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While you were sleeping: 15 July



While you were sleeping: 15 July

At least 80 killed in attack, Hollande vows revenge, and important science on baby ducks.

“The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.”

 Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Story of the Day

Public Protector: SA’s massive accountability failure prompts search for another saviour 

In three months, one of 14 people shortlisted for the position of Public Protector will most likely step into the position vacated by Thuli Madonsela – barring any hiccups in the process. There is significant interest in this appointment because of the important role the Office of the Public Protector has come to play in society. But perhaps Madonsela’s courage and valiant work in investigating corruption and maladministration in government has made South Africans much too complacent. Tolerance of corruption and accountability failures is dangerous, especially when there is a false perception that it is someone else’s problem to deal with. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Nice attack kills 80

At least 80 people have been killed in an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France. A truck ploughed into a Bastille Day crowd in the French city, driving for more than a mile before the driver was shot dead by police. The attack has drawn global condemnation, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton framing it in terms of war. Read more

Hollande vows greater role against ISIL

Although Daesh has not yet claimed responsibility for the Nice attack, French President François Hollande has promised a greater French military role in Iraq and Syria. With only a limited strike force in the region at present, the Nice attacks appear to have finally tipped France’s hand. Read More

Trump delays VP announcement

In an uncharacteristic display of decorum, Donald Trump announced the delay in announcing his vice presidential running mate, citing sensitivity to the devastating Nice attacks. Speculators warn, however, this could well be the Orange Menace’s way of making a last minute change from the man anticipated to be his choice, Mike Pence. Read more

Baby ducks can learn object differences

This may not seem like a big deal, but the ability, revealed by scientists in the United States, was previously only observed in apes, crows, and parrots. The ability is linked to imprinting, whereby the baby duck will follow the first person it sees. This is also alternatively known as Donald Trump’s VP selection process. Read more

In Numbers


The average amount of time a day users spend on Pokémon Go. This is higher than WhatsApp, Snapchat and Messenger.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1815 Napoleon surrendered aboard Britain’s third-rate HMS Bellerophon.

Fact of the day: Entrance to the Louvre is free on Bastille Day. Unlike Britain, where museums are all free, all the time.

Weather & Financial Data

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South Africans gather in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement
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South Africa and warned the US against killing black people in America and
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