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While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

Stones, smoke, and xenophobia at Trump rally, oil tops $50 a barrel, and Depp gets a divorce.

“We face neither East nor West; we face forward.”

 Kwame Nkrumah

Story of the Day

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy 

Hard on the heels of of the Panama leaks, an investigation by GEORGE TURNER and a Liberian journalist* has turned a spotlight on a tax haven in the heart of Africa. By AMABHUNGANE.
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While you were sleeping

Organised chaos at Trump rally

Rocks and smoke grenades have been hurled by anti-Trump protesters and police alike at Donald Trump’s California rally. As always, the Orange Menace was in full form, blaming immigrants, Mexicans, and immigrant Mexicans for many of the US’ woes. Read more

Brent Crude tops $50

The price of Brent Crude from the North Sea crude rose overnight to over $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016. Once Asian markets digested the news, a shortfall in North American crude inventories, largely due to the Canadian wildfires, was given as the primary cause of the increase. How long this will last, however, is the key question. Read more

Report indicates floppy disks command the nukes

A US watchdog organisation has revealed that many of the country’s nuclear systems are run by very old hardware. Floppy disks, Assembly code language and computers from 1976 appear to still operate the command and control features of the United States’ nuclear arsenal. In a weird way, resilience through obsolescence is not such a terrible cyber security plan at all. Read more

Depp’s wife files for divorce

Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s, wife has filed for divorce. Reports have indicated Heard filed on Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences”, less than a week after Deep’s mother passed away. Dogs in Australia should surely now be the last priority in Depp’s life. Read more

In Numbers

99.8

The conviction rate of the Japanese justice system.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1966 Zola Budd was born.

Fact of the day: Google CEO, Larry Page, has a condition that is slowly removing his ability to speak.

Weather & Financial Data

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Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia,
where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street
is delivered. (Photo by George Turner) amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy 
By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Children watch as a clean-up operation by a local shop owner
takes place after overnight violence in the Alexandra township,
Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK Election violence, out of the bottle 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: The City of Cape Town and the SJC are at loggerheads over
whether the City is doing enough to improve sanitation for informal
settlement residents. Photo: Masixole Feni GroundUp Op-Ed: Cape Town’s sanitation delivery ‘best in country’ 
By GroundUp
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. Op-Ed: How do we identify ethical leadership and politics? 
By Raymond Suttner
Photo: A slum dweller picks garbage at a dump site as goats roam
around near the community field of Mathare slum, in Nairobi, Kenya, 22 May
2010. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA In Kenya, plastic is not fantastic 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) addresses the public from
his car during his home coming celebrations road tour after he landed from
the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague for his pretrial, at
the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya 9 October
2014. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU ISS TODAY: Where are all the women in Kenyan politics? 
By ISS TODAY
Photo: Ghana soccer fans during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group D
preliminary round match between Ghana and Germany at the Soccer City
stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 June 2010. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI Op-Ed: An African identity we all aspire to 
By Nkateko Chauke
Photo: Pope Francis meets President of the Central African Republic
Faustin-Archange Touadéra (L) at the Vatican, 18 April 2016.
EPA/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / POOL Central African Republic: Four priorities for the new president 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: A South Sudan soldier stands guard in Mvolo County, Western
Equatoria State, South Sudan, 14 January 2014. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL ICG: Conflict in the Equatorias 
By International Crisis Group
Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of
Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the
French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May
2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016 
By John Stupart

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