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While you were sleeping: 20 June 2017

By John Stupart 20 June 2017

Fury over American prisoner death, UN steps into border dispute, and another van attack in Paris.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

“Numbers constitute the only universal language.”
Nathanael West

 
 

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) seems to be paralysed by systemic corruption. A recent investigation by National Treasury found that only 13 out of 216 contracts awarded between 2012 and 2015, all with a value exceeding R10-million, were above board. Sfiso Buthelezi, the former Prasa board chair and recently appointed Deputy Minister of Finance, must be criminally charged for turning a blind eye to the state entity being fleeced, his own department had found. And now it turns out one of those who benefitted from a corrupt tender is the spy boss Arthur Fraser. 

 
 
 

US Student released from North Korea dies

Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American student sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea for stealing a sign, has died. Released on 13 June, Warmbier had been transferred to the United States after suffering what seemed to be a coma. North Korean officials insist Warmbier contracted Botulism, but American doctors examining the student disagree. President Donald Trump slammed the “brutal regime” of North Korea.

 

UN steps into Djibouti-Eritrea dispute

The United Nations Security Council has urged a peaceful resolution to a flare up in the countries’ border dispute. Tensions rose after Djibouti accused Eritrea of moving troops following a Qatari peacekeeper withdrawal. With neither side playing nice about the situation at present, it might be up to the UN to put some more babysitting blue helmets in between them.

 

Paris van attacker killed in Champs-Elysees attack

The man responsible for driving a van packed with guns and a gas bottle into police at the Champs-Elysees has been killed in the attempt. The assailant, a known jihadist suspect on France’s security watchlist, had driven his van into the lead car of a police convoy on Monday. Although local metro stations were closed following the attack, French officials re-opened public transport near the Champs-Elysees after just two hours. Snafu for France’s fight against terrorism, then.

 

Nasa finds more exoplanets

On Monday Nasa revealed the discovery of 10 new exoplanets. Possibly containing water and supporting life, the 10 planets were part of a large haul of several hundred new planets discovered by the Kepler mission team. Thus far a total of 50 such habitable planets are now on Nasa’s books. None of which are currently reachable, but that’s nothing Elon Musk can’t fix.

 
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IN NUMBERS

4.53

The height in metres of a mountain (Tenp?) in Japan.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1975 Jaws is released.

There is a mountain in New Zealand called “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu”

 

 

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