Latest Kinshasa News

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...

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...

UN experts: Rwandan forces operate with M23 rebels in Congo

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in volatile eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group, which is waging a major offensive in the mineral-rich region that has caused deaths and massive...

Congo basin peatland rainforest oil leases up for auction

Jul. 28, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Sections of a renowned peatland tropical forest in the Congo Basin that plays a crucial role in Africa's climate system go up for oil and gas auction in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday. The DRC government will auction 30 oil...

Power line kills 4 at anti-UN protest in eastern Congo

Jul. 27, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Four people participating in demonstrations against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo were killed Wednesday when a high-voltage power line fell on them, officials said. Their deaths came on the third day of anti-U.N. protests. At least...

2 men from Congo plead guilty to shipping ivory, rhino horns

Jul. 14, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two foreign nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo have pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle for acting as middle men in a smuggling ring that brought illegal ivory, rhinoceros horn and pangolin scales into the U.S. Herdade Lokua, 24, and Jospin...

Congo and Rwanda agree to reduce tensions over M23 rebels

Jul. 06, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rwanda and Congo have agreed to reduce tensions following one-day talks between their presidents mediated by Angola, Congo’s presidency announced Wednesday. The two countries will revive a Congo-Rwanda commission which will resume activities on July 12 in...

Rwanda, Congo leaders to meet in Angola amid tensions

Jul. 05, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries, a Congolese government spokesman said. The two leaders on Wednesday will discuss bilateral relations and...

Pope, unable to go to Congo, embraces Congolese in Rome

Jul. 03, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis greeted members of the Congolese community in Rome, borrowing words from their native languages Sunday to wish them peace and joy during an especially vibrant ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis, 85, was supposed to make a July 2-7...

Remains of Congo's independence hero interred amid honors

Jun. 30, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The remains of Congo’s independence hero and first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba were laid to rest in Kinshasa Thursday amid honors including a procession through the capital, military salutes and music in front of thousands of people. Congo’s President...