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Clashes erupt in DR Congo ahead of crunch talks

Tensions have been growing in mineral-rich but troubled DR Congo over fears that President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, will try to extend his rule with a third termPolice and protesters clashed Thursday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital Kinshasa ahead of crunch talks aimed at avoiding political chaos when the president’s term expires later this year. Tensions have been growing in mineral-rich but troubled DRC over fears that President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, will try to extend his rule with a third term, beyond the constitutional maximum of two. Riot police and young protesters opposed to the dialogue scheduled for Thursday clashed near the site of a trade fair in the heart of the city, leaving the location in ruins, said Patrick Mulumba, a local resident.

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