BBC

Regional leaders have failed to agree at a summit in Uganda on deploying a new force to tackle militia groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We will meet again in four weeks,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said, the AFP news agency reports.

Last month, the African Union called for a force to be established within weeks, as conflict escalated.

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Meanwhile, gunmen have attacked the airport in the southern Congolese mining city of Lubumbashi.

At least one soldier was killed in a shoot-out that lasted several hours.

The government blamed a similar attack on the airport last year on armed men linked to secessionists in the south-east.

‘Neutral force’

In the separate conflict in eastern DR Congo, nearly 250,000 people have been displaced since April following a rebellion launched by renegade General Bosco Ntaganda, the UN says.

Gen Ntaganda’s M23 rebel movement – which has been active in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu – is accused by the UN and DR Congo government of receiving military backing from Rwanda.  Read more…