South Africa extends mandate of is Forces in DRC

first_imgThe South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.last_img read more


23 Clemson football players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgClemson announced on Friday that 23 football players have tested positive for coronavirus since returning to campus this month.Schools spokesman Jeff Kallin said that in all 28 people were found with COVID-19 since testing began for athletes and other personnel on June 8. Two football staffers and three athletes from other sports also tested positive.  MORE: Lightning, Blue Jays halt training in Florida after multiple positive COVID-19 tests Those known to have close contact with those who tested positive have been asked to quarantine for at least 10 days. The athletic department said most of the total cases have been asymptomatic and no one has been hospitalised.Clemson is the latest program to see positive test results from athletes returning to school. Texas, Houston and SMU have all had football players test positive since voluntary workouts resumed.last_img read more