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April 11, 1997 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The three guerrillas looked menacing amid the market stalls. Two held shiny assault rifles. Their leader, a huge man with a bushy beard, wore a pistol at his side and a brown beret atop his dusty fatigues. Suddenly they stopped and gruffly ordered Marie Lifaefi to fill a bottle with cooking oil from the vat at her feet. When she finished, the leader slowly reached into his pocket and pulled out . . . money. He smiled, paid for the palm oil, and the rebels wandered on.
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January 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A military court in Congo sentenced 26 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of President Laurent Kabila two years ago. Kabila was allegedly shot to death by a bodyguard in his palace in January 2001 and was replaced soon afterward by his son, Joseph. The bodyguard was shot dead at the scene. Among those sentenced to death was Col. Eddy Kapend, Laurent Kabila's closest personal aide, who was found guilty of having organized what was described by the court as a failed coup.
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May 20, 1997 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The military offensive of Zaire's new de facto president, Laurent Kabila, is over, but the political war has just begun. As the rebel leader prepared to present his new government to the world today, members of the country's political opposition expressed concern that they would be excluded from key positions. Radical politicians say it is they who deserve much of the credit for the political demise of former President Mobutu Sese Seko, and they are eager to be rewarded for their efforts.
WORLD
October 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Rwanda began pulling 6,000 troops from a border province in Congo on Tuesday, in the latest stage of a withdrawal from the war-ravaged country that it hopes to complete by week's end, a top commander said. U.N. military observers in white jeeps patrolled the streets of this eastern town in South Kivu province to verify the withdrawal, while Rwandan helicopter gunships hovered to provide security. Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen.
WORLD
January 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A military court in Congo sentenced 26 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of President Laurent Kabila two years ago. Kabila was allegedly shot to death by a bodyguard in his palace in January 2001 and was replaced soon afterward by his son, Joseph. The bodyguard was shot dead at the scene. Among those sentenced to death was Col. Eddy Kapend, Laurent Kabila's closest personal aide, who was found guilty of having organized what was described by the court as a failed coup.
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July 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A United Nations human rights team called for an international tribunal to try Congolese and others for "serious violations of human rights." The team's report, released in New York, cited a "total absence of cooperation" from President Laurent Kabila's government in investigating massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees before Kabila took power in 1997. The team was withdrawn from Congo in April.
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November 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Talks aimed at halting a civil war in Congo that has drawn in surrounding nations ended with rebels refusing to endorse a cease-fire. Congolese President Laurent Kabila did not send a representative and has refused to negotiate directly with the rebels. The talks in Gaborone, Botswana, were aimed at getting the insurgents to adopt a truce that was proposed last month at a meeting of African nations in Lusaka, Zambia.
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September 3, 1998 | Associated Press
Congolese President Laurent Kabila, accusing Rwanda and Uganda of invading his country, asked leaders of the Nonaligned Movement to "unequivocally condemn the aggression and request their withdrawal." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was scheduled to try to mediate the month-old rebel insurrection in Congo by meeting with leaders from the five countries that have been drawn into the conflict: Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia.
NEWS
June 19, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Congo's new president, Laurent Kabila, has told local officials in the country's east to do as little as possible to aid a U.N. investigation into alleged massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees by his troops, Western and Congolese sources said. At an unusual meeting in Bukavu last weekend, Kabila warned the officials not to direct human rights investigators to any mass grave sites or potential witnesses, the sources said.
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October 26, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
President Laurent Kabila and America's U.N. ambassador announced an agreement that clears the way for a U.N. investigation into alleged massacres by Kabila's army. U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson said he hoped the probe can begin early next month, ending an impasse that threatened to strain relations between the world body and Kabila's government.
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March 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Eleven Lebanese nationals have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Congolese President Laurent Kabila, officials and human rights activists said. Floribert Chebeya Bahizire of the Voice of the Voiceless rights group said the 11 were arrested Jan. 16, the night Kabila was shot. The government confirmed the arrests. A witness to the events after the assassination said the names of those arrested were found on a list in the pocket of the assassin, a bodyguard who was later
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February 3, 2001 | EVELYN LEOPOLD, REUTERS
Congo's President Joseph Kabila told the United Nations on Friday he was willing to begin a dialogue with his military and political enemies and urged them to reciprocate "without reservations." "We want to bring together all the Congolese while at the same time respecting differences among them," Kabila said, referring to military and civilian opponents. Addressing the U.N.
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January 24, 2001 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost four years after his successful bush war toppled a much-hated dictator and propelled him to power, Congolese President Laurent Kabila was laid to rest Tuesday as authorities promised a full inquiry into his assassination. Thousands of mourners massed outside People's Palace, where Kabila had been lying in state in recent days, while a succession of foreign delegations bearing floral wreaths arrived to pay last respects.
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January 21, 2001 | Associated Press
The body of slain Congolese President Laurent Kabila was returned Saturday to the town that was once his power base, where family and comrades mourned ahead of a state funeral in the capital, Kinshasa. Kabila's son, Joseph, quickly installed by the government as the new president, did not attend the ceremony in Lubumbashi. He remained in Kinshasa, where the body will be flown today to lie in state before a funeral Tuesday.
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January 19, 2001 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Government officials finally confirmed Thursday that Congolese President Laurent Kabila is dead, ending two days of uncertainty over the leader's fate after he was gunned down in his palace. In an announcement on state television, Information Minister Dominique Sakombi told the nation that the president had died at 10 a.m. Thursday despite desperate attempts by doctors to save him. He didn't say where Kabila died.
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January 18, 2001 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The apparent assassination of Congolese President Laurent Kabila has created a dangerous power vacuum that could lead to an escalation of the troubled country's civil conflict as the warring sides jostle for control, analysts and diplomats said Wednesday. Any intensification of the fighting would plunge the vast Central African nation into another chaotic phase in its tumultuous history, they warned.
NEWS
March 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Eleven Lebanese nationals have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Congolese President Laurent Kabila, officials and human rights activists said. Floribert Chebeya Bahizire of the Voice of the Voiceless rights group said the 11 were arrested Jan. 16, the night Kabila was shot. The government confirmed the arrests. A witness to the events after the assassination said the names of those arrested were found on a list in the pocket of the assassin, a bodyguard who was later
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January 21, 2001 | Associated Press
The body of slain Congolese President Laurent Kabila was returned Saturday to the town that was once his power base, where family and comrades mourned ahead of a state funeral in the capital, Kinshasa. Kabila's son, Joseph, quickly installed by the government as the new president, did not attend the ceremony in Lubumbashi. He remained in Kinshasa, where the body will be flown today to lie in state before a funeral Tuesday.
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January 18, 2001 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Day or night, sober or drunk, Laurent Desire Kabila wasn't shy about calling his chief U.S. contact at the height of his war against Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. "He frequently called me at my house, sometimes in the middle of the night," recalled Peter Whaley, a now-retired diplomat who served as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, at the time of the 1996-97 conflict. "Once he called me, drunk as a skunk, and he said: 'Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001
The death of Laurent Kabila, the autocratic president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, promises, if confirmed, even more chaos for his war-riven nation. At this point, only combined internal and external forces could put down Congo's civil war, drive out thousands of foreign troops and persuade the United Nations to send in peacekeepers, presuming there is a peace to keep.
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