Insurgents storm Iraq’s main refinery

Exxon Mobil and BP pull staff as Sunni-Shi’ite rift deepens IRAQI government forces battled Sunni militants for control of the country’s biggest refinery yesterday as...

Militants gain ground in Iraq

Families flee strategic Tal Afar. MILITANTS gained ground yesterday in a battle for a strategic Shiite enclave in northern Iraq that provides a corridor to...

Militants eye Baghdad

US mulls drone strikes as Iraqi resistance caves. JIHADISTS were pushing toward Baghdad yesterday after capturing a town just hours to its north while the...

Death toll rises to 34 in Ukraine

THE death toll from a military offensive in a flashpoint town in east Ukraine rose to at least 34, officials said yesterday, amid fresh...

More US sanctions on Russia

THE US on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 17 companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fresh attempt...

Replica Cold War could sink Russia

THE intensity of debate around the Russian/Ukrainian conflict in South Africa is surprising. The past weeks have seen the publication of a number of...

US fresh sanctions threat

US PRESIDENt Barack Obama has threatened fresh sanctions against Moscow if it escalated the crisis over Ukraine, as pro-Russia separatists faced a deadline yesterday...

Defiant Russian forces march on Crimean base

Crisis to dominate summit in Europe. KIEV braced for a unity rally yesterday after elite Russian forces stormed one of Ukraine’s last Crimean bases in...

Crimeans take Ukraine navy HQ

A CROWD stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in Crimea yesterday and raised the Russian flag. This comes a day after a Ukrainian soldier was shot dead,...

Russia’s legacy of shame

“HOLODOMOR.” Say it again – “Hol-o-do-mor.” This is the most important word for South Africans to know about Ukraine, as this conflict-ridden country has...

Hope amid Arab turmoil

ENDING the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an international priority has been overtaken by the turbulence in the Middle East. While still a desired goal –...

Hope amid Arab turmoil

ENDING the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an international priority has been overtaken by the turbulence in the Middle East. While still a desired goal –...

SA only hurting itself by turning its back on Israel

THERE’S little surprise in the disclosure by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane last week of a cooling in relations with Israel. For years, South...

Four French hostages freed in Niger

France denies ransom paid for their release. FOUR Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaedalinked gunmen for three years left Niger on...

28 die in wave of bombings in chaotic Iraq

Anbar province feels brunt of militants’ siege. GUNMEN and suicide bombers driving explosives-rigged vehicles killed 25 police and three civilians in a series of coordinated...

A holy terror in jihad’s embrace

SAMANTHA Lewthwaite’s face is one we all know. For two weeks we have seen images of her staring back at us from a bogus...

Destroying terrorism will require new world order

CONDEMNING al-Shabaab (of Somalia) and Boko Haraam (of Nigeria) for committing atrocities, or blaming Islam which provides them with religious succour won’t solve the...

SA’s trade deficit grows to R19bn

SOUTH Africa’s trade deficit widened to R19-billion in August‚ its largest in seven months and far higher than analysts expected‚ as strikes cut mining...

Syria – a choice of evils

SOUTH Africans need to consider four basic facts, when trying to work out what can (or can’t) be done about the slaughter in Syria. This...

Will Obama’s own support a surgical strike on Syria

PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his top aides have launched a fullscale political offensive to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against...

Insight: Understanding press role is crucial for our society

THE preamble to the South African Press Code states that the press exists to serve society, but the same society doesn’t understand how journalism...