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Christmas Comes Early for S. African Peacekeepers in DRC

Christmas came early Wednesday in the form of gifts and praise for hundreds of South African peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggling to make an impact in the face of its chaotic and confusing politics. With pressure on budgets, troop rotations have been extended from six months to a year for the contingent, part of a 20,000-member U.N. force in the vast central African state, the biggest such U.N. operation in the world. Besides the tropical heat, threats from...

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