S. African leader faces no-confidence vote
CAPE TOWN • South Africa's Mr Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament next week, with his presidency mired in crisis, after investigators documented allegations of government corruption and thousands took to the streets to demand he resign.
The vote was called by the main opposition yesterday following a report by the country's anti-corruption watchdog calling for a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling in the ANC government.
Suspect in killings of 2 cops turns himself in
DES MOINES (Iowa) • A man known to police for several run-ins with the law, most recently for waving a Confederate flag at a football game, was arrested as a suspect in the ambush killings of two Iowa officers shot early on Wednesday, authorities said.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, turned himself in to authorities hours after the killings.
Ringleader of 100 jewel thieves jailed 24 years
BUCHAREST • A court in Romania yesterday jailed for 24 years the head of a highly professional 100-strong gang of jewel thieves who amassed millions robbing stores across Europe.
Adrian Botez, 38, nicknamed the "Supreme Commander", ran a military-style crooks' "academy" with strict rules and rigorous training that planned its robberies meticulously.