The Democratic Republic of Congo rid itself of European colonisers, but their legacy and misrule still haunts the country.
The outbreak was "the longest, most complex and deadliest" in the 60-year history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said.
Fresh infections surface in western province of Mbandaka as Democratic Republic of Congo's dilapidated health system battles both a measles epidemic and Covid-19.
A UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo found in its annual report that at least 1.1 tonnes of gold were smuggled out of Ituri province alone in 2019.
Death toll in the east of the vast country soared in recent weeks, the UN says, as conflicts in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces spread, "with disastrous repercussions for the civilian population."
Democratic Republic of Congo's Health Minister Eteni Longondo says disease has erupted in a district of the northwestern city Mbandaka, a transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.
Meanwhile, Iran also took Washington to task over the killing of George Floyd condemning what it called "the tragic murder of black people and deadly racial discrimination in the United States".
Over 200,000 people have been displaced by COCEDO rebels in last two months, says UN radio.
Women and children among those murdered in two separate attacks in restive Ituri and North Kivu provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.
The gold-rich northeastern province of Ituri has witnessed interethnic tensions between the Lendu and Hema communities since December 2017 that led to widespread violence and human rights abuses.
A government-led military operation against various armed groups in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused hundreds of thousands to flee the region.
The international community must act in tandem to prevent a major food shortage that will disproportionately hurt developing countries.
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