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The capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the western part of the country on the Congo River. Founded in 1881 by Henry M. Stanley, who named it Leopoldville after his patron, Leopold II of Belgium, it became capital of the Belgian Congo in 1926 and was the scene of the revolt in 1959 that led to Congo's independence a year later. In 1966 its name was changed to Kinshasa, after the name of an early village that occupied the site.


(kɪnˈʃɑːzə; -ˈʃɑːsə)
(Placename) the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the River Congo opposite Brazzaville: became capital of the Belgian Congo in 1929 and of Zaïre in 1960; university (1954). Pop: 5 717 000 (2005 est). Former name (until 1966): Léopoldville


(kɪnˈʃɑ sə, ˈkɪn ʃɑ sə)

the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the NW part, on the Congo (Zaire) River. 4,655,313. Formerly, Léopoldville.
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Noun1.Kinshasa - the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
Belgian Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zaire - a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
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Dubai-based flydubai has announced the start of flights to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 15 April.
REUERS KINSHASA The head of Congo's Catholic church condemned President Joseph Kabila's government on Tuesday for a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, suggesting his country was turning into a prison.
A child walks past (R) and a woman stands among the remains of a landslide in Ngaliema district in Kinshasa
Alphonse church in the Matete district of Kinshasa, the capital, according to Ida Sawyer, HRW's Central Africa director.
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila addresses the nation at Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo April 5, 2017.
Les provocations dont fait l'objet la selection nationale a Kinshasa que ce soit de la part de la federation ou des supporters congolais ont augmente a la veille du match Tunisie-RD Congo, prevu mardi a 18h30, pour le compte de la 4e journee des qualifications africaines au Mondial-2018", a indique Hichem Ben Omane, chef de la delegation tunisienne a Kinshasa.
Summary: Kinshasa [Congo] July 16 (ANI): An American journalist and three other security guards are still missing the militia attack on a security station, local media reports said.
KINSHASA, CONGO * Catholic bishops in Congo accused their government of suppressing civil liberties and demanded free elections envisaged under a church-brokered New Year accord.
The announcement is likely to stoke political tensions after at least 50 people died last week in the capital Kinshasa in clashes.
KINSHASA -- Two days of clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, that pitted the security forces against protesters who demanded President Joseph Kabila's resignation, left at least 32 people dead, police said Wednesday.
Government at the American Embassy Kinshasa as follows: Collect from, transport to, and deposit cash at any one of the following locations: the Cashiers office at the Joint Administrative Office (JAO) at 498 Col.
On the streets of Kinshasa, one visible sign of choppy currency fluctuations is the return of the money changers.