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The U.N. has operated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for years. Thursday evening's attack was the bloodiest assault on peacekeeping forces in recent memory, according to a U.N. official. Giles Clarke/Getty Images hide caption

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A volunteer brings daily food rations for people who fled the conflict in the Kasai region earlier this month. They are at a camp for internally displaced persons in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. John Wessels /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People scream during a protest Tuesday in the neighbourhood of Yolo in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Eduardo Soteras /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Millionaire Congolese businessman Jean-Pierre Bemba was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday. Jerry Lampen/AP hide caption

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In 1995, amid an Ebola outbreak, Zairian Red Cross personnel picked up sick people and bodies left on the streets of Kikwit, 250 miles from the capital Kinshasa. Jean-Marc Bouju/AP hide caption

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Why Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum Might Help

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Gen. Bosco Ntaganda addresses a news conference in Kabati, a village located in Congo's North Kivu province, on Jan. 8, 2009. He showed up at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali on Monday and asked to be transferred to The Hague where is wanted on war crimes charges. Abdul Ndemere/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Fleeing the fighting: Internally displaced Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, near Goma, as they seek shelter from the violence. Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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