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While you were sleeping: 2 November 2016

While you were sleeping: 2 November 2016

Clint and Trump escalate political warfare, hackers target Microsoft through Google, and Rousey hints at retirement.

“If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.”
– Gen (Ret) Chuck Yeager

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

Crowds supporting the rule of law gathered outside the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday as President Zuma, Minister of Co-operative Governance Des van Rooyen and Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane sought to stop the release of the Public Protector’s report on State Capture while the court ultimately granted opposition parties and former MP Vytjie Mentor the right to intervene. Meanwhile, in another significant move, the fraud case against IPID head Robert McBride and two others has collapsed. All this amid growing calls for President Zuma to step down. It appears the country is nearing a tipping point. By MARIANNE THAMM.



Trump and Clinton mount furious attacks

New polls now show a much closer race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign, furious at FBI director James Comey for launching an investigation without any new evidence, attacked Trump’s stance on women. Again. Trump seemed restored in the wake of the fresh scandal, promising to scour the political earth clean of the Clintons. It’s all getting a little biblical with less than a week to go to the vote.


Scandal tears through Korean cabinet

An ongoing nepotism scandal has seen Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye, replace her prime minister and two other high-ranking cabinet members. This followed the arrest and interrogation of a close friend of the president, who may well have directly influenced political appointments and other actions of state. State capture, it seems, is not limited to South Africa. The only difference being Korea’s comparatively swift reaction and remedy.


Hackers target Windows through Google

A vulnerability exposed by Google has allowed a hacking group to exploit Windows machines. The group, called ‘Strontium’, are able to launch targeted phishing attacks at users who, upon clicking the required links, give the group access to their computers. A patch has since been released, but Microsoft has criticised Google for delays in patching their software.


Rousey hints at retirement

Ronda Rousey has suggested her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes could be one of her last bouts. Rousey, who appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, spoke about the tiring nature of long fight buildups, and said her schedule was simply too busy to focus on MMA. Rousey suggested she was ready to fight “right now”, but a lengthy promotional campaign would only see the Nunes fight take place on 30 December.



118 days

The length of the siege of Ladysmith, which began today in 1899.


Today is 1930 Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

The Harvard Grant Study, the longest ever study of humans, found that success was linked to having done chores as a child.






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