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After the overrun of their strongholds, rebellion is coming to an end in DR Congo with continued offers to disarm by M23.

It is the second time the group has made such a statement in three days. On Monday, fighting continued to rage in the DRC even after a cease-fire proposed Sunday by M23.

“The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo,” M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa said in a statement.

The declaration was issued hours after government forces drove the rebel fighters out of their last two strongholds at around 3 a.m. local time Tuesday.

“Militarily, this is finished,” government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters, adding that President Joseph Kabila’s administration expected peace talks mediated by Uganda to resume shortly.

African leaders had urged M23 to renounce its rebellion to allow the signing of a peace agreement with Kabila’s government.

The strongest storm this year, Typhoon Haiyan, is on a path that will impact the Philippines on Friday.

In its path are areas already struggling to recover from a 7.3-magnitude earthquake last month, including the worst-hit island of Bohol.

Around 5,000 people are still living in tents in Bohol after losing their homes in the quake, which killed more than 200 people.

The military says its transporting food packages and relief goods to remote communities, and has helicopters on stand-by. Ferry operations have already been suspended and fishing boats ordered back to port.

Thousands of people from villages at risk have been evacuated across several provinces, while schools and offices have shut.

Founder of the Worldwide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, denounced indiscriminate surveillance activity by security services in the U.K. and the U.S.

In contrast to several senior British politicians – including the prime minister, David Cameron – who have called for the Guardian to be investigated over reporting of the Snowden leaks, Berners-Lee sees the news organisation and Snowden as having acted in the public interest.

“Whistleblowers, and responsible media outlets that work with them, play an important role in society. We need powerful agencies to combat criminal activity online – but any powerful agency needs checks and balances and, based on recent revelations, it seems the current system of checks and balances has failed,” he said.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.