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While you were sleeping: 14 April 2016

While you were sleeping: 14 April 2016

First Thing: Boko Haram send Chibok girls proof of life, Google finds you spare time, and Kobe to finish strong today.

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend” 

– Albert Camus

Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER – Ronnie Kasrils: The Killing Game has already started 
The ex-Minister of Intelligence Services does not have anything good to say about the current administration. He has joined the revived Phansi Zuma Phansi campaign, and has begun to speak out regarding the president’s peccadillos dating back to the sepia-tinted exile days. A bad man leads a traumatised country, and the fellow who used to run the spies thinks the killing game has already started. RICHARD POPLAK enjoys a glass of water with the closest thing South Africa has to the Dude, and abides.

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While you were sleeping

Boko Haram publish ‘proof of life’ video
The Nigerian terrorist group has published a video showing 15 of the 276 kidnapped Chibok girls. Their mothers identified some of the videotaped women. It is the first proof of their continued life since they were kidnapped in 2014.
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Somali pirates jailed
France has sentenced seven Somali pirates to between six and 15 years in prison. They were found guilty of hijacking a French yacht in 2011 and killing its owner. For the pirates, however, a French jail may well be a holiday compared to life back home.
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Google adds ‘Goals’ to calendar
A new, free add-on to the Google calendar allows users to assign goals to work towards during their free time. Google will analyse a user’s calendar schedule and advise good times to fit in a gym session, or when to meditate, or go to Burger King. 
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Kobe Bryant prepares for final game
The NBA legend will lace up for the Lakers one last time later today. With tickets for his final game of a 20-year career starting at $1,000, this will be a significant affair. This will be his 1,566th game.
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In Numbers

The number of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok on this day in 2014.

Facts of the Day

Today is spinner legend Pat Symcox’s birthday. He was born in 1960.

Fact of the day: In the 18th century, you could cover your admission to London Zoo by bringing a cat or dog to feed the lions.

Weather & Financial Data

BFN: min: 15° max: 27°, cloudy
CPT: min: 15° max: 23°, cloudy
DBN: min: 21° max: 33°, cloudy
EL: min: 21° max: 34°, cloudy
JHB: min: 13° max: 28°, cloudy
KIM: min: 17° max: 29°, cloudy
NLP: min: 11° max: 29°, sunny
PMB: min: 13° max: 31°, cloudy
PKN: min: 12° max: 28°, sunny
PE: min: 18° max: 26°, sunny
PTA: min: 14° max: 28°, cloudy
Oil=$44.10 Gold=$1,241.67 Platinum=$998.18
R/$=14.53 R/€=16.40 R/£=20.65 $/€=1.14
JSE All Share=52,938.24 DJIA=17,900.03 FTSE 100=6,362.89: Source

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Photo: Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils attends the launch
of the "Sidikiwe Vukani! Vote No" campaign at Wits University in
Johannesburg, Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA TRAINSPOTTER – Ronnie Kasrils: The Killing Game has already started 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: US President Barack Obama (L) jokes with South African
President Jacob Zuma, who was talking on the phone, during a luncheon
during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United
Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 28 September 2015. 
EPA/CHIP SOMODEVILLA / POOL ANC provincial leagues: Forgive Zuma, blame the West 
By Greg Nicolson
MArelise-Nkandla-Quotathon-3.jpg Nkandla Quotathon, Volume Three: All the President’s (Wo)men go over to the Dark Side 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Cooperative Government and
Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen during National House of
Traditional Leaders sitting at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria.
(Photo: GCIS) 7 April 2016 #BringBackOurGirls founder: ‘Two years is a long time for children in the den of terrorists’ 
By Simon Allison
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Cooperative Government and
Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen during National House of
Traditional Leaders sitting at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria.
(Photo: GCIS) 7 April 2016 Take Two: Let the municipal poll roll on, says Des van Rooyen 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete reacts during a debate in
Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Post-ConCourt conflab: The Science of Going Through the Motions 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: The Independent Police Investigative Directorate appears to
have failed to investigate a complaint that Woodstock police officers
carried out two assaults. GroundUp Report: Are Police Watchdogs actually watching?
By GroundUp
Photo: A photograph made available on 15 April 2009 shows a South
African woman peels a corn cob on a roadside in Khayelitsha, Cape Town,
South Africa 14 April 2009. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Understanding food price inflation and what can be done about it 
Photo: French soldiers patrolling in the northern town of Diabaly,
Mali, 22 January 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA The West in Africa in The Age of Extremism 
By Terence McNamee
Photo: President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff (L) embraces her
predecessor, Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R), as
she swears him in as the new Chief of Staff Minister, in a ceremony held an
Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, 17 March 2016. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA
JR Brazil: Waxing, Waning and, now, Impeaching 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo by Bheki Simelane. Battleground: The Sethokgwa Hostel, Thembisa 
Photo: Nigerian members of the women’s wing of the All
Progessive Party (APC) protest over the government’s failure to
rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos, Nigeria, 13 May 2014.
EPA/STR ICG: The Chibok Girls Must Be Found – and Freed 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: James Taylor of England plays a shot during the one-day
exhibition match between the Prime Minister’s XI and the English
cricket team at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia, 14 January 2015.
EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY Cut Short: James Taylor’s truncated career a reminder to check up on matters of the heart 
By Antoinette Muller

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