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John Ray

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Diplomatic Correspondent — ITV News

Africa Correspondent, ITV News.

Only the Strong Survive - Carolina Panorama Newspaper: Editorial Opinion — My grandfather, the grandson of a slave, was never allowed to read, write, count or spell. It was against the law to teach slaves to read or write. Many were viciously beaten, starved, shackled, tortured, frightened or had hands, fingers, ears and toes amputated when caught trying to read or write.

Mosul Dam 'in complete control of Kurdish forces' — US President Barack Obama has said Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken Mosul Dam from Islamist militants with America's help. The US had carried out airstrikes against Islamic State fighters who had taken control of the dam on July 7th.

Rocket warning sirens in Israel with Gaza ceasefire nearing end — Israeli police say a rocket fired from Gaza has landed in Israel about an hour before the current ceasefire was due to end. Negotiations were earlier ongoing with representatives from both sides in Cairo. A 72-hour pause was scheduled to end at 9pm UK time.

More than 100 killed in Gaza and Israel as fighting intensifies — It has been deadliest day so far with more than 100 killed in Gaza and Israel as fighting there intensifies. Fighting against Hamas militants in Gaza has left at least 87 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, Palestinian health officials reported.

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue — Israel has launched a ground offensive in Gaza with residents reporting heavy shelling in the area. Palestinian officials say 235 Palestinians have been killed since Israeli forces began their operation 10 days ago.

Israel to begin ground offensive in Gaza — Mark Regev, chief spokesman of the Israeli Prime Minister told ITV News the airstrikes that killed four children yesterday were a "terrible mistake" and an "operational failure". Mr Regev said he did not think any Israeli officer would deliberately target children, and that there were legitimate targets nearby.

ITV's Hart Island documentary: New York's secret graveyard — The trench is broad and deep. Pale brown earth has been freshly turned, ready for another row of coffins. I have stood with grief-stricken relatives at the sites of mass graves before - during Pakistan's war with the Taliban and in the aftermath of a tsunami in the South Pacific.

Kerry warns Putin over Ukraine ahead of Russia meeting — US President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine and discussed a potential resolution to the crisis, a senior Obama administration official said. The official reiterated that Obama would not attend a G8 summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless there is a Russian reversal in the crisis.

Arrest over killing of Surrey family in the Alps — National Police are currently searching the house of the man arrested as part of the investigation into the deaths of four people in 2012, in village near Chevaline. The French prosecutor has said the man is not a suspect at this time but is being questioned because he resembles an e-fit and was in the area at the time of the killings.

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Oct 21, 2016

As South Africa prepares withdrawal from International Criminal Court, claiming anti-Africa bias, worth a re-read 

Oct 14, 2016

You'll recognise echoes from the safe space furore in the UK. Hot topic on South Africa campuses. #RhodesMustFall 

Oct 14, 2016

Bottom line on South Africa #StateCapture scandal. Zuma support goes the way of the plunging rand and ANC closer to civil war.

Oct 14, 2016

South Africa public protector reportedly delays highly critical report into President Zuma's cronyism and so called #StateCapture

Oct 14, 2016

#sciencemusstfall ? What do some South Africa students mean by 'decolonisation'? No idle debate. At heart of #feesmustfall demos

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