Pope slams foreign plundering of Africa as he arrives in DR Congo | News

The 86-year-old Francis says a ‘forgotten genocide’ is under way in the DRC as he begins his trip to two African nations.

Pope Francis has demanded that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” after he landed in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a trip to two African nations.

The 86-year-old Francis is the first pontiff to visit DR Congo since Pope John Paul II did so in 1985, when the country was still known as Zaire.

“Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa!” Francis said on Tuesday to applause in his opening speech to Congolese government authorities and the diplomatic corps in the garden of Kinshasa’s national palace.

Calling Congo’s vast mineral and natural wealth a “diamond of creation”, Francis demanded that foreign interests stop carving up the country for their own interests and acknowledge their role in the economic “enslavement” of the Congolese people.

“Stop choking Africa. It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,” said history’s first Latin American pope, who has long railed at how wealthy countries have exploited the resources of poorer ones for their own profit.

Residents of Kinshasa welcome Pope Francis, on his apostolic journey, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Residents of Kinshasa welcome Pope Francis on his apostolic journey, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, on January 31, 2023 [Justin Makangara/Reuters]

Francis pointed the finger at the role colonial powers such as Belgium played in the exploitation of Congo until the country, which is 80 times the size of Belgium, gained its independence in 1960. He also said neighbouring countries are playing a similar role today.

The 86-year-old didn’t identify Belgium or any neighbouring country by name, but he spared no word of condemnation, saying there was a “forgotten genocide” under way.

“The poison of greed has smeared its diamonds with blood,” Francis said.

“May the world acknowledge the catastrophic things that were done over the centuries to the detriment of the local peoples, and not forget this country and this continent.”

Pope Francis is welcomed by residents of Kinshasa, on his apostolic journey, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 31, 2023
Pope Francis is welcomed by residents of Kinshasa on January 31, 2023 [Simone Risoluti/Vatican Media/Handout via Reuters]

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from Kinshasa, said hundreds if not thousands of people on the roads followed the pope’s motorcade on motorbikes to the presidential palace from the airport.

“The roads were lined up with church groups and schoolchildren from the many Catholic-run church schools run over here in Congo,” he added.

“The Catholic church runs about 60 percent of health and education services here … it’s what makes the Catholic Church such a significant institution here [in Congo],” Webb added.

About half of Congo’s population of 90 million are Roman Catholics.

The six-day trip, which also includes a stop in South Sudan, was originally scheduled for July 2022, but was postponed because of Francis’s knee problems, which were still so serious on Tuesday that he could not stand to greet journalists in the plane heading to Kinshasa and was forced to use a wheelchair on the ground.

Fighting in DRC

Francis was also supposed to have included a stop in Goma, in eastern Congo, but the surrounding North Kivu region has been plagued by intense fighting between government troops and the M23 rebel group, as well as attacks by fighters linked to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.

The fighting has displaced some 5.7 million people, a fifth of them last year alone, according to the World Food Programme.

Congo accuses Rwanda of backing the M23 rebel group fighting government troops in the east. Rwanda denies this.

“As well as armed militias, foreign powers hungry for the minerals in our soil commit, with the direct and cowardly support of our neighbour Rwanda, cruel atrocities,” said Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, speaking just before the pope on the same stage.

The pope said the Congolese people were fighting to preserve their territorial integrity “against deplorable attempts to fragment the country”. The pope did not name Rwanda in his address or take sides in the dispute.

Instead of travelling to Goma, Francis will meet with a delegation of people from the east who will travel to Kinshasa for a private encounter at the Vatican embassy on Wednesday.

The plan calls for them to participate in a ceremony in which they jointly commit to forgiving their assailants.


Green energy investment tops $1tn, matches fossil fuels

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index on Tuesday fell 17.83 points — or 0.16 percent — to close at 10,792.85. 

MSCI Tadawul 30 Index and the parallel market Nomu fell flat to close at 1,488.36 and 19,140.41, respectively. 

TASI’s total trading turnover of the benchmark index on Tuesday was SR4.59 billion ($1.22 billion), with 97 stocks of the listed 224 advancing and 114 retreating. 

Allied Cooperative Insurance Group was the topmost gainer of the day, rising 8.77 percent to SR12.40. 

The other top gainers were Gulf General Cooperative Insurance Co., Wataniya Insurance Co., Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insurance Co.and Arabia Insurance Cooperative Co. 

