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By Drum Digital
07 November 2013

An official of MDC has suggested that the leader of the party, Morgan Tsvangirai should step down or risk having the Zanu-PF party rule Zimbabwe for a long time.

Mangaung defends antipsychotic injections for prisoners

MPs heard that antipsychotic injections were necessary to subdue inmates at Mangaung prison.

This was the view of medical staff at the Mangaung Correctional Centre, Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services national manager for legal services Umesh Raga said.

Last month, the department took control of the prison after prison riots, a hostage situation, and gang violence.

Shortly after that allegations surfaced that G4S staff injected inmates with antipsychotic medication and "electro-shocked" them to subdue and control them. – SAPA

NW Premier condemns killing NUM shop steward

The peace accord signed to bring stability to the mines has been completely disregarded in Marikana, North West Premier Thandi Modise said.

“It is clear that our repeated pleas for people involved to resort to peaceful means to deal with their problems have fallen on deaf ears."

She was reacting to the death of a former National Union of Mineworkers shop steward in Marikana.

Percy Letanang, 45, died in hospital on Tuesday night after being shot seven times on Sunday. – SAPA

Tsvangirai asked to step down

An official of the Movement for Democratic Change MDC Elias Mudzuri has suggested that the leader of the party, Morgan Tsvangirai should step down or risk having the Zanu-PF party rule Zimbabwe for a long time.

BBC reports that Mudzuri suggested that Tsvangirai could become the godfather of the party by stepping down ceremoniously.

That way, he said, Tsvangirai could become what he termed the Mandela of the party. – BBC

Palestine –Arafat was murdered: Widow

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.

"We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in Paris.

A team of experts, including from Lausanne University Hospital's Institute of Radiation Physics, opened Arafat's grave in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning.  – SAPA

Austrian Couple jailed for buying 13-year-old girl

A Bosnian couple who arranged a 13-year-old bride for their mentally disabled son were sentenced to five years in jail by an Austrian court for abetting the sexual abuse of a minor.

The couple, both 44 and residents of Austria for 26 years, had paid the poverty-stricken Bosnian girl's parents in 2011. The girl shared a bedroom with her husband at the family home in the town of Gaenserndorf, near Vienna, became pregnant within weeks and went back home to have the child.

Venezuela government creates happiness ministry

Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.

President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty.

However in the city a fruit vendor said he's now waiting for Maduro to create a vice ministry of beer.

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