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23 May 2017 10:57 (South Africa)

ISS Today: India’s iron fist in the velvet glove

Photo: Madhya Pradesh police contigents show their skills of martial art near a ring of fire after completion of their two-month long special commando training by commando trainer Deepak Dubey (unseen) at 25th Battalion police ground in Bhopal, India, 23 October 2011. EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA
U.S. President Donald Trump touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, 22 May 2017. Trump arrived for a 28-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Sacked former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan listens to speakers during the memorial serice for Ahmed Kathrada in Cape Town, South Africa, 06 April 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan: Glorification of globalisation has masked its considerable downsides

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The Facebook icon is displayed in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 April 2017 (re-issued 16 May 2017). EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Op-Ed: Facebook’s puzzling content policies

Photo: People use computers at a cyber cafe in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017. According to news reports, a 'Ransomware' cyber attack has hit computers in 99 countries with the attacker demanding 300 US dollars in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. Photo: EPA/DAVID CHANG

ISS Today: Be ready for the next global cyberattack

Visitors observe the Panorama 'Luther 1517' by Yadegar Asisi in Wittenberg, Germany, 20 May 2017. The Wittenberg city celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and hosts the World Reformation Exhibition 'Gates of Freedom'.

While you were sleeping: 22 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Father John Edward, of St Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. Photo by Julie Hagenbuch, Journey to Orthodoxy.

Letter from Trumpland: Unorthodox Indians in coal country

By Glen Retief
Photo: (Left) A student wears a T-Shirt with the defaced image of president Jacob Zuma over his head during a student protest over fees to parliament on the occasion of South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA (Right) An actor portraying US President Donald J. Trump calls on the President to release his tax returns outside the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC, USA, 15 April 2017. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Trumping Zuma (and Trump): History provides a backdrop for the battle to bring two presidents down

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Dr David Nabarro speaks with  Maria Sibanyoni, a Programme Manager for the Women at Risk programme of the Wits Reproductive Health Institute(RHI) during a recent visit to Johannesburg.

Search for WHO DG: Trust is key, says 'hands-on' candidate Nabarro

Photo: Police check in East Germany.

Remembering the DDR – No Joking Matter

By Greg Mills
Photo: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa reacts during a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma debate in the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 November 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: A lesson for Cyril Ramaphosa, from Hillary Clinton

By David Reiersgord
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House to depart by Marine One, in Washington, DC, USA, 17 May 2017. Trump travels to deliver remarks at a commencement ceremony at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

All the President’s Mendacity: Is Trump edging closer to a risk of impeachment?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Lewthwaite’s forged South African passport. Photo: SABC News

Analysis: The lore of the ‘White Widow’, the 7/7 suicide bomber’s wife, Samantha Lewthwaite

Pope Francis (C) is accompanied by a group of clerics as he arrives for the holy mass at the Fatima Sanctuary, in Leiria, Portugal, 13 May 2017. Pope Francis is visiting Fatima on 12 and 13 May on the 100th anniversary of the apparent appearances of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917.

While you were sleeping: 15 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during their meeting in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 May 2017. EPA/RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY HANDOUT

Trump goes international. The world holds its breath.

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Protesters rally in opposition to President Donald J. Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 May 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Shades of Watergate? Firing FBI Director may just be Trump’s most consequential mistake/lunacy yet

By J Brooks Spector
A protestor holds stones to throw at police forces during a violent service delivery protest in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, South Africa, 09 May 2017. The local community took to the streets blocking major roads in a second day of demonstrations as they protested a lack of housing and land for their community. Continued protests have become a weekly occurrence as many poorer communities show opposition to the African National Congress (ANC) and South African President Jacob Zuma, claiming a continued lack of service delivery since the end of Apartheid.

While you were sleeping: 10 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 03 May 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US: Trump fires FBI director Comey


Chronicle short film on Philippines to premier at Encounters documentary festival

Main photo: President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa holding a bilateral meeting with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban. 03/05/2017, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Why foreign investors choose Peru and not, erm, Uganda?

rsenal's Danny Welbeck (L) celebrates with his teammate Alexis Sanchez (C) after scoring the 2-0 lead during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United in London, Britain, 07 May 2017.

While you were sleeping: Monday, 8 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Supporters of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche!' (Onwards!) political movement Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) celebrate at the Carrousel du Louvre after Emmanuel Macron won the second round of the French presidential elections in Paris, France, 07 May 2017. Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the final round of France’s presidential election, with exit polls indicating that Macron is leading with approximately 65% of the vote. EPA/YOAN VALAT.

French presidential election: Two-thirds of voters opt for sanity as Macron wins big

By J Brooks Spector
Forty three-year-old Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino on the planet, is fed by a caretaker at Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nanyuki, some 200 kilometers north of Nairobi, Kenya, 03 May 2017. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Sudan and the world's last two female northern white rhinos live, has partnered with the popular dating app Tinder in an aim to raise 9 million US dollars to develop reproductive technologies such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Experts say that even if the IVF techniques will be developed for the successful artificial reproduction in the future, the northern whites will most likely be extinct in a few years, for now. Ol Pejeta is a home to the last three surviving rhino subspecies on the planet.

While you were sleeping: TGIF 5 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A file picture dated 24 November 2009 of Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, convicted of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Congo, in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Catanga is to be released on 18 January 2016 after ICC appeal judges on 13 November 2015 announced to reduce his sentence of 12 years by 3 years and 8 months. EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN / POOL

Op-Ed: Human Rights victims lose out in the ICC debacle

By Mélanie Rondreux
The Mount Sinabung volcano spews volcanic lava and ash as seen from Tiga Pancur Village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 02 May 2017. Sinabung volcano continues to erupt as the volcano has been on high alert since June 2015.

While you were sleeping: Wednesday 3 May 2017

By John Stupart
BY Yevgeny Khaldei
A Soviet soldier Raising a flag over the Reichstag. Red Army troops announced the capture of the Reichstag on 2 May, 1945.

While you were sleeping: Tuesday 2nd May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump makes remarks before signing an Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC, USA 27 April 27 2017. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

US: Trump’s long slog to his first Hundred Days

By J Brooks Spector
Zoo Keeper Jess Stockton scratches Brazilian Tapir Arturo at the Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia, 27 April 2017. Arturo is 11 years old, was born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and was transfered to Melbourne Zoo in 2011.

While you were sleeping: TGIF 28 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zamble Lou Irie Sabine, 28 years, holds her three month old child Yao Melvin, under a mosquito net in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 24 April 2017. World Malaria Day is observed on 25 April each year to recognize the global efforts to control Malaria, it was established in May 2007 by the World Health Organization (WHO).  EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

New single-dose drug could help wipe out malaria

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pen attends a ceremony for slain police officer Xavier Jugele, at the Paris police headquarters in Paris, France, 25 April 2017. Jugele was killed by a gunman during the 20 April Champs Elysees terror attack shooting. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Op-Ed: A Le Pen victory will surface EU and Nato Fault lines

By Marius Oosthuizen