The worst performer on Tuesday was Middle East Paper Co., which fell 4.73 percent to SR30.20. 

Other stocks that performed poorly included Abdulmohsen Alhokair Group for Tourism and Development, Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co., National Industrialization Co., and Al-Baha Investment and Development Co. 

Among sectoral indices, 12 of the 21 listed on the stock exchange declined, while one stayed flat and the rest advanced. 

On the announcements front, Jarir Marketing Co., also known as Jarir Bookstores, reported that its net profits, after zakat and tax, declined 2.23 percent to SR969.80 million in 2022 compared to SR991.90 million a year ago. 

The firm witnessed an annual rise of 3.34 percent in revenue to SR9.39 billion in 2022 from SR 9.08 billion in the earlier year, according to the statement to Tadawul. 

Earnings per share retreated to SR8.08 during the January-December 2022 period from SR8.27 in 2021. Its share price on Tuesday increased 0.27 percent to SR150.40 

Nomu-listed Edarat Communications and Information Technology Co. also reported a net profit of SR12.6 million in 2022, up 95 percent compared to SR6.5 million in the previous year, driven by a 58 percent year-on-year increase in revenue. Gross profit also jumped 83 percent during the period under review. 

On Tuesday, National Agricultural Development Co. also informed the stock exchange that it sealed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Investment Recycling Co. to recycle biowaste to contribute to environmental protection. 

In a statement to Tadawul, both parties intend to recycle approximately 400,000 tons of biological waste per annum and process them into high-efficient, organic fertilizers. 

The company also announced its 2023-2027 strategy to strengthen its leadership locally and regionally through expanding the current business operations, developing new markets, expanding its product range, and entering into new ventures. 

NADEC aims to become a vertically integrated food business, targeting SR6 billion in revenue by 2027. Its share price gained 1.04 percent to SR23.24. 

Meanwhile, the Saudi Investment Bank, on Jan. 31, began offering the second tranche of its Saudi riyal-denominated tier 1 sukuk with a minimum subscription value of SR1 million. The offer ends on Feb. 5, 2023. SIB’s share price added 1.35 percent to SR17.98. 

Alqemam for Computer System Co. debuted on Nomu-Parallel Market on Jan. 31 as its first direct listing with the symbol 9558 at SR80 per share. Unfortunately, its share price crashed 9.37 percent on its opening day to end at SR72.50. 

On the dividends front, Alkhabeer Capital announced paying a dole out of 1.05 percent, or SR0.105 per unit, to Alkhabeer REIT Fund unitholders for the period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022, totaling SR14.81 million. 


Australia’s cattle herd to reach largest size in almost a decade

Australia’s cattle herd will grow to its biggest since 2014, signalling confidence in the industry despite natural disasters affecting many parts of the country.

The herd is expected to reach 28.8 million head, an increase of 1.1 million or 4.5 per cent year on year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) industry projections.

The increase in cattle herd numbers is not expected to stop in 2023 but rather progress into 2024.

“When you look at the key metrics, the expectation is for that to continue, regardless of the seasonal outcomes,” MLA senior market information analyst Ripley Atkinson said.  

Man with white shirt and blue suit smiles at camera
Mr Atkinson says 2023 will be a year of transition for the cattle industry.(Supplied: Meat and Livestock Australia)

A tumultuous decade

It is a huge turnaround from June 2020 when producers were forced to destock due to drought, reducing the herd to 24.6 million head that year, the lowest level since the 1990s.

Since then, the country has experienced consecutive years of La Nina, which contributed to devastating floods across much of Australia.

At the same time, cattle also fetched record prices.

Colin Greenfield, owner of Billa Kalina cattle station between Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs in outback South Australia, said as a result more producers had retained cattle as breeders rather than sending them to slaughter, which had led to an increase in females.

“We’ve been up and down, we had extremely dry periods four years ago for a couple of years, so our numbers were cut right back,” he said.

Mr Greenfield said last year cattle prices were “as good as we can ever remember” and his cattle numbers almost reached the station’s maximum.

Col Greenfield from Billa Kalina Station holding up a rope in front of a mob of cattle.
Mr Greenfield says cattle prices are as good as they have ever been. (ABC Rural: Courtney Fowler)

It has also been a tumultuous decade for grazier Ron Cook from Channel Downs, south-east of Julia Creek in north-west Queensland.

