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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...

2006-08-21 04:37:05

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police and U.N. peacekeepers patrolled the capital Kinshasa on Monday hours after the announcement of an election run-off was overshadowed by battles between soldiers loyal to the two leading candidates. U.N. sources said five people were killed during fighting on Sunday night between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and followers of former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba as the provisional results from historic July 30 polls were...

2006-08-20 18:34:05

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila's guards fought gun battles with forces loyal to election challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, as poll results showed the two would have to enter a run-off. Kabila, with 44.81 percent, and Bemba with 20.03 percent of votes from the historic July 30 election, will face each other in a second round, elections chief Apollinaire Malu Malu said on state television. Malu Malu made his...

2006-08-20 16:56:36

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila's guards fought gun battles with forces loyal to election challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, after poll results showed the two would have to enter a run-off. Figures in from all but one constituency in the huge Democratic Republic of Congo showed the post-war vote was headed for a runoff between Kabila and Bemba. But shooting in the tense capital, in which one person was reported...


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