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Rival forces fight gun battles in Congo capital

Forces loyal to Congo’s rival presidential contenders fought gun battles in the capital Kinshasa on Saturday in the latest violence to mar historic elections meant to end a decade of war and chaos. The government threatened to send the army to quell fighting involving troops of Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel chief who says electoral fraud has hurt his challenge to President Joseph Kabila. But guns fell silent after the pair’s representatives met with international peacekeepers and police. “Kinshasa is now calm,” a United Nations spokesman said. Full Story

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