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New Fighting in Eastern Congo, Rwanda Withdraws Threat

Fighting between rival army factions ended days of relative calm in eastern Congo on Sunday, while Rwanda withdrew a threat to send troops into the country. Soldiers loyal to the Congolese government fought dissident units around the deserted Congolese farming town of Kanyabayonga. Iliane Nabaa, a U.N. spokeswoman in the capital Kinshasa, said the clashes started at around 0600 local time (2300 EST). There were also credible reports of fighting between rebel fighters and the pro-Kinshasa Mai Mai militia around Nyabiondo, some 31 miles to the southwest, U.N. spokeswoman Jacqueline Chenard said. Congo’s fragile transitional government and its fractious army is struggling to impose order in the border region with Rwanda, where the U.N. says at least 100,000 people have been displaced by recent clashes between rival army factions. Full Story

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