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Congo president consults allies over eastern revolt

Congolese President Joseph Kabila met the top U.N. official in his country and foreign ambassadors on Monday to decide whether to negotiate with a rebel eastern general or to try to destroy him by force. Renegade General Laurent Nkunda, who has been battling government troops in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, ignored a government-set deadline on Monday for his Tutsi fighters to start disbanding and rejoin the national army. His refusal to obey the ultimatum has raised fears of an imminent all-out offensive by Congo’s armed forces against Nkunda’s positions in the eastern province, where the fighting has driven thousands of civilians from their homes. Full Story

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