Catholic Church condemns DR Congo's 'barbaric' crackdown; death toll hits 12 Jan 03, 2018 0 31 12345 AFPKinshasaThe death toll from a crackdown on New Year's Eve demonstrations in Democratic Republic of Congo rose to 12, protestors said on Tuesday, as the country's powerful Catholic Church condemned what it called"barbarism" and the UN and France sounded their concern."Eleven people died in Kinshasa and one in Kananga," Jonas Tshombela, a spokesman for the protest organisers, told AFP.Catholic and opposition groups on Sunday defied a ban on demonstrations demanding that President Joseph Kabila, in power since the assassination of his father in 2001, leave office.They were met with a deadly crackdown by authorities, who fired tear gas into churches and bullets in the air to break up gatherings.An AFP reporter at a demonstration in the central city of Kananga saw a man shot in the chest by soldiers who opened fire on worshippers. The protests took place on the first anniversary of a Church-brokered deal under which Kabila was scheduled to leave office in 2017 after fresh elections.The poll has since been postponed until December 2018. Western powers have accepted the delay with reluctance, hoping it will avoid bloodshed and encourage stability in this vast and volatile central African country. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES S Korea proposes high-level talks after Kim's overture Jan 03, 2018 0 367 Boko Haram leader appears in video amid surge in attacks Jan 03, 2018 0 39 US, Britain warn S Sudan rivals over ceasefire violations Jan 03, 2018 0 31 Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in Nigeria River State shooting AFP Warri Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Nigeria's Rivers State, a police source told AFP, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region. "The gunmen opened fire .. Two climbers die in fall on S Africa's Table Mountain Johannesburg Two climbers were killed abseiling on Cape Town's Table Mountain on New Year's Day, with hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the rescue effort, South African officials .. Museveni signs bill removing Uganda presidential age limit Kampala Uganda's Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill removing presidential age limits, a spokesman said Tuesday, clearing the way for the 73-year-old's expected sixth run at the presidency in 2021. The .. Australian investigators hope to recover seaplane this week AFP Sydney Accident investigators hope this week to raise a seaplane which crashed into an Australian river with the death of six people, including a high-profile British chief executive. Richard Cousins, the boss of .. Trump eyes potential talks, claims 'sanctions beginning to have impact' WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said possible talks between North Korea and South Korea held mixed potential, while sanctions were beginning to take a toll on Pyongyang amid tensions over its nuclear and .. Internet restored after deadly protests Kinshasa Internet was restored in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday after the government cut services for three days on the eve of protests against the president, AFP reporters said. The Congolese minister for ..