Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
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Turkish and Kurdish leaders accused each other of violating a US-brokered truce in northeastern Syria even as it appeared to be taking hold on its second day.
Pro-Ankara fighters taking part in a Turkish offensive on Kurdish-held border towns in Syria "executed" at least nine civilians including a female politician, a monitor has said.
Moscow has announced a ceasefire in Syria's northwestern Idlib province after weeks of intensified rocket fire and air strikes by regime and Russian forces.
Bombardment has killed 13 civilians in northwest Syria, the large majority in regime fire on areas of the jihadist-held Idlib region, a war monitor has said.
US-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared "caliphate" that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.
Senators resoundingly back text saying pullouts could allow ISIL and al-Qaeda re-group and destabilise both countries.
US National Security Adviser Bolton is to meet Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials before travelling to Turkey.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have sought to defuse a crisis after Syrian defences mistakenly downed a Russian warplane after Israeli air strikes.
Violence in Syria has displaced more than 30 000 people this month alone, the United Nations has said, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".
At an unlikely cat shelter in rebel-held northern Syria, Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel gently holds a feline patient on her back as an ultrasound probe is rolled across her pregnant belly.
The Pentagon said Sunday President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1 000 troops from northern Syria. WATCH NOW.
Rocket fire has killed 12 civilians in a regime-held village in northwestern Syria, state news agency SANA has said blaming former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham for the attack.
Syrian Air Defences says it shot down a number of missiles targeting Tal al-Hara overlooking the occupied Golan Heights.
An exodus of jihadist families and civilians from the Islamic State group's vanquished final enclave is overwhelming eastern Syria's hospitals.
A spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group says thousands of people, including militants, have left the last area held by the extremists in Syria.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has insisted that US troops will leave Syria, ahead of a keynote speech aiming to lay out a coherent US policy in the Middle East.
Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.
More than 360 000 people have been killed across war-ravaged Syria in seven years, a monitoring group says, in a new toll for the brutal conflict.
The UN humanitarian agency's top official for Syria is expressing concern about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says it has been "flooded" with about 13 000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members.
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