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By MomT – Posted on 01 December 2012

NBC World News By Pascal Fletcher, Reuters, December 1, 2012

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A M23 fighter walks with his rifle as he and other rebels withdraw from Goma, Congo, on Saturday.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on Saturday, raising hopes regional peace efforts could advance negotiations to end the insurgency.

The rebel withdrawal from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in the country’s war-scarred eastern borderlands, was agreed in a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under Uganda’s leadership a week ago.

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