Stuart Williams

Correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP). Previously Frankfurt, Paris, Nicosia, Tehran, Moscow and Istanbul.

Trump rejects climate ‘prophets of doom’ as Thunberg warns Davos

The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) got under way in the ski resort with an avowed focus on climate change but with starkly different visions over global warming laid bare

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild

Firefighters battled into the night to control the flames, declaring it was partially extinguished but completely under control

Riyadh sent experts to cover up Khashoggi murder: Turkey

The killing of the 59-year-old has severely dented the kingdom's image in the West and put powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the defensive

US slams ‘one of worst cover-ups’ in Khashoggi case

The move came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudis' Istanbul consulate had been meticulously planned

Erdogan wants Istanbul trial over ‘planned’ Khashoggi murder

​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Jamal Khashoggi's murder was 'planned' days in advance according to a 'roadmap' by a Saudi team

Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 disaster that killed 301

The accident in May 2014 killed 301 people when one of the pits of the Soma mine became engulfed by flames and carbon monoxide gas

Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

The stakes were particularly high as the new president will be the first to enjoy enhanced powers, without even a prime minister

Erdogan breaks silence as Turkey PM seeks coalition

Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to hold discussions with the country's opposition party in the hopes of forming a coalition, after losing in the polls.

Putin: We must protect believers from Pussy Riot

President Vladimir Putin says Russia was obliged to protect the feelings of religious believers from Pussy Riot, slamming their antics as an "orgy".

Phobos-Grunt spirals closer to Earth

Russia's doomed probe for Mars spirals ever closer to the Earth before it plunges back into the atmosphere in a fiery end.

The earthquake still shaking the world

The cataclysmic collapse 20 years ago of the Soviet Union unleashed conflict, instability and poverty that are still felt today.

‘When the attack came, we were not ready’

Russia on Wednesday marked 70 years since the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany, an event that apparently caught Stalin totally unprepared.

Press Releases

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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