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Congo, Rwanda at Brink of War as Border Fighting Surges

After two years of fragile peace, one of Africa’s most volatile regions — the border area of Rwanda and Congo — has been pushed back to the brink of war with Rwandan soldiers reportedly staging raids in eastern Congo and Congolese militias clashing separately with each other. Fighting broke out Wednesday for the fourth successive day between Rwandan-backed rebels and Congolese government troops, the Reuters news agency reported. The fighting, near the Rwanda border, came as a spokesman for President Joseph Kabila of Congo declared his country “at war” with Rwanda. There have been no reports of significant casualties, but in recent weeks thousands of civilians in the border area have fled their homes as tensions and the number of armed men in the area have increased, human rights groups and U.N. officials reported. Full Story

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