Pope consoles Congolese victims: ‘Your pain is my pain’

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo’s people to forgive those who committed “inhuman violence” against them, celebrating a Mass for 1 million people and then hearing firsthand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a teenage girl ” raped like an animal” for months; a young man who watched as … Read more

Discovery of embalming workshop reveals how ancient Egyptians mummified the dead

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — From the ruins of an embalming workshop, scientists have discovered the substances and concoctions ancient Egyptians used to mummify the dead. While scholars had previously learned the names of substances used to embalm … Read more

Pope slams foreign plundering of Africa as he arrives in DR Congo | News

The 86-year-old Francis says a ‘forgotten genocide’ is under way in the DRC as he begins his trip to two African nations. Pope Francis has demanded that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” after he landed in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a trip … Read more

Pope’s Africa trip spotlights conflict, and church’s future

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis began a six-day visit to Congo and South Sudan on Tuesday, aiming to bring a message of peace to two countries torn by poverty, conflict and what Francis has called a lingering “colonialist mentality” that still considers Africa ripe for exploitation. Francis landed at Kinshasa’s airport and was greeted … Read more

Controversial cuisine: Fish head pie and ‘devil’s dung’

Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. CNN — This week in travel news, we bring you fish head pie, “devil’s dung,” mummified crocodiles and a … Read more

M23 rebels take control of Kitshanga in eastern DR Congo | News

The rebels seize the strategic town after days of fierce fighting, drawing condemnation from the UN. The M23 rebels have seized the strategic town of Kitshanga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after days of fierce fighting, drawing condemnation from the UN. The DRC’s army on Friday confirmed its forces withdrew, calling it a … Read more

Burkina Faso: France recalls ambassador and will withdraw military forces

CNN — France will withdraw its military forces from Burkina Faso within a month, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN on Wednesday. Following a formal request from the Burkina Faso government to do so, the French military mission will end a month after receipt of that written demand, the ministry said. Since 2018, … Read more

DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace; accuses Rwanda of “act of war”

CNN — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda’s accusation that a Congolese fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace, alleging the aircraft was attacked by Rwandan forces in a “deliberate act of aggression that amounts to an act of war.” Rwanda’s government communications office released a statement on Twitter Tuesday which said: “Today … Read more

Lavrov’s Africa Trip Reveals Limits to Russian Soft Power

The focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to South Africa, eSwatini, and Angola this week has been the portrayal of Russia as a partner for the continent’s development and security, especially in the energy sector. The tour also had an overtly propagandistic element aimed at bolstering Russia’s tattered global image as it seeks … Read more

Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine laid to rest

CNN — The Zambian student who died in battle in Ukraine was buried Wednesday in a private ceremony in his home country, a family spokesman told CNN. Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda died on the frontlines of the Ukraine war while fighting for the Russian mercenary group Wagner in September last year. His family representative Dr. Ian … Read more