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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 20:05:51

By Euan Denholm CHOMBO, Congo (Reuters) - After queuing for hours to mark her ballot paper in Congo's first multiparty elections for four decades, Salome Ndavuma confesses she had a little dance. "I just never thought the day would come," she says, beaming and breaking into another impromptu jiggle. The July 30 polls prompted celebration all over Congo, but the official recognition conferred by the ballot box and photo registration card was particularly sweet for Pygmies like...

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 13:08:49

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A second day of fighting between soldiers loyal to Congolese President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival pinned down foreign envoys in Kinshasa on Monday after the announcement of a run-off vote. Witnesses said presidential guards, using tanks and heavy machine guns, opened fire around a house in the capital where U.N. officials and ambassadors were meeting Kabila's main political rival, former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba. A U.N....

2006-08-21 13:15:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A second day of fighting between soldiers loyal to Congolese President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival pinned down foreign envoys in Kinshasa on Monday after the announcement of a run-off vote. Witnesses said presidential guards, using tanks and heavy machine guns, opened fire around a house in the capital where U.N. officials and ambassadors were meeting Kabila's main political rival, former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba. A U.N. spokesman...

2006-08-21 10:45:35

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Soldiers loyal to Congo's President Joseph Kabila opened fire on Monday around a house where U.N. officials and ambassadors were meeting his main political rival Jean-Pierre Bemba, witnesses said. They said the presidential guard used at least one tank and heavy machine guns in a gunfight with Bemba's armed supporters around his riverside house. The gunfire erupted for a second day, hours after electoral officials announced a presidential run-off vote between...

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...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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