Latest Kinshasa Stories

2006-07-25 05:47:52

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese opposition protesters rampaged down a main highway into Kinshasa on Tuesday, tearing down election posters and demanding the postponement of historic polls scheduled for Sunday. The several hundred demonstrators, who want Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party polls in 40 years to be delayed because of tensions and alleged flaws, clashed with riot police who beat them with batons while market women scattered.

2006-07-08 14:59:54

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Five Nepali U.N. peacekeepers held hostage for more than a month by militia fighters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were released unharmed and without conditions on Saturday, the United Nations said. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Congo (MONUC) said the five soldiers, part of a group of Nepali blue helmets captured after a May 27 clash with militia in northeast Ituri district, were released safe and sound by their captors. Although...

2006-07-08 11:44:47

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a journalist in Democratic Republic of Congo early on Saturday, a day after foreign donors called on the government to guarantee press freedoms ahead of historic elections this month. A local media watchdog said independent journalist Mwamba Bapuwa, who had recently criticized the government and survived a previous attack several months ago, was shot at his home by unidentified intruders who took his mobile phone. The killing comes...

2006-05-28 13:43:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo has released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what it called a suspected coup plot, saying it did not have time to try them itself before long-awaited national elections in July. Congo said on Wednesday it had detained the 32 foreigners for planning a coup ahead of the presidential and parliamentary polls. Diplomats and security sources said the arrests were about domestic political rivalries and dismissed talk...

2006-05-28 12:49:22

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo has released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what the government said was a suspected coup plot ahead of elections in July, diplomats said on Sunday. Congo said on Wednesday it had detained the 32 foreigners for planning a coup ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls. Security sources said the arrests were linked to domestic political rivalries and that there was never a serious threat to the government. South African...

2006-05-24 05:02:23

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested 32 foreigners, including South Africans, Nigerians and Americans, in what they called a suspected coup plot ahead of historic elections in July. But diplomats and security sources played down the announcement, saying they believed the alleged plot had to do with domestic political rivalries and posed no real threat to the upcoming July 30 parliamentary and presidential polls in the...

2006-05-24 02:49:02

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday it had arrested about 30 foreigners, including Nigerians, Americans and South Africans, in a suspected coup plot ahead of elections scheduled for July 30. "About 30 people claiming to work for a security company have been arrested. They say they were working for the company but our information suggests they had other intentions," government spokesman Henri Mova Sakanyi told Reuters. "They wanted to destabilize...

2006-04-29 13:50:21

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Saturday reports of a Ugandan army incursion into Congo were "credible" after peacekeepers conducted a verification mission in the remote northeastern border region. Democratic Republic of Congo's government has protested to Kampala over what it said was an incursion by Ugandan troops who clashed with Kinshasa's forces as they pursued Ugandan rebels over the border earlier this week. "After verification, we found the reports concerning...

2006-04-04 06:30:41

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of street children across Congo risk being recruited by political parties to create chaos, intimidate voters and contest the results of up-coming elections, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The New York-based watchdog warned that the children faced death or injury as Congo's security forces -- who killed or wounded scores of anti-government demonstrators in 2005 -- frequently respond to protests with excessive force....

2006-03-17 10:24:54

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo sent a militia leader suspected of ordering the killing of nine U.N. peacekeepers last year to the International Criminal Court on Friday, making him its first prisoner, U.N. and government sources said. The suspect, Thomas Lubanga, leads the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), an ethnic militia now registered as a political party and accused of widespread human rights abuses in eastern Congo's lawless Ituri district. "Thomas Lubanga left for...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'