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UN wants drones over Congo to keep the peace

African mission plea for more firepower after being humiliated by rebel advance in DRC

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Zoltan Gera of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his side’s second goal.

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West Brom midfielder will miss rest of season

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Zoltan Gera hopes West Brom can reap the benefits of being in a more relaxed frame of mind after ending their mini slump when they visit QPR on Boxing Day.

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West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu suspended for Norwich match

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ENRC deal with diamond trader Gertler criticised

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A move by the controversial mining giant ENRC to severe its joint-venture ties with Dan Gertler, the Israeli diamond billionaire, has run into immediate criticism from governance watchdogs.

Refugees 'are forced into destitution' in Britain because they cannot be sent back

Thousands of people who have fled some of the world's most dangerous countries are being forced into destitution, begging and prostitution on British streets because they cannot be sent back, the Home Office is warned today.

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