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While you were sleeping: 31 October 2016

FBI email scandal may be illegal, scuffles erupt during Ivory Coast vote, and Hamilton victorious in Mexico.

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
? Alan W. Watts

 
 
Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.” The words of Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary debate a year ago are more relevant and piercing than ever. The FBI’s reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails has created a diversion from Donald Trump’s own scandals and flailing campaign. Trump launched a new hotel last week, maximising on the election publicity to boost his equally floundering business empire. It attracted some eccentric supporters who could easily have been extras in a Shonda Rhimes political thriller. RANJENI MUNUSAMY reports from Washington.

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

FBI email investigation ‘illegal’

The reopening of the eternal Hillary Clinton email investigation by the FBI may have been illegal, according to senate minority leader Harry Reid who has suggested the hasty announcement by the bureau may have violated the Hatch Act. The Act prevents the FBI from influencing elections. Meanwhile Clinton, who is campaigning in Florida, appears utterly unperturbed.

 

Clashes amid Ivory Coast vote

Scuffles have erupted at dozens of polling stations during a critical constitutional vote in the Ivory Coast. Boycotted by the opposition, the vote has proposed the creation of a vice president and senate. However, the majority of the latter, would be dominated by the leading party.

 

Niger Delta attack claimed by militants

The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate group – say that 10 times fast –have claimed responsibility for an attack on a pipeline on Sunday. The group attacked the 32-inch Effurun-Otor delivery line in protest against upcoming talks between the government and the oil-producing south. A new acronym for the militant group, it seems, is not high on anyone’s agenda.

 

Hamilton victorious in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton has kept his title defence hopes alive, securing victory at the Mexico Grand Prix. His first win in Mexico, Hamilton is now just 19 points behind Nico Rosberg. With two races to go, Hamilton must now prove himself on both race days.

 
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The highest point in the Netherlands, known as the Vaalsberg.

 

FACT OF THE DAY

Today is Halloween. Technically speaking, all you ‘sexy cat’ and ‘Batman’ attendees at the weekend’s parties were much too early.

Despite receiving a knighthood from the Queen, Bill Gates cannot use the title “sir” due to his being American.

 

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