Inside South Africa’s Operation Dudula vigilantes: ‘Why we hate foreigners’

By Ayanda Charlie in Johannesburg & Tamasin Ford in London BBC Africa Eye 1 hour ago South African vigilante group Operation Dudula has become notorious for raiding businesses belonging to foreign nationals and forcing shops to close. BBC Africa Eye has gained rare access to members of the country’s most-prominent anti-migrant street movement. In a … Read more

Beijing scrambles to bolster relationship with Vietnam as Hanoi elevates ties with the US

As Vietnam’s relationship with the United States becomes a countervailing force to China amid disputes over the South China Sea and economic matters, Beijing has scrambled to send a top diplomat to shore up ties with Hanoi. The fence-mending trip from September 4-6 by Liu Jianchao, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, who … Read more

How Putin Moved to Divide Prigozhin From the Wagner Group

Portraits of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin at a makeshift memorial at the Wagner office in Novosibirsk on August 24. Vladimir Nikolayev/AFP via Getty Images On August 23, two months after his brief rebellion, Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash. The cause is unclear, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is suspected of orchestrated … Read more

As missiles fall, Jews in Ukraine mark Rosh Hashana

For the record:12:39 p.m. Sept. 17, 2023: An earlier version of this story said Ukraine was part of Russia until independence in 1991. Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union. The tables were laid, the candles were lighted, and the last rainy-day light was dying as prayerful voices rose toward the synagogue’s ornate domed … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war news: Removing Russian troops from Ukraine will take ‘a long time,’ Milley says

Updated September 17, 2023 at 2:53 p.m. EDT|Published September 17, 2023 at 1:52 a.m. EDT Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, the commander of the Russian navy, center left, take North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, on a tour of a Pacific Fleet frigate in Vladivostok, Russia. (Russian Defense … Read more

China’s week-long diplomatic agenda witnesses fruitful results

Photo:VCG The week saw a packed new round of diplomatic activities for China, with fresh outcomes achieved on Friday as China and Zambia announced they were lifting their ties to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership during Zambian president’s ongoing China visit. Meanwhile, China and Cambodia consolidated their ironclad friendship with a visit by Cambodia’s new … Read more

Heatwaves, wildfires, air chaos and overcrowding. How this year’s summer vacations fell apart

CNN  —  From the litany of bad headlines surrounding the world of travel, you could be forgiven thinking it’s been the summer from hell for vacationers. Environmental disasters, aviation industry mishaps and strikes, dirty beaches, soaring temperatures, deluges, price hikes and overcrowding all seem to have conspired to ruin getaways for hundreds of thousands, if … Read more