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There's a new battle for influence in Central Africa, and Russia appears to be winning

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 2, 2017. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Andrey Rudakov.

LONDON - Trucks pass through the remote rebel-held town of Ndele in the Central African Republic on a regular basis, carrying U.N. peacekeepers or goods for sale. But one convoy last month held a different cargo: Russians.

"We were surprised to see them," said rebel administrator Dhafar Adoum. "We didn't know what it was all about."..

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