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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STATE pension payments will be something you receive if you've reached a certain age in later life. The state pension is different to your workplace or a private pension , and when you can start receiving the pay-out depends on when you were born. In May 2014, the government changed how the state pension system works , with the goal of making it simpler. In order to get a state pension you need to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs), and have built up a minimum number of years' worth. How much is the state pension? Men born on or after April 6, 1951, or women born on or after April 6, 1953, will be able to claim the new state pension. For those who reached the state pension age before April 6, 2016, you’ll be getting the old state pension, known as the basic state pension. The full new state pension is £175.60 per week, but the actual money you get will depend on your National Insurance record. If you've accrued NICs under both the old and new … [Read more...] about How can I check my state pension and what age can I claim it?
FRANCE is under mounting pressure from other European states who want to let Michel Barnier drop the EU's hardline fishing demands. Paris has infuriated fellow capitals by standing firm on its insistence the bloc must secure status quo terms. The row erupted after a meeting of EU envoys this week, with representatives from non-coastal states warning Brussels is being "too strict". They're ready to accept we'll take back control of our waters , and want to use a £4.6bn emergency fund to compensate European fishermen . One EU diplomat said: "We know our position is totally unrealistic, but so is the British one. "We need to get to the point where there’s a more mature dialogue. It’s not that complicated." Another added: "The EU will have to soften its position. We should not just limit ourselves to the interests of a few states." A British official said: “We've been clear we won’t accept any proposals which compromise UK sovereignty over our fishing waters. … [Read more...] about EU states urge France to drop hardline Brexit fishing demands
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
A WOMAN allegedly woke up with a belt tied around her neck after being gang-raped by three men in Australia who dressed her as a soldier. The alleged victim told police she was "passed around by three men" - including a prison guard - during the reported attack in Sydney on April 25, Australia's national day of remembrance. Glenn Robinson, from Warrimoo, was charged with six counts of aggravated sexual assault in company following the alleged Anzac Day attack. The 35-year-old suspect also served in the Australian army. It is alleged that he and a friend, 26, were drinking at The Fiddler pub in Rouse Hill during the early hours of April 25 when they invited a woman, 37, back to a property in Riverstone. Police said the alleged victim told how she woke up on a couch while one of the men was still having sex with her, with a belt tied around her neck, reports the Blacktown Advocate. She told officers she was "passed around by three men who had sex with her in … [Read more...] about Woman ‘woke up with belt around her neck after being gang-raped by three men who dressed her in up in army jacket’