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“We are very closely linked to the DR Congo. The secretary-general would like to mark these links,” which go back to the 1960s when a first U.N. mission was deployed to the former Belgian Congo, envoy Alan Doss said.

Late last month, the U.N. Security Council agreed to withdraw about 2,000 peacekeepers from the Congo, but put off a decision on Kinshasa’s request that all troops leave by 2011.


2 cleared in attack on Rwandan exile

JOHANNESBURG | Police have dropped attempted murder charges against two people who were arrested after a former Rwandan general living in exile in South Africa was shot over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

Police spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said the four remaining suspects will appear at another court hearing June 29, but would give no further information.

Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and his wife were returning to the upscale gated community where they live in northern Johannesburg when a lone gunman fired on him Saturday. He was shot in the stomach and is expected to recover.

Gen. Nyamwasa’s wife has accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the shooting, a charge the Rwandan government denies.

Gen. Nyamwasa and Mr. Kagame were once allied but have fallen out, reportedly because Mr. Kagame sees his former military chief as a political rival. Gen. Nyamwasa came to South Africa earlier this year.


Death penalty abounds in crime crackdown

NOUAKCHOTT | A court has meted out 10 death sentences for murder as alarm grows at the rising crime rate in the Mauritanian capital, a judicial source said Wednesday.

The sentences on Monday and Tuesday were pronounced against three Mauritanians and six foreigners for four different murders committed in 2008, the source said.

The death penalty has not been applied in Mauritania since 1987, but local residents are worried by a rise in violent crime in a city that was considered particularly peaceful until recently.


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