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While you were sleeping: 20 July 2016

Trump formally crowned Republican nominee, Eagle withdraws from Labour race, and Comic Con all systems go.

“We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years… I don’t believe he is [a Christian].”

 Actor and underpants model Antonio Sabàto
 Jr. speaking about President Barack Obama’s religion.

Story of the Day

Hlaudi’s Kill Bill: The slippery slide towards manipulating the news 

In another act of defiance of due process and the law, the management of the SABC has terminated the employment of seven of the eight journalists who stood up against censorship at the public broadcaster. Another journalist has resigned, citing what he calls SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s “venomous tentacles” gripping the organisation. While journalists are bearing the brunt of Motsoeneng’s reign of terror, it is difficult to measure how much distortion there is of the news across the SABC’s platforms and how this is impacting on the public mindset. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Trump formally nominated

Donald Trump has defied the odds in a 13-month campaign and become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Formally anointed on Tuesday, Trump continued to use the criminal angle against Hillary Clinton, responding to cheers to “lock her up”, and describing his own leadership as a “movement”. In that regard, he is definitely not wrong. Read more

Eagle flies from Labour coop

Labour challenger Angela Eagle has withdrawn her challenge for leadership of the party. With Eagle now out, Owen Smith is the final remaining contender to depose the rabidly unpopular Jeremy Corbyn. With the contestation only ending in late September, don’t expect Labour shenanigans to end anytime soon. Read more

Gulan resists extradition amid Turkish purge

Coup-accused Fethullah Gulen is resisting extradition from the US to Turkey. While President Tayyip Erdo?an’s purge reached a disturbing 45,000 ‘plotters’ on Tuesday, talk continued on a return to the death penalty. President Barack Obama pledged support in investigating the coup and its conspirators. For Turkey, Year Zero certainly appears on the horizon. Read More

All systems go for Comic-Con

Thirteen thousand visitors are expected to descend on Comic-Con this year. From Pokémon and Game of Thrones to Stan Lee, the 21 to 24 of July will see major news released on the year’s upcoming nerd-ish movies, as well as a fair few celebrities in attendance in San Diego itself. Read more

In Numbers

1.1 million

The number of euros thrown into Rome’s Trevi Fountain by tourists each year.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1903 Ford shipped its very first car.

Fact of the day: Only three or four gondola licences are issued each year in Venice.


Financial Data

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