Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC)

Congo warlord sentenced to 30 years for murder, rape, sexual slavery

Ntaganda himself.
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Bosco Ntaganda, otherwise known as "The Terminator," was sentenced to 30 years by the International Criminal Court Thursday, AP reports.

The big picture: Ntaganda was found guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in July. He'd served as a military commander during a deadly ethnic conflict in Congo from 2002 to 2003. Under his command, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo committed murder, held people in sexual slavery, and raped men, women and children.

Scientists discover first new strain of HIV since 2000

A technician testing samples at a laboratory at the Republic of Tatarstan Centre for Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases. Yegor Aleyev/TASS
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A new strain of HIV — the first since 2000 — was identified using advanced DNA sequencing. The strain is under the group of the disease responsible for the vast majority of human infections, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: While the new strain has infected only three people, who live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these findings, via HIV test maker Abbott Laboratories, could kick off a larger conversation on how to classify new viral strains that could surface from the wider implementation of advanced DNA sequencing technology.

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