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THE INTERVIEW

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

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ENCORE!

Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

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FOCUS

#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

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THE OBSERVERS

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

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FACE-OFF

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

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IN THE PAPERS

93 candles for Robert Mugabe

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IN THE PAPERS

French Senate report: Govt policy to 'de-radicalize' jihadists is not working

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EYE ON AFRICA

Novotel attack trial gets under way in Ivory Coast

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Latest update 14/12/2011

Democracy put to the test in DR Congo

On November 28, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held presidential and parliamentary elections for the second time in the country's history. The incumbent, Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001 and won the previous election in 2006, is seeking re-election. The lead-up to the second round of the 2006 vote saw rivalling camps face off in deadly gun battles. The presidential poll will take place in a single round this time and tensions are running high.

Background
Six killed in failed coup attempt

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Congolese army officer jailed for rape in landmark ruling

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Congo war chief pleads not guilty of war crimes

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Congolese govt troops are raping and killing civilians, UN says

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Congo rebel commander arrested following mass rape of civilians

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UN report accuses regional armies, rebel groups of war crimes

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