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EU approves DR Congo force

The European Union (EU) has approved a plan to send a peacekeeping force to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there are continuing reports of ethnic killings in the troubled north-eastern Ituri region. The decision was made by EU ambassadors at a meeting of the union’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels. The French-led peacekeeping force, which received United Nations Security Council approval last Friday, will comprise about 1,400 personnel and is due to start deploying at the end of this week. Correspondents say people in Bunia – the main town in Ituri and the scene of several reported massacres – would welcome any force that could restore order, but the reaction from rival militias is uncertain. Full Story

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