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While you were sleeping: 11 August 2016

Man climbs Trump tower to meet Trump, Portugal forest fires blaze, and mixed results at Rio.

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distan…”

 General John Sedgwick. Last words.

Story of the Day

Analysis: Coalition politics – a reality check

With the fury of the local government elections finally behind us, the true politics of coalition negotiation is under way. We are in a situation impossible to predict. The negotiating parties will want, and in some cases demand, different things. The stakes are incredibly high. Make a mistake, and a possibly once in a lifetime opportunity disappears. Jump too soon, and your party’s bid for relevance and a place in power could be gone forever. Worse, get into bed too soon, and it could backfire, and allow you a lifetime of leisure in which to repent. But, if we can determine the long-term aims of the main parties, we may be able to determine what will happen next. Or provide enough material for the critics of the critics (that would be us, who speculate on politics for a living). By STEPHEN GROOTES.
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While you were sleeping

Man climbs Trump Tower

A fan of the Orange Menace climbed Trump Tower for three hours before being apprehended by police. The man, who subsequently released a video, explained his burning desire to reach his giant political role model, and encouraged viewers to vote Trump. The main man himself was elsewhere, accusing Obama and Clinton of founding ISIL. Read More

Forest fires rage in Portugal

Three people have died and thousands have been evacuated as forest fires rage throughout Madeira. In addition to its own firefighting resources, Portugal has appealed to the European Union to deploy further assets, including aircraft, to help control the ongoing blaze. Read More

South Africans at Rio 2016: Day five as it happened

With the rowing postponed, it was over to the rugby, judo, sailing, cycling and equestrian events to fly the South African flag at Rio. Catch up on what went down here. Read More

South Africa draw with Iraq

AmaGlug-Glug have drawn their Thursday morning match against Iraq, effectively ending hopes of quarter-final qualification. South Africa needed to beat their opponents and hold a favourable outcome in the Denmark vs Brazil game (Brazil won 4-0). Read More

In Numbers


Amount in food relief aid sent to the US by Cameroon during the Great Depression.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1950 Apple Inc co-founder Steve Wozniak was born.

Theodore Roosevelt is the only American president confirmed to have had a tattoo. He had his family crest inked on his chest.

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