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Congo Quashes Apparent Coup Bid

Government forces put down an apparent coup attempt in the Congolese capital on Sunday, battling attackers believed to be loyal to former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. The assault represented the first major threat to a power-sharing government meant to stabilize Congo after a devastating five-year civil war in which an estimated 3 million people died, mainly through war-induced hunger and disease. The government refused to characterize the deadly firefights as an attempted coup. Interior Minister Theophile Mbemba said the attack would not destabilize President Joseph Kabila’s government, which has struggled to assert control over its vast, rebellion-splintered territory since the war, which ran from 1998 to 2003. Full Story

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