders. The indigenous leaders claim that they were robbed of their ancestral lands in the 1970s when the park was extended.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to South Africa, where around 1,000 people each year end up in the morgues of Johannesburg, without anyone claiming them. With no identity documents, so it is up to medical examiners to find out who they are and to try and find their families. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo where Lake Kivu is playing a key role in the country’s battle against Ebola. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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UN chief arrives in Beni, DR Congo | AFP

UN chief Antonio Guterres arrives in Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN Secretary General had just visited Goma, the capital of North Kivu province which is trying to fight an Ebola epidemic that has claimed more than 2,000 lives in one year. IMAGES

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Children on frontline of fight to stop spread of Ebola | AFP

At the Mpondwe border crossing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, Congolese children are screened every morning for symptoms of Ebola virus that has taken over 1,900 lives in DRC before they can go over to the other side for school. Many Congolese young people attend school across the border where job and education opportunities are greater. A nine-year-old girl of Congolese origin who tested positive for Ebola at the border has recently died.

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DRC: Lake Kivu’s waters essential in the fight against ebola | AFP

The fight against Ebola in Goma, a commercial hub facing severe water shortages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, depends on the generosity of Lake Kivu, which supplies water to health teams.

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Health checks ongoing at DRC-Rwanda border amid Ebola flare-up | AFP

Ebola response workers stationed at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda conduct health checks on people moving across the busy frontier. The current epidemic in eastern DR Congo marked its first anniversary on Thursday with two more cases in the densely-populated border city of Goma. IMAGES

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