The widely publicised American presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump causes me to question the lucidity of the voter pool. The controversial, misogynist Trump can be likened to a babbling dunce sitting in the corner spurting discriminatory hogwash....
Republicans have named Donald Trump as their official nominee for the American presidency. Trump is not a typical presidential candidate for America, the oldest democracy in the world. He’s not particularly smart and knows more about hotels and beauty pageants than...
Celebrities‚ politicians and thousands of social media users have shown their support for France after more than 80 people were killed while celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. President Francois Hollande declared the incident a “terrorist” attack after a gunman drove...
By REUTERS Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State...
The brother and sister arrested by police over a suspected terror plot have been granted bail. Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were each granted R5‚000 bail after their lawyer‚ Yousha Tayob‚ brought an urgent application before the Johannesburg High Court for...
Aspiring first lady Melania Trump found herself caught in an embarrassing plagiarism controversy Tuesday after a prime-time defense of her husband that appeared to be lifted in part from a speech given by Michelle Obama. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg0qisnX21E] No sooner had the...
By Tiso Black Star Group DIGITAL The arrest of four people suspected of being allegedly involved in terrorism activities at the weekend is the latest in a number of terror events South Africa has seen since the dawn of democracy...
South Africa’s weakening economy and surging public dissatisfaction has placed it on a “warning” in the latest Fragile States Index. Released by the Fund for Peace‚ the 2016 report states: “The 10-year trends of the Fragile States Index demonstrate a...
A gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande on Friday declared a "terrorist" attack. Police shot the driver dead...
Turkish authorities have detained 1,563 military personnel across the country after a coup attempt overnight by a faction of the military, an official told Reuters. The soldiers attempted to use tanks and attack helicopters to overthrow the government. Erdogan asserts control...
Greek and EU authorities yesterday fine-tuned an operation to expel to Turkey hundreds of migrants denied asylum in a landmark deal slammed by rights groups. Officials declined to comment on the details of the operation, which is believed to begin early...
Hillary Clinton rallied with a few hundred supporters on Saturday in California farm town Oxnard. But the real party occurred in nearby Los Angeles, where thousands of young voters gathered to see their hero Bernie Sanders. Both politicians have been criss-crossing...
A gunman killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in US history which authorities described as a possible act of terrorism. Police killed the shooter, who was identified as...
Europe's bemusement at the rise of Donald Trump has switched to concern as his presidential campaign has gained ground in what observers said was a warning to traditional parties about ignoring populists. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier this week spoke...
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada. The wins for the brash billionaire...
The United States has made little or no progress in explaining how and why it orders lethal drone strikes, even as America’s reliance on the unmanned aircraft soars worldwide, a report found yesterday. According to a study by the Stimson...
Business Donald Trump inched closer to the US Republican presidential nomination after easily outdistancing his rivals in the Nevada caucuses yesterday, giving him his third win in four early nominating contests. Broadcast networks called the state for Trump almost immediately after...
Russia began withdrawing its forces from Syria yesterday, a move hailed as a potentially “positive step” for a new round of UN-backed peace talks seeking to end the conflict. Warplanes at Moscow’s Hmeimim air base in Syria were being loaded...
A female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was one of two suspected perpetrators of a car bombing that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital Ankara, security officials said yesterday. Sunday’s attack, tearing through a crowded transport...
North Korea fired another short-range missile off its east coast yesterday, South Korean officials said, as global leaders met in Washington to discuss the threat of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. It was the latest in a series of North Korean...
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remained the frontrunners in the 2016 quest for the White House, but Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders scored key victories in the latest contests. Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton both won in the delegate-rich...
Donald Trump hit out hard at Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz on Sunday, sounding unapologetic two days before a key primary in Indiana he says will decide the Republican presidential race.  A new poll ahead of the winner-take-all vote today...
With the Democratic presidential nomination effectively wrapped up, Hillary Clinton’s campaign still urged supporters to vote in yesterday’s nominating contests and bring a definitive end to her protracted primary battle against Bernie Sanders.  Clinton secured enough delegates to win the...
Texas Senator Ted Cruz scored a commanding victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin’s presidential primary on Tuesday, putting the Republican frontrunner on notice that his march to the nomination was not a done deal. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also crashed...
