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While you were sleeping: 7 April 2016

While you were sleeping: 7 April 2016

First Thing: Tripoli clings to power, Sheen in criminal probe, and pink balls for summer cricket.

“People who think God is on their side are capable of the most inhumane acts.” 

– Vince Flynn

Story of the Day

Trainspotter: #ZumaMustFall Take Two, this time for real 
From the folks who brought you the March Against Corruption and, later, #ZumaMustFall – a new group with more brand name stalwarts and the same old idea: throw the bum out. But despite all the intellectual firepower and organisational muscle, do they have a credible plan? RICHARD POPLAK went back to Constitutional Court to find out.

While you were sleeping

Tripoli rival sabotages unity government
The UN-backed unity government in Libya suffered a major setback overnight. Unrecognised prime minister, Khalifa al-Ghawi, made a U-turn away from earlier agreements to cede power, and urged all his ministers to retain their positions. Murmurs of “precioussss” might have been heard in Tripoli’s administrative corridors.
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Trump mocks Cruz at New York rally
Donald Trump mocked Ted ‘Lyin” Cruz at his New York rally ahead of the state’s 19 April primary. Riling his frothed-up crowd, the Orange Menace invoked the spectre of 9/11 while completely ignoring his Wisconsin loss.
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Sheen probed by LAPD
Charlie Sheen is under a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Although the LAPD declined to confirm just what Sheen was on the hook for, media pundits have suggested that it could be a leaked video that showed him threatening to kill his ex-fiancée, Scottine Ross.
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Australia and South Africa to use pink balls
The summer tour between South Africa and Australia sees the advent of pink day/night cricket balls. This also means that two of these tests will be day/night games. Purists might be in a froth, but ticket sellers are likely quite chuffed with this development.
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In Numbers

84

 
The percentage of fat during weight loss that is turned into carbon dioxide. It also exits through the lungs.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1945 American planes sank the Yamato, the world’s largest battleship. The Japanese vessel was on a suicide mission and destroyed near Okinawa.

Fact of the day: Aerosmith has earned more from Guitar Hero than from any of their actual albums.


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