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UN experts: Between 3,000 and 4,000 Rwandan troops are in Congo operating with the M23 rebel group

Jul. 10, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Between 3,000 and 4,000 Rwanda government forces are deployed in neighboring eastern Congo, operating alongside the M23 rebel group which has been making major advances, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday. The experts called the estimate of...

Top UN official in Congo welcomes 2-week truce in the east, where violence is at 'alarming levels'

Jul. 08, 2024 21:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in Congo on Monday welcomed a two-week humanitarian cease-fire in its mineral-rich east, where she said violence has reached “alarming levels” and risked provoking a wider regional conflict. Special envoy Bintou Keita wouldn't say...

Red Cross envoy: Congo conflict has worsened with sharp increases in sexual violence and wounded

Jun. 27, 2024 01:29 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The decades-old conflict in Congo’s mineral-rich east has “drastically deteriorated” since early 2022, and gotten even worse since last October, with sharp increases in sexual violence, the number of wounded, and child recruitment, the top Red Cross official in the...

More than 80 passengers killed in the latest boat accident in Congo

Jun. 12, 2024 15:34 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A boat carrying more than 270 passengers has capsized on a river near Congo's capital of Kinshasa, leaving more than 80 dead, President Félix Tshisekedi said Wednesday. It was the latest deadly boat accident in the central African country where overloading...

3 Americans implicated in a coup attempt in Congo go on trial before a military court

Jun. 07, 2024 20:07 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three Americans accused of being involved in last month's coup attempt in Congo appeared in a military court in the country's capital, Kinshasa, on Friday, along with dozens of other defendants who were lined up on plastic chairs before the judge on the first day of the...

U.S. says Congo hasn't given it access to Americans detained over alleged roles in coup attempt

Jun. 03, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Congo said Monday that Congolese authorities have not shared details or provided access to the Americans who were arrested following a coup attempt last month, following pleas for help from one family trying to confirm whether their son is alive. ...

Family of Utah man held in Congo coup attempt has no proof he's alive

May. 31, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah family whose son was implicated in a thwarted coup in Congo said they’re unsure if he's alive as they struggle to get U.S. officials to make contact with him and two other Americans two weeks after their arrest. Tyler Thompson Jr., 21, flew to...

Polish man sentenced to life in Congo on espionage charges has been released and returned to Europe

May. 28, 2024 08:26 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Congolese authorities have released a Polish man who was sentenced there to life in prison on espionage charges, Poland's top diplomat said Tuesday. Mariusz Majewski is back in Europe, Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said on X. Sikorski posted a brief video of...

Poland's president seeks release of Polish traveler sentenced to life in Congo

May. 27, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has spoken on the phone with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi in an effort to obtain the release of a Polish traveler who was sentenced to life in prison in the vast Central African country on espionage charges, an aide said Monday. ...

Utah man declined $100K offer to travel to Congo on 'security job' that was covert coup attempt

May. 24, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The friend of a prominent Congolese opposition leader’s son said he turned down a six-figure offer to travel there from the U.S. as part of the family’s security detail in what turned out to be a failed coup attempt. Marcel Malanga, the 21-year-old son of...