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While you were sleeping: 15 November 2017



While you were sleeping: 15 November 2017

Coup rumours abound in Harare, shooting kills four in California, and peanut allergy patch shows promise.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

“A successful coup ain’t a treason.” 
Toba Beta


Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday took issue after being described as “captured” before Parliament’s inquiry into Eskom State Capture. The power utility’s board spokesperson Khulani Qoma, a reputation manager, argued that only the minister’s “captured-ness” could explain why she appointed board members and executives who had been caught publicly lying and whose track record was littered with claims of dodgy behaviour. Brown’s response was to question the inquiry, saying that without distinguishing between hearsay and fact, “the inquiry takes the form of a kangaroo court intent on reaching pre-determined outcomes”. 


Zimbabwe on tenterhooks amidst military presence

At least four Zimbabwean Army armoured personnel carriers were reported to have travelled into Harare, sparking almost immediate fears of a military coup. The ZANU-PF has condemned the move, criticising army chief General Constantino Chiwenga’s “treasonable conduct”. The situation has escalated a tense political crisis into a potential revolution. Reports of shots near the presidential palace surfaced, however, and the military has defended itself, saying that it was targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe.


Australia celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

