• US risks losing moral authority over torture, suggests Cameron – Telegraph.co.uk

The London Conference On Afghanistan Is Closed With An Address From The Prime Minister

CIA officers also beat him regularly and put him in a coffin-like box that they said would be the only way he would ever leave their custody. At times, it appears that even his interrogators were horrified by what they were doing. One CIA note from the jail quoted by the Senate report says: “Several on the team profoundly affected, some to the point of tears and choking up.” Abu Zubaydah, who is now 43, remains in Guantanamo Bay to this day. It is claimed that the CIA significantly overestimated his seniority within al-Qaeda. While some CIA officers have claimed that the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used on him produced useful intelligence, others say that the…

Docs leave hospitals over pay – iAfrica.com

Eastern Cape hospitals are being forced to close their operating theatres over a critical shortage of doctors in the province. The shortage has been created as doctors leave their posts over poor or irregular pay. Some hospitals have had to cancel operation and turn patients away due to the shortage of doctors. Chairperson of the SA Medical Association in the region, Angela Kloppers, said in a Times Live report that the doctors were “gatvol” over the pay situation. “The doctors are pleading that they be paid their due and that the contracts they signed be honoured,” Kloppers said in the Times Live report. “Those in authority in the department are flouting the law and have…

Bloom keen to take over as Gauteng premier – Independent Online

The Star The launch of DA leader in the Gauteng legislature Jack Blooms campaign as a candidate for Gauteng premier ahead of next years general election is going to be a razzmatazz affair. Photo: Etienne Creux Johannesburg – The launch of DA leader in the Gauteng legislature Jack Bloom’s campaign as a candidate for Gauteng premier ahead of next year’s general election is going to be a “razzmatazz affair”. Speaking ahead of Monday’s launch, Bloom said on Sunday the DA had opened its nomination campaign for the position of premier last week and he had decided to stand. The DA’s nominations for the position close on Wednesday, and the selection will take place on August…

Vavi faces suspension over new complaint – Times LIVE

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The complaint is that Vavi employed a woman – who is now accusing him of rape – without following due processes. Cosatu members who are to bring the complaint this week want the trade union federation to investigate whether Vavi flouted its rules when he hired the 26-year-old woman. According to the Sunday Times, the woman was hired at Cosatu a year ago without being properly interviewed. “We met at his office, just me and him. We discussed the salary package, but no paperwork was signed at that stage. There wasn’t even an interview. Vavi said he would inform the other office-bearers,” she told the paper. Cosatu is expected to start a formal internal investigation…