With flashes of flesh and impressive resumes, Miss USA was crowned Sunday, after the pageant was shunned by major networks following controversial comments on Mexican immigrants by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, took top honors at the...
Secret Service officers rushed on stage to protect US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump during a disturbance at a rally, a day after rowdy protests shut down his event in Chicago. Trump briefly ducked at the podium and four Secret...
The United Nations refugee agency has thanked South Africa for being a leader on the continent when it comes to giving refugees rights. “Unlike in most countries in Africa‚ refugees have rights in South Africa such as the right to...
PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his top aides have launched a fullscale political offensive to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but face a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary...
HAMAS in Gaza is not a national liberation movement, like the ANC or the PAC in the struggle against apartheid. South Africans should study the published charter of Hamas, available online, in order to know about this essential difference. The...
IN HIS article, “Dispelling Israel’s myths” (DD, 18 August), Ran Greenstein mentions Gaza in his first paragraph, makes no mention of the Hamas charter and gives a misleading implied reference to Gaza when he writes about Palestinians “fighting for...
South Africa ranks 136 out of 162 countries in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) released on Wednesday‚ and 37 out of 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of South Africa’s...
Washington has accused Russia and Thailand of failing to tackle human trafficking, while praising progress in Malaysia and Cuba.In a report on trafficking decried as “modern slavery”, Venezuela, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Zimbabwe joined Russia and...
Sitting in the shabby parlour of his temporary home, Haaji Mohammed can barely bring himself to watch the Islamic State video playing on his mobile phone. The film was made just last month – yet the horrific scenes it shows...
The report on the unveiling of the refurbished German settler memorial (DD, May 25) makes for interesting reading. It is undoubtedly to be welcomed that the executive mayor of Buffalo City managed to squeeze in the official re-opening of the...
A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a US-funded security training facility near Amman, Jordan’s government spokesman said. Mohammad Momani told Reuters that the attacker...
Thousands of migrants, most of them Syrian refugees, were heading north towards the EU border yesterday after being stranded for days on the Greece-Macedonia frontier. The mass movement came after Macedonia police on Saturday reopened the country’s southern frontier, enabling...
KEY questions and answers about the Islamic State group that has beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker: Q. What is the Islamic State group? A: It emerged in Iraq in 2006, three years after the US-led invasion, spurred...
The world would be a better place if dictators such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power, top Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired on Sunday. The billionaire real estate tycoon also told...
War veterans, compatriots, friends and family members of those who lost their lives in conflicts ranging from World War 1 to the South African liberation struggle, came together to honour their sacrifices yesterday. A large group gathered for Remembrance Sunday’s...
Donald Trump, his face red with emotion, lashed out a rivals Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz at the most acrimonious debate to date between Republican presidential candidates, shouting insults and casting aside a pledge to be more measured. The billionaire...
A conference of the African Union in Addis Ababa agreed last week to set up a five-nation regional task force to combat the Islamist terror army of Boko Haram which is tearing apart Nigeria and Cameroon and has its sights...
We won’t be cowed on Islamic extremism, Ukraine, leaders say THE United States and Britain set the tone yesterday for a Nato summit, calling on the alliance to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and to be ready to confront...
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), and other Zionist organisations, are outraged about the current visit of Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). So determined were these groups to oppose...
A new apartheid has risen up in Africa – the apartheid of religion. Easter Friday evokes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This year, 147 Christian students were murdered the previous day in Kenya by the Islamist jihadis of al-Shabab...
The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria yesterday backed by Russian air-strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said. Russia’s air-strikes...
From  time to time in history, whole countries have been fed certain lies by their governments, which have had catastrophic consequences.Germans were fed the lie that they were a superior race and that it was necessary for them to...
US President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey yesterday for a G20 summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants to the top of the...
A MALAYSIAN airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine yesterday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused “terrorists” –...
Seven people, including two civilians, were killed in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, security sources said on Monday, as the death toll from operations launched by security forces last month climbs into the hundreds. State security forces in December intensified operations...
Like everyone, I have spent recent months watching countless news reports of desperate Syrians trying to escape their country, and now shivering in the freezing cold on Europe’s borders. But unlike most people, I’ve seen what they are running...