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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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