Congo’s new president urges thousands of exiles: Come home
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave Congo in 2010 for neighboring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the sports ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety.
"Threatened with death, I had to cross the river and reach Brazzaville, where I enjoy refugee status with my wife and children. Life is hard here but we are safe," the 65-year-old Tumba said.
Congo’s new president on first trip to African countries
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi has landed in Brazzaville, the capital of neighboring Republic of the Congo, to start his first international trip since being elected president in late January.
Tshisekedi on Thursday was greeted by Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou N'Guesso and the two heads of state are holding closed-door talks.
Bridge over Congo River project agreement signed
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A bridge across Africa's mighty Congo River, the first to link the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, is planned according to an agreement signed in Johannesburg Thursday.
Republic of Congo appeals court releases opposition leader
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A Republic of Congo court has freed opposition leader Paulin Makaya, who had been under house arrest in Brazzaville since 2015.
The criminal court of appeals on Thursday ordered him to be released.
Makaya was sentenced to two years for inciting public disorder and insurrection. He was accused of complicity in a prison escape attempt that killed four people, including a policeman.
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A representative for a rebel group says the Republic of Congo has removed arrest warrants for Frederic Bintsamou and two of his lieutenants.
Philippe Ane said Tuesday this is an important step toward implementing a cease-fire agreement signed last year between the government and the Ninjas militia. Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi, went into hiding in April 2016 after he was blamed for an attack that killed 17 people in the Pool region.
Modeste Boukadia warns of China’s influence in the Republic of Congo
An opposition leader some call the "rising Nelson Mandela" of central Africa says Washington must "stand firm against" Chinese influence over African nations, lest Beijing cement itself as the most dominant outside power on the resource-rich continent.
Republic of Congo general arrested, accused of coup plot
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Authorities in Republic of Congo have arrested a general who had been close to the president on allegations of planning a coup.
Local media reports said Friday that former armed forces inspector Gen. Norbert Dabira was detained Wednesday.
Republic of Congo releases US citizen held for over a year
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen who was detained in the Republic of Congo for more than a year has been released, the United States Embassy there said Friday.
Marcel Pika is a retired colonel who served in the Republic of Congo's military. He was arrested early last year and held for "inciting disorderly conduct" amid unrest and other detentions that followed President Denis Sassou N'Guesso's re-election.
Militia signs cease-fire with Republic of Congo government
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A militia says it has signed a cease-fire with the Republic of Congo government, agreeing to stop hostilities and help collect weapons held by fighters.
Jean Gustave N'Tondo said the Ninjas Nsiloulou fighters signed the agreement Saturday to facilitate the free movement of people, goods and property in the Pool region where the militia started attacking in April 2016 after the president's re-election.
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Republic of Congo police say security forces have killed 15 rebel fighters during an operation in the Pool region that has been plagued by violence since last year.
Police on Saturday said the Ninja militia members had been trained in explosives and were preparing to commit a series of attacks along the railway between Pool and the capital, Brazzaville.
Police say they seized weapons and ammunition in Madzia, about 53 kilometers south of Brazzaville.
Police: Republic of Congo opposition leader arrested
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A police official in Republic of Congo says an opposition leader who ran in the latest presidential election has been arrested.
The official says Andre Okombi Salissa was arrested Tuesday morning. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists.
It was not immediately known what charges had been brought against Okombi Salissa, who lost last year's election to longtime incumbent Denis Sassou N'Guesso.
Republic of Congo marchers want to leave international court
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — About 300 people have marched in the Republic of Congo's capital to demand that the country leave the International Criminal Court.
Thursday's march comes shortly after three African countries, South Africa, Gambia and Burundi, announced they would leave the tribunal that is meant to pursue some of the world's worst atrocities.
Some African countries say the court unfairly targets the continent, though many of its cases were requested by African states.
Republic of Congo PM says no negotiations with ex-militia
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Republic of Congo's prime minister says he rejects calls for a cease-fire and negotiations by a former militia leader whose fighters have staged deadly attacks in recent weeks.
Prime Minister Clement Mouamba spoke Tuesday during a memorial for 21 people killed in attacks in the southern Pool region, including 11 soldiers.
Rep. of Congo: Ex-militia leader said to seek cease-fire
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A spokesman for a former militia leader in Republic of Congo whose fighters have staged deadly attacks in recent days is calling for an immediate cease-fire.
Jean Gustave Tondo told reporters Thursday that ex-militia leader Frederic Bitsangou wants a "political solution" to ongoing hostilities in the southern Pool region.
Republic of Congo says 23 dead in latest attacks in south
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Republic of Congo's justice minister says the number of people killed in recent attacks by former members of a militia group is now at 23.
Pierre Mabiala said Wednesday that former members of the Ninjas Nsiloulou group killed six soldiers, four military police, two police and 11 civilians. He said the attacks occurred in the southern Pool region during the last week of September. In one attack on Sept. 30, the fighters targeted a train, killing 14 people.
Republic of Congo police say 14 killed in train attack
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Republic of Congo police say 14 people have been killed in an attack on a train in the country's southeast.
Police officials said Saturday that Friday's attack took place near the Mindouli train station in the Pool region, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Brazzaville, the capital. Police say another attack Thursday by former Ninjas Nsiloulou militia members killed four soldiers 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Brazzaville.
Republic of Congo opposition leader denied bail: lawyer
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A lawyer says the Republic of Congo has denied bail for an opposition leader under house arrest since June.
Jean Marie Michel Mokoko was detained on charges of undermining state security and illegally possessing weapons. Lawyer Eric Ibouanga says the state added a third charge Thursday of inciting public disorder. But he says there is no evidence against Mokoko.
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A Republic of Congo opposition party has called for the unconditional release of political prisoners and easing of arbitrary arrests.
The Pan-African Union for Social Democracy's statement issued overnight Sunday follows a similar request last week by Amnesty International.
Gen. Jean Marie Michel Mokoko, an independent candidate in the March presidential elections, is under provisional house detention. Paulin Makaya, president...
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A Republic of Congo tribunal has sentenced an opposition leader to two years in prison for inciting public disorder and insurrection.
The lawyer for United Party for Congo head Paulin Makaya said Monday the sentence, including a $4,000 fine, is unjust. Yvon Eric Ibouanga said an appeal will be filed.
Makaya was detained after participating in an October protest. Opposition leaders called for a boycott of an Oct. 25 referendum...