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2006-08-23 07:24:49

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and European Union peacekeepers patrolled Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday as a truce that ended three days of gun battles between rival political factions appeared to be holding. U.N. troops in armored vehicles guarded major intersections in the sprawling riverside city, which was quiet but still on edge after being shaken by artillery, rocket and machine-gun duels since Sunday. The fighting between President Joseph Kabila's...

2006-08-23 05:56:12

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in armored vehicles patrolled Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday as a truce that ended three days of fighting between rival political factions appeared to be holding. The riverside city had been shaken by artillery, rocket and machine-gun duels since Sunday between President Joseph Kabila's presidential guard and soldiers loyal to his election rival, former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba. The fighting, which killed at least 10...

2006-08-22 12:56:58

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Soldiers loyal to Congolese President Joseph Kabila and fighters backing his election rival Jean-Pierre Bemba agreed on Tuesday to end days of gunbattles in the capital Kinshasa, U.N. sources said. "They have both agreed to retreat to original positions and then continue talks. We are waiting to see if they take it seriously or not," one U.N. source said after the world body hosted a meeting between the rivals' armed followers. Rocket and small arms fire earlier...

2006-08-22 10:47:55

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The European Union rushed more peacekeepers to Congo's capital Kinshasa on Tuesday as the U.N. tried to broker an end to gunbattles between President Joseph Kabila's soldiers and fighters loyal to his election rival. Rocket and small arms fire shook the riverside city for a third day after Sunday's announcement that Democratic Republic of Congo's July 30 polls were inconclusive and Kabila would face a run-off vote against a vice president,...

2006-08-22 06:22:58

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The European Union rushed more peacekeepers to Congo on Tuesday as the U.N. and foreign leaders struggled to end fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of his election rival. Gunbattles shook the riverside capital Kinshasa for a third day following Sunday's announcement that July 30 polls had proved inconclusive and a run-off vote would be held in October between Kabila and a vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba....

2006-08-22 04:03:06

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles shook Congo's capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday as the United Nations and foreign leaders pressed President Joseph Kabila and an election rival to halt fighting between their feuding forces. Violence has rocked the riverside capital since Sunday when electoral officials announced that a presidential election run-off would be held in October between Kabila and his vice president, former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba. The...

2006-08-22 03:26:35

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles shook the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday as foreign governments pressed President Joseph Kabila and an election rival to halt fighting between their feuding forces. Fighting has rocked the riverside capital since Sunday when electoral officials announced that a presidential election run-off would be held in October between Kabila and former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, his closest rival. The...

2006-08-22 01:10:00

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles rocked the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday after the announcement of a presidential run-off vote following July 30 elections, witnesses said. Heavy gunfire was heard near the area where U.N. and European peacekeepers on Monday rescued a group of foreign ambassadors trapped by fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival. A Reuters correspondent in Kinshasa heard both...

2006-08-21 15:56:20

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and European peacekeepers on Monday rescued a group of foreign ambassadors in Congo trapped by fierce fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival. Uruguayan troops using armored vehicles and supported by Spanish legionnaires escorted the U.N. and foreign envoys from the house of Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa where they were pinned down by gunbattles. "They...

2006-08-21 07:18:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations called for calm in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday after gun battles surrounding the announcement of a presidential election run-off stoked fears of a violent political showdown. Congo's election race is headed for a second round between President Joseph Kabila and former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, according to provisional results from the July 30 polls, the first free national vote for more than four decades. The...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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