While the US fawns over Mohamed Mursi’s mediation role with Gaza, Egypt’s new president secures a tentative deal for a huge IMF loan and votes himself sweeping judicial powers. Also: the fall of Goma, why Cameron is putting himself in the firing line over Europe’s budget, and the implosion of France’s opposition.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila suspended the army’s chief of staff on Friday following a UN report accusing Gen. Gabriel Amisi of overseeing the selling of arms to rebel groups as tens of thousands of refugees fled the rebel-held city of Goma.
The M23 rebels in the DR Congo say they won't stop until they've taken the capital. We go to the first town seized by them this week, the strategic city of Goma. Next, the international community has yet to make any firm commitment to military intervention in Mali. In the meantime, a group of young fighters are training to take back the north from Islamists. Finally, a Kenyan movie called "Nairobi Half Life" is hoping to go all the way to the Oscars.
M23 rebels stayed entrenched in Goma on Thursday as they faced an offensive by the Congolese army and despite calls from the UN and African leaders to withdraw. The rebels say they will not retreat until President Joseph Kabila holds talks with them.
We focus on the Congo crisis as seen by papers in Burkina Faso, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo itself and Rwanda. Also, we look at how papers are covering the Israel-Gaza conflict. Plus, what would you do if you found US$900,000 and were in a position to return it to the people who lost it? That's the focus for this edition of the world press review Wednesday 21st November, 2012.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Tuesday calling for DR Congo's M23 rebels to immediately pull out of Goma and demanded an end to foreign support for the insurgents. The decree came hours after M23 seized control of the city.
The Congolese rebel group M23 marched into the strategic eastern city of Goma on Tuesday, declaring the city is "in our hands". Earlier, M23 captured Goma's airport after days of intense fighting with government troops.