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Ethnic Militia Retakes DR Congo Town

Well-armed ethnic Hema fighters have taken control of the troubled town of Bunia in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They forced out Lendu militiamen who had been in control for the past week after a two-hour battle, say United Nations officials in the town. The latest fighting comes as the UN Security Council prepares to discuss the situation in Bunia later on Monday. Senior figures including South African President Thabo Mbeki have urged the UN to increase beef up its force there and strengthen its mandate. Following the takeover by the Hema Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), ethnic Lendus are leaving the town, says UN spokeswoman Patricia Tome. Full Story

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