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Rebels join new army in DR Congo

Former government soldiers and those from two main rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have formed a united force. The ceremony to mark the merger took place in Kisangani in the north-east. The soldiers from the government, Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) and Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) will be deployed in eastern DR Congo. Early this year, the country’s warring parties signed a power-sharing deal to end five years of fighting. The BBC’s Arnaud Zajtman says the merger has been welcomed by local people in Kisangani, who witnessed the ceremony alongside the DR Congo and Belgian defence ministers. Full Story

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