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While you were sleeping: 18 November

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While you were sleeping: 18 November

Dozens killed in Mozambique truck blast, Abe 'confidence' after Trump meeting, and teenage girl to be cryogenically frozen.

“If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.”
Winston Churchill

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

A court application by civic rights groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation has slammed the accelerator on events surrounding the survival of National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams. It has hauled out the hate mail between Abrahams and Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza and ripped open a rare window into the power play over the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. But what it has also done is throw up so much dust that we’re all left a little, or a lot, confused about what exactly the President is up to. Is he feeding Shaun the sheep to the wolves or is he being the wily old wolf himself, cleverly using the law to protect his man? Long time NPA watcher MANDY WIENER wades in.


Dozens killed in Mozambique truck blast

At least 73 Mozambicans have died in a deadly truck explosion. An oil truck in Caphiridzange, Tete province, detonated after scores of people attempted to syphon fuel from the vehicle. It is not entirely clear whether they had been buying fuel or stealing it. Regardless, the resulting blast left dozens dead and over 100 injured.


Abe ‘confident’ in Trump

Japan’s Shinzo Abe has become the first foreign head of state to meet with America’s future president. During his 90 minute meeting, Abe stated that he had “great confidence” in the Orange One. Abe is himself a staunch nationalist, advocating the re-militarisation of Japan, thereby hinting at great overlapping foreign policy interests with Trump.


Romney and Giuliani tipped for secretary of state

Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have been tipped as the top contenders for Donald Trump’s secretary of state. Romney, a long-time opponent of Trump, appeared to be completely fine playing the utter hypocrite and working for him. Giuliani has been a long-time backer of Trump, but has almost as many conflicts of (business) interest as his potential boss. Surely it will end well either way.


British girl wins right to freeze her body

A 14-year-old girl in Britain has won a landmark case to have her body frozen. The teenager died of a rare form of cancer and will have her body cryogenically frozen in the United States. The hope here is that, in the distant future, she might be able to be woken up and cured.




The average toll fare required to pass through the Panama Canal.



Today in 2003 Massachusetts became the first state in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.

The FBI have at least one of virtually every firearm made. They are kept for reference purposes to solve crimes.




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