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While you were sleeping: 29 March 2016

While you were sleeping: 29 March 2016

Shooter wounded at US Capitol Visitor's Centre, Brazil in political meltdown, and Murray out at 3rd round.

“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” 

– Fulton J. Sheen

Story of the Day

Analysis: Zuma’s enemies are circling
It is becoming clearer by the day that President Jacob Zuma’s enemies are swirling, sniffing blood in the water. People are emboldened by the claims around the Gupta family, the Mcebisi Jonas revelation, and the assurance that Gwede Mantashe will investigate it all thoroughly. This makes it harder to know what is going to happen next. One of the main reasons for this is that we are now entering the territory of old friends turning on each other. Some will be motivated by the urge to do the right thing, others by their own political agenda, and still others just to try to benefit. The stakes are high. And so, it appears, are the emotions. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

While you were sleeping

Police shoot man at US Capitol
An armed man was shot by police at the Capitol Visitor Centre, sparking a mild panic. Following a brief lockdown, the White House was restored to normal while security officials secured the Capitol complex. The man has been named as Larry Dawson, a pastor from Tennessee. 
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Syrian troops press Palmyra advantage
Following the recapture of destroyed heritage site Palmyra, Syrian troops are giving ISIL forces little respite. With the aid of Russian air strikes, regime military units are now advancing into Deir ez-Zor, a major ISIL hotspot.
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Brazil’s ruling coalition faces collapse
Brazil’s largest party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), appear set to leave the government’s ruling coalition. This would pave the way for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and a general dissolution of the Brazilian government. Without a clear majority, Rousseff’s leftist allies would be susceptible to a meteoric surge of corruption and fraud charges.
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Murray booted out of second ATP tournament
Andy Murray has been defeated 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-3 by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Murray’s third round exit has media speculating over whether the British champion may well be done and dusted. With the start of the clay court season looming, Murray will no doubt be eager to dispel such ballyhoo.
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In Numbers

The amount, in billions, in 2013 British Pounds that was paid by Britain in 1833 to free all slaves in the Empire.

Facts of the Day

Today in 2014 saw Wales and England perform the first same-sex marriages in its history.

Fact of the day: The doctor who made the link between hand washing and hygiene was committed to an insane asylum. Ignaz Semmelweis subsequently beaten to death by guards.

Weather & Financial Data

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JHB: min: 11° max: 29°, sunny
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PMB: min: 12° max 34°, sunny
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PE: min: 18° max: 27°, cloudy
PTA: min: 15° max: 28°, sunny
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