By Makini Brice DAKAR (Reuters) - Rights campaigners accused police and ruling party officials in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday of recruiting thugs to attack a peaceful opposition rally last month in which more than a dozen protesters were injured. Tensions are high in Congo, where the opposition accuses President Joseph Kabila, who must step down at the end of his term next year according to the constitution, of manipulating a packed elections calendar in order to cling to power. Young men with clubs and sticks stormed into the crowd at the Sept. 15 event in the capital Kinshasa, organised against Kabila's perceived attempts to extend his rule.
The Russian ambassador to Turkey was warned again on Tuesday over repeated violations of Turkish air space by Russian warplanes, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Russian planes twice entered Turkish airspace over the weekend and an unidentified MIG-29 harassed Turkish jets on Monday, according to the Turkish military. The foreign ministry statement said Turkey was open to the idea of meeting with Russian military officials in Ankara to discuss measures to avoid a repeat of the violations.