While you were sleeping: 29 August 2016

While you were sleeping: 29 August 2016

FARC secures historic ceasefire, Rousseff faces impeachment D-Day, and Juan Gabriel dies.

“You should see my corgis at sunset in the snow. It’s their finest hour. About five o’clock they glow like copper. Then they come in and lie in front of the fire like a string of sausages.” 
 Tasha Tudor

Story of the Day

What will Zuma do: What does turning tide mean for Yesterday’s Man? 

A year ago, some of President Jacob Zuma’s allies were floating the idea of a third term for him as ANC leader. Now even his most ardent supporters know Zuma is a dead weight. The local government election results clearly signalled that people are fed up with him, even though the ANC is reluctant to admit it. The Hawks investigation against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been pinned on Zuma, prompting more prominent voices in society to speak out against him. The clearest sign that Zuma’s political capital has diminished is the decision by the Gupta family to cut and run. Even the SACP, which fought zealously for Zuma to be president, wants his powers cut. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

FARC announces ceasefire

It’s now official. FARC on Sunday ordered its fighters to stand down, effectively ending a 52-year war with the Colombian state. A temporary ceasefire was agreed on last year, and the permanent one now is set to be inked in September, but for all intents and purposes, one of South America’s nastiest wars is over. Read More

Ping claims Gabon election

Primary opposition leader, Jean Ping, has claimed victory following Gabon’s election this weekend. Current ruler, Ali Bongo, has called Ping’s statement “illegal and dangerous”. Regardless, Bongo’s tune may well be over once election results are finalised. Read More

High noon for Rousseff

Brazil’s suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, will face her accusers today. In the final day of impeachment proceedings, Rousseff will give a statement and face questioning before having her fate put to a vote. With few friends now left in theBrazilian government, the odds of her rule ending are rather high. Read More

Juan Gabriel passes away

Grammy-nominated musician and actor, Juan Gabriel, has died of a heart attack. Aged 66, Gabriel was hailed as the ‘Mexican Elvis’, famous for his songs ‘Hasta que te conoci‘ (‘Until I met you’) and ‘Asi Fue’ (‘That’s How It Was’). Aside from a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, Gabriel had more than 1,000 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums to his name. Read More

In Numbers


The height of Goliath, according to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Facts of the Day

Today in 2005 saw Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Soldiers wounded fighting in the French Foreign Legion are automatically entitled to citizenship. They technically have qualified by “spilled blood”.

Weather & Financial Data

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