Alistair Thomson
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/ 10 February 2008

Chad rebels seek to lure govt forces from capital

Chad’s rebels said on Saturday they controlled the centre of the landlocked country and would hold their position in an effort to lure government troops from the capital into an open battle in the desert. A spokesperson for the rebels said they occupied the towns of Mongo and Bitkine in rugged central Chad, about 500km from the capital.

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/ 11 January 2008

Kenya opposition to resume mass action

Kenya’s opposition said on Friday it planned to restart protests across the East African nation against President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election after the failure of African Union mediation. Kibaki’s government has made clear it will not tolerate opposition marches. Previous protests have led to bloody clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.

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/ 24 October 2006

Neighbours, seeking influence, eye DRC run-off

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s neighbours may have pulled their armies out of the vast mineral-rich territory, officially at least, but they will be keeping a nervous eye out for vested interests in Sunday’s presidential run-off. The DRC’s 1998-2003 war broke out when Rwanda and Uganda launched proxy rebel groups from eastern DRC in a bid to topple their former ally Laurent Kabila.