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While you were sleeping: 7 October 2016

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 7 October 2016

Obama declares emergency in Georgia ahead of Hurrican Matthew, FARC rebels go back to the bush, and largest Brazilian dinosaur literally comes out the closet.

“In all the world, in all the worlds, in all the immensity of time, there is no other like each of those streams, rising cold out of the earth where no eye sees it, running through the sunlight and the darkness to the sea. Deep are the springs of being, deeper than life, than death…”

 Ursula Le Guin

When Jacob met Thuli: President stonewalls Public Protector on state capture probe 

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela held their last official meeting in their current roles. It was not so the president could bid farewell to Madonsela and thank her for seven years of distinguished public service. Zuma was being interviewed as part of the Public Protector’s investigation into state capture by his friends, the Guptas. Zuma has obviously learnt nothing from the Nkandla fiasco. He has once more resorted to his “Stalingrad” strategy of obfuscating and dragging things out rather than providing straight answers. And Madonsela might have run out of time to crank open the Gupta chamber of secrets. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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Story of the Day

While you were sleeping

Obama declares emergency in Georgia

After “monster storm” Hurricane Matthew killed over a 260 people in Haiti, President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Georgia. Florida’s coast has shut down and had 90% of its flights cancelled. With winds now exceeding 130 miles per hour (that’s 210 km/h), things will be getting very dangerous. Read More

Pound plummets in ‘flash crash’

The pound hit its lowest level since 1985, dropping to $1.1841, before it reboundedslightly. The curious thing, however, is the reason for the crash was not entirely clear to traders. With many blaming Theresa May’s comments on Brexit this week, this still did not explain the enormous, sudden plummet the pound experienced. Read More

FARC rebels return to the bush

After a surprise referendum result that unravelled the FARC-Colombian peace deal, thousands of rebels have returned to their jungle hideouts. The move, in civvies and unarmed, is not yet a major threat, but does not bode well for future peace prospects. Read More

Brazil’s largest dinosaur emerges from cupboard

Pieces of Brazil’s largest dinosaur, a 25m herbivore, have been unearthed after spending 60 years in a cupboard. The wait, it seems, was for a laboratory to ‘mature’ to the point where the giant spinal bones could be identified. The fossils are 66 million years old, so what’s another six decades? Read More

In Numbers


The number of hours of surgery required for doctors to complete Marine veteran John Peck’sdouble arm transplant.

Facts of the Day

Today in 2001 saw the start of the Global War on Terror. This began with the invasion of Afghanistan.

When Australian driver Alan Jones won the 1977 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, nobody had a copy of his national anthem. Since they were unaware that it was ‘God save the Queen’, a drunk person played ‘Happy Birthday’ on a trumpet.


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question and answer session in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 17
March 2016. EPA/SUMAYA HISHAM; [Right] Public Protector Thuli Madonsela,
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By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: Student protesters give flowers to Police forces as ongoing
protests continue against the cost of higher education at the University of
the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM
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By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Students and supporters protest in support of the #FeesMustFall
campaign at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, 04 October
2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: The crisis in our universities is a symptom of a wider social crisis 
By Vashna Jagarnath
Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio
Manuel de Oliveira Guterres informs the media about the Launch of
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the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 903
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Photo: President of Zimbawe Robert Mugabe (C) addresses thousands of
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Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. EPA/AARON UFUMELI ICG: Confrontation in Zimbabwe turns increasingly violent 
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Photo: Freddy Bangelesa of the DRC, Courage Chemere of Zimbabwe and
Calvin Opiti of Kenya are international students at Wits. Photo: Cecilia
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Main photo: Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform in West Africa
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Photo: A boy runs with a peace flag as the results of the peace deal
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voted ‘No’ to the peace pact signed less than a week ago
between the government and the FARC guerrillas. EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ ICG: Re-assembling Colombia’s rejected peace deal 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) awards Kyrgyz President
Almazbek Atambayev (R) with an Order of Alexander Nevsky during a meeting
on the sidelines of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Heads of
Government summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 17 September 2016. EPA/IGOR
KOVALENKO ICG: Kyrgyzstan – State Fragility and Radicalisation 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: Armed Houthi supporters attend a gathering to mobilise more
fighters into several battlefronts, in Sana’a, Yemen, 02 October
2016. According to reports, the Houthi rebels mobilized more fighters to
support their militias and allied troops fighting Saudi-backed Yemeni
government forces in several positions across war-torn Yemen. EPA/YAHYA
ARHAB ICG: The United States must help pull Yemen back from total collapse 
By International Crisis Group


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