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Rebels fighting in country's east have been accused by rights groups of widespread atrocities, including rape.
M23 spokesman says the group is doing a phased pullout from territory they have captured, starting south of Goma.
The rebel group was formed by former soldiers in the Congolese army, mostly ethnic Tutsis, but details are often murky.
With alleged backing from Rwanda and Uganda, M23 fighters say they will march on the capital, Kinshasa.
Head of Tutsi armed group captured in Rwanda by joint Congolese-Rwandan forces.
UN peacekeepers and extra government forces deploy in Kanyabayonga as opposition advances.
Refugee camps prey to disease amid fighting between government forces and rebels.
Rebels and pro-government militia accused of "war crimes" as fighting resumes.
Tusti fighters say they have captured town as civilians flee south to escape offensive.
Move comes as civilians flee south towards Goma in the face of rebel offensive.
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