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While you were sleeping: 25 August 2017

By John Stupart 25 August 2017

Thai ex-PM skips court time, major winnings for Massachusetts lotto player, and revolutionary new fibre discovered.

TGIF, 25 August 2017

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” 
Abigail Van Buren


Gabriella Engels and Afriforum have filed a review application in the Pretoria High court against South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. The application seeks to set aside Nkoana-Mashabane’s decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe after she allegedly went on the rampage and assaulted Engels in a Sandton hotel and later slipped out of the country to escape criminal charges. 


Thai PM pulls a Grace Mugabe

Ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has missed a court ruling on her controversial negligence trial, sparking a warrant for her arrest. The former PM’s lawyer argued that she had missed her court date due to illness. “Sick of courts” evidently was not admitted as acceptable.


UN calls for less Sudanese interference

The United Nations on Thursday warned Sudan not to interfere with its peacekeeping mission to the country. The organisation‘s Security Council made an announcement through its Egyptian secretary, who warned that “The members of the Security Council reminded all parties that the obstruction of activities of international peacekeeping may be subject to sanctions.”


Space age power thread could make energy waves

American and South Korean researchers announced today that a new type of thread can generate electricity through twisting and stretching. Far from making a funky jersey, the material could power entire regions when placed in the right waves, for example. Made from carbon nanotubes, the revolutionary new fibre is called “twistron“.


Massachusetts mom wins $758.7 lottery

A mother of two in Massachusetts has won a colossal $758.7 in America’s Powerball lottery. Mavis Wanczyk won the single largest lottery prize for an individual by picking numbers that included family birth dates. Tax will take a large chunk out, however.




The dollar amount in millions of value for artwork stolen in the world’s greatest art heist. This was in Boston in 1993.



Today in 1944 Paris is liberated by the Allies.

Portobello, cremini and button mushrooms are all the same kind of mushroom.






Take on government, challenge it to do more



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