Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
US President Donald Trump says the US military becoming involved in the Middle East was the "worst decision ever made" and that he was ensuring the safe return of troops.
Analysts have rebuked the economic part of the United States' Middle East peace plan for failing to address the main problem that has heavily curbed the Palestinian economy - the 52-year-old Israeli military occupation over the Palestinian territories.
Six Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed as Israeli forces mass on Gaza border, stoking fears of ground invasion.
Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip, launched two rockets towards Israel on Thursday morning, local media reported, in response to Israeli rocket fire.
Israel kept up air strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants launched new rockets despite a reported ceasefire deal, raising fears of a return to open conflict in the enclave.
President Donald Trump says that it's time to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights
Israel says a Palestinian vehicle targeted Israeli soldiers on a highway in the West Bank, prompting troops to open fire, killing two Palestinians inside.
Nineteen Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been wounded during clashes in the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli army and Palestinian medical sources have said.
Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war.
The Israeli military has launched its widest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war, as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel.
Israeli air strikes targeted a Palestinian faction loyal to the Syrian government in eastern Lebanon, Lebanese state media and the group have said.
A soldier has been killed and several injured in Quneitra province after an Israeli air attack, says Syrian state media.
Gaza militants fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at Israel, which responded with strikes that killed a Palestinian, officials said, as a fragile ceasefire again faltered.
An unofficial cease-fire appears to be holding between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers despite limited exchanges of fire.
An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel, wounding seven people, an Israeli rescue service said, an attack that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election.
Israeli jets have struck a Hamas military target in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for balloon-borne explosive devices, the army says, the fourth such strike in recent days.
The UN Mideast envoy says the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians "is fading by the day as the specter of violence and radicalism grows" and "the risk of war continues to loom large".
Two pupils at Herzlia Middle School in Cape Town are facing disciplinary action for kneeling in protest during the playing of Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem, during a graduation ceremony.
A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli forces last month during protests and clashes along the Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave has said.
The MENA region is now at a critical juncture in its history, as its people struggle to contain and resolve persistent conflict, address the challenges of terrorism and extremism and develop democracy, writes Luwellyn Landers.
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