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Dec 3, 2012

Congo back in charge of Goma, U.N. fingers Rwanda again

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 3 (Reuters) -
C ongo’s government re-established control over the eastern city
of Goma on Monday after rebels withdrew, and U.N. experts made
new allegations that Rwandan soldiers took part in the
insurgents’ capture of the city.

The M23 rebel movement pulled its fighters out of the North
Kivu provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC) on Saturday after seizing it from fleeing U.N.-backed
government forces and holding it for 11 days.

Dec 3, 2012

Congo government back in Goma, says rebels still too close

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Government forces re-established control over Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma on Monday after rebels withdrew, but a senior official said the insurgents were only a few kilometers away and still posed a threat.

The M23 rebel movement pulled its fighters out of the North Kivu provincial capital on Saturday after seizing it from fleeing U.N.-backed government forces and holding it for 11 days.

Dec 2, 2012

Congo rebels quit Goma, saying it’s “for peace”

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Hundreds of rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on Saturday, raising hopes for negotiations to end the insurgency.

The withdrawal of the M23 rebel movement from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in Democratic Republic of Congo’s war-scarred east, was agreed in a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under Uganda’s leadership a week ago.

Dec 1, 2012

Congo M23 rebels quit Goma in boost for peace hopes

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Rebel
fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of
Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on
Saturday, raising hopes regional peace efforts could advance
negotiations to end the insurgency.

The rebel withdrawal from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub
in the country’s war-scarred eastern borderlands, was agreed in
a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under
Uganda’s leadership a week ago.

Nov 30, 2012

Congo rebel pullout from Goma runs into hitches

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A
planned battlefield withdrawal by rebels in eastern Congo under
a deal brokered by regional governments ran into hitches on
Friday, including a dispute over abandoned army supplies that
the insurgents want to take with them.

Leaders of the Tutsi-led M23 rebel movement had agreed to
pull out by Saturday from Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern
border city of Goma, which they seized on Nov. 20 when they
routed government troops backed by United Nations peacekeepers.

Nov 30, 2012

Some Congo M23 rebels resisting Goma pullout deal – spokesman

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A
reluctance of some rank and file fighters in Congo’s M23 rebel
movement to withdraw from the eastern border city of Goma is
complicating a deal their commanders agreed with regional
governments, a rebel spokesman said on Friday.

A rebel pullback from Goma, seized by M23 from fleeing
United Nations-backed government forces on Nov. 20, would signal
some progress in international efforts to halt the
eight-month-old insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo.

Nov 29, 2012

Congo general pledges war as rebels prepare to quit Goma

GOMA/MINOVA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A Congolese government army commander said on Thursday only war could end a rebellion in the east by Tutsi-led insurgents as the rebels prepared to withdraw from the border city of Goma under a deal brokered by Uganda.

The comments from Congo’s newly-appointed head of land forces Lieutenant-General Francois Olenga Tete appeared to fly in the face of international efforts to settle the conflict, and reflected anger in the army’s officer corps at the prospect of any negotiation with the insurgents.

Nov 15, 2012

Uganda oil a sad story of the three Gs

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Oil in Africa tends to
depend on the three “Big Gs” of geology, geography and
governance and investors in east Africa’s much-hyped finds are
discovering the hard way what happens when they are not
perfectly aligned.

Six years after Uganda struck oil in its interior, all of
the pieces are beginning to click into place for a boom that
holds the promise of prosperity for one of the continent’s
poorest states.

Nov 14, 2012

S.Africa stocks fall as retailers, miners wilt

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 14 (Reuters) – South African stocks fell
for a second straight session on Wednesday as disappointing
results dragged down retailers and a sell-off in mining stocks
continued despite the prospect of an end to a crippling strike
at Anglo American Platinum.

The JSE Top-40 index lost 0.41 percent to 33,042.71
while the broader All-share index also ended 0.41
percent lower at 37,241.79.

Nov 13, 2012

Anglo’s bad news day highlights challenges for new CEO

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Miner Anglo American
gave the market a taste of the trouble ahead for its new
chief executive, raising cost estimates for its Minas Rio
project and warning of lower profits from South African iron
ore.

The Minas Rio iron ore project in Brazil is now expected to
cost at least three times the original estimate.

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      "I cover commodities in southerrn Africa, a region that I have returned to after spending over four years covering religion, politics and the Great Recession in America. I am a Canadian citizen and grew up in Nova Scotia."
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