)) is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the Congo River.

Once a site of fishing villages, Kinshasa is now an urban area with a 2014 population of over 11 million. It faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC's 11 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90% of the city-province's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the city-province.

Kinshasa is the third largest urban area in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. It is also the second largest "francophone" urban area in the world after Paris, French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street. If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa should surpass Paris in population around 2020. Kinshasa hosted the 14th Francophonie Summit in October 2012.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Italian Ambassador, Two Others Killed in Ambush in North Kivu

All Africa 23 Feb 2021
Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday morning in an ambush by armed groups a few kilometres north of the city of Goma, in eastern North Kivu Province ....
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Congo-Kinshasa: Rwandan Hutu Rebels Killed Italy's DRC Ambassador in 'Terrorist Attack', Tshisekedi Claims

All Africa 23 Feb 2021
Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in violence the DRC's president described as a "terrorist attack", which he blamed on a Rwandan Hutu rebel group ....
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Congo-Kinshasa: Italian Envoy to DR Congo Killed in Attempted Kidnap

All Africa 23 Feb 2021
The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two other people have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC ....
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Congo-Kinshasa: Italy's Ambassador Killed While Traveling With UN Convoy, Official Says

All Africa 23 Feb 2021
Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed on Monday while travelling with a UN convoy in the east of the country, the foreign ministry said ....
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Italy Mourns an Ambassador and His Bodyguard, Killed in Congo

New York Times 23 Feb 2021
The killings, reminiscent of an Italian student’s murder in Egypt a few years prior, sparked deep emotions and outrage in Italy, which has been under strain from both the pandemic and political turmoil ... .
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Congo-Kinshasa: Lives and Futures of Three Million Children At Risk, UNICEF Warns

All Africa 22 Feb 2021
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on Friday, highlighted the dire situation of some three million displaced children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), facing brutal militia violence and extreme hunger ....
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Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo's Mysterious Metal Monolith Destroyed By Mob

All Africa 22 Feb 2021
A metal structure that mysteriously appeared on a roundabout in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been destroyed over fears about its origins ....
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Italian ambassador to Kinshasa killed following attack on UN convoy

La Prensa Latina 22 Feb 2021
Rome, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed Monday following an armed attack on a United Nations convoy he was traveling with in the country’s restive east.
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Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

New York Times 22 Feb 2021
The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation ... .
photo: AP / John Bompengo
In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, Congo soldiers patrol streets as they look for armed assailants in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Armed assailants who identified themselves as disciples of a self-styled prophet attacked the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Congo's capital in what many feared was a coup attempt early Monday, before being repelled by the country's military, officials and witnesses said.
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Italian ambassador to DR Congo dies after UN convoy attacked

Al Jazeera 22 Feb 2021
The convoy was attacked on Monday near the town of Kanyamahoro at approximately 10.15am (08.15 GMT) as part of a kidnap attempt, the Virunga National Park told Reuters ... According to the ministry website, Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019 ... .
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