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21 March 2018 14:45 (South Africa)

Tillerson’s Travels: US Secretary of State heads for Africa – but not South Africa

Photo: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, 16 February 2018. EPA-EFE/TUMAY BERKIN
Photo: White helmet volunteer carries an injured boy to an ambulance after bombing, in the rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 22 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADR

UN: SA opposition to holding urgent debate on Syria a ‘worrying example of siding with dictators’

Photo: A young woman holds up her hands with words that read 'Don't Shoot' as students demonstrate for stronger gun control laws outside the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 21 February 2018. Students across the country demonstrated for stronger gun control laws following the 14 February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

ISS Today: Developed countries must commit to ending violence against children


A parishioner with the Sanctuary Church holds onto her AR-15, which churchgoers were encouraged to bring to a blessing ceremony to rededicate their marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 February 2018. The church, a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the 'rod of iron' referenced in the Book of Revelations.

While you were sleeping: 2 March 2019

By John Stupart
Photo: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States Donald Trump (not pictured), reacts while attending the Men’s Snowboard Big Air finals at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, 24 February 2018. EPA-EFE/YONHAP

Dear Ivanka, let’s talk about guns and schools: A letter

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Sumatrae) in the Zoo in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 22 January 2018. EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI

Op-Ed: South Africa’s involvement in export of Asian tigers and link to trade in tiger products

By Adam Cruise
By Leila Dougan

President Cyril Ramaphosa with his new cabinet shortly after they are sworn in. 27 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 1 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

Newsflash: Lord Hain pushes for probe into Bank of Baroda links to looted Gupta funds

By Marelise van der Merwe
By EPA-EFE/Gyorgy Varga

A dog walks on ice covering a stair normally used by bathers to enter and leave the water on the shore of Lake Balaton in Fonyod, 148km south-west of Budapest, 26 February 2018, as extreme cold strengthened by high winds chilled most of Hungary.

While you were sleeping: 28 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Women demonstrate during a rally #MeToo against gender-based and sexual violence against women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Lausanne, Switzerland, 25 November 2017. The United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. EPA-EFE/LAURENT GILLIERON

Op-Ed: #MeToo #HerToo – disparity in Africa

By Cormac Smith

People take part in a snowball fight in front of the Colosseum covered by snow during a snowfall in Rome, Italy, 26 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 27 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Souvenirs with portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese leader Mao Zedong are displayed at a souvenir shop in Beijing, China, 26 February 2018. China will remove the constitutional restriction for the maximum number of terms the president and vice-president can serve, Chinese media reported on 25 February 2018, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY.

China: President Xi Jinping, a.k.a. Chairman Mao 2.0

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (R) meets with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (L) in Moscow, Russia, 12 November 2015. Photo: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Op-Ed: Renewed interest in SA’s foreign policy welcomed

By Clayson Monyela

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (C) celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, 24 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 26 February 2018

By John Stupart

Ben Loomis of the USA in action during the Ski Jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Large Hill / 4 x 5 km Team competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 22 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 23 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Example of Islamic State Propaganda Calling for Attacks (TRAC)

Op-Ed: Is the Islamic State ready to open a battlefront in South Africa?

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: (Left) President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa listens to the annual Budget speech delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 21 February 2018. EPA-EFE/BRENTON GEACH. (Right) US President Donald J. Trump (L) gestures while delivering remarks beside First Lady Melania Trump (R), while hosting a reception in honour of National African American History Month, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Time/Space Continuum: I hope for South Africa, I fear for the United States

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A male pangolin in its enclosure at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, 20 February 2016. The world marks the annual Pangolin Day on 20 February to raise awareness for pangolin conservation, as they estimated that every year about 10,000 pangolins are trafficked. EPA/MAK REMISSA

Cross-border investigation: Pangolin poaching in Africa and trafficking to Asia

Photo: Evangelist Billy Graham speaks on the third and final day of the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, Sunday 26 June 2005. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Op-Ed: Death of a Salesman – Billy Graham (1918-2018)

By Patrick Pillay
Photo: Members of the Security Council stand for a moment of silence before the start of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 February 2018. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES

ISS Today: South Africa returns to UN Security Council with a new leader


Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden Budget Speech. This is his first budget speech under the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa. 21 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 22 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Secretary of Defence Caspar W. Weinberger (not seen) hosts Samuel Kanyon Doe (L, tan suit), Head of State of the Republic of LIBERIA in Washington DC, 1981. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lutheran Church Massacre: The Long Arm of the Law reaches a suspected Liberian war criminal in Philadelphia

Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The value of urine in a water-sensitive future

By Dyllon Randall

US actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the European premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at Leicester Square in London, Britain, 19 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 21 February 2018

By John Stupart

Op-Ed: The Islamic State challenge – from the front line to a shadow international terror organisation

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Then South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, China, 14 July 2015. Photo: EPA/NG HAN GUAN / POOL

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s China Conundrum – to kowtow or hit back?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: British writer Tony Judt poses during the presentation of his essay Postwar period. A History of Europe since 1945, in Madrid, Spain, Thursday 26 October 2006. EPA/VICTOR LERENA

Op-Ed: Tony Judt, a historian who asked the right questions – what would he make of us now?

By Todd M Johnson

A view on a mural by Italian street art artist Andrea Ravo Mattoni of a famous painting 'Orphan Girl at the Cemetery' by French artist Eugene Delacroix at 'Le Mur' in Paris, France, 17 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 19 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta and Duduzane Zuma (Muntu Vilakazi for Gallo Images)

Op-Ed: The Guptas can be extradited from the United Arab Emirates

By Anton Katz & Eshed Cohen
Photo: Residence of South Africa-based Gupta Brothers in Dehradun. Photo: Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times: Uttarakhand gives Z-security to Gupta brothers probed over graft in South Africa

By Hindustan Times