Greece Floods

Flash floods killed at least 15 people, made scores homeless and destroyed infrastructure in Greece on Wednesday after a raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens following a night of heavy rain.

In devastation locals said was unprecedented in scale, an overnight deluge triggered flash floods in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra in the foothills of a mountain just west of Athens.

Army to Cape Flats Before Christmas - Mbalula

Christmas may come early on the Cape Flats after Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that the army will take to Cape Town’s streets before December 25.

Mbalula was speaking at a press briefing at Philippi East Police Station on Wednesday where he said they were working on an operational plan to determine where soldiers would be deployed.

In October, Mbalula called on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist police in stemming high levels of crime in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Uganda Seeks Arrest of Visiting al-Bashir

Ugandan civil society will be approaching the country's courts to have Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, arrested. Al-Bashir landed in Uganda on Monday. 

The Ugandan Coalition for the ICC said civil society group Uganda Victims Foundation had filed an application seeking an arrest warrant for al-Bashir. The application will be heard at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon. 

Appeal for Calm in Zimbabwe - UN Chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on all sides in Zimbabwe to show "restraint" after the country's military took control and President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest.

Guterres is monitoring the situation and "appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint," said UN spokesperson Farhan Haq.

Guterres "stresses the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means and dialogue, and in line with the country's constitution," he added.

Special SA Envoy to Zimbabwe

President Jacob Zuma, as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has decided to deploy a special envoy to Zimbabwe in light of the developments regarding President Robert Mugabe.

The envoy, which will start in Angola, will be led by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.

"The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation," the presidency said in a statement.

319 years for Durban Serial Rapist

A 47-year-old serial rapist has been sentenced to 319 years in jail for a series of rapes committed over a period of more than seven years, police said on Wednesday.

Bheki Doctor Magwaza, who worked as a security guard, was sentenced in the Durban High Court on Tuesday.

The rapes were committed from September 2008 to February 2016 around Verulam, north of Durban, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said.

South African Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future

World Diabetes Day is observed on 14 November and the theme for 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.

Women are generally the primary caretakers in the family and play a central role in the long-term health status of children and other household members. The increase in lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, calls for a greater awareness of the importance of healthy food and drink choices to help attain and maintain a healthy body weight.

South African Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future

World Diabetes Day is observed on 14 November and the theme for 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.

Women are generally the primary caretakers in the family and play a central role in the long-term health status of children and other household members. The increase in lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, calls for a greater awareness of the importance of healthy food and drink choices to help attain and maintain a healthy body weight.

NGO: Cuba Doubled Political Prisoners in One Year

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), an NGO that tracks politically-motivated arrests on the island, revealed this week that, observing its monthly arrest records, there are currently at least 140 known political prisoners in Cuba, up from about 70 such cases a year earlier. The 140 are individuals “convicted of processed [in a court of law] for political reasons or detained under political conditions.”
 

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