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Dr Congo – Kabila and Kagame fail to agree on regional force for eastern Congo

BBC

Regional leaders have failed to agree at a summit in Uganda on deploying a new force to tackle militia groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We will meet again in four weeks,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said, the AFP news agency reports.

Last month, the African Union called for a force to be established within weeks, as conflict escalated.

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Meanwhile, gunmen have attacked the airport in the southern Congolese mining city of Lubumbashi.

At least one soldier was killed in a shoot-out that lasted several hours.

The government blamed a similar attack on the airport last year on armed men linked to secessionists in the south-east.

‘Neutral force’

In the separate conflict in eastern DR Congo, nearly 250,000 people have been displaced since April following a rebellion launched by renegade General Bosco Ntaganda, the UN says.

Gen Ntaganda’s M23 rebel movement – which has been active in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu – is accused by the UN and DR Congo government of receiving military backing from Rwanda.  Read more…

DR Congo – troops shell mutineers’ bases

AL JAZEERA

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s military has been shelling positions it believes are held by rebels who have been fighting the army for weeks in the country’s east.

The rebels are fighters who were integrated into the national army under a 2009 peace deal, but who later defected, complaining of poor conditions.

The fighting since late April has driven tens of thousands of people to flee to neighbouring countries, including Uganda.

Security sources say the government troops are advancing, isolating the mutineers – now understood to number around 300 fighters hiding in forested hill country – yet residents are suffering, and fear there is worse to come.

In an exclusive report, Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb visits Bunagana, a strategically important town in the east of the DRC, key to controlling border crossings into Uganda.

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                    Al Jazeera