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While you were sleeping: 26 July 2016

By John Stupart 26 July 2016

Shock knife attack kills 19 in Japan, Michelle Obama endorses Clinton, and chaos at the Olympic village.

“About half.”

– Pope John Paul XXIII, when asked how many people worked at the Vatican.

Story of the Day

Analysis: Zuma, Fransman et al vs Luthuli House 

In January, shortly after news that a young woman had charged ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman with sexual assault, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe was unequivocal about the party’s view on the matter: Fransman should step down until the matter had been resolved. That the Western Cape leader came in from the cold, bedecked in ANC colours, to campaign alongside President Zuma in Cape Town last week is emblematic of the low-intensity war between Luthuli House and an increasingly belligerent President Zuma and his supporters. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Nineteen killed in Japan attack 

A former employee of an old age home for the disabled has stabbed to death 19 and injured another 25. The 26-year-old man, Satoshi Uematsu, later turned himself in to police, claiming responsibility for the worst killings in Japan in decades. Stating, “the disabled must die”, Uematsu entered the Sagamihara facility in the early hours of the morning. Read more

Solar Impulse 2 completes journey

The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 has finished its marathon journey around the globe. Without using a single drop of fuel, the aircraft completed its final nine-hour leg from Cairo, landing in Abu Dhabi overnight. As it initially took off in March last year, the world will clearly have to wait a while yet for any fast commercial solar powered aircraft. Read more

Michelle Obama endorses Clinton

The First Lady has given an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Speaking on day one of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Obama emphasised the importance of electing a woman to the presidency, while making veiled stabs at Donald Trump. From a distance, the pong of the weekend’s WikiLeaks scandal still clung to the air. Read More

Chaos construction in Olympic village

Blocked drains and toilets, exposed wiring, and the odd whiff of gas are some of the problems faced by athletes in Rio who are now streaming into their accommodation. Australia has refused to take lodging in the dodgy buildings, while Italy has announced the use of its own contractors to complete work on the buildings. Evidently Sochi is facing stiff competition for the worst Olympic accommodation in history. Read More

Is it just me or is everything kak?

In Numbers

31,000

The number of new pilots required in 2017, according to Boeing.

Fact of the Day

Drinking two cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of suicide by 50% in comparison with heathens/non-coffee drinkers.
 

Weather & Financial Data

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