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While you were sleeping: 19 October 2016

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While you were sleeping: 19 October 2016

Obama tells Trump to stop whining, UN to monitor Colombia ceasefire, and possible miscarriage gene identified.

“Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational, but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?”
Judith Viorst

Story of the Day

Abrahams’ backfire: Gordhan charge leads to anti-Zuma front 

Oh Shaun, what have you done? The National Director of Public Prosecutions has got himself into such a pickle. He had hoped to ingratiate himself with President Jacob Zuma and his inner circle by putting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the dock. Not only is the fraud case against Gordhan likely to collapse but the announcement of the charges has mobilised a massive support campaign. Opposition parties, civil society, veterans, business, public servants and a number of people within the ANC and the alliance are rallying behind Gordhan. Abrahams has two weeks to undo the mess as a “Zunami”-type campaign develops a life of its own. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Read more

While you were sleeping

‘Stop whining’, Obama tells Trump

President Barack Obama has told Donald Trump to “stop whining” about a rigged election and suggested he get on with his campaign. Trump has shifted gears in recent weeks, making allegations of persistent voter fraud in the US electoral system. According to current polls, nobody, barring his diehard, fanatics is buying it. Read More

China posts 6.7% Q3 growth

Beijing has announced a growth of 6.7% in the third quarter, slightly higher than the predicted 6.6%. This exceeded China’s own growth targets, but analysts have warned that a reliance on easy credit had also increased financial risks. Read More

UN approves Colombia ceasefire mission

The UN has agreed to send a mission to observe ongoing ceasefire conditions in Colombia. Despite a referendum vote rejecting outright peace with FARC, the UN Security Council will at least monitor the current truce. Read More

Possible miscarriage gene pinpointed

Scientists have announced that a gene likely relating to recurrent miscarriages has been located. Dubbed FOXD1, the gene’s identification could pave the way for vastly improved therapy and diagnostic tools. Read More

In Numbers


The number of badger cubs raised by Jasmine, a surrogate dog who acted as their mother.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1914, the Battle of Ypres began during WWI.

High definition televisions are easier for dogs to see. As a result, they now watch more TV than ever.


Financial Data

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Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams
gestures during a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko; Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson) Abrahams’ backfire: Gordhan charge leads to anti-Zuma front 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC)
president Jacob Zuma (R) hugs ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (L)
after a signing ceremony committing parties to the electoral code of
conduct in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2009. 
EPA/JON HRUSA The Way We Are: The judge, the opposition leader, the tax settlement and the mysterious break-ins 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a press
conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) after
holding bilateral talks at Statehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2016.
EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU Zuma: Students, you’re noble – but academics must go on 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A protester hurls a dustbin at a private security guard. Photo:
Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp #FeesMustFall: Tumultuous Tuesday 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo by Simon Allison/Daily Maverick Zuma’s message to diplomats: This is democracy, deal with it 
By Simon Allison
Main photo: Student protest leader Mickey Moyo addresses UCT
Vice-Chancellor Max Price on Friday afternoon, October 14. Screenshot from
EWN video. GroundUp: Accusations of assault at UCT – what really happened? 
By GroundUp
Photo: Iqbal Surve, Executive Chairman, Sekunjalo Investments, South
Africa is captured during the session ‘Sustainability
Champions’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at
the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. Copyright by
World Economic Forum by Monika Flueckiger Media: PIC discloses exact exposure in Surve’s Independent Media Group 
By News24
Photo: Nouakchott. (Greg Mills) Reform in the Sahel: Mars, Mauritius or Mauritania? 
By Greg Mills
Main photo: Solomon Nhlapo has been told he is trespassing in his own
house. Photo: Ciaran Ryan. GroundUp: Soweto man’s house sold behind his back for R100 
By GroundUp
Photo: Students from Wits University use stolen shields to protect
themselves as they advance during clashes with police forces during ongoing
protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South
Africa, 11 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK Open letter to Minister Gordhan in response to Wits academic Dr Kelly Gillespie 
By Nicky Roberts & Oscar van Heerden
Main photo: Private security guards detain a student protester at UCT.
Photo: Ashraf Hendricks GroundUp: Protesters clash with private security at UCT 
By GroundUp
Photo: A boy sits outside a shack with a television satellite dish
mounted above a window in the informal shack settlement of Redhill, Cape
Town, South Africa, 29 October 2008. This settlement is in a television and
radio shadow, out of reception from the national broadcasters airwave
signals. The only form of television possible is by using a satellite dish
which then has to be mounted as high as possible to receive a decent
signal. Although most of the community is extremely poor and exist on very
little, some homes and bars have satellite television. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Education Deprived? There’s a high-speed solution for that. 
By Jacques Joubert
Main photo: Wits academic and administrative staff protest outside the
Great Hall earlier on Tuesday. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee GroundUp: Wits staff protest against police on campus 
By GroundUp
Photo: Dolphins surf a wave in the Wild Coast of the Transkei, South
Africa 08 July 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Blue growth only possible if we look after our oceans
By John Duncan
Photo: Dejected South African players during the 2016 Castle Lager
Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Kings Park
Stadium, Durban South Africa on 08 October 2016 ©Muzi
Ntombela/BackpagePix The Paper Round: What’s wrong with the Springboks? 
By Antoinette Muller
The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou-11 manned
spacecraft takes off from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, 17 October 2016. China launched the
Shenzhou-11 spacecraft carrying two crew members into orbit to dock with
the Tiangong-2 space lab on a 30-day mission. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG While you were sleeping: 18 October 2016 
By John Stupart


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