Rapes Are Again Reported in Eastern Congo


Jeffrey Gettelman
The New York Times
February 25, 2011

More than 40 people, including men, women and children, have been raped in the past two weeks in eastern Congo in roughly the same area as a series of rapes earlier this year, United Nations officials said on Friday.

On two separate occasions, the victims were coming back from the market in large groups when they were attacked, aid workers said, and the most likely culprits were rebel forces hiding out in the thickly forested hills of the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Gates Says New Military Policy on
Gays Can Start Soon


Thom Shanker and Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
January 27, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that the military could be ready this year to carry out the repeal of a ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces, and that he has accelerated efforts to revise training and regulations.

“We don’t know how long it’ll take to train the entire force, but I’m confident we can get it done this year, and we’re shooting to get it done sooner rather than later,” Mr. Gates said late Wednesday as he flew to Ottawa for meetings with his Canadian counterpart. “We will move as fast as we responsibly can.”

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