A surge in attacks by armed militias and inter-communal violence in eastern DRC has killed more than 300 people since the start of the year as government troops and UN peacekeepers struggle to stabilise the mineral-rich territory.
Vast and unstable, the Democratic Republic of Congo has never had a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.
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.
A senior regional official in the eastern Ituri province said "attackers armed with guns and knives killed 21 civilians in Mahagi," which was the deadliest attack in three days.
Democratic Republic of Congo recorded 2,382 cases of Ebola, of which 1,606 were fatal, the Health Ministry says.
People in parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have linked the response to the Ebola outbreak with political disenfranchisement making it harder for foreign organisations to contain the outbreak.
Some 2,025 cases and 1,357 deaths recorded since the epidemic began in August in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces, WHO officials say.
The vice governor of the affected Ituri province put the toll at around 200 based on estimates from the number of households submerged.
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