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While you were sleeping: 20 April 2016

First Thing: Clinton and Trump win New York primaries, and Proteas wary of the impending pink ball

“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.

– Stanley Fish

Story of the Day

Baleka Mbete: Madam Speaker, Madam President? 
No, this is not satire. The Speaker of Parliament and ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete said last week that she had been approached by “many people” to run for the position of ANC president. And she appears to be seriously considering doing so. Earlier this month a traditional ceremony was held in her village in the Eastern Cape to secure the blessing of her elders for her campaign. So how did Mbete suddenly become a contender in the ANC succession battle? It would appear that Madam Speaker is now the favoured choice of the “premier league” faction to succeed President Jacob Zuma. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

While you were sleeping

Trump and Clinton win big in New York
Hillary Clinton and the Orange Menace both won crucial New York elections. For Clinton, the extension of her overwhelming lead could force Bernie Sanders to consider suspending his own campaign, while for Donald Trump, the path to a majority vote from his party remains a major challenge.
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Burundi state pinned in US report
A senior United States official has blamed the Burundian government for being the primary driver of its ongoing crisis. Thomas Perriello, US special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region, blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for actively sabotaging political and economic efforts to aid the people of Burundi.
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Intel to shed 12,000 jobs
The chip manufacturer will lose about 11 percent of its workforce. Largely based on a slump in personal computing, Intel appears to be positioning itself away from wired computing entirely, and focusing on the unwired market.
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Proteas resistant to pink balls
The South African cricket team is hesitant to commit to a day-night test game against Australia in 2016/2017 season. The Adelaide match would see the Proteas play with an unfamiliar ball during a Test series that would decide whether they take top spot in the rankings or not.
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In Numbers

The dollar amount Mexican drug cartels make per year from selling avocados.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1972 Apollo 16 successfully landed on the moon. John Young was the mission’s commander.

Fact of the day: Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal is suitably accomplished for the Musk name. After making $307 million with his brother, Kimbal enrolled in a culinary arts school. He has also established a non-profit organisation focused on environmentalism and eating habits.

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