Latest Felix Tshisekedi News

UN experts: More armed groups in Congo willing to surrender

Jun. 13, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say a growing number of armed groups in Congo appear willing to surrender under the right conditions following January's inauguration of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as president. The experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said in a report to the Security...

Funeral for Congo's Etienne Tshisekedi, president's father

Jun. 1, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, whose son is now Congo's president, was laid to rest Saturday in his homeland more than two years after he died during a political stalemate over the country's long-delayed elections. A funeral procession joined by thousands made its way to the...

Congo opposition leader's body returns home for funeral

May. 30, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The body of longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi was returned to home soil Thursday night for burial more than two years after his death, after a political standoff ended. The arrival from Belgium fulfilled one of the first promises his son Felix made after...

Prominent Congolese politician Katumbi returns from exile

May. 20, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Prominent Congolese businessman and onetime presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi returned Monday after three years in political exile to large crowds in his hometown of Lubumbashi, in the country's south. Katumbi, who was at one point viewed as the greatest political threat to former...

Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms

May. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo feared being jailed if he returned to his country as an opponent of the longtime president. During his five years in exile, a court convicted him in absentia on charges related to a real estate dispute which he says were...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

May. 16, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that...

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

Apr. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BUTEMBO, Congo (AP) — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday. Butembo city's deputy mayor, Patrick Kambale Tsiko, told The Associated Press that the attackers armed with machetes...

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

Monitor: IS claims to have set up its own Africa province

Apr. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A group that monitors jihadist websites says the Islamic State extremist group is claiming to have established a province in central Africa. The SITE Intelligence Group said Thursday that it is the first time that IS has mentioned the so-called Islamic State Central African Province....

Congo's president says 150 reported missing after boat sinks

Apr. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's president says 150 people are reported missing after a boat sank on Lake Kivu in the country's east. The motorized boat was headed toward the commercial hub of Goma when it sank Monday evening. Many of the victims were believed to be traders who make the journey each week....