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Renewed fighting in Darfur has killed dozens of civilians, destroyed 15 villages, and displaced roughly 12,000 more people with only "the bare necessities," the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch reported. They said the violence began Oct. 5 as a dispute between rival tribes over livestock but was joined by government troops and Arab militiamen. Living conditions for the refugees are likely to deteriorate with winter approaching, the two agencies warned.

A resurgent rebel force has seized an Army base and a national park headquarters in eastern Congo, causing thousands of civilians to flee, reports said Sunday. Government troops were en route to the scene for a counterattack. UN peacekeepers were appealing to both sides to hold their fire long enough for noncombatants to leave for their safety.The park is home to some of the world's few remaining mountain gorillas, the reports said.

A heavy workload has made Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ill and he has missed several recent commitments, a close associate confirmed Saturday. But he scorned suggestions that the hard-line leader would not soon be able to resume his duties. Ahmadinejad has come under heavy criticism from some ex-supporters for his management of the economy and uncompromising defense of Iran's nuclear program just as potential rivals emerge to challenge him for reelection next June.


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