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While you were sleeping: 13 April 2017

Gold opportunity created for Wayde van Niekerk, Nigerian army clash with police, and Monaco fans side with Dortmund.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

“Take a chance, won’t you? Knock down the fences, which divide. Tear apart the walls that imprison you. Reach out. Freedom lies just on the other side.”
Thurgood Marshall

 
 

The Zuma presidency has come full circle. He was carried on a wave of mass popularity to the presidency and so it seems that mass power will bring him to his knees. On Wednesday, 10 of South Africa’s opposition parties led a crowd of over 80,000 people to the South Lawn of the Union Buildings, where they demanded that Zuma’s lumbering and destructive presidency be brought to an end. Because South African politics now parodies an epic thespian production, this all happened on the President’s birthday, which was marked at an elaborate celebration hosted by Zuma’s faction in the ANC. This is a time when history and politics are being redefined. 

 
 
 

Van Niekerk gets a shot at a double record

Although the country’s politics may be hot enough to melt steel beams, Wayde van Niekerk is generating a buzz abroad for all the good reasons. Late on Wednesday, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced the rescheduling of the men’s 200m finals to a separate day from the men’s 400m. This means that Van Niekerk will now have a realistic shot at a double world record, and fame in the history books.

 

Nigerian police clash with army

As if Boko Haram wasn’t a big enough enemy for either, the Nigerian Army has clashed with the police in Yobe state, killing four. According to army officials, the skirmish erupted after police beat up a soldier for hitting a police convoy. Apparently, this was sufficient cause for a gunfight and four dead.

 

Ukraine marks bloody anniversary

Thursday sees three years to the day when Ukrainian forces marched against separatists in the East. Backed by Russian forces, the eastern Ukrainian war has claimed at least 10,000 lives and left an entire region trapped in a frozen civil war. While the world focuses on Syria, Russian ambitions in Ukraine appeared to have firmly set in.

 

Monaco defeat Dortmund, fans unite

Monaco may have defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 following a triple bombing on the team bus 24 hours before, but local fans had already chosen their team. Monaco fans donned black and yellow in support of Dortmund, cheering the opposing side as if they were the home team.

 
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IN NUMBERS

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The times of horsepower a single Boeing 777 engine has compared to that of the Titanic’s engines.

 

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Today in 1997 Tiger Woods won the Masters, and with it become the youngest person to do so.

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