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While you were sleeping: 30 May 2016

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 30 May 2016

Great Barrier Reef in great peril, peacekeepers killed in Mali, and Djokovic on the edge of $100 million.

Monday, 30th May
“Modesty is a learned adaptation. It’s stuck on like decals. As soon as life slams a modest person against the wall, that modesty will fall off faster than a G-string will fall off a stripper.”

  Maya Angelou

Story of the Day

amaBhungane: How Denel was hijacked 

An amaBhungane investigation has revealed how the capture of Denel was orchestrated via a boardroom coup executed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown – contrary to the advice of her own department – followed by the premeditated axing of its top executives. By SAM SOLE for AMABHUNGANE.
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While you were sleeping

Great Barrier Reef coral ‘dead or dying’

Scientists have revealed that at least 35 percent of the Great Barrier Reef coral is dead, or about to be. Climate change is the major contributor to an ongoing bleaching event, which is destroying coral at an unprecedented rate. Read more

Mali peacekeepers killed in ambush

At least five peacekeepers in Mali have been killed in an ambush set up by militants. Preliminary reports have indicated that Togolese peacekeepers hit a mine and were promptly attacked. The ambush brings to 64 the number of deaths experienced by the MINUSMA peacekeeping force. Read more

Venezuelan death squads murder 11

A group in Venezuela has killed 11 people, including three minors. The victims were all at home on Saturday in the state of Trujillo, when the armed group rounded them up into courtyards and executed them.  Read more

Djokovic on the cusp of $100 million 

World number one Novak Djokovic is simultaneously chasing a Roland Garros career Grand Slam and $100 million in earned prize money. Djokovic is sitting at $99,673,404, which will exceed $100 million should he qualify for the quarter-finals today. If this happens, Djokovic will be the first men’s tennis professional to reach this landmark. Read more

In Numbers


The amount, in millions of dollars, that the beach-landing scene in Saving Private Ryan cost.

Facts of the Day

Today in 2013 Nigeria made the utterly anachronistic move to ban same-sex marriage.

Fact of the day: ‘Elijah’ was the most popular boys’ baby name in 2015 for the state of Oklahoma.


Financial Data

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