DINNER PARTY INTEL: Elon Musk’s fiery start

Elon Musk delivered 1,000 flamethrowers to customers, the first batch of his stunt to fund The Boring Company

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Fuelling protest in Brazil

While South Africans are outraged over the fuel price increase that came into effect this week, other countries appear to be significantly worse off

DINNER PARTY INTEL: A vote for youth in Nigeria

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari wants to reduce age limits in political office, which could make it easier for younger candidates to run in the 2019 ...

DINNER PARTY INTEL: China’s social dystopia

Eleven million flights and 4m train trips have been denied to people who have fallen foul of China’s social credit system

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Data about-face

Facebook has suspended 200 apps in its review of apps with access to large quantities of its users’ data

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Plain but pricey vanilla

Uncertainty over the security of supply of vanilla is hitting ice-cream makers the world over

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Blockchain feeds loans

Owners of food kiosks in Kenya can now obtain microloans that are facilitated using blockchain

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Electric buses drive down demand for fuel

About 99% of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017 were in China, according to Bloomberg

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Google goes faster in Africa

Tech giant releases an app called Google Go that will make it less data-heavy to browse online

DINNER PARTY INTEL: An African break-up?

A giant crack opened up in Kenya’s Rift Valley and people assumed it was a sign of things to come

DINNER PARTY INTEL: New broom in Botswana

Mokgweetsi Masisi was sworn in as the new president of Botswana, taking over from Ian Khama

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Tit-for-tat expulsions

US will join governments in Europe in punishing Russia for a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain

DINNER PARTY INTEL: China putting a stop to ‘social offences’

China will apply a ‘social credit system’ to flights and trains

DINNER PARTY INTEL: Nat Geo accepts its role in propping up racism

Editor Susan Goldberg says before the 1970s, its articles and photography ‘did little to push readers beyond the stereotypes

DINNER PARTY INTEL: As if bitcoiin wasn’t dodgy enough

Film star Steven Seagal’s endorsement is just the cherry on the cake