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The government of Democratic Republic of Congo has defended the decrees that grant ministers lifetime salaries and other benefits.In a statement released on Monday, the government said the payments “are not to enrich the officials”.The two decrees, which grant former ministers benefits worth at least $2,000 (£1,530) have been widely criticised.
The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected a deadline they set for Sunday to call fresh elections.
Thieves in Belgium used sewers to tunnel into a bank vault near Antwerp’s diamond trading district. Police were alerted on Sunday to a possible burglary and when they arrived they found the bank door shut with about 30 deposit boxes emptied.
British and French skiers are among four people found dead after an avalanche near the Italian resort of Courmayeur on Monday.
Amid calls for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over a racist photo, now his potential replacement is battling an allegation of sex assault.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved the extradition of Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who faces fraud charges back home.