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Indigenous groups, activists resist Congo's oil block plan

Sep. 28, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — The auctioning of oil and gas blocks in Congo has stirred resistance and concern among local Indigenous communities worried about damage to their homes and large swaths of forest, according to a report released Thursday by several environmental groups. In...

Defense: Evidence is weak in Central African Republic trial

Sep. 27, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A defense lawyer for an alleged Central African Republic rebel told International Criminal Court judges Tuesday that prosecution evidence that led to him being charged with seven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes is unreliable and “built on a biased...

Live updates: U.N. General Assembly

Sep. 26, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: CAMEROON Cameroonian Foreign Affairs Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella says it’s more urgent than ever to finalize the rules for implementing the Paris climate agreement. And in particular...

Intl court trial for alleged Central African Republic rebel

Sep. 26, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged senior leader of a predominantly Muslim rebel group that ousted the president of Central African Republic in 2013 pleaded not guilty Monday to seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. A...

Congo reports new Ebola case linked to previous outbreak

Aug. 22, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — A new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in Congo’s eastern Beni city, Congo’s ministry of health announced Monday, saying it is linked to a previous outbreak. Testing by a lab at the National Institute for Biomedical Research in Goma confirmed the...

Burundi 1st to send soldiers for regional force in Congo

Aug. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Soldiers from Burundi have deployed to troubled eastern Congo as the first part of a recently created East African regional force to respond to crises. “As you have seen, our soldiers have been received officially. They are in Congo on an official...

African migratory birds threatened by hot, dry weather

Aug. 20, 2022 02:47 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Africa's migratory birds are threatened by changing weather patterns in the center and east of the continent that have depleted natural water systems and caused a devastating drought. Hotter and drier conditions due to climate change make it difficult for...

Blinken concerned over detention of Congo opposition figure

Aug. 10, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday said he was “concerned” about reports of the detention of an opposition political leader in Congo. On the second day of his visit to the central African nation, Blinken said his delegation was “trying...

5 dead, 750 escape in rebel attack on eastern Congo prison

Aug. 10, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — At least five people, including two policemen, were killed in an attack on a prison in which about 750 inmates escaped in Congo’s eastern Butembo town, local officials said Wednesday. Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces attacked the Kakwangura prison early...

Blinken calls for end to Congo violence, backs negotiations

Aug. 09, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that his country will support the efforts led by Kenya and Angola to put an end to the violence in Congo’s east and to help solve the central African nation’s crisis with Rwanda. Blinken traveled to...