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While you were sleeping: 13 November 2018

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 13 November 2018

Lebanese president in bizarre Saudi resignation, massive earthquake hits Iran and Iraq, and Uber to sell a chunk of itself to Japanese corporation.

Monday, 13 November 2017

“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
Donald J Trump

 
 

Fierce debates raged in the ANC’s national executive committee meeting over the weekend as the camps supporting ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa vied for control ahead of the party’s national elective conference in just over a month’s time. Meanwhile, on the ground in the “Premier League” provinces, an interesting story unfolds. 

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Lebanon’s PM to return home ‘soon’

Saad Hariri has had a difficult weekend. Announcing his resignation as Prime Minister from Saudi Arabia, the leader blamed Hezbollah-linked Iran for meddling in the region’s affairs. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has claimed Hariri was “restricted” in his movements. Assertions of house arrest and massive coercion by Saudi Arabia against Aoun are all possible causes. With Hariri to return in a matter of days, a non-Saudi Arabia based Prime Minister may well have a different tune entirely.

 

Massive earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

At least 135 people have been killed and several hundred wounded after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Iraq and Iran. With is epicentre in northern Iraq, it appeared to have been far more devastating in Iran, where 129 of the total dead were reported. Triggering landslides, rescue efforts were reportedly severely hampered as a result.

 

Weekend strikes kill militants in Somalia

Three attacks over the weekend by US forces have reportedly killed several al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab militants, as well as members of Islamic State. Earlier in November President Donald Trump ramped up the Somali tempo by authorising ongoing strikes on land and sea.

 

Uber to sell stake to SoftBank

Uber announced plans to sell a chunk of its company to Japanese corporation SoftBank. Uber is attempting to clean up its image ahead of a planned IPO in 2019. SoftBank had earlier stated its interest in purchasing 14% of Uber for $1-billion. What this will mean for riders and drivers alike, however, is currently unknown.

 
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IN NUMBERS

99.96

The percentage effectiveness of a prototype male birth control pill that was developed by Indonesian scientists.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is World Kindness Day. 

King Tutankhamun’s ceremonial dagger is forged from meteorites.

 

 

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