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A dispute over oil between Baghdad and the Kurdish government in Irbil has worsened in recent months, with Kurdistan looking to ramp up oil production and export capabilities.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Rebels seize town after army flees

KINSHASA — Rebels seized a town in volatile eastern Congo after the army fled their advance, a local official said Sunday.

Omar Kavota said the M23 rebels seized the town of Rutshuru on Sunday. Mr. Kavota said the army members looted during their retreat.

Panicked residents were fleeing Rutshuru on Friday night amid reports that the rebels had advanced within shelling distance, according to a statement from the North Kivu Civil Society.

From wire dispatches and staff reports