Dozens of armed groups have operated for years in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and civilians have been subjected to horrifying massacres. Armed militias and inter-communal violence have killed more than 300 people so far in 2021. Presidential spokesman Tharsice Kasongo Mwema said on Tuesday that the two provinces would be declared under siege for 30 days starting on Thursday May 6. "To respond to the situation during the state of siege, the provincial governments of Ituri and North Kivu ... will be replaced by offices of the armed forces of the DRC or the national police," he said. Security and judicial vacuum It was the first time since the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence that a president used the exceptional "state of siege" or state of emergency. President Felix Tshisekedi said he wanted to eliminate insecurity in the two provinces, where the Congolese government has failed to enforce the rule of law. "There is a … [Read more...] about DRC: Is President Tshisekedi’s ‘state of siege’ a cover-up?
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United fans break onto Old Trafford pitch in anti-Glazers protest Fans gained access to the pitch a couple of hours before the scheduled kick-off Police forced to disperse crowds, who threw bottles and flares Man Utd team remained in the Lowry Hotel, where they had gathered to travel to the stadium M anchester United's Premier League clash against Liverpool was called off after fans broke into Old Trafford and invaded the pitch during a protest against the Glazer family. United were among 12 clubs that last month signed up for the breakaway European Super League, which collapsed within 48 hours due to huge, unrelenting pressure. Those plans brought anger against the already despised Glazer family to a new level, with fans congregating at Old Trafford to demand change ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against rivals Liverpool. But hundreds of supporters got into the stadium and on to the pitch, leading to an initial unspecified delay to the 1630 kick-off. … [Read more...] about Manchester United vs Liverpool match postponed after mass anti-Glazers protest
TENNIS ace Naomi Osaka goes for the game, set and thatch — with a bright blue bikini and shocking pink hair. Naomi , 23, has joined forces with LA-based fashion brand Frankies Bikinis for a range that launches next month. Founder Francesca Aiello said the decision to work with the Japanese sportswoman was easy. She said: “To state the obvious, Naomi is extremely creative. “She has an amazing sense of style that she has made her own. “She represents a strong female who is living out her dream and inspiring others to follow theirs. Most read in Celebrity HAZ BEEN Meg's new book reveals how DEVASTED Prince Harry is at losing military titles MEG-A BLOW Meghan 'SNUBBED' by Prince Charles who ditched her from Archie birthday message PAGE TURNERS Kate's book is number five on bestseller list while Meghan's is down at 24 DUST IT OFF Stacey shares nifty envelope hack which … [Read more...] about Tennis ace Naomi Osaka wows in bright blue bikini and with shocking pink hair
Footage from inside a maternity unit shows the incredible birth of nine babies from one mum. Halima Cisse, 25, from Mali, captured the attention of the West African nation when she delivered her nine babies via C-section on Tuesday. Doctors originally thought she would give birth to seven babies after she had an ultrasound- but missed two of them in a scan. Halima, flown in to Morocco for specialist care, went on to give birth to five girl and four boys - with doctors saying all children and mum are doing well. Footage taken shortly after the birth shows a team of medics dealing with the babies as they are swaddled and checked over. Should all nine babies survive, the birth would break the current world record set by 'Octomum' Nadya Suleman in 2009, who gave birth to eight babies that survived. Nonuplets are extremely rare and medical complications associated with multiple births often mean that some of the babies do not reach full term. Halima spent two weeks in … [Read more...] about Inside maternity unit where mum gave birth to nine babies after two missed in scan
PHIL NEVILLE has signed another English player for Inter Miami - his son. Harvey Neville, 18, has been in the Manchester United youth system since turning 16 in 2018. Previously on the books at Manchester City and then Valencia before heading to United, he signed his first professional contract last summer. But he wants some guaranteed first-team football and is swapping Old Trafford for South Florida. Full-back Harvey has been training with his dad's new team recently after getting some time off and has decided to make the switch permanently. He will initially join Inter Miami's sister team Fort Lauderdale CF once he sorts his visa. Fort Lauderdale play in the USL - effectively the second tier in the United States. But proud-as-punch Neville has been pleased with his progress and won't rule out the chances of his lad making the step up to MLS and helping Miami owner David Beckham make waves Stateside sooner rather than later. The youngster took to … [Read more...] about Phil Neville snaps up 18-year-old Man Utd academy star son Harvey at Inter Miami on permanent transfer but needs visa