While you were sleeping: 21 June 2016

While you were sleeping: 21 June 2016

British attacker wanted to 'kill' Trump, JP Bemba to be sentenced at the Hague, and tiny exoplanet discovered.

For millions of South Africans, Cape Town isn’t a sales pitch. It’s an early warning system.”
 – Richard Poplak

Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER: The murder of an Ordinary Member, the anointing of Thoko Didiza, and the battle for the soul of Tshwane 

An ANC member is dead. There are violent protests in the townships. The announcement of parliamentary fly-in mayoral candidate named Thoko Didiza is to blame. This is how factional battles unfold. The ANC made this. No one is sure if they can unmake it. Welcome to Battleground Tshwane. By RICHARD POPLAK.
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While you were sleeping

British man wanted to kill Trump

A 19-year-old British national has admitted to wanting to shoot and kill Donald Trump at a rally on Saturday. Michael Sandford, who faced charges on Monday, attempted to seize a police officer’s gun to kill Trump. For the Orange Menace’s Secret Service detail, their jobs can only get harder. Read more

Bemba to be sentenced

Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bembais to face sentencing today for a series of rapes and murders committed under his orders. Bemba deployed a private army called the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) to the CAR to suppress a rebellion. Read more

US Senate rejects gun control reform

The Republican-controlled US Senate has rejected four proposed gun control reforms, which largely add increased background checks for individuals wanting to buy firearms. The Republicans appear dead set on rejecting anything threatening what is perceived to be a Second Amendment right. Just days after the Orlando massacre, however, this stubbornness looks particularly idiotic. Read more

Youngest planet discovered

The youngest planet in our solar system has been discovered. Making the announcement on Monday, astronomers introduced an 11-million-year-old exoplanet, named K2-33b. Making a 5.4-day orbit around its star, the exoplanet could shed light on how rapidly planetary systems can form. Read more

Picture of the Day

People participating in a group yoga class in Times Square as part of the 14th annual ‘Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga’ that marks the summer solstice in New York, New York, US, 20 June 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

In Numbers


The percentage reduction in green sea turtle deaths if fishermen adopt green LED lights in their nets.

Facts of the Day

Today is International Yoga Day. Brave the cold and find a studio near you.

Fact of the day: There is no collective noun for Koalas.


Financial Data

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EL: min: 13° max: 18°, cloudy
JHB: min: 5° max: 19°, sunny
KIM: min: 2° max: 15°, sunny
NLP: min: 6° max: 21°, cloudy
PMB: min: 7° max: 21°, cloudy
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By Richard Poplak
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By Simon Allison
Photo of Andrew Feinstein by Control Arms at Occupy Wall Street, via
Flickr Video: Between the Lines – Andrew Feinstein 
By John Matisonn
Photo by EPA. Op-Ed: Technology can revolutionise university access 
By Kyle Rother
Photo: Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande.
(GCIS) Right of Reply: Minister Nzimande needs to acquaint himself with reality 
By Daily Maverick
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By Lesley Stones
Photo:South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (L) President of Uganda
Yoweri Museveni (C) walk together during the celebration of one year
anniversary of South Sudan independence, in Juba, South Sudan, 09 July
2012. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL. ICG: From Conflict to Co-operation? Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda 
By International Crisis Group
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during the test match at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18
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By John Stupart


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By William Bird
Herman-Mashaba.jpg Early learning centres can unlock Joburg’s potential 
By Herman Mashaba
Lubabalo-Ntsholo.jpg South Africa can’t speak about land without speaking about race 
By Lubabalo Ntsholo

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