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Philippines, Muslim Rebels Sign Preliminary Peace Plan

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippine government and Muslim rebels waging a decades-long separatist insurgency in the south of the country have signed a preliminary peace deal that outlines steps to end the conflict by 2016. President Benigno Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim witnessed the signing ceremony Monday in the presidential palace in Manila. Officials […]

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Agree to Forge Pact

Posted October 7th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Philippine government says it has reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group in the country’s south, intended to end a decades-long separatist insurgency that has killed more than 120,000 people. President Benigno Aquino said in a nationally-televised announcement Sunday that the deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – […]

DRC Rebel Group Rejects War Crimes Charges

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is denying allegations it has committed widespread war crimes. Human Rights Watch accuses the March 23 Movement of rapes, killings, torture, abductions and recruiting children to work as soldiers. The report issued Monday says M23 is leaving behind a “horrific trail of atrocities” in eastern […]

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DRC: No Negotiation With M23 Rebels

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo says it will not negotiate with rebel group M23, made up of former soldiers now fighting the army in North Kivu province. Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda says his government does not want the group to survive or its actions to continue, so there is nothing to discuss or negotiate. Tshibanda […]

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DRC Pushes for UN Mission Mandate Change

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is set to discuss the U.N.’s mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as officials from that country call for a change in the mission’s mandate to go after armed groups in its restive northeast. The Security Council meeting Monday comes days after it extended the MONUSCO mission to protect […]

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UN Helicopters Attack Rebel Targets in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations helicopters have attacked positions of the rebel group M23 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A DRC spokesman tells VOA there were casualties in Thursday’s exchange. “M23 shelled a small village, Runiga, killing three people according to our sources. Our army had to fight back because we had to protect civilians.” M23 […]

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UN Helicopters Attack Rebel Targets in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations helicopters have attacked positions of the rebel group M23 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Congo, Madnodje Mounoubai, told VOA that the helicopters shelled M23 positions on Thursday, and returned to base. The French news agency reports explosions were heard around two villages (Nkokwe and […]

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Great Lakes Countries Hope to ‘Eradicate’ Rebels in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Central African countries say they will work to “eradicate” rebel groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, including M23, which seized several towns in the region last week. The 11-nation International Conference on the Great Lakes Region issued a statement after a special meeting in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Ministers condemned actions by M23 […]

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Reports: Rebels Leave Captured Eastern Congo Towns

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo are reported to be withdrawing from several towns they seized in the east, near the borders with Uganda and Rwanda. Broadcaster Radio Okapi cites local sources as saying the rebel M23 movement left Rutshuru and other towns in North Kivu province on Monday, handing authority to the police. […]

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DR Congo Rebels Seize Town After Army Flees

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken control of an eastern town from fleeing government troops – their second such seizure since Friday. Representatives of the M23 rebel movement said they took Rutshuru around midday Sunday without any fighting. A rebel leader told reporters M23 will take more towns until the government agrees […]

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