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Fighting intensifies in eastern Congo, displacing hundreds

Jan. 26, 2023 17:11 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Fighting intensified around a town in eastern Congo Thursday as a rebel group seeking to expand the territory it controls increased pressure on government troops defending it, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes. By evening it was unclear who...

A bomb injures at least a 12 people near a market in Congo

Jan. 25, 2023 17:09 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A bomb exploded at a market in eastern Congo on Wednesday, injuring at least a dozen people, authorities said. An unknown person detonated a bomb inside a bag in North Kivu's Beni town, said Tharcisse Katembo, a local official. “Damage was...

Rwanda fires on Congo military aircraft accused of violation

Jan. 25, 2023 01:06 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda has fired on a Congolese military aircraft it alleges violated its airspace in a new escalation of tensions between the neighbors that has set off alarm across central Africa. A Rwandan government statement said “defensive measures” were taken...

Taylor, Wagner defeat Central Connecticut State 72-50

Jan. 20, 2023 21:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Taylor II scored 17 points as Wagner beat Cent. Conn. St. 72-50 on Friday night. Taylor was 7 of 11 shooting and 3 of 5 from the free throw line for the Seahawks (10-7, 3-3 Northeast Conference). Darrius Hughes shot 4 of 5 from the field to add 10 points. Zaire...

UN: New Congo attack by local militia kills 7, many flee

Jan. 19, 2023 19:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday reported a deadly new attack in volatile northeastern Congo by the same local militia blamed for killing nearly 50 people recently discovered in mass graves. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the latest attack took place...

At least 145 people feared dead after Congo boat sinking

Jan. 19, 2023 12:30 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least 145 passengers are missing and feared dead after a motorized boat overloaded with goods and animals sank at night on a river in northwestern Congo, authorities said Thursday. About 55 people survived the disaster, officials said. The boat had been...

Congo: 49 bodies found in mass graves after militia attacks

Jan. 18, 2023 15:21 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Mass graves containing the bodies of 49 civilians have been discovered in northeastern Congo after a series of weekend attacks blamed on a local militia, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that the...

Tear gas fired at Congo protesters opposing foreign troops

Jan. 18, 2023 13:54 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in eastern Congo on Wednesday after dozens of people took part in an unauthorized protest in Goma against the presence of foreign troops to help quell violence from armed groups. Authorities later detained some participants,...

Pope, ahead of Congo visit, sends prayers for church bombing

Jan. 17, 2023 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday sent his condolences to the victims of a bombing on a Pentecostal church in eastern Congo, an attack claimed by Islamic militants two weeks before the pontiff is due to arrive in the country. Authorities say Sunday's bombing in Kasindi, a town in...

Congo's army says church bomb kills 10, extremists suspected

Jan. 15, 2023 10:39 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A suspected extremist attack at a church in eastern Congo killed at least 10 people and wounded more than three dozen, according to the country's army. A group linked to Islamic extremists was suspected of being responsible for a bomb that went off in the...