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DR Congo 15 dissidents surrender to UN blue helmets in North Kivu

One officer and 14 troops who were part of a dissident battalion led by General Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned themselves in to the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC).Commander Micho Bizabaso and 14 of his heavily armed men turned themselves in to MONUC last night after attempting to retake a strategic hill in Sake.The forces approached a UN position with an ultimatum calling for the blue helmets to retreat, according to MONUC, which said the peacekeepers refused and instead threatened to disarm the rogue troops by force if necessary.Endeavouring to avoid a resort to force, the UN held negotiations for more than an hour, succeeding at around 2 a.m. in convincing the Commander and his men to deposit their weapons with MONUC and agree to integration in the DRC’s army (FARDC). In announcing the surrender, MONUC called on other dissident forces and fighters in the region to turn in their weapons and agree to integration in the FARDC, pledging to help all those who wish to participate in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme – or, for the foreigners among them, to repatriate.Fighting between General Nkunda’s rebels in Sake and its environs at the beginning of September drove tens of thousands of people from their homes before the UN obtained a cessation of hostilities in the area. The UN estimates that some 400,000 people have been newly displaced in North Kivu since December 2006. 27 November 2007One officer and 14 troops who were part of a dissident battalion led by General Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned themselves in to the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC). read more

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These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0055Brazil real 0.4000China renminbi 0.1949Euro 1.4839Hong Kong dollar 0.170627India rupee 0.02063Indonesia rupiah 0.0001000Japan yen 0.01194Malaysia ringgit 0.3104Mexico peso 0.07318N.Z. dollar 0.9618Norway krone 0.1558Peruvian new sol 0.4069Russia rouble 0.02221Saudi riyal 0.3549Singapore dollar 0.9574South Africa rand 0.10189South Korean won 0.001164Sweden krona 0.1519Switzerland franc 1.3665Taiwanese dollar 0.04373Thailand baht 0.03915Turkey lira 0.3770U.K. pound 1.6864U.S. dollar 1.3310Vietnam dong 0.000059