Latest Central Africa News

Congo govt raises toll from attack in east to more than 270

Dec. 05, 2022 16:08 PM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's government dramatically increased the death toll from a massacre last week they blamed on M23 rebels, saying Monday that 270 people had been killed in an attack that broke a fragile cease-fire agreement. M23's chairman challenged the figure and accused...

Glencore agrees to pay Congo $180 million over bribery case

Dec. 05, 2022 13:55 PM EST

BAAR, Switzerland (AP) — Commodities company Glencore said Monday that it has reached an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo to pay $180 million over bribery allegations spanning from 2007 to 2018. It comes months after the Anglo-Swiss company announced deals with...

US targets Russian mercenary group over religious freedom

Dec. 02, 2022 13:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday placed a well-known Russian paramilitary organization on a list of religious freedom violators alongside a number of notorious terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he had designated the Wagner...

Congo military accuses M23 rebels of killing 50 civilians

Dec. 01, 2022 16:19 PM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's military on Thursday accused the M23 rebels of breaching a cease-fire, saying that they killed at least 50 people in a massacre earlier this week and warning that the army would defend civilians from attacks. The statement comes less than a week after...

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Dec. 01, 2022 11:42 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has rescheduled his delayed trip to Congo and South Sudan for Jan. 31-Feb. 5, cutting out a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east but fulfilling a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan. The Vatican...

Unknown aircraft targets Wagner base in C. African Republic

Nov. 29, 2022 08:07 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Authorities in Central African Republic have opened an investigation after a low-flying fighter jet dropped explosives near a base for Russian mercenaries working with the country's military. The attack took place in the early hours of Monday...

AP PHOTOS: Bright shops enliven Congo's dark days

Nov. 27, 2022 03:09 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Saturday morning in Goma, the lakeside capital of eastern Congo is as busy as any other day of the week, despite tensions caused by recent fighting between M23 rebels and government forces north of the city. Hundreds of taxi-motorcycles weave through the packed...

E. Congo on edge to see if M23 rebel cease-fire takes effect

Nov. 25, 2022 15:01 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Civilians in mineral-rich eastern Congo edgily waited to see whether a cease-fire to end the latest round of fighting between government forces and a shadowy rebel group would come into effect as planned Friday evening. Congo's president and neighboring Rwanda's...

Equatorial Guinea leader poised to extend 43 years in power

Nov. 20, 2022 12:21 PM EST

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Africa’s longest-serving ruler, was poised Sunday to extend his 43 years in power in the oil-rich country amid accusations of voting irregularities from the opposition. In previous...

Leaders of French-speaking countries hold summit in Tunisia

Nov. 19, 2022 16:21 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leaders of French-speaking countries gathered Saturday on a Tunisian island to discuss debt relief, migration, food and energy shortages amid a soaring cost-of-living crisis across Africa, Europe and the Middle East due to Russia's war on Ukraine. French...