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Congo rebels demand ceasefire

Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels yesterday demanded Kinshasa sign a formal ceasefire, accusing officials of dragging out peace talks to bolster the army's position on the ground.

The talks are the latest in several bids to end a long-running conflict that has forced more than 900,000 people in war-torn eastern DR Congo from their homes.

The M23 rebels' lightning capture of the mining hub of Goma on November 20, eight months after the army mutineers launched an uprising against the government, had raised fears of a wider war and a major humanitarian crisis.

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