Sebastian Smith

AFP White House correspondent. Previously Rio, NYC, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, Paris -- and a couple years at sea.

US government shutdown extends into next week

After convening for just a few minutes following the Christmas break, the Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday

Americans start voting in midterm verdict on Trump rule

At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, 36 governor's posts and seats across the US

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Trump hopes to fire up core Republican voters and spur the party to retain dominance of both chambers of Congress.

Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador

​Nikki Haley is the latest departure from President Donald Trump's national security team

Trump: Kavanaugh sex assault allegations ‘totally political’

Brett Kavanaugh's once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct

Brazil’s Lula spends first day of 12-year prison sentence

Lula was found guilty last year of taking a luxury apartment as a bribe from a construction company

Marielle Franco character assassination campaign begins

Marielle Franco was killed in an apparent organised hit, prompting tens of thousands of Brazilians to protest. Then came the character assassination.

Merriment and misery: How the world kicked off 2013

From a million people who celebrated in New York's Times Square to a deadly stampede in Cote d'Ivoire, we look at the events that brought in 2013.

Putting a price on despair

A version of <em>The Scream</em>, one of the world's most famous paintings, is expected to fetch at least $80-million at an auction next month.

Violence dogs Occupy Wall Street anniversary

New York police arrested protesters celebrating the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street near the stock exchange over the weekend.

Clooney calls attention to Sudanese conflict

Actor and activist George Clooney has reiterated his calls for attention to the war between Sudan and newly-independent South Sudan.

First Native American saint stirs pride

The 17th-century figure, Kateri Tekakwitha, makes history when the Vatican canonises her but joy is mixed with painful memories for indigenous tribes.

Press Releases

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries

National skills development inaugural webinar

SALGA will focus on developing leadership competencies and incorporate online and blended learning to enhance governance capabilities and service delivery

South Africa is open for business

The IDC believes that the fundamentals to enable a sustainable economic recovery are firmly in place, writes IDC CEO TP Nchocho