Future of ANC and South Africa at stake as party meets to choose new leader

Thousands of delegates from across South Africa will gather on Saturday in a conference centre south-west of Johannesburg to chose a new leader for the African National Congress (ANC), the party that led the freedom struggle against apartheid and has governed for 23 years. The mundane surroundings belie the significance of the decisions the men …

Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri: ‘We are with him 24-7, talking to him, praying for him’

On the first floor of a modern office block in Amsterdam, and in the shadows of the stadium where Abdelhak Nouri lived his dreams, the eldest of the Ajax midfielder’s six siblings delivers a brave and moving message. “Being angry doesn’t help,” Abderrahim Nouri says. “Being sad doesn’t help. Crying all day doesn’t help. Being …

Triton: hackers take out safety systems in ‘watershed’ attack on energy plant

In what experts are calling a watershed moment, hackers have infiltrated the critical safety systems for industrial control units used in nuclear, oil and gas plants, halting operations at at least one facility. The attackers, who are believed to be state-sponsored, targeted the Triconex industrial safety technology made by Schneider Electric SE, according to security …

How an exhibition of prayer rugs aims to stand up against Trump’s travel ban

In a sun-dappled chapel perched atop San Francisco’s decommissioned military base Fort Mason, the well-trodden wood floors are lined with prayer rugs. Shoeless visitors can traipse across, kneel or lay on the four-by-six wool rugs, which are kaleidoscopic in color, and neither spartan nor sumptuous in texture. Designed by 36 contemporary artists – including Chinese …

Alabama showed Black Voters Matter. So what now? | Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown

As co-founders of Black Voters Matter Fund, we envisioned an organization that could support voter mobilization primarily in black and marginalized communities, provide organizational development support for social justice organizations and when necessary utilize independent expenditures in support of progressive candidates. As the runoff election for the Alabama Senate seat previously held by Jefferson Sessions …

The days of rightwing evangelicals swaying politics are numbered | Daniel Jose Camacho

A large majority of white evangelicals voted for Roy Moore – 80%, according to exit polls – in Alabama, in the deep south, in a solidly red state. And they lost. The results of Alabama’s Senate race are an omen for the future of white evangelical politics. White evangelicals, as a whole, are still flexing …

BP returns to solar power with $200m stake in Lightsource

BP has paid $200m (£149m) for a 43% stake in Europe’s biggest solar developer, marking its return to the sector from which it withdrew six years ago. The investment in the London-based Lightsource marks a turnaround for the British oil firm, which rebranded as Beyond Petroleum in 2000 but shut its alternative energy headquarters nine …