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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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The Ngara site, which sits on a nine-acre piece of land between Kinshasha and Muslim roads, will contain a nursery school, a parking lot, running track and shopping centre, among other communal facilities.To qualify for a house, you will be required to register with the Boma Yangu housing fund, on the government portal.
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One of our friends, Colonel Afolabi David aka 'Kinshasha Kinshosho' died in 2016.
(TAP) - President Beji Caid Essebsi commended the performance of the national soccer team in their World Cup day-4 qualifier against Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday in Kinshasha, extending his greetings and thanks to all members of the team.
La Republica Democratica del Congo (anteriormente conocido como Zaire) ha sido en fechas recientes escenarios de actos de violencia contra civiles que se manifestaban por la situacion pre electoral, tal como lo fueron los sucesos del 19 y 20 de septiembre pasados en la capital del pais, Kinshasha, con un saldo cercano al medio centenar de muertos despues de una represion gubernamental tras una protesta.
The agreement between the Kenya-based banking group and Congolese ProCredit Bank was signed on 26 May in Kinshasha.
Kinshasha: At least 42 people have been killed in three days of protests in Democratic Republic of Congo over a proposed legal reform the opposition says would keep President Joseph Kabila in power for years, a rights group said, three times the official estimate.
Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo is set to return this week, to his native place Kinshasha in the Democratic Republic of Congo.