A police officer stands guard in front of a store that was looted during violent protests in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rey Byhre
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Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled a prominent American researcher weeks after he published a report linking soldiers to the massacres of civilians, the government and the researcher's organization said Saturday.Jason Stearns, the director of the Congo Research Group at New York University, was expelled from the country, to which he makes regular research visits, for making false declarations to immigration services, government spokesman Lambert Mende said.Its statement said the authorities referred to Stearns' report about the massacres, without giving further detail.Mende sharply criticized the report at a news conference in the days after it was released, accusing Stearns of "abusive generalization".
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