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While you were sleeping: 12 May 2016

While you were sleeping: 12 May 2016

ISIL triple blast kills 93, Obama considers arms exports to Vietnam, and Playboy announces Playmate of the Year.

 “I’m not interested in the politics of dickness.”

  Ntokozo Qwabe


Story of the Day

House of Cards: In the murkiness surrounding O’Sullivan arrest, Hawks reveal new hand 

While Gauteng Hawks boss Prince Mokotedi didn’t make his expected turn in the witness stand at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s court on Monday in the Paul O’Sullivan triple passport matter, the NPA did reveal a new but not entirely unexpected hand. O’Sullivan has now been charged along with former SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe and chief operating officer of the Mogale City Council, one Abednego Mbulawa, on charges of extortion, intimidation, fraud, forgery and uttering. It appears that the country’s courts have been turned into an “I-see-you-and-raise-you” gambling hall. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Baghdad rocked by car bombings

Iraq has seen 93 people killed in triple car bombings by Islamic State. The largest, in Sadr City, claimed 64 lives. The strikes come as ISIL has been put on the back foot territory-wise, but still appears perfectly capable of striking at the heart of Iraq. Read more

Obama mulls arms to Vietnam

The White House has announced it is seriously considering lifting an arms embargo on Vietnam. This call was made ahead of an impending presidential visit to the country, where the Cold War-era prohibition is likely to be discussed. If lifted, the US will prove that there are no permanent allies, nor any permanent enemies, in international relations. Read more

Debris ‘almost certainly’ from MH370

Plane debris found earlier in Mauritius and South Africa is highly likely to be from flight MH370. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s laboratories have reiterated that the debris matches the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. If no wreckage is found within the 120,000 km search range, authorities will ultimately call the plane officially missing. Read more

Playboy announces new playmate

Model and actress, Eugena Washington, is the first Playmate of the Year since Playboy went non-nude. Hailing the announcement as a bold new step, the appointment of Washington to such a hallowed position of power  at least over teenage boys  may bring Playboy a step closer to bringing in new readers. The term “readers” being used very lightly, that is. Read more

In Numbers


The percentage of Americans who consider their pets to be family members. Just 1% consider them to be property.

Facts of the Day

Today is International Nurses Day. If you happen to be having some treatment that involves a nurse, be thankful.

Fact of the day: ‘Le Mons’ is a 24-hour race mocking Le Mans. The marathon event sees drivers racing vehicles that can only cost a maximum of $500.

Weather & Financial Data

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