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DRC Army in new Offensive Against Rwanda Rebels

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act.

But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country.

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Tanzania Backs Offensive against Rwanda Rebels in DR Congo

Tanzania will back a U.N. military offensive against Rwandan rebels in lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, President Jakaya Kikwete has said, dismissing accusations he favored the insurgents as "preposterous."

United Nations peacekeepers are preparing a military offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) -- an ethnic Hutu group, some of whose members took part in atrocities in the 1994 Rwandan genocide before crossing into DR Congo -- after they ignored a January 2 deadline to surrender.

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U.N. Ramps up Pressure on DR Congo over Rebel Offensive

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged President Joseph Kabila to sign a military plan for a joint offensive with U.N. troops to drive out Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 15-member council threatened to impose sanctions on supporters of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who have ignored a January 2 deadline to surrender.

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U.N. Presses Kabila to Join Offensive against Rebels

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday that it was time for decisive action against Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The phone call to the DR Congo president came as the 20,000-strong U.N. force gears up for an offensive against the rebels whose success hinges on an active role by the Congolese government troops.

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Prosecution Seeks Life behind Bars for Rwandan Musician

A popular Rwandan musician who has pleaded guilty to plotting attacks against the central African nation's leaders should face life behind bars, a state prosecutor argued Monday.

Kizito Mihigo has been on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame.

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Dozens of Rwandan Hutu Rebels Surrender in DR Congo

A group of 83 Rwandan Hutu rebels turned themselves in on Sunday in the face of threatened action by U.N. and Congolese troops as part of efforts to restore calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east.

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U.N. Mission to Bring Peace to DR Congo 'has Stalled'

The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday.

In a damning report on the U.N.-backed push to pacify the region which has been ravaged by conflict for two decades, the think tank said "the entire stabilization agenda for the eastern provinces is at risk".

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Rwanda Partially Bans BBC Broadcasts over Genocide Documentary

Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)said the BBC radio services in the local Kinyarwanda language would be blocked while the affair was investigated, but English and French programs could continue.

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Jailed Rwanda Opposition Figure Lodges Complaint with African Court

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure Victoire Ingabire has filed a complaint with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to demand a retrial, officials said Friday.

Ingabire was sentenced last December to 15 years in jail for "conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war" and for minimizing Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which at least 800,000 people were killed by troops and extremists of the Hutu majority.

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Rwandan Lawmakers Demand BBC Ban over 'Genocide Denial'

Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said Thursday.

"Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide.

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