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The United States tells Rwanda and Congo they must 'walk back from the brink of war'

Feb. 20, 2024 22:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States told Rwanda and Congo on Tuesday that they “must walk back from the brink of war,” the sharpest warning yet of a looming conflict between the African neighbors. U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood delivered the warning at an emergency...

What's happening in eastern Congo and why aid groups are warning of a new humanitarian crisis

Feb. 19, 2024 11:40 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Aid organizations fear a new humanitarian crisis in the restive eastern Congo region, where the renowned armed rebel group M23 is in the midst of a new advance that threatens to cut off a major city and leave millions of people struggling for food and medical help....

Rwanda rejects US calls for withdrawal of missiles and troops from eastern Congo

Feb. 19, 2024 04:17 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities in Rwanda on Monday rejected U.S. calls for the withdrawal of troops and missile systems from eastern Congo, saying they are defending Rwandan territory as Congo carries out a "dramatic military build-up” near the border. Rwanda's Foreign...

US condemns Rwanda's support of armed M23 rebels in eastern Congo and calls for troop withdrawal

Feb. 18, 2024 04:58 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.S. has condemned Saturday Rwanda's support of the armed M23 group in eastern Congo, whose rebellion has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and called on the rebel group to “cease hostilities.” The U.S. State Department in a...

Rebels attack a gold mine in eastern Congo, killing at least 12 people

Feb. 15, 2024 14:02 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least a dozen people were killed and 16 kidnapped by rebels at a mining site in eastern Congo, said a civil society organization on Thursday. Rebels from the CODECO armed group attacked a gold mine Wednesday near Djugu district in Ituri...

2 South African soldiers killed by a mortar explosion in eastern Congo amid unrest

Feb. 15, 2024 04:35 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Two South African soldiers were killed and three injured when a mortar landed in their base in eastern Congo amid increased unrest in the region, the South African armed forces said Thursday. The South African National Defence Force, which oversees...

Dozens are presumed dead after an overloaded boat capsizes on Lake Kivu in Congo

Feb. 13, 2024 19:19 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The majority of the 50 passengers aboard a wooden boat that capsized on a lake in eastern Congo are presumed to be dead, a local official said. The boat crossing Lake Kivu was also carrying 20 bags of cement and likely sank Sunday due to being overloaded,...

3 dead in bombing attack on Congo displacement camp as violence in the east escalates

Feb. 13, 2024 14:21 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A group of rebels bombed a displacement camp in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province killing three civilians and injuring eight others, a local civil society group said Tuesday, as violence in the conflict-hit region sparked protests and a humanitarian group warned that...

Officials say 2 boats collide on Congo River but give conflicting accounts on deaths

Feb. 13, 2024 12:04 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Two boats have collided on the Congo River in western Congo, local officials said, giving conflicting accounts on deaths. Alexis Mampa, chief of the Maluku municipality, said no one died in the collision Monday east of Congo’s capital of Kinshasa. Another...

CBP dog sniffs out something unusual in passenger's luggage — mummified monkeys

Feb. 11, 2024 13:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out something unusual in luggage from a traveler returning from Africa — mummified monkeys. The passenger returning from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo reported that the luggage contained dried fish, but...