Congo rebel leader Nkunda to give first public rally

Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is expected to give his first public rally Saturday in the newly conquered eastern Congo territory his fighters seized during a lightening advance last month. Rebel spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa said the rally will take place at a stadium in Rutshuru, the biggest town in the area Nkunda's men control. Rutshuru is about 75 kilometers north of the lakeside provincial capital, Goma. Fighting between government forces and Nkunda's men surged in August, sparking a humanitarian crisis that has uprooted more than 250,000 people from their homes and prompted the UN to approve more than 3,000 more peacekeepers for the troubled Central African nation.