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While you were sleeping: 12 July 2017

Trump denies knowledge of meeting, Mayweather and McGregor square off, and Jupiter's storm photographed.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

“Speech, the most specifically human sound, and the most significant kind of sound, is never just scenery, it’s always event.”
Ursula Le Guin

 
 

Who you gonna call? The Public Protector? Nah, she tripped up on a typo while trying to capture the Reserve Bank. Shaun Abrahams? Thieves have just broken into the NPA head offices and he hasn’t raised an ample eyebrow or even made a public peep. The Hawks? They’re still circling the outer tundra of inertia and indifference. SAPS? They’re too busy investigating inside jobs at OR Tambo. The Minister of Police? He’s tweeting. We’re on our own, compatriots. 

 
 
 

Trump denies knowledge of Russian meeting

President Donald Trump has opted to sail down the river of denial, stating he had no knowledge of his errant spawn’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. Earlier on Tuesday Trump Jr opted to incriminate himself by tweeting email discussions between himself and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. In doing so, Trump Jr, who apparently retains security clearance, may have just painted a giant FBI-shaped spotlight on his back.

 

Boko Haram kills five

An ambush by Boko Haram on Nigerian troops in north-east Nigeria has killed three soldiers and two Islamists. The convoy had been moving outside of Gwoza, near the Cameroonian border when it was attacked by Boko Haram. After repelling the ambush, the Islamist fighters evidently fled back towards their mountain refuges near the border.

 

Nasa probe peers into Jupiter’s Red Spot

Nasa has announced that its Juno spacecraft has successfully completed a mission to photograph the “Great Red Spot” of Jupiter. Pictures are expected to be released within days. The Great Red Spot is a giant 16,000km-wide storm that has been raging for centuries. Not much is known about its origins and physics. With luck, Juno might help with that.

 

Expletive-laden Mayweather-McGregor exchange starts off roadshow

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set off the powderkeg for their fight on Tuesday in a face-to-face meeting launching their promotion of the impending match. With expletives so profuse and flowing as to make a sailor blush, Mayweather was quick to claim verbal “victory”. McGregor, ever the realist, acknowledged that his curse-laden delivery was aimed at encouraging the fight and getting fans excited.

 
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IN NUMBERS

£125,000

The amount spent by Scotland to develop a new national slogan. The winner was “Welcome to Scotland”.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1962 the Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert. They played at London’s Maruee Club.

Haiti is the only nation founded as the result of a successful slave revolt.

 

 

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