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Amid rumors some Ugandan forces have been killed or wounded in South Sudan, Ugandan lawmakers on Tuesday met for a special session to discuss the legality of the deployment.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is highly influential in Juba, based in part on his decades-long support for the armed secessionist movement that eventually led to the creation in 2011 of the new state of South Sudan.

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Muhumuza reported from Kampala, Uganda. Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer at the U.N. contributed to this report.