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Rebels seize DR Congo town

Dissident soldiers have taken control of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Bukavu after a week of fighting with regular army troops. DR Congo President Joseph Kabila accused Rwanda of sending troops over the border to support the rebels. The BBC’s Rob Walker in Bukavu says the army has withdrawn from the town, which is now calm except for looting. He says 1,000 United Nations troops around Bukavu have not intervened to prevent the rebel advance. Under a 2003 peace deal, former rebels should be integrated into the army. The clashes threaten the peace process. In the capital, Kinshasa, hundreds of people rioted in protest at the UN’s failure to defend Bukavu from the rebels. Demonstrators gathered outside the UN’s headquarters and threw stones at UN vehicles, setting one on fire. UN spokesman Sebastien Lapierre said that peacekeepers were intervening to stop looting. Full Story

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