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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Country in Central Africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Kinshasa, Zaire, DR Congo, DRC, the DROC, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. It was formerly called Zaire (1971–1997). It is, by area, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second-largest in all of Africa, and the 11th-largest in the world. With a population of over 84 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populous officially Francophone country in the world, as well as the fourth-most-populous in Africa, and the 16th-most-populous country in the world. Since 2015, the Eastern DR Congo has been the scene of an ongoing military conflict in Kivu.

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DR Congo church weighs in as parliament protests continue [Video]

DR Congo church weighs in as parliament protests continue

The Catholic Church weighs in on the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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COVID-19 adds to DR Congo's multiple health crises [Video]

COVID-19 adds to DR Congo's multiple health crises

The healthcare system in one of the world's poorest countries is struggling to treat cholera, measles, ebola - and now coronavirus.

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DR Congo activists fight misinformation around COVID-19 [Video]

DR Congo activists fight misinformation around COVID-19

Activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing challenges beating myths and COVID-19 itself.

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Congo and the chocolate factory [Video]

Congo and the chocolate factory

Democratic Republic of Congo resident Kalinda Salumu is living his dream of selling chocolate. Francis Maguire reports.

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Mixed race women sue Belgian state over colonial-era 'kidnapping' [Video]

Mixed race women sue Belgian state over colonial-era 'kidnapping'

Known as "metis", they are the children of white Belgian settlers and black local women in the Congo, when it was still a Belgian colony. View on euronews

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Vital Kamerhe, top aide to DRC president, on trial for corruption [Video]

Vital Kamerhe, top aide to DRC president, on trial for corruption

President Felix Tshisekedi's chief of staff and two other defendants accused of embezzling more than $50m.

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King of Belgium expresses regrets for colonial 'cruelty' in Congo [Video]

King of Belgium expresses regrets for colonial 'cruelty' in Congo

King of Belgium expresses 'deepest regrets' for 'acts of violence and cruelty' inflicted during colonial rule in Congo.

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Belgian King's 'deep regret' over Congo suffering [Video]

Belgian King's 'deep regret' over Congo suffering

The king of Belgium has written to Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi to express his "deep regret" over Belgium's colonial past. David Doyle reports.

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Belgium king expresses 'deepest regrets' over Africa colonialism [Video]

Belgium king expresses 'deepest regrets' over Africa colonialism

For the first time in the country's history, King Philippe acknowledged that acts of violence and cruelty were committed and the wounds are still raw in what is now the Democratic Republic of the..

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Amnesty calls for justice for protesters killed in DRC [Video]

Amnesty calls for justice for protesters killed in DRC

A new report by the human rights organisation found Congolese security forces 'brutally and systematically cracked down on protesters' between 2015 and 2018.

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DRC president's top aide gets 20-year jail term for corruption [Video]

DRC president's top aide gets 20-year jail term for corruption

Vital Kamerhe, President Tshisekedi's chief of staff, found guilty of 'diverting public funds worth 48.8m dollars'.

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Refugee numbers have doubled in last decade - U.N. [Video]

Refugee numbers have doubled in last decade - U.N.

Nearly 80 million people, half of them children, were displaced from their homes at the end of 2019, according to a new report by the United Nations refugee agency, released to coincide with World..

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Congolese designer's virtual fashion goes viral [Video]

Congolese designer's virtual fashion goes viral

Tens of thousands have streamed Anifa Mvuemba's virtual fashion show after the U.S.-based designer's New York Fashion Week debut was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sisipho Skweyiya reports.

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A statue of former Belgian King Baudouin defaced with red paint [Video]

A statue of former Belgian King Baudouin defaced with red paint

The statue was daubed with red paint to protest the ex-king's role in the colonisation of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. View on euronews

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Brussels councillor urges debate on statue of colonizer king [Video]

Brussels councillor urges debate on statue of colonizer king

Brussels councillor Pascal Smet has urged a debate on what to do with statues of Belgian King Leopold II, the brutal colonizer of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and a focus of local Black..

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