Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon
Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave no reason for the decision to ban "The Man who Mends Women (L'Homme Qui Repare Les Femmes)", which is about Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, the founder of Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Sexual violence by militias and the army is a defining atrocity of a conflict in eastern Congo that has lasted two decades, and the hospital has treated thousands of rape victims.
At least 14 killed as boat capsizes off Malaysia
A boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants capsized off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, 13 of them women, maritime officials said. The boat left Sabak Bernam in Malaysia's Selangor state and was heading for Sumatra in Indonesia when the accident happened. Muhammad Aliyas Hamdan, First Admiral at the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, said initial conversations with survivors led them to believe the passengers were Indonesian.
Migrants storm train at Budapest's main station after police withdraw
By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Migrants poured into Budapest's main railway station on Thursday after Hungarian police withdrew following a two-day standoff, triggering chaotic scenes. Hungary's main railway operator, however, said there were no direct trains leaving to western Europe. Over 2,000 migrants, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, had been camped in front of the Keleti Railway Terminus, closed to them by authorities saying European Union rules bar travel by those without valid documents.
Bulgaria detains 125 migrants for entering country illegally
Bulgarian authorities detained 125 foreigners in the capital Sofia for illegally crossing into the country without submitting an asylum request, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Georgi Kostov, secretary general of the interior ministry, said the migrants, detained late on Wednesday night, will be questioned and may be granted refugee status. New measures to tackle the migrant crisis, announced by the interior ministry on Wednesday, are to be focused on illegal migrants coming mainly from Turkey.
Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim
Sierra Leone is to vaccinate around 200 people who came into direct or indirect contact with a woman who died of Ebola on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. The death of the woman, a trader from Kambia District near the border with Guinea, sets back efforts to end an 18-month epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killed more than a third of them. The 67-year-old woman died five days after Sierra Leone started a 42-day countdown to being declared free of Ebola. "We will vaccinate those in the (Tonko Limba) chiefdom who came into direct contact with the deceased and those contacts they also came into close contact with," said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris.