Wikinews Shorts: October 18, 2009
A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, October 18, 2009.
Family shot dead in South Africa 
The dead include a mother, who was a police officer for Pretoria, her three-month-old baby, and 12-year-old son. The son managed to survive the incident, but died earlier Saturday while undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
Police say the ex-husband discovered the bodies at around 1:00 p.m. local time. The officer's gun was found next to her body. An investigation is ongoing, but burglary has been ruled out.
Update: It has been confirmed, double murder, suicide.
- SAPA. "Shot officer's son dies" — , October 17, 2009
- SAPA. "Cop, Baby killed in home" — , October 17, 2009
- SAPA. "Centurion mom, baby shot dead" — , October 17, 2009
- SAPA. "Pta captain shot kids, herself" — , 18 October 2009
Botswana Democratic Party claims victory in elections 
Botswana's Democratic Party (BDP) is claiming to be the winner in the nation's elections. Ian Khama is likely to be reelected as leader of the nation and will serve a five year term. This was his first election since he was appointed in April, replacing Festus Mogae.
The BDP needed to win at least 29 out of the 57 seats to choose Khama as the nation's president.
- Reuters. "Ruling party wins Botswana poll" — , October 17, 2009
- Agencies. "Polls close in Botswana elections" — , October 16, 2009
UK Royal Mail to hire 30,000 more workers 
The UK Royal Mail has announced that 30,000 temporary workers are to be recruited. The move comes as the Communication Workers Union plan to have two nationwide strikes over the course of next week. With Christmas also approaching, the amount of mail that the Royal Mail receives will be rapidly increased, and the amount of workers at this time of year that will be recruited is 30,000 - twice as many as there were last year. The Royal Mail had said that 85,000 people had applied for temporary work.
- "Royal Mail to hire 30,000 temps" — , October 18, 2009
- David Harrison. "Royal Mail hires 30,000 workers in attempt to beat strike" — , October 18, 2009
- "30,000 postal staff to be recruited" — , October 17, 2009