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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Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Source Reuters
Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha. Source Reuters
Dutch intelligence agencies are worried about the possible arrival of Turkish paramilitary thugs to Netherlands. ,, They can be used for possible extra-legal actions against political opponents of President Erdogan, “says the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV). Source AD