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People gather at the scene of a gold mine collapse near the town of Kamituga, South Kivu province, in eastern Congo Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. More than 50 people are dead after landslides collapsed three artisanal gold mines near the town of Kamituga in eastern Congo's South Kivu province on Friday, officials said. (Jeff Mwenyemali/Maisha RDC via AP)

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo

Sep. 12, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 50 people are dead after landslides caused the collapse of three artisanal gold mines near the city of Kamituga in eastern Congo’s South Kivu province on Friday, officials said. Heavy rains for days led to the disaster. “The diggers and the transporters of...

More than 40 killed by armed militia in Congo's east

Sep. 10, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 40 people have been killed this week in attacks by rebels in Congo’s eastern Ituri province, local officials said Thursday. The civil society president in Irumu territory, Gili Gotabo, blamed the Allied Democratic Forces for the attacks since Tuesday that also led...

FILE - In this July 24, 1960 file photo, Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba waves as he sits in car for the drive from Idlewild Airport, New York after his arrival from Europe to speak to the United Nations Security Council. The family of Congolese independence icon Patrice Lumumba will soon receive the only known remains of the assassinated leader, a tooth removed after his death by a Belgium man whose family apparently held on to it for nearly 60 years, the federal prosecutor's office in Belgium announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

Belgium to return tooth to family of slain Congolese icon

Sep. 10, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba met a grisly end after his assassination in 1961: His body was dismembered and dissolved with acid in an apparent effort to keep any grave from becoming a pilgrimage site. Then, the story goes that a tooth was pulled from his corpse during...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege speaks to the media during a news conference in Oslo, Norway. Death threats against the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Congolese doctor have alarmed his supporters who are urging in Sept. 2020 the United Nations to reinstate protection by its peacekeepers, but it likely won't return. (Lise Aserud/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)

UN protection back for threatened Nobel-winning Congo doctor

Sep. 9, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For weeks, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Congolese doctor has faced death threats, leading alarmed supporters to urge the United Nations to reinstate the peacekeepers who were withdrawn from his hospital months ago. On Wednesday, after international expressions of concern, the...

Congo sees increase in plague, at least 10 deaths this year

Sep. 2, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is seeing an upsurge in cases of the plague, as the vast Central African nation also battles outbreaks of COVID-19 and Ebola. Since June, Congo has recorded at least 65 cases of the plague, including at least 10 deaths, in the eastern Ituri province according to Ituri...

Nobel laureate urges EU to act against Congo crimes

Aug. 31, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege has urged European Union nations to bring people accused of war crimes and other major abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo to justice. Speaking to EU lawmakers via video-link on Monfsy, Mukwege called on member states to use the...

Plane crashes in Congo's South Kivu province, killing 5

Aug. 14, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A plane crashed in Congo’s South Kivu province Thursday, killing all five people aboard, the provincial minister of transport and communications said Friday. The small cargo plane, belonging to the company Agefreco, was traveling from Kalima in Maniema province to Bukavu in...

This photo, circa 1915, from the Library of Congress, shows Ota Benga. The organization that runs New York's Bronx Zoo is apologizing for racist episodes in the zoo's past, including putting Ota Benga, a Central African man, on display in the Monkey House in 1906.

Zoo officials apologize for display of African man in 1906

Jul. 30, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The organization that runs New York's Bronx Zoo is apologizing for racism in the zoo's past, including putting Ota Benga, a central African man, on display in the Monkey House in 1906. “In the name of equality, transparency, and accountability, we must confront our...