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Gunfire as Congo police disperse mourners at Kinshasa church

Police in Congo's capital fired into the air and used tear gas to disperse people, including ambassadors, attending a mass at Kinshasa's Catholic cathedral to honor protesters killed in clashes with security forces, witnesses said Friday.

Catholic churches and activists had called for the New Year's Eve protests against President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down. The United States and others have condemned Congolese security forces' response to the protests at more than 160 churches, which included tear gas in churches and the arrests of altar boys.

The United Nations has said Congolese security forces killed at least seven people in those protests, which came one year...

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