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While you were sleeping: 30 June 2016

While you were sleeping: 30 June 2016

Obama lashes out at isolanism, Brexit contenders to the throne emerge, and Pace withdraws from Rio.

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” 

 Kahlil Gibran

Story of the Day

amaBhungane: Torture and the culture of fear in a ‘free’ South Africa  

June 26 marked International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, to commemorate the United Nations ratification of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1987. In South Africa this day passed as imperceptibly as the government’s practical implementation of its commitment to end this cruelty. By Vanessa Burger for AMABHUNGANE.
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While you were sleeping

Obama smashes isolationism at summit

President Barack Obama called isolationism the “wrong medicine” on Wednesday. During a summit with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, Obama took a clear swipe at Trumpist tendencies, Brexit and the entire notion of withdrawing from the world. Read more

Brexit hatchets come out

In Britain, last-minute candidacy announcements came tumbling out ahead of a Thursday deadline to declare. Home Secretary Theresa May and Trump-lite Boris Johnson announced their intentions to replace David Cameron as prime minister. In the meanwhile, the pound continued its Brexit slide, hitting just below R20 this morning. Read more

Nigeria’s former Air Force chief arrested

A former chief of the Nigerian Air Force and several other high ranking officers were arrested on corruption charges late on Wednesday. Air Marshal Adesola Amosu Nunayon, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga are facing 26 combined charges of embezzlement. Corruption in the new Nigerian government, it seems, simply does not fly. Read more

South African withdraws from Olympics

Lee-Anne Pace has become the first LPGA golf pro to withdraw from the Rio Olympics. Citing the concerns over the ongoing Zika virus scare, Pace has decided to withdraw. She will likely not be the last to do so. Read more

In Numbers

4

The percentage of the world’s cheese made in a year that is stolen.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1934 saw Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives purge take place.

Fact of the day: Surprisingly, V for Vendetta was broadcast in China without any censorship at all.

Weather

Financial Data

BFN: min: 1° max: 21°, sunny
CPT: min: 7° max: 17°, cloudy
DBN: min: 15° max: 25°, sunny
EL: min: 14° max: 27°, cloudy
JHB: min: 2° max: 21°, sunny
KIM: min: 4° max: 22°, cloudy
NLP: min: 6° max: 26°, sunny
PMB: min: 5° max: 25°, cloudy
PKN: min: 5° max: 22°, sunny
PE: min: 12° max: 25°, sunny
PTA: min: 3° max: 21°, sunny

Oil=$49.96
Gold=$1,324.26
Platinum=$1,007.59
R/$=14.84
R/€=16.48
R/£=19.87
$/€=1.11
JSE All Share=51,890.42
DJIA=17,640.75
FTSE 100=6,360.06
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FEATURED
A composite of torture images. See them in full size at the  bottom of
the story. amaBhungane: Torture and the culture of fear in a ‘free’ South Africa 
By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Roelf Meyer and Melanie Verwoerd (EWN) Roelf Meyer: ‘We had bigger challenges then than we do now’ 
By Melanie Verwoerd
Photo: Locals carry a Coca-Cola branded refrigerator they looted at a
nearby shop during protests in Atteridgeville, a township located to the
west of Pretoria, South Africa June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Election violence concerns as IEC finalises candidates 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, DA’s Herman Mashaba and
EFF's Floyd Shivambu during mayoral debate at The Gathering, moderates by
Stephen Grootes, 10 June 2016. (Greg Nicolson) Battleground Joburg: Tremors of Change could profoundly alter SA’s future 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A rainbow forms over the Atlantic ocean as storm clouds
approach a small farm on the south peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa, 5
August 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Land reform in South Africa is in trouble – can it be saved? 
By Ben Cousins
Main photo: Working by torchlight, illicit diggers search for diamonds
near Hondeklipbaai. GroundUp: Rough diamonds, Part 3 – ‘If we could work legally, we wouldn’t break the law’ 
By GroundUp
Photo: Russell Domingo Coach of South Africa chats to the media during
their afternoon session at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 17 January
2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix Domingo’s ‘workload’ alarm and the importance of international cricket 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Johannesburg by Paul Saad via Flickr. Gauteng Quality of Life Survey offers insight into real life 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Players of Iceland celebrate after they defeated England 2-1 in
the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Stade
de Nice in Nice, France, 27 June 2016. EPA/Tibor Illyes Four things you can expect from the Euro 2016 quarter-finals 
By Antoinette Muller

OPINIONS
pieter-dirk-uys-opinionista.jpg Brexit Fuxit 
By Pieter-Dirk Uys
tony-jackman.jpg When Iqbal met Charlie 
By Tony Jackman
Justin-McCarthy.jpg Brexit: Abandon the scapegoating and look in the mirror 
By Justin McCarthy

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