“In 2013 it just didn’t rain, the wet season never turned up, it was a pretty tough year,” he said.

“Things weren’t looking good but slowly things turn around, but then in 2019 we got pretty well washed away, so we’ve been in a rebuilding stage ever since,” he said.

Mr Cook said the rebuild in numbers could now signal a fall in cattle prices.

“If the national herd numbers keep creeping up, it means the cattle price might come back [down],” he said.

The Cook family stand beneath a sign which reads Central Downs.
In 2019 the Cook family had 350 head of cattle on Channel Downs, but following the devastating 2019 floods was left with only 17.(Supplied: Kylie Cook)

Why are cattle numbers on the rise?

Mr Atkinson said three key factors underpinned the increase in supply.

“Firstly, the record retention of animals on farm in 2022 and parts of 2021 is driving that increase,” he said.

“Secondly, it’s the genetic improvement which is affecting productivity of the national herd.

“And also, the medium-term confidence that is a product of ample availability of water and grass for producers.”

A household and sheds surrounded by trees and red dirt in the middle of outback South Australia
Cattle numbers almost reached the station’s maximum at Billa Kalina last year.(Supplied)

The large herd size in Australia will not just impact the domestic market.

The drought in the US has resulted in reduced herd numbers to the extent that Mr Atkinson said 2023 would be the year when the US flipped from a net exporter to a net importer.

“That will mean Australia’s market share in line with rising production can improve in key export markets, such as Japan and South Korea and also the US as well,” he said.

Price and labour the limitations

Mr Atkinson said the increase in cattle numbers was expected to continue into 2024.

As a result cattle prices would return to longer term averages.

Mr Cook said it had taken a few years between droughts and floods to rebuild and he was concerned about what would happen to cattle prices.

But he said as the national herd numbers rose nationwide, optimism was on the horizon.

“This is the best start we have ever had here. The feed is unbelievable and the rain has fallen and nothing has run away,” he said.

Pen of large horned bos indicus cattle in a pen ready for sale.
Mr Atkinson says the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator is set to reach 811 cents a kilo carcase weight by the middle of this year.(ABC Rural: Jodie Gunders)

But there is a catch.

Most Australian cattle is destined to end up on our plates, but the processing sector is facing unprecedented labour issues that could impact how much meat actually makes it to supermarket shelves.

“So there’s no improvement in cattle slaughter figures despite the fact that the herds are continuing to rise and that will cause issues for the industry right across the supply chain,” Mr Atkinson said.


Easiest Way To Cut A Mango (With Video!)

When it comes to mangos, the possibilities of what you can make are almost endless!

Whether you are wanting to make Frozen Mango Margaritas or some Mango Salsa, cutting up a ripe mango is a useful skill to have, and we’ll show you a hack for the easiest way to get it done!

With this method, you can control the size of the cube you want so you can make finer cubes for something like salsa, larger cubes for a kabob, or to freeze for smoothies.

Got a fresh mango? Use it in one of these recipes!

Mango and diced mango on cutting board

How can you tell if a mango is ripe?

  • While a lot of people look at the color of a mango because some varieties start to turn red when ripe, a reddish color doesn’t automatically mean that it’s ripe. So, you’ll also want to give it the squeeze and smell test.
  • Give the mango a little squeeze and it should be lightly soft like a ripe peach or avocado would be.
  • A mango won’t smell like anything when unripe but should give off a sweet aroma if you smell near the stem when ripe (an overripe one will smell fermented or sour).

What if I want a mango to be ripe a few days from now?

  • If you want a mango to be ripe in a few days instead of now, choose one that is more firm and let it sit out on the counter.
  • If you want to ripen the mango faster, you can put them in a paper bag on the counter and the ethylene gas they release while in the bag will be trapped and help speed up the process.
  • You can also store them beside apples or pears as they give off the ripening ethylene gas as well!
Mango and diced mango on cutting board

Should you put mangos in the refrigerator?

Do not put your unripe mango in the refrigerator as this will stop it from ripening, but once it is ripe you can put it in the fridge if you aren’t ready to use it and extend the shelf life by up to 4-5 days.

Do you need to peel a mango before cutting it?

