U.N. chief Ban picks panel to probe Hammarskjold's death in 1961

Mar 17, 2015

U.N. chief Ban picks panel to probe Hammarskjold's death in 1961

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq announced Monday that Mohamed ...

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 ...