The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through aContinue Reading

Residents of Laudium, Claudius, Iterileng and surrounding areas are again furious – taps ran dry this morning, for the second time in two weeks. Ward 61 councillor, Farouk Essop, said: “We are really fed-up. Enough is enough. The Laudium reservoir is empty and I’m not told why. “Laudium has beenContinue Reading

WASHINGTON — In the lexicon of U.S. counterintelligence, it’s called “spot and assess,” “access agents,” and “backchannels.” According to U.S. prosecutors, it’s also what Maria Butina, a now 30-year-old Russian graduate student, was doing during her time in United States. “Butina was not a spy in the traditional sense ofContinue Reading

An online campaign in Afghanistan calling for the boycott of the ancient festival of Norouz has prompted a backlash among many Afghans, who have vented their exasperation at the growing influence of fundamentalist Islamic ideology in the war-torn country. Heralding the arrival of spring, the pre-Islamic Persian new year celebrationContinue Reading