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U.S. Calls On Rwanda To Immediately Withdraw Its Defense Force Personnel, Surface-To-Air Missile Systems From DR Congo



The US noted that the armed group was being sanctioned by its government and the United Nations

The United States has “strongly” condemned the worsening violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) caused by the actions of the Rwanda-backed M-23 armed group, including its recent incursions into the town of Sake.

The US noted that the armed group was being sanctioned by its government and the United Nations.

A statement by a US Department of State spokesperson, Matthew Miller, said the escalation in DR Congo has “increased the risk to millions of people already exposed to human rights abuses including displacement, deprivation, and attacks”.


It said, “We call on M23 to immediately cease hostilities and withdraw from its current positions around Sake and Goma and in accordance with the Luanda and Nairobi processes.

“The United States condemns Rwanda’s support for the M23 armed group and calls on Rwanda to immediately withdraw all Rwanda Defense Force personnel from the DRC and remove its surface-to-air missile systems, which threaten the lives of civilians, UN and other regional peacekeepers, humanitarian actors, and commercial flights in eastern DRC.

“It is essential that all states respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and hold accountable all actors for human rights abuses in the conflict in eastern DRC.

“We call on the government of the DRC to continue to support confidence building measures, including ceasing cooperation with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group named as a “negative force” by regional bodies and the government of the DRC, and which exposes the civilian population to risk.


“We continue to support regional diplomatic efforts that promote de-escalation and create the conditions for lasting peace in DRC and we call on all sides to participate constructively in reaching a negotiated solution.”

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Biden campaign kicks as Trump names J.D. Vance as his running mate




Donald Trump, on Monday, announced Republican Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio as his running mate in the 2024 presidential election.

This is as the former president received enough convention delegate votes to become the Republican presidential nominee.

But the Joe Biden campaign promptly dismissed Vance as a “far-right MAGA extremist.”

In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote that “after lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others, I have decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States is Senator J.D. Vance of the Great State of Ohio.”

Vance, a 39-year-old who grew up in Kentucky and Ohio, rose to prominence in 2016 with his bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy. He has served as Ohio’s junior U.S. senator since 2023.

Over recent weeks, Trump was reported to have narrowed his list of possible running mates to include Vance, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

The Republican National Convention, which got underway on Monday, is scheduled to run through Thursday.

Trump’s appearances at the Fiserv Forum arena will mark his first public events since he was rushed off the stage in Butler, Pa., after what authorities described as an attempt on his life.

In the wake of the attack over the weekend, security at the RNC has been scrutinized. The director of the Secret Service said on Monday that security plans have been “reviewed and strengthened in the wake of Saturday’s shooting.”

What happens to J.D. Vance’s Senate seat if Trump wins?

If J.D. Vance is elected vice president, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, would get to select a replacement in the U.S. Senate.

That replacement would hold the seat until a special election in November 2026 to fill the Senate seat until the end of the term, which is 2028.

Vance was elected to the Senate in 2022 and took office in 2023.

After Vance was announced as Trump’s VP pick on Monday, DeWine told CNN: “It’s a great day for Ohio.”

Who is Usha Vance, wife of Trump’s vice presidential nominee J.D. Vance?

Hours after being named as Trump’s running mate on Monday, Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio took the floor at the Republican National Convention, hand in hand with his wife, Usha Chilukuri Vance.

Usha Vance is the daughter of Indian immigrants and grew up in a suburb of San Diego, according to the New York Times. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale and also has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Usha reportedly met J.D. in 2013, when they were both students at Yale Law School. There the couple organized a discussion group about social decline in rural white America, a topic that would become the focus of Vance’s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” which was adapted into a film of the same title in 2020.

The couple has been married since 2014 and have three children. Until 2014, Usha was a registered Democrat, according to the Times.

From 2015 to 2017, Usha worked at California law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, then left to complete a number of clerkships, including for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

In 2019, she returned to Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she worked up until Monday’s announcement. A spokesperson for the firm told Bloomberg Law that Vance will step down from her position there.

Biden camp slams Trump’s running mate as extremist

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden’s campaign on Monday dismissed Donald Trump’s newly-unveiled running mate J.D. Vance as a “far-right MAGA extremist.”

“Vance is a 2020 election denier, supports a national abortion ban, and voted against IVF access,” Biden’s team said.

The president said Vance “talks a big game about working people. But now, he and Trump want to raise taxes on middle-class families while pushing more tax cuts for the rich.”

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Jay Slater: Body found in search for missing British teen



By Francesca Hangeior.


A body has been found in the search for 19-year-old Jay Slater. He went missing in Tenerife while on his first holiday abroad with friends.

Jay Slater had attended the NRG music festival in Playa de Las Americas. He later returned to a £40-a-night Airbnb with two older British men he had met during his time there.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard said today: “After 29 constant days of searching, the body of the young man has been found in the Masca area.

“The discovery has been possible thanks to the tireless and discreet search carried out by the Civil Guard over these 29 days.

“Everything is pointing to the body being that of the young British man who disappeared on June 17, pending full identification.

“Initial inquiries are pointing to him having suffered an accident/fall in the area where he was found.”

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I’m supposed to be dead’ Trump tells NYP after assassination bid



By Francesca Hangeior.


Former US president Donald Trump on Sunday told the New York Post he was “supposed to be dead” after surviving an assassination attempt which he described as a “very surreal experience.”

“I’m not supposed to be here, I’m supposed to be dead,” Trump told the Post in an interview aboard his plane en route to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention where he is set to be confirmed as the party’s presidential candidate.

It was a “very surreal experience” he recounted with a white bandage covering his right ear, the paper said.

The 78-year-old Trump was hit in the ear by a gunman at a campaign rally on Saturday.
He was left with a bloodied face while a bystander was killed and two other people were wounded.

Trump told the Post he would have been dead had he not tilted his head slightly to the right to read a chart on illegal immigrants while addressing the rally.

“By luck or by God, many people are saying it’s by God I’m still here,” he said.

He praised the Secret Service agents for killing the shooter.
“They took him out with one shot right between the eyes,” he said.

“They did a fantastic job,” he added. “It’s surreal for all of us.”
The image of Trump raising a defiant fist as Secret Service agents bundled him away made front pages around the world and spread virally on social media.

“A lot of people say it’s the most iconic photo they’ve ever seen,” the former president told the Post, adding “They’re right and I didn’t die. Usually you have to die to have an iconic picture.”

Trump said after the attempt on his life he was rewriting the speech he had prepared for the Republican convention.

He said he had “prepared an extremely tough speech” about Biden’s “horrible administration. But I threw it away” for one he hopes will “unite our country.”
“But I don’t know if that’s possible. People are very divided.”

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