At least 50 dead in train derailment in the Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 50 people were killed and several people are injured after a train derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's minister of humtold CNN.
Former Democratic Republic of Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been detained over allegations of mismanaging public funds worth $4.3 million that were allocated to fighting the Ebola outbreak in the country, one of his lawyers told CNN on Monday.
Ilungaafter he was stripped of his responsibility as head of Congo's Ebola response team. He has denied any wrongdoing, said his lawyer, Guy Bayeka.
In a statement on Monday, his attorneys said $1.9 million of the money was spent after Ilunga resigned from office and he cannot be held responsible for its management.
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"He reaffirms firmly his innocence in this case and promises to vigorously defend his honor," his attorney's said in the statement.
Bayeka denied claims that Ilunga was fleeing the country when he was taken into police custody on Saturday and called for his immediate release from detention.
CNN has reached out to the police in Congo for comment and is yet to get a response.
Ilunga resigned in protest after Congolese President Felix Tshisekediand assigned the leadership of the unit to a committee that will report directly to the president's office.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing theon record.
With more than 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths recorded since the outbreak was declared last summer in Congo, the Ebola outbreak has reached another troubling milestone, according to the World Health Organization.
DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for 'embezzling Ebola funds': police
Former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been arrested over allegations he embezzled public funds to tackle the Ebola epidemic, police said on Saturday. Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July after being removed as head of the country's Ebola response team, was detained while hiding in an apartment in the capital Kinshasa ahead of a bid to flee the country, officers said. © FABRICE COFFRINI Oly Ilunga resigned as DR Congo's health minister in July after being removed as head of the country's Ebola response team He is in custody due to "misdemeanors of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response," police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rom
Though the vast majority of infections remain in the nation's North Kivu province, the virus has spread to neighboring South Kivu province and the transit hub of Goma, on the border of Rwanda.
In July, the WHO declared the outbreak aas responders continue to combat the spread of the disease.
The region's political instability, sporadic violence, limited infrastructure and mistrust in vaccines are obstacles to address in ending the outbreak.
Gabon becomes the first African country to receive funding for preserving its rainforests .
In an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations announced Sunday that Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its rainforest. © AFP/Getty Images About 80 per cent of Gabon is covered by forests, sheltering a rich variety of wildlife. Through the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), Norway will pay $150 million to Gabon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle deforestation. The announcement was made at the Climate Action Summit in New York, where world leaders gathered to discuss how to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.