Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Mar 3, 2014

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Can giant robots with deep voices and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo? A small cooperative, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks so — ...

Feb 14, 2014

Envoy to Congo sacked over staff embezzlement

Yoshimasa Tominaga, ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was effectively removed Thursday in response to the embezzlement of public funds by an embassy employee. The Foreign Ministry reprimanded Tominaga, 63, and ordered him to return home. Earlier this year Shinya Yamada, former ...

Genes shed light on pygmy history

Feb 9, 2014

Genes shed light on pygmy history

Scientists have been able to fill in a blank in the history of Central Africa’s pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world. At a key period in human migration, these hunter-gatherer tribes shunned interbreeding with Bantu-speaking ...

| Jan 12, 2014

Africa witnesses violent, deadly start to 2014

by Jason Straziuso

The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have reportedly beheaded children. Sub-Saharan Africa has ...

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Dec 13, 2013

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Kinshasa and the M23 rebels signed documents officially burying the hatchet Thursday in Nairobi, a month after the end of the fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. “The DR Congo government and M23 have respectively signed declarations” including the “decision by M23 ...

Congo army captures last rebel stronghold

Oct 31, 2013

Congo army captures last rebel stronghold

Congolese troops on Wednesday captured Bunagana, the main M23 rebel base near the eastern border with Uganda, driving the M23 rebels from their last stronghold, a government spokesman said. “Bunagana is completely under our control. We had been fighting since the early morning,” said ...

Congo troops advance on waning rebels

Oct 29, 2013

Congo troops advance on waning rebels

Government troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said they had gained more ground against M23 rebels Monday as the head of the U.N. mission in the country described the movement as finished. “Practically all M23 positions were abandoned yesterday, except for a ...

MI6 played key role in Lumumba plot: ex-spy

Apr 4, 2013

MI6 played key role in Lumumba plot: ex-spy

A former U.K. intelligence officer told a friend that Britain played a role in the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, British media has reported. Before she died three years ago, Daphne Park — who was sent as an MI6 officer to the ...