First Thing – TGIF, 18 May 2018

Indonesian Muslims gather at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the revelation of the first verse in Koran was during its last 10 nights. EPA-EFE/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” ― Anthony G Oettinger

The fight between suspended SARS boss Tom Moyane and President Cyril Ramaphosa has just morphed from a street fight to a full-blown war. Neither side is backing down and a quick glance at a fresh batch of legal correspondence shows it’s about to go nuclear.


While You Were Sleeping

North Korean summit in jeopardy over Trump comments

President Donald Trump has threatened North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with a “Libyan” end if the country did not co-operate with the United States. Trump was making public remarks in an apparent attempt to assuage North Korean concerns over a now-uncertain summit meeting between the two leaders. Talking on the “decimation” of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Trump cautioned that this “model” would take place in North Korea as well.

Inside Verulam mosque attacks

The deadly knife attacks and subsequent bomb-planting has shaken Ottawa’s Imam Hussein mosque. Immediate concerns over IS-styled terrorism tactics and a general cloud of confusion has hovered over the attacks ever since. DM’s Rebecca Davis unpacks all you need to know about the mosque right here.

Giant ash plume erupts from Hawaii volcano

A massive ash cloud has shot miles into the air from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The explosion within the crater, the biggest this month so far, had created an aviation “red zone”, prohibiting all flights in the area. Scientists believe this may all be the precursor to a total eruption of the volcano which, while shaking the entire island, should not claim any lives due to its remote location.

White House confirms Gina Haspel as CIA head

Despite controversy over her record of torture of terror suspects, the US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the CIA’s next director. Haspel, a career-long spook known for her work ethic rather than her politics, was picked by Donald Trump and supported by a handful of errant Democrats. Haspel will be the first woman to lead the agency, with her predecessor Mike Pompeo moving on to the position of Secretary of State.

In Numbers


The cost for hole-in-one insurance by Kyoei Mutual Fire and Marine Insurance Co. This is to cover lavish parties expected by friends of the not-so-lucky golfer who scores a hole in one.

Facts of the Day

Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

The South African large Sungazer lizard was renamed in 2011 to Smaug in honour of JRR Tolkien.

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