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While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

Eurozone in a new Greek bailout, EU to free and limit online rights, and Depp in doggy-related verbal fray

“One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.”

– Madame de Pompadour

Story of the Day

On the chopping block: Why a slashed ANC suits Zuma and the premier league 

A video clip of President Jacob Zuma reading the ANC’s membership figures at last year’s national general council was a YouTube hit and even tickled Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. Zuma’s penchant for fumbling big numbers is a source of endless hilarity but many people overlooked the message being relayed in the clip. The ANC is bleeding membership and will continue to do so as factional battles and disillusionment plague the party. Why is the ANC leadership allowing so many people, like the entire losing faction in KwaZulu-Natal, to be flushed out? It has to do with a little event called the ANC 54th national conference, next December. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Eurozone agrees on Greek bailout

Eurozone member states have formalised an agreement to grant Greece a€10.3 billion bailout. This is part of a larger, €86 billion bailout programme negotiated in July 2015. With luck Greece won’t spend it all on sweets and arcade games this time. Read more

EU to free online shopping, shackle Netflix

The European Union has designed a set of proposals to be unveiled today that will free barriers to online shopping. Simultaneously, and somewhat ironically, it will launch an additional set of regulations that take a feather straight from South Africa’s national radio playbook, which will enforce a 20% local content quota on Netflix EU. The EU giveth and the EU taketh away. On Wednesday, anyway. Read more

Charleston shooter faces two death penalties

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced on their intention to pursue the death penalty for the Charleston shooter. Dylann Roof, 22, killed nine churchgoers in June 2015. The state has already announced its own separate pursuit of the death penalty. Read more

Depp at war with Australian minister

Johnny Depp has called the Australian deputy prime minister and agriculture minister some rather nasty names. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, and clearly still seething about his and wife Amber Heard’s doggy deportation fracas, Depp noted that Barnaby Joyce may be “inbred with a tomato”. A fight has been scheduled behind the bike shed after school. Read more

In Numbers


The number of times Steve McQueen was demoted to Private when enlisted in the Marine Corps.

Facts of the Day

Today is the Douglas Adams-inspired ‘Towel Day’. Carry your towel openly and don’t panic.

Fact of the day: ‘Meme’ was first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976. He defined it as “one unit of cultural transmission”. 

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