Pistorius trial: Be wary of certainties
If you are reading this you have probably been following the Pistorius trial this week. And if you've been following the trial, you've probably got a pretty strong view already about whether or not the athlete deliberately murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
But please, hear me out.
If these past five days of testimony and cross-examination have shown me anything it is this: Be wary of certainties.
Here's what I mean.
Strip aside the drama of hearing about Reeva's body, and a desperate Oscar crouched over her. Put to one side, for now, the interesting, but peripheral tales of dangerous gunplay on the roads and in a crowded restaurant. Yes, he may very well have been an insufferably arrogant, pumped-up athlete wrestling with the challenges of modern celebrity. And focus instead on what this week's key prosecution witnesses have really been brought in to show.
Pistorius trial: The battle that lies ahead
There are, it strikes me, not one but two Oscar Pistorius trials beginning in South Africa at Pretoria's High Court on Monday.
One is relatively straightforward - call it "The State v Oscar Pistorius".
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill
The new law is blunt and uncompromising. Having spelled out its definition of homosexuality - which includes touching another person "with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality" - the act concludes that convicted offenders will be sentenced "to imprisonment for life"
The offence of "aggravated homosexuality" - which includes having sex with "a person living with HIV" or being "a serial offender" - will also lead to life imprisonment.
CAR: Obituary for a village mayor
You will struggle to find Dewa Adamou's village on a map.
Take the road south-west out of the capital, Bangui, and keep driving until the tarmac runs out and the forest - giant pylon-like grey trees with broad green canopies - closes in on a lumpy dirt track.
CAR's militias face identity crisis
The three prisoners knelt in the dirt. Standing in front of them, Sylvestre Yagouzou angrily brandished a grenade that one of the men had been caught carrying in his pocket. Then he grabbed some of their amulets - leather necklaces with plastic pockets - and with a long knife began to slit each one open, looking for evidence.
It was an instructive scene; a sign that the Central African Republic's fearsome anti-balaka militia are starting to worry about their image and their position in the chaotic race to fill the local military and political power vacuum in this shattered nation.
CAR crisis: The church sheltering Muslims
Father Xavier Fagba wandered past the wooden pews inside St Peter's Parish Church in the small, shabby town of Boali in the Central African Republic, and patted a few children's heads before settling down to help a tearful six-year-old girl who had stubbed her toe.
In a country busily ripping itself apart in a bloodthirsty cycle of revenge, Father Fagba and his congregation are a remarkable exception - an unlikely group now bound together by a messy combination of high ideals and the purest desperation.
CAR President Samba-Panza 'declares war' on militias
Across this chaotic nation, many thousands of Muslims are now under siege. Some families have found shelter in mosques or churches. A few are protected by French or African peacekeepers. Most are now desperately looking for ways to escape abroad.
After months of horrific violence, a once well-integrated society has divided sharply along religious lines. The Muslim minority finds itself splintered into an archipelago of isolation and terror.
Mamphela Ramphele - Helen Zille: South Africa merger collapses
It was a political marriage that some believed would transform South African politics - giving a fragmented opposition its first real chance to unseat the governing ANC, if not in this year's election, then perhaps the next.
Today the ANC is the only real beneficiary of the acrimonious collapse of the deal between Helen Zille's Democratic Alliance and Agang's Ramphela Mamphele.