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While you were sleeping: 7 July 2017

By John Stupart 7 July 2017

G20 protests turn violent

TGIF, 7 July 2017

“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.” 
Hilary Mantel

 
 

It’s the age-old excuse, “We didn’t know.” But that essentially is the thrust of Bell Pottinger’s grovelling apology with regards to its role in stoking racial hatred in South Africa while representing the Gupta family’s Oakbay Investments. The sudden change of heart appears to have been prompted as a result of a steady and relentless fight-back campaign by ordinary South Africans as well as exposure in the #GuptaLeaks email trove of Bell Pottinger’s direct involvement in attempting to deflect attention from the Gupta family’s illegal business dealings. 

 
 
 

Demonstrations get ugly at G20

German police have clashed with a group of masked anti-capitalist protesters at the G20 summit in Hamburg. About 12,000 peaceful protesters were disrupted by what has been estimated to be about 1,000 far-left rioters, resulting in the clash. It’s as if the G20 protesting club has nothing else to do every time there’s a summit.

 

Cosby retrial date set

A Pennsylvania judge has set 6 November as the date for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. With the first trial ending in a deadlocked jury Cosby, who just turned 80, will face another panel of his peers, this time with a discernible result at the end.

 

Mexican prison riot kills 28

Over a score of inmates have died in a riot at Mexico’s Las Cruces federal prison. Bodies were strewn around the maximum security wing after a pre-dawn riot was triggered between rival prison gangs. State police were brought in and control restored to the prison.

 

Van Niekerk gains 400m victory

World record holder and South African darling child of athletics Wayde van Niekerk has run to victory in the 400m in Lausanne. Competing at the Diamond League meet, Van Niekerk managed 43.62, his third fastest time. With his new personal best in the 300m last week, the sky really does seem to be the limit for Van Niekerk this year.

 
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The estimated number of users per Facebook employee.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1928 sliced bread is sold for the first time. This was 48 years after its invention.

Teachers in Buffalo, US, have access to almost completely free plastic surgery.

 

 

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