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While you were sleeping: 19 July 2017

While you were sleeping: 19 July 2017

Trump reveals second secret Putin meeting, DRC murders linked to government groups, and a new wombat joins rare group.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

“Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.” 
Elizabeth Gilbert



amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The Captured Presidency


The Gupta influence network reached into the heart of the Presidency, the #GuptaLeaks show, drawing into their web at least three people who were just a whisper away from President Jacob Zuma. They targeted officials holding positions of personal trust closest to Zuma, offering gifts, favours and business deals. Even the deputy president’s office was fair game. 


White House reveals second unknown meeting with Putin

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had held a second additional meeting at the G20 summit, the White House revealed late on Tuesday. Trump sidled up next to Putin at a couples-only dinner. The meeting has raised questions over what the meeting was about and why it was not disclosed.


DRC government could be implicated in UN murder

The government of the DRC’s security forces could be involved in the murder of two UN experts. The organisation revealed late on Tuesday that initial evidence could point towards pro-government armed groups as the culprits behind the brutal murders of American Michael Sharp and Swede Zaida Catalan.


Uruguay to sell marijuana

Starting today Uruguayan pharmacies will begin selling mary-jane legally. The opening up of the pot trade is the final component of a four-year old law legalising its production and sale. The law does require residents to register at their pharmacy before they can get their allotment, in an aim to curb weed-based tourism. The move is ultimately aimed at significantly cutting down on illegal drug smuggling.


Hairy-nosed wombat baby born in Australia

One of the world’s rarest species has witnessed the arrival of one additional hairy baby to the population. A hairy-nosed wombat joey was born at the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge in Queensland state. The wombat sub-species is so rare that just 250 are estimated to be left in the wild. Now how about wom-that.




The number of buskers on the same number of corners on Cape Town’s streets on Mandela Day this year.



Today in 1903 Maurice Garin wins the first Tour de France.

Amazon ants use slavery as a means of survival for the colony.





ANC and SACP – A history together (and apart)



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