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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...

Family of American caught up in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, according to a statement provided to The Associated Press. Tyler...

Congo names third American in a foiled coup plot as mourners gather in Utah to remember plot leader

May. 23, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

Congo's army spokesman on Tuesday released the name of the third American involved a foiled coup plot in Kinshasa, while family members in Utah gathered to mourn Christian Malanga, the eccentric leader of the brazen and ill-fated attack targeting the presidential palace over the weekend. ...

Americans in alleged Congo coup plot formed an unlikely band

May. 20, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three Americans involved in a brazen weekend attack on Congo's presidential palace formed an unlikely band under the leadership of eccentric opposition figure Christian Malanga, who dabbled in gold mining and used cars before persuading his Utah-born son to join in the...

Congolese army says it has foiled a coup attempt. Self-exiled opposition figure threatens president

May. 19, 2024 12:29 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army said it foiled a coup attempt early Sunday and arrested the perpetrators, including several foreigners, following attacks on the presidential palace and the residence of a close ally of Congo's president that left three people dead in the capital, Kinshasa. ...

Gunfire heard in Congo’s capital as men in military uniform clash with a politician’s guards near the president's office

May. 19, 2024 04:01 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunfire heard in Congo’s capital as men in military uniform clash with a politician’s guards near the president's office.

Migration tracking group says 76 million people were displaced within their countries in 2023

May. 14, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Conflicts and natural disasters left a record nearly 76 million people displaced within their countries last year, with violence in Sudan, Congo and the Middle East driving two-thirds of new movement, a top migration monitoring group said Tuesday. The Internal...

Death toll in bombings at displacement camps in eastern Congo rises to at least 35

May. 10, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — The death toll in the bombings of two camps for displaced people in eastern Congo last week rose to at least 35 Friday, with an additional two in very critical condition, a local official told The Associated Press. Éric Bwanapuwa, a lawmaker who represents Goma,...

Kokomo's Flory Bidunga captures another honor as leading vote-getter on AP All-State boys team

May. 09, 2024 11:04 AM EDT

Kokomo’s basketball team hit a low point in March 2021. The Wildkats slumped to a 7-17 record in a third straight losing season and the program’s longest streak since 1913-15. Then Flory Bidunga arrived and everything changed. The 6-foot-9 center from the...

Bomb kills at least 12 people, including children, at two displacement camps in eastern Congo

May. 03, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Attacks on two camps for displaced people in eastern Congo's North Kivu province on Friday killed at least 12 people, including children, according to local officials, an aid group and the United Nations. The U.N. said in a statement that bombs hit two camps for...