Nope! There are two main methods to cutting a mango. One does involve peeling off the skin first with a peeler or small knife and then separating the sides and dicing up the fruit sections.

But you can also leave the skin on as we show you and section then remove the fruit without peeling the skin off first (and that makes it a little less slippery to handle as well).

Mango and diced mango on cutting board

How to cut a mango:

Step One: Wash the mango and stand it upright on its stem on a cutting board. Mango have an oblong shaped pit, so align it so the tallest side is facing up and down rather than side to side.

Cutting into mango on cutting board

Step Two: Slice down one side of the mango with a large knife, about 1/4″ past the middle point so you miss cutting into the large seed. If you do feel the seed with your knife, adjust the angle slightly out so you can keep cutting down.

Looking for a good knife set? We love this one!

Cutting into mango on cutting board

Repeat with the other side of the mango.

Hand holding half a mango
Hand cutting into half a mango

Step Three: Place a double folded tea towel under one of the mango slices and hold it in the palm of your hand.

Being careful not to cut through the bottom skin of the mango, use a small knife to make horizontal and vertical incisions into the mango so that you create a grid of cubes.

Depending on what you want to make, you can do finer cubes for something like salsa, larger cubes for a kabob, or to freeze for smoothies. Or, just do vertical cuts and skip the horizontal cuts to make long strips of mango if you don’t want cubes.

Hand holding half a mango
Hand cutting out cubed mango chunks

Step Four: Turn the mango skin outward so the cubes pop out and use the small knife to cut the cubes free from the skin (you can also scoop them off with a spoon).

Dicing mango slices

Step Five: Lay the remaining slice of mango with the seed flat and cut away the two moon shaped pieces on either side of the seed. Cut off the skin edge and dice the mango fruit into pieces.

Mango and mango cubes for easy way to cut mango

Can I store cut mango in the refrigerator?

Yes! Put your cut mango into an airtight container (we love these containers and reusable stasher bags) and it should keep for up to five days. If you want to keep it longer, then freeze it!

How do you freeze fresh mango?

Once the mango is cut, spread it out onto some parchment paper on a cooking sheet or large plate in the freezer. Freezing them spread out first will keep them from all forming one large frozen clump of mango.

Once it’s frozen, add them to an airtight freezer bag to use for smoothies or Frozen Mango Margaritas!

Mango and mango cubes for easy way to cut mango

There you go! An easy hack for cutting or dicing up a ripe mango and keeping the peel on also helps make a little less of a mess.

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The easiest hack for cutting or dicing a ripe mango

Cost $2

Yield 2 people

Prep 5 mins

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  • Wash the mango and stand it upright on its stem on a cutting board. Mango have an oblong shaped pit, so align it so the tallest side is facing up and down rather than side to side.

  • Slice down one side of the mango, about 1/4″ past the middle point so you miss cutting into the large seed (if you do feel the seed with your knife, just adjust the angle slightly out so you can keep cutting down).Repeat with the other side.
  • Place a double folded tea towel under one of the mango slices and hold it in the palm of your hand. Being careful not to cut through the bottom skin of the mango, use a small knife to make horizontal and vertical incisions into the mango so that you create a grid of cubes.With this method you can control the size of the cube you want so you can do finer cubes for something like salsa or larger cubes for a kabob or to freeze for smoothies.
  • Turn the mango skin outward so the cubes pop out and use the small knife to cut the cubes free from the skin (you can also scoop them off with a spoon).

  • Lay the remaining slice of mango with the seed flat and cut away the two moon shaped pieces on either side of the seed. Cut off the skin edge and dice the mango fruit into pieces.


How can you tell if a mango is ripe?

  • While a lot of people look at the color of a mango because some varieties start to turn red when ripe, a reddish color doesn’t automatically mean that it’s ripe. So, you’ll also want to give it the squeeze and smell test.
  • Give the mango a little squeeze and it should be lightly soft like a ripe peach or avocado would be.
  • A mango won’t smell like anything when unripe but should give off a sweet aroma if you smell near the stem when ripe (an overripe one will smell fermented or sour).


Check Your Fridge: Over 50,000 Pounds of Salami, Sausage Recalled Due to Listeria Concerns

You might want to rethink that charcuterie board at your next dinner party. Cured meat producer Daniele International recalled approximately 52,914 pounds of sopressata, salami and other sausage products over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Sunday. 

