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    John Stupart
    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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A refugee boy covered with a plastic rain cover in a refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, northern Greece, 7 March 2016. Media and humanitarian organisations estimate that the number of migrants stuck at the Greek-Macedonian border crossing had swelled to 14 000. Macedonia has closed its borders to the wave of refugees wanting to pass through its territory to reach nations in western and northern Europe, straining bilateral ties with Greece. The Greek foreign ministry has threatened Macedonia with unspecified serious consequences if it does not let the refugees pass through. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Maria Sharapova in doping scandal, Obama snubbed by Netanyahu, and Bloomberg not to run for president.

"I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim"

– Frida Kahlo

Story of the Day

Trainspotter: The Madness of King Mbeki, HIV/AIDS edition
As you’re no doubt aware, former President Thabo Mbeki has been addressing his legacy in a series of letters published on his Foundation’s homepage. Interested South Africans wondered when he was going to get around to dealing with the most controversial aspect of his presidency. They should wonder no longer. Mbeki is still nuts about Aids. The first time, lots of people died unnecessarily. Now, it’s just pathetic. By RICHARD POPLAK.

While you were sleeping

Bloomberg won't run for US president
New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has announced that he will not be running for president. Bloomberg justified the decision as a move to increase the chances that a Republican will not see the inside of the White House.
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Netanyahu declines to visit Obama 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an invitation to visit President Barack Obama. Relations between Obama and the Israeli leader have been strained following the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will now visit Havana in Cuba instead.
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Guantanamo prisoners return to fighting
A new report by the Obama administration has indicated that at least 12 former Guantanamo Bay detention camp inmates have returned to fighting in the past six months. This brings the total to 111 militants out of 532 released overall, with another 74 suspected of returning to the battlefield.

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Sharapova faces suspension
The highest paid female sports professional is likely to be suspended for using a banned substance. Maria Sharapova admitted to using Meldonium for "health issues". The drug is commonly used to treat diabetes and low magnesium, and was banned by the World Doping Agency in January. Sharapova faces a maximum suspension of four years.
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In Numbers


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The odds, as of last week, of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination, according to Paddy Power.

Facts of the Day

Today is International Women's Day.

Fact of the day:  Before it became a major food fad, Pizza Hut largely bought Kale as a salad garnish. After 2012, however, it was pretty much the salad itself.

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Rugby: In an Olympic year, Sevens refereeing comes under microscope
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OPINIONS
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By MARIYA BADEVA-BRIGHT.

Gushwell Brooks: Thabo Mbeki, The Unforgiven

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    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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