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June 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
A peace summit to end Congo's civil war was postponed Saturday as negotiators wrangled over conditions for a cease-fire. Outside mediators still hoped to salvage a deal "within days." Congolese rebel leaders met face to face with government officials for the first time in weeks, fueling hopes that a full-scale summit was still in the offing, said Salim Ahmed Salim, secretary general of the Organization of African Unity. Salim added that all the warring parties were at the meeting Saturday.
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April 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Asserting his independence, Congolese President Joseph Kabila named a new Cabinet that excludes key members of his slain father's government, state TV reported. The interior, education and information ministers--all close allies of the late President Laurent Kabila--were dismissed from the young leader's 25-member Cabinet. Five others retained their posts. Kabila's abrupt dismissal last week of his father's Cabinet raised hopes for a new start in this central African country.
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March 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
President Laurent Kabila named a new government for Congo, appointing a former ally of late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to a key Cabinet post. In the Cabinet announced on state television, former Mobutu associate and business tycoon Bemba Saolona, whose son heads a guerrilla movement fighting to topple Kabila, was named Minister for Economy and Industry. Meanwhile, rebels killed more than 100 villagers in southeastern Congo, the Italian Missionary Service News Agency reported.
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January 20, 2001 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Kabila will soon be sworn in as president of Congo and is expected to reaffirm the political agenda of his assassinated father, an official said Friday. Communications Minister Dominique Sakombi said the younger Kabila had been named the country's interim leader while his father, Laurent, was alive but would now be permanently installed. "We are entering a period of continuity, not a transitional period, both for the army and government," Sakombi said in an interview.
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April 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Asserting his independence, Congolese President Joseph Kabila named a new Cabinet that excludes key members of his slain father's government, state TV reported. The interior, education and information ministers--all close allies of the late President Laurent Kabila--were dismissed from the young leader's 25-member Cabinet. Five others retained their posts. Kabila's abrupt dismissal last week of his father's Cabinet raised hopes for a new start in this central African country.
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August 12, 1998 | From Associated Press
A Congolese rebel commander said Tuesday that his 60,000 troops were closing in on the capital, Kinshasa, in a nationwide revolt to topple besieged President Laurent Kabila. "Our strategy is that our friends are everywhere. It's a war that concerns everyone," commander Jean-Pierre Ondekane said in the eastern city of Goma. "We don't want an atrocious war. We want to end this soon."
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September 9, 1998 | From Reuters
The failure by regional leaders to broker a cease-fire in Congo on Tuesday has dimmed hopes for peace as the country's capital edges toward the brink of a food crisis. Seven leaders, including three backing President Laurent Kabila's 15-month-old administration and two opposing it, ended three days of talks in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls without an agreement on how to end the monthlong Tutsi-led rebellion.
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August 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The government Thursday rejected charges that its forces bombed two rebel-held villages in the north of the country. One rebel group reported that 524 people were killed in a bombing raid by Sudan, a government ally. It and another group said they were reconsidering their commitment to a fragile peace process. There was no independent confirmation of rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's account.
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August 6, 1998 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As an uneasy calm settled over this capital Wednesday, radio reports from neighboring Rwanda said that renegade soldiers, bent on toppling the government of Congolese President Laurent Kabila, had captured two key cities in his country's eastern Kivu region. The reported rebel victories in Goma and Bukavu, the two biggest cities in the area near the border with Rwanda, indicated that the seemingly organized rebellion might be gaining momentum, local observers said.
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August 5, 1998 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing possibly the most serious threat to Congolese President Laurent Kabila's 15-month regime, loyalist troops fought Tuesday to crush a rebellion of renegade soldiers in key cities in their country's east, while in the west the capital braced for gun battles and a nighttime curfew. Military officers primarily belonging to eastern Congo's Banyamulenge Tutsi ethnic group have vowed to oust Kabila in an uprising similar to the one that brought the onetime rebel leader to power in May 1997.
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November 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A team of United Nations liaison officers arrived in Congo to serve as a vanguard for a peacekeeping mission, even as a fragile cease-fire continued to crumble amid reports of fresh fighting. Eight unarmed U.N. monitors set up a mission in Goma, the eastern rebel stronghold. They will not be able to verify or investigate any of the fighting in northwestern Congo, where rebels opposed to President Laurent Kabila have surrounded at least 700 Zimbabwean troops allied with the government.
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August 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The government Thursday rejected charges that its forces bombed two rebel-held villages in the north of the country. One rebel group reported that 524 people were killed in a bombing raid by Sudan, a government ally. It and another group said they were reconsidering their commitment to a fragile peace process. There was no independent confirmation of rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's account.
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June 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
A peace summit to end Congo's civil war was postponed Saturday as negotiators wrangled over conditions for a cease-fire. Outside mediators still hoped to salvage a deal "within days." Congolese rebel leaders met face to face with government officials for the first time in weeks, fueling hopes that a full-scale summit was still in the offing, said Salim Ahmed Salim, secretary general of the Organization of African Unity. Salim added that all the warring parties were at the meeting Saturday.
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June 26, 1999 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Congolese President Laurent Kabila urged his people last August to take up arms and defend their country against an alliance of rebels and foreign troops, many residents of this capital city willingly complied.
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March 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
President Laurent Kabila named a new government for Congo, appointing a former ally of late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to a key Cabinet post. In the Cabinet announced on state television, former Mobutu associate and business tycoon Bemba Saolona, whose son heads a guerrilla movement fighting to topple Kabila, was named Minister for Economy and Industry. Meanwhile, rebels killed more than 100 villagers in southeastern Congo, the Italian Missionary Service News Agency reported.
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October 11, 1998 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For former Congolese Foreign Minister Bizima Karaha, President Laurent Kabila was both a political messiah and a respected father figure. It didn't matter that Karaha and many other Congolese believe that decades ago, when Karaha was just a baby, Kabila's forces killed Karaha's real father, a prominent local leader.
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November 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A team of United Nations liaison officers arrived in Congo to serve as a vanguard for a peacekeeping mission, even as a fragile cease-fire continued to crumble amid reports of fresh fighting. Eight unarmed U.N. monitors set up a mission in Goma, the eastern rebel stronghold. They will not be able to verify or investigate any of the fighting in northwestern Congo, where rebels opposed to President Laurent Kabila have surrounded at least 700 Zimbabwean troops allied with the government.
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August 11, 1998 | From Reuters
After a week of stunning setbacks, President Laurent Kabila's army says it is holding its ground against Rwandan-backed rebels in the former Zaire. Official media and spokesmen in Kinshasa, the capital, said Monday that Kabila's loyalist troops had evicted Tutsi-led rebels near the mouth of the Congo River and were advancing on rebel positions in the east of the nation renamed Congo. There was no independent confirmation of the official accounts of fighting on either front.
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September 9, 1998 | From Reuters
The failure by regional leaders to broker a cease-fire in Congo on Tuesday has dimmed hopes for peace as the country's capital edges toward the brink of a food crisis. Seven leaders, including three backing President Laurent Kabila's 15-month-old administration and two opposing it, ended three days of talks in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls without an agreement on how to end the monthlong Tutsi-led rebellion.
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August 25, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angolan troops pressed ahead Monday with a major intervention in this nation, seizing an Atlantic naval base and an oil port from anti-government rebels and moving up the Congo River on the heels of a faltering insurgency against President Laurent Kabila. Angolan sources near the border told news agencies that an estimated 2,000 Angolan troops and paramilitary police had poured into Congo in tanks and trucks since Saturday.
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