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While you were sleeping: 25 April 2016

While you were sleeping: 25 April 2016

Guinea holds dubious elections. Yemen hits back at militants, and scientists explore ethical culling.

“Things explain each other, not themselves.” 

 George Oppen

Story of the Day

Shifting sands: DA comes of age in fast changing political landscape 
The Democratic Alliance (DA), like the ANC last weekend, made a strategic choice about where to launch its 2016 local government elections manifesto. Johannesburg is one of the metros the DA wants to wrestle away from the ANC, so it had to make a big splash. This was the first event the DA had hosted in a stadium and the party demonstrated that its support is not insignificant. As desperation and infighting continues to define the dialogue in the ANC, the DA, while still occasionally tripping over its shoelaces, is finally growing some chest hair. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

While you were sleeping

Guinea set to re-elect president
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo appeared to be on track to extend his 36-year reign as Equatorial Guinea’s president. With the country going to the polls, major opposition parties have boycotted the elections, citing massive corruption and electoral fraud.
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Yemen kills 800 al Qaeda militants
A series of Yemeni military operations has killed around 800 al Qaeda-affiliated militants. Backed by air strikes from its Arab coalition, Yemeni troops wrestled Al Mukalla back, and captured a nearby oil terminal in the province.
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Anzac Day sees services worldwide
The commemoration of Australia and New Zealand’s role in the battle of the Somme will begin with a dawn service in France today. With over 8,500 troops dying each day of the 141-day battle, including a significant number of South African troops, there will be a number of commemorations over the course of 2016.
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Science seeks ethical end to chick shredding
A team of German scientists may have developed a way to preventing the widespread culling of male chicks at birth. Using a means of detecting the chicken’s sex before it is even hatched, and before any nerve cells are formed, the Dresden University team believes they can provide a means of culling a chick that is both painless and more efficient than shredding.
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In Numbers

The depth in feet of the deepest secret London Underground tunnel. It was ultimately used to store documents during WWII.

Facts of the Day

Today is World DNA day. It celebrates the initial publishing of the findings on the structure of DNA in 1953.

Fact of the day: The Rosetta Stone is actually a tax document explaining the exemption status of a temple.

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Photo: Leader of Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, speaks at
the launch of the party's election manifesto in Johannesburg, South Africa,
23 April 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND Shifting sands: DA comes of age in fast changing political landscape 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko updates South Africa on
"Rogue Unit" Investigations during a media briefing at Imbizo
Media Centre in Cape Town. South Africa. 02/03/2015. (Siyabulela
Duda/GCIS) Nhleko: No court in the country interrogated Nkandla report 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Supporters of Democratic Alliance (DA) attend the launch of the
party's election manifesto in Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 April 2016.
EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND TRAINSPOTTER: DA launches a manifesto that promises to turn the country into Cape Town 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attends a lunch during the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port-of-Spain November
28, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva Guys, consider yourself reprimanded: Zuma now secure in comfort that the buck has been passed 
By Marianne Merten
Thamm-VisaGuptas-02.jpg TravelGate 2.0: Did Guptas benefit from visa applications too? 
By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: DA leader Mmusi Maimane salutes the crowd after walking
around the stadium before delivering the main address at the party’s
manifesto launch. (Greg Nicolson) In photos: DA launches its election manifesto 
By Greg Nicolson
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By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Two Austrian teens, Samra Kesinovic, 17, (left) and Sabina
Selimovic, 16, (right) departed some time in 2015 to join Islamic State
(picture taken from an Islamic State-affiliated social media account). Thwarting Islamic State: Make IS propaganda part of your dinner table conversation 
By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: South African Defence Force soldiers secure a perimeter around
a hostel in Manenberg as police conduct an operation involving house to
house raids in the gang ridden area of Manenberg, on the Cape Flats of Cape
Town, South Africa 21 May 2015. Western Cape police said the operation was
part of a wider scheme to clamp down on criminal and gang violence in the
area. More raids are expected in the Cape's gang hotspots as the integrated
crime prevention operation will focus on drugs, illegal firearms and other
criminal activities according to police. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Health-E News: World endorses more ‘war on drugs’ 
Photo: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) appears
with his wife Melania (L) and daughter Ivanka Trump (R) on a NBC Town Hall
at the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, USA, 21 April
2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY ‘Après moi, le deluge’: The Trump ‘Hundred Days’ 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Carlos Lopes, Undersecretary-General and Executive Secretary,
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), speaks during a
plenary session titled 'Beyond 2015' at the World Economic Forum on Africa
in Abuja, Nigeria, 09 May 2014. EPA/RUTH McDOWALL. Africa needs more ‘interventionist states’, says UN’s economic czar 
By Simon Allison
Photo: SunEdison website front page. Analysis: SA’s Department of Energy in a quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection 
Photos by Sithasolwazi Kentane. Theatre Review: A Voice I Cannot Silence 
By Lesley Stones
ant-rugbyleague.jpg The plight of SA Rugby League and Sascoc’s bizarre refusal to budge 
By Antoinette Muller


irvin-jim.jpg Workers’ demands for a living wage are reasonable 
By Irvin Jim
IvoVegterBW GMOs are good for the environment 
By Ivo Vegter

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