During routine inspection, FSIS found a possible source of listeria on the manufacture’s conveyor machinery, said Chris Bowler, CEO of Daniele International, in a statement to CNET. The recalled products bear the establishment number “Est. 54” and were shipped to retail locations nationwide between Dec. 23, 2022 through Jan. 17, 2023, according to the USDA. 

Eight different sausage products were included in the recall. If any of these are in your fridge, the USDA urges you to throw them away or return them immediately. 

These include: 

  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “FREDERIK’S by meijer SPANISH STYLE charcuterie sampler tray” with sell by date 4/15/23.
  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “Boar’s Head CHARCUTUERIE TRIO” with sell by dates 4/13/23, 4/14/23, and 4/15/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE GENOA UNCURED SALAMI” with sell by date 12/23/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE BLACK PEPPER UNCURED SALAMI” with use by dates 12/22/23, 12/30/23, and 1/17/24.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA SOPRESSATA, COPPA & GENOA SALAMI” with sell by dates 4/13/23 and 4/14/23. 
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA CALABRESE, PROSCIUTTO & COPPA” with  sell by date 5/6/23.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA GENOA SALAMI, UNCURED PEPPERONI & HARD SALAMI” with use by date 5/4/23.
  • 12-oz. plastic tray of “Gourmet Selection SOPRESSATA, CAPOCOLLO, HARD SALAME” with sell by date 4/14/23.

So far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions of consumption, according to the USDA. Listeria can cause a serious infection in older people, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant people and newborns, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

“Our Food Safety team took immediate action to fully sanitize our equipment and test the quality of our products,” Bowler said. “While we are confident our products were produced safely, and while we have not received any consumer complaints regarding this concern, we support the decision to issue a recall of potentially impacted products out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers.” 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.


George Santos won’t serve on House committees amid investigations

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

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Embattled Republican Rep. George Santos of New York will not serve on the two House committees to which he was recently assigned until the investigations into his conduct have concluded, his office said Tuesday.

“The congressman is reserving his seats on his assigned committees until he has been properly cleared of both campaign and personal financial investigations,” said his spokeswoman, Naysa Woomer.

Santos informed Republican lawmakers during a closed-door conference meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier Tuesday that “he’s not accepting the committee assignments until things get cleared up,” according to a longtime GOP lawmaker who was in the room. This person declined to be named to discuss private conversations.

Santos’ decision to recuse himself from the two panels marks one of the first tangible repercussions he has faced since admitting he fabricated key details about his biography.

It was not immediately clear whether Santos made the decision of his own accord, or if he was influenced or directed to revoke his committee assignments by other members of his conference. Spokesmen for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Santos was appointed earlier this month to posts on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Small Business Committee. The GOP Steering Committee, led by McCarthy, made those assignments over howls of bipartisan criticism against Santos and calls for his resignation.

The 34-year-old freshman lawmaker has faced intensifying scrutiny since shortly after he won his congressional race, after a bombshell New York Times investigation called into question many of Santos’ claims about his personal and professional life, as well as the sources of his campaign funds.

Days before he was sworn in to the 118th Congress, Santos admitted lying on the campaign trail about his job experience and his college career. He apologized for “embellishing” his resume, though he denied all other wrongdoing.

But Santos is now reportedly under investigation at the local, state, federal and international levels, and he has mostly avoided answering the throngs of reporters barraging him with questions about his many unsubstantiated claims.

Santos has repeatedly vowed to serve out his full two-year term in office, arguing that the voters of his Long Island-area district should have the final say on whether he stays or goes. McCarthy, who leads a slim and unruly GOP House majority and has few votes to spare, has echoed Santos’ line and defended the decision to give him committee assignments.

That stance clashes with Republican leaders from near Santos’ own district, who have denounced the scandal-plagued congressman and urged him to resign.

And the voters in Santos’ district aren’t keen on keeping him around, either, according to a new poll released Tuesday morning.

An overwhelming 78% of registered voters in New York’s 3rd Congressional District — including 71% of Republican respondents — say Santos should resign, the survey from Newsday/Siena College found. More than four-out-of-five respondents viewed Santos unfavorably, according to the poll.

Notably, 71% of the respondents said it was wrong for McCarthy to seat Santos on multiple committees.

