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While you were sleeping: 17 June 2016

Vigils held for slain UK MP, Auschwitz guard faces verdict, and Boks up for major game on Saturday.

“Belgium is a beautiful city.”

  Geography whizz, Donald Trump

Story of the Day

Op-Ed: Bearing final witness to Reeva’s shattered body – should we? 

This week Barry Steenkamp pleaded with Judge Thokozile Masipa to rule that forensic police photographs of his 29-year-old daughter’s shattered skull and bloodied corpse be made public. State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel too said it was time that the world witnessed the violence and damage caused by the four Black Talon bullets Oscar Pistorius pumped into Reeva Steenkamp through his toilet door. But in what appears to be a matter of victim-one-upmanship, should we violate Reeva’s privacy? By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Vigils held for slain MP

Vigils are being held across Britain for murdered MP, Jo Cox. An individual named Tommy Mair murdered the pro-Remain Labour MP in her constituency, Birstall, in Yorkshire. Mair allegedly shouted, “Put Britain first” several times during the attack. Read more

Ex-Auschwitz guard faces judgment

A 94-year-old former SS, Reinhold Hanning faces judgment today in a German court. Hanning is alleged to have been complicit in the ongoing crimes committed at the concentration camp. At his age, it’s probable that Hanning will be the final individual put on trial for war crimes during WW II. Read more

Gun control to be debated

Following a mammoth 15-hour filibustering session of the US Senate, Democrats were able to push through a debate on gun control reform. Scheduled for next week, the debate is guaranteed to cause major tension between Republicans and Democrats. Read more

Jantjies the ‘boss’ ahead of Joburg test

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, has called on Elton Jantjies, who will run out in the number 10 jersey, to be ‘the boss’ in the Boks’ upcoming match against Ireland in Johannesburg. Making two injury-enforced changes, the Boks must win this weekend’s game to restore their chance of winning the three-game series, and their wounded pride. Read more

In Numbers


The percentage of Americans who eat a sandwich a day.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1967, China successfully tested its first thermonuclear weapon.

Fact of the day: The only artist to reach the top of the UK charts as a solo artist as well as in a duo, trio, quartet, quintet and musical ensemble is Paul McCartney.


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Photo: A photograph dated 27 June 2012 shows Reeva Steenkamp, named in
the FHM 100 sexiest women 2012 pictured in Johannesburg, South Africa.
EPA/Timothy Bernard / Independent Newspapers South Africa Op-Ed: Bearing final witness to Reeva’s shattered body – should we? 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Former ANC Secretary-General Cheryl Carolus was interviewed by
Melanie Verwoerd. (EWN) Cheryl Carolus: Restore the Dignity of Parliament 
By Melanie Verwoerd
Photo: A plane spotter takes a picture of Ethiopian Airlines 787
Dreamliner on approach to runway 3 at Arlanda airport north of Stockholm,
Sweden, 20 September 20, 2012. Ethiopian was the first carrier in Africa to
operate the 787 and has 10 of the type on order. EPA/JOHAN NILSSON Ethiopian Airlines: An example to SAA? 
By Greg Mills
Photo: Dendroaspis polylepis – the Black Mamba, by Dick Culbert
via Flickr Two weeks until Africa runs out of leading anti-venom 
By Simon Allison
Photo:  DFID - UK Department for International Development via Flickr Virginity testing: Gender equality commission bans ‘maiden bursaries’ 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: The DA’s Mmusi Maimane (Greg Nicolson), the ANC’s
Jacob Zuma (EPA) and the EFF’s Julius Malema (Greg Nicolson) Youth employment: What the parties’ manifestos offer 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Marikana settlement in Cape Town (GroundUp) Review: Noma – the bleak journey to the other Marikana 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: This file combo of TV grabs shows the foul of Zinedine Zidane
of France to Italy's Marco Materazzi and the red card shown to Zidane by
referee Horacio Elizondo of Argentina during the final of the 2006 FIFA
World Cup between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin,
Germany. EPA/A9999 DB WDR Fighting words: The Power of Trash Talk 
By Daniel Gallan


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