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Dozens Killed In Rebel Attack In Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Dozens Killed In Rebel Attack In Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say 58 persons have been killed by a rebel group in two attacks. Seventeen persons are also missing in eastern DR Congo and are thought to have been kidnapped by the group.

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The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group is suspected to have been behind the violence. ADF is reported to have killed hundreds of civilians in recent months.  It is one of dozens of armed groups causing havoc in eastern Congo.

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Officials in Ituri province say the attacks happened because of Congolese military pressure on ADF rebels in neighbouring North Kivu province. The army has been waging the offensive since late last year.

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DR Congo`s defence minister and other government officials are due in Ituri today, Friday, to focus on the complex security challenges.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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