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One country, two systems: Leung Chun-Ying installed as Chief Executive of Hong Kong

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    Richard Poplak

    Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world. He is a member of Deca Stories, the international long-form non-fiction collective.

    His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up was entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010). Poplak has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). His election coverage from South Africa’s 2014 election, written under the nom de plume Hannibal Elector, was collected as Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle (Tafelberg, 2014).  Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

    Since 2010, Poplak has been travelling across Africa, seeking out the catalysts and characters behind the continent’s 21stcentury metamorphosis. The coming book, co-authored with Kevin Bloom, is called The Shift

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Schönbrunn Palace is illuminated as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the annual 'Summer Night Concert' in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2016. Every year, around 100,000 people attend the popular open-air concert with free admission to Schönbrunn Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and its Baroque gardens. EPA/LISI NIESNER

While you were sleeping: 27 May 2016

By John Stupart
South African school children from Chris Hani High dance during Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2016. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which later led to the current organization known as the African Union (AU). EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia, where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street is delivered. (Photo by George Turner)

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy

By AMABHUNGANE
Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May 2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

By John Stupart
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, 23 May 2016. This year's theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden. EPA/STR UK OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

By John Stupart
Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals' or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year, most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Washington Redskins player Will Blackmon (C) celebrates after intercepting a pass at the goal line against Dallas Cowboys player Cole Beasley in the second half of their game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 03 January 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Analysis: Sports, Race and Identity

By J Brooks Spector
The longest pizza ever made: a two kilometers margherita (16 inch wide) pizza stretches along the city waterfront, Naples, Italy, 18 May 2016. EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Weekly wrap: 21 May

By ANDREA TEAGLE
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China: A not so Happy 50th Birthday for the Cultural Revolution

By J Brooks Spector
US actress, Kristen Stewart, arrives for the screening of 'Personal Shopper' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 17 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 19 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President elect and Democratic National Alliance candidate Maithripala Sirisena greeting officials with the traditional clasped palms while arriving to be sworn in as the 6th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at Torrington Square in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 January 2015. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

ICG: Jump-starting the Reform Process in Sri Lanka

By International Crisis Group
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While you were sleeping: 17 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Rain clouds cover the newly erected Nelson Mandela Statue in Howick, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 06 August 2012. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK.

Nelson Mandela’s Howick arrest: Was it all a CIA Effort?

By J Brooks Spector
Savelio Ropati from Samoa catches the ball against Tim Agaba from RSA during the quarter-final match between Samoa and South Africa on the third day of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris, France, 15 May 2016. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

While you were sleeping: 16 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Karl Marx.

The Life and Times of Karl Marx, in the words of Ronnie Kasrils

By Ronnie Kasrils
The sun rises behind wind turbines in Berlin, Germany, 11 May 2016. EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

Weekly Wrap-up: 14 May

By ANDREA TEAGLE
Koala Oobi-Oobie sits with a eucalyptus branch in his mouth in a tree in the new Koala House at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, 12 May 2016. The Koala House was set up in the heritage-protected former primate house for 1.5 million euros. Leipzig is the third zoo in Germany with the Australian marsupials. Zoo Director Junhold is aiming to breed koalas in Leipzig. EPA/JAN WOITAS

While you were sleeping: 13 May 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: Elvira R. Karaeva

Elvira Karaeva: The story of the Russian Spy That Wasn’t

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (C), flanked by ELN (National Liberation Army) Peace Negotiation Team members Pablo Beltran (L) and Maria Elena Velazco (2-R), speaks during a press conference, at the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry facilities, in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 March 2016.  EPA/MANAURE QUINTERO

ICG: National Liberation Army joins Colombia’s search for peace

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A picture made available on 12 May 2016 shows Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaking to supporters during a rally in Manila, Philippines, 07 May 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Analysis: The real Mad Men of world politics

By J Brooks Spector
Jury member Rudolf G. P. M. Van Nunen of Turkey tastes a dish during the European Final of Bocuse d’Or cuisine contest in Budapest, Hungary, 11 May 2016. The best chefs of twenty European countries compete to become members of the eleven-member group to advance to the 2017 World Final in Lyion, France. The two main dishes the contentants must prepare are made of Hungarian sterlet, its caviar and Hungarian red deer fawn. EPA/TAMAS KOVACS HUNGARY OUT

While you were sleeping: 12 May 2016

By John Stupart
Visitors pass a giant robot during the opening of the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) arms fair, in Amman, Jordan, 10 May 2016. The event demonstrates high-tech military industry equipment as well as innovations, training and organisational techniques related to security agencies and peacekeeping forces. EPA/JAMAL NASRALLAH

While you were sleeping: 11 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: LEFT: Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, USA, 2 May 2016. EPA/TANNEN MAURY. RIGHT: Republican Speaker of the House from Ohio, Paul Ryan, speaks at the 43rd Annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, US, 3 March 2016. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

The American Broedertwis: Trump vs the Establishment and Nearly Everybody

By J Brooks Spector
Russian soldiers march with a replica of the victory banner during the military parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2016. Russia celebrates the 71st anniversary of the victory over the nazi Germany in the World War II. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

While you were sleeping: 10 May 2016

By John Stupart
Israeli soldiers decorating graves of fallen soldiers with small Israeli national flags, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel, 08 May 2016. Israel is preparing to mark its 'Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism', which begins at sunset on 10 May 2016. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

While you were sleeping: 09 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, US, 2 May 2016. Indiana voters go to the polls for the winner take all Indiana primary election on 3 May. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

In bad company: Do businessmen really make good US presidents?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Pope Francis (L) arrives to lead the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 04 May 2016. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Op-Ed: A popular Pope, a divided church, and the power struggle at the heart of Catholicism

By Russell Pollitt
The Mariinsky Theater Orchestra holds a concert in Palmyra, 5 May 2016. The city was recently recaptured from Islamic State (or ISIS) militants by Syrian government forces backed by Russian troops. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Weekly wrap-up

By ANDREA TEAGLE
Photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to the crowd during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, 11 February 2016. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

ICG: Rouhani’s incomplete victory in Iran’s parliamentary elections

By International Crisis Group