Female vervet monkeys manipulate males into fighting battles by lavishing attention on brave soldiers while giving noncombatants the cold shoulder, researchers said Wednesday.
As in humans, it turns out, social incentives can be just as big a driver for male monkeys to go to war as the resources they stand to gain from fighting, whether it be territory or food.
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China’s president has said the long-term prospects of the Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are still positive despite a precarious global economy.
President Xi Jinping said the Brics countries were among those currently enduring slower economic growth.
But he stressed that the potential and strength of the group was “unchanged”.
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You may have heard of the hashtag #blessed, it’s often seen on Instagram next to beautiful pictures of family, travel and shopping; used to show how lucky people think their lives are. But the phrase has recently taken on a very different meaning in South Africa.
After some women posted photos of gifts from partners claiming they were “blessed” people started asking who was “blessing” them. Soon “blesser” became a term for someone who gives money and gifts as part of a relationship – the sort of person traditionally referred to as a sugar daddy.
South African President Jacob Zuma told lawmakers on Thursday to halt their “theater and antics” after most opposition parties boycotted a speech the scandal-ridden leader gave in parliament.
Political tensions are mounting in South Africa ahead of local elections in August when Zuma’s ruling African National Congress faces a stiff challenge from opponents seeking to capitalize on what they see as the president’s missteps.
There is plenty to worry about in South Africa.
The apparently endless power cuts have – says the World Bank – had “very severe” implications for the country’s growth. Plans to purchase three brand new jets to fly President Zuma and his entourage around have come in for scathing opposition criticism.