Belgian prime minister Charles Michel. The so-called ‘métis’ children, the product of relationships between settlers and local women, were forcibly taken to Belgium between 1959 and 1962. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, is to apologise on behalf of the state for the kidnapping of mixed-race children torn from their Congolese m(...)

 Italian senator Roberto Calderoli said his comments were just ‘playful banter’. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A senator from Italy’s far-right League has been given an 18-month prison sentence for likening the country’s first black minister to an “orangutan”. (...)

Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasha with his wife, relatives and supporters  a few minutes after he was declared winner of Congo’s  presidential election on Friday. Photograph: Caroline Thirion/AFP/Getty Images

The powerful Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has challenged the published result of last month’s historic election, setting the cl(...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

Official opening of Patrice Lumumba Square in Brussels, named in honour of late Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, with an effigy of Lumumba. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty

“You killed Lumumba,” she roared at the Belgian officials on the platform, before being escorted away by the police. The music and speeches resumed. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Donald Trump at the White House in March: Trump’s attacks on the press have escalted since he became president. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Following the fatal shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that the(...)

A health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment centre in Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: AP

Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the northwestern city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials have said. (...)

Sisyphean toil: 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo

Released last year, Kirsten Johnston’s fascinating portrait of a documentarian at work, simply titled Cameraperson, featured a scene wherein a Nigeria(...)

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against President Joseph Kabila, organised by the local Catholic Church in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 21st, 2018. Photograph: Kenny Katombe/Reuters

The head of Congo’s Catholic Church condemned the government of President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday for a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters,(...)

Kurdish boys, refugees from Kobane, pictured in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, in 2015, as they wait to return to Syria. Photograph: Getty

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human s(...)

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