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    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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North Korea in possible missile test, Sudan to open its borders with South Sudan, and fantasy sports illegal in the USA. Sort of.

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion."

 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

North Korea may be preparing a long-range missile test. Fresh off the rumours of a possible nuclear detonation in Dear Leader's homeland, satellite imagery has indicated possible preparations for a new missile test. The Tongchang-ri missile test site has seen various screens erected, directly aimed at deterring satellite surveillance. Whether intended or not, the 'missile test' is certainly a worry for Asia in general.

Sudan has opened its borders with South Sudan for the first time since 2011. While an encouraging move between the two countries, President Omar al-Bashir has also reportedly deployed almost 4,000 troops along its border with rebel-controlled areas. The opening of its borders, combined with a transit fees agreement on Tuesday, all indicate a cooling of hostilities. Except, you know, for the thousands of soldiers still roaming along the two countries' borders.

Not content to remain silent before the Iowa Republican debate, Donald Trump has resorted to tweeting ad hominems. Casually tweeting "I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct," Trump effectively did just that. Trump's absence from the final debate before Republicans begin choosing their candidates is seen as a risky gamble. 

Hawaii's attorney general has ruled that fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling. Although social leagues among friends or informal groups remain legal under state laws, Hawaii has noted that daily fantasy 'games' for cash prizes are not. Regardless, rest assured that your own fantasy team probably still sucks, whether it's legal or not.

IN NUMBERS

102 000

The amount in dollars every winning Super Bowl player will receive. Losers get half this.


FACTS OF THE DAY


Today is Data Privacy Day.
For some South African mobile carriers currently attempting to shut down any semblance of such privacy, there probably won't be any flags out today.


Fact of the day: Roughly 75 percent of the world's food is derived from 12 plant and five animal species.

Please note the Auschwitz-related fact was incorrect. The Red Army liberated the extermination camp in 1945. 

WEATHER
|Bloemfontein: min: 18° max: 32°, sunny
Cape Town: min: 24° max: 33°, rainy
Durban: min: 19° max: 30°, rainy
East London: min: 21° max: 29°, sunny
Johannesburg: min: 16° max: 30°, cloudy
Kimberley: min: 23° max: 33°, cloudy
Nelspruit: min: 19° max: 33°, cloudy
Pietermaritzburg: min: 15° max: 31°, rainy
Polokwane: min: 16° max: 32°, cloudy
Port Elizabeth: min: 19° max: 26°, sunny
Pretoria: min: 18° max: 31°, cloudy

FINANCIAL DATA


Oil=$32.63 Gold=$1,116.63 Platinum=$879.65
R/$=16.34 R/€=17.75 R/£=23.30 $/€=1.08
JSE All Share=
47,923.92 DJIA=16,214.21 FTSE 100=5,990.37Source

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    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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