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Africa's bloodiest war nears end

The leaders of the main rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been sworn in as vice-presidents in a new power-sharing government aimed at ending nearly five years of war. The transitional administration composed of once bitterest enemies should pave the way for the country’s first democratic elections in two years’ time, if all goes according to plan. As the vice-presidents took their oath of office in the capital, Kinshasa, their supporters roared their approval. The five-year war has been described as the worst conflict since World War II involving tens of thousands of foreign troops and resulting in the estimated deaths of at some three million people. But analysts say that unifying a country four times the size of France, across which there are few linking roads or railways, will be a huge task which could take many generations. Full Story

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