The pollster surveyed 653 voters from Santos’ district between Jan. 23 and last Thursday. The poll has an overall margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.


Rep. George Santos tells GOP colleagues he won’t serve on House committees

Rep. Santos facing campaign finance questions

Rep. George Santos facing questions about who funded his campaign


Washington — Embattled Republican Rep. George Santos of New York will recuse himself from serving on House committees, he told his GOP colleagues in a closed-door meeting Tuesday, two Republican aides confirmed to CBS News.

Santos was assigned to the House Small Business and Science and Technology Committees earlier this month by House Republican leaders. His decision not to sit on the two panels comes a day after Santos met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Capitol Hill.

The Republican lawmaker, who represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District and admitted to fabricating key parts of his biography, is under scrutiny by state and federal prosecutors. He’s also the target of complaints to the Federal Election Commission over his campaign spending and the House Ethics Committee regarding the filing of his financial disclosure reports.

Santos is facing calls to resign, including from fellow Republicans in the New York congressional delegation, but has rebuffed calls to step down. McCarthy has also declined to take any action against Santos, instead saying his future in Congress will be determined by the voters of his district.

Michael Kaplan contributed to this report.


Myanmar junta hints may extend state of emergency, delay polls

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta on Tuesday (Jan 31) said the country had “not returned to normalcy” almost two years after its coup, casting doubt over plans for elections and ending a state of emergency.

The Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil since the military toppled democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government, alleging massive fraud during elections her party won in 2020.

A junta-imposed state of emergency is due to expire at the end of January, after which the constitution states that authorities must set in motion plans to hold fresh elections.

The military was widely expected to announce Wednesday that it would prepare for the polls.

But a junta-stacked National Defence and Security Council met Tuesday to discuss the state of the nation and concluded it “has not returned to normalcy yet”, the military’s information team said in a statement.

Junta opponents, including anti-coup “People’s Defence Forces” (PDF) and a shadow government dominated by lawmakers from Suu Kyi’s party, had tried to seize “state power by means of unrest and violence” the statement added.

Those “who want utter devastation of the state are continuing their activities”, it said.

The “necessary announcement will be released” on Wednesday, it added, without giving details.

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has previously said elections could only be held when the country was “peaceful and stable”.

Under the military-authored 2008 constitution, the president in coordination with the Defence and Security Council can extend a state of emergency for six months upon a request from the head of the military.

Former civilian president and close Suu Kyi ally Win Myint has been detained since the coup and jailed on a clutch of charges by a closed junta court.

Acting President U Myint Swe attended the Tuesday meeting, the military said.

“We still do not know the decision of the meeting,” a military source told AFP, requesting anonymity.

“We have been told to be on standby for possible attacks by PDF in coming days in the regions. We have no black-and-white instruction.

“Whether the state of emergency situation is continued or not, we will be in the military barracks. We also want the situation to return to normalcy.”

Last week the junta gave existing and aspiring political parties two months to re-register under a strict new electoral law, in a sign it was planning fresh polls for this year.

But with armed resistance raging across swathes of the country, analysts say people in many areas will be unlikely to vote – and run the risk of reprisals if they do.

A United Nations special envoy said Tuesday that elections would “fuel greater violence, prolong the conflict and make the return to democracy and stability more difficult”.


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Manchester City transfer news: Bayern Munich sign Joao Cancelo

Breaking news

Bayern Munich have completed a deadline-day loan deal for Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo.

The 28-year-old joins until the end of the season with the option to join permanently in the summer for 70m euro (£61.5m).

“Bayern is a great club, one of the best in the world,” Cancelo said. “I know this team lives for titles.”

The Portugal international joined City from Juventus in 2019 and has made 98 Premier League appearances.

“It’s enormous motivation for me to now play alongside these extraordinary players in a team,” Cancelo added.

“I’m also driven by the hunger for success. I’ll give my best for Bayern.”

Under City boss Pep Guardiola, he has won two league titles and the EFL Cup and had previously been viewed as one of City’s key players because of his ability to drift inside and act as a playmaker when City had the ball. 

His performances saw him named in the PFA Premier League team of the year for the last two seasons.

However, he joins the German champions having only started three games since the World Cup, his reduced playing time coinciding with the emergence of teenager Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake’s improved form.

Cancelo’s last two appearances were in the defeats by Southampton and Manchester United.

More to follow.

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