South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that a spate of violent attacks against women and children represented a national “crisis” as he visited the family of a three-year old girl who was raped and killed. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime but a string of grisly murders of women and children has sparked widespread outrage, with Zuma’s visit underscoring the growing political significance of the issue. Source Reuters
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A Frenchman who had been on France’s terror watchlist after showing signs of having been radicalized to extremist Islam has been accepted into France’s police force. The man was placed on the terror watch list in 2012 as a known radical Islamist and France’s intelligence service DGSI kept him under surveillance for a number of years after being alerted to his behaviour. Source The Local
Violent crime in America rose in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday. Source Bloomberg
One of the main issues that has recently damaged relations between the two countries has been repeated statements by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, claiming that Bosnia is home to up to 10,000 Islamic extremists. Source Balkan Insight