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Zimbabwe

For leader Robert Mugabe, one size does not fit all.

Court papers say a senior staff member at the University of Zimbabwe has been suspended for allegedly procuring academic caps for the president that were too small for his head.

The papers, filed this week, said the long-time leader ended up wearing a cap that was rejected as too small last year while officiating at an October 2 graduation ceremony in his role as chancellor of Zimbabwe’s dozen-plus state universities.

Ngaatendwe Takawira, an assistant registrar at the university, has approached the nation’s labour court to try to stop disciplinary hearings against her over the mishap. The university alleges the ceremony had to be delayed by 45 minutes while officials cast around for a cap to fit Mugabe.

Pizza trouble - USA

A big rig loaded with over 22 tonnes of pizza dough and flour crashed in Arizona and spilled a large portion of its cargo.

Arizona Department of Public Safety said the rig rolled on its side a

nd was filled with 44,500 pounds of pizza dough and flour.

Officials said the rig struck a guardrail and bounced left, rolling onto its side. They said speed and fatigue may have contributed to the crash. No one was injured.

Allot of benefit - ENGLAND

Spending a short time on an allotment once a week can improve mood and help people maintain a healthy weight, according to a study.

Even just half an hour at the allotment has physical and mental health benefits, a team of researchers from the universities of Westminster and Essex found. The research was published in the Journal of Public Health.

Shedding a tear - ENGLAND

Almost half of London men feel like crying once a month — more than anywhere else in Britain, a study has revealed.

The nationwide poll, conducted by the Movember Foundation, found 49% of men in London feel like crying at least once a month, compared to just 36% of those in the Midlands.

The study highlights the challenge men feel to be a “Real Man”, with 51% admitting they feel pressure to be successful.

Trouble in Texas - USA

A woman who claims she’s a representative of the sovereign nation of Texas was convicted of issuing fraudulent court papers ordering a judge and lawyer to appear before an “international common law court.”

A jury northwest of San Antonio found Susan Cammack guilty of simulating a legal process, the San Antonio Express-News reported. She was fined and placed on probation. A co-defendant pleaded guilty in August and testified against her.

Cammack and other members of a group called the Republic of Texas believe Texas never legally became part of the US and remains a separate nation.

Dance-off diffusion - USA

A Washington DC police officer helped defuse a fight between teenagers in a park by challenging one of them to a dance-off.

Aaliyah Taylor, 17, says a woman officer arrived and when she saw Taylor dancing to the popular song, ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),’ the officer laughed and said she had better dance moves.

What happened next was a dance-off between the officer and the girl. Onlookers recorded the dance battle on their phones, according to The Washington Post, which posted the video.

The officer said if she won, the teens had to leave the area. “Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor said. “I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops.”

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