First Thing –  Monday, 14 May 2018

People participate the Cuban Conga Against Homophobia in Havana, Cuba, 12 May 2018. The colorful annual 'conga' for the rights of the LGTBI collective moved for the first time to a central residential area of the city and added activists, neighbors, passers-by and even bus passengers that were caught in the parade. EPA-EFE/ALEJANDRO ERNESTO

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” ― Mark Twain

In a damning blow to Supra Mahumapelo, the Cabinet has decided to take all powers away from the provincial government in North West and to strip municipalities run by his allies of all powers, in a bid to “close the taps” that fed his tainted politics. This explains why Mahumapelo has been falling over his feet, mobilising support all over the province since putting himself on leave in an effort to antagonise against the interventions.

While You Were Sleeping

Verulam mosque scene of another attack

The same mosque where an Imam’s throat was slit last week was the scene of a bomb scare on Sunday night. Worshippers discovered a device that resembled a bomb, sparking an evacuation. SAPS bomb disposal units began removing the device, a white pipe-like tube with an old Nokia phone wired to it. One Muslim leader had explained that the mosque had been targeted amid a feud between Sunni and Shia communities.

Indonesian police HQ targeted by bombers

Two suicide bombers on a motorcycle blew themselves up at a police headquarters in Indonesia. The attack came less than a day after a wave of bombings by a single militant family killed at least 14 people. One policeman was killed in another attack when the attackers’ motorcycle stopped at a checkpoint outside the HQ.

Islamic State claims Paris knife attacker

Islamic State has released a video claiming responsibility for the Paris knife attack on Saturday. One person was killed and four wounded when Khamzat Azimov, a French national of Chechen origin, mounted an attack in central Paris. Azimov was killed on the scene by French police.

D-Day for US Jerusalem embassy move

The United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem today, despite months of widespread, vocal criticism. White House and Israeli officials will gather at what will soon be the new embassy, creating one of the largest security threats for security forces on Monday.

In Numbers

27 litres

The amount of Saddam Hussein’s blood used in his commissioned, blood-inked copy of the Qur’an

Facts of the Day

Today in 1948 Israel is declared an independent state. A day later a coalition of Arab states declares war on Israel, beginning the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Petting a dog has been shown to lower your blood pressure.


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