South African peacekeepers patrol the streets of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ed Cropley
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The United Nations Wednesday decided against cutting back its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as fears grow of political turmoil in the vast African country ahead of elections.The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution extending for one year the 20,000-strong MONUSCO mission, rejecting appeals from Kinshasa for a drawdown of the force. The Congo's foreign minister told the council last week that the force should be halved and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had proposed cutting 1,700 troops from the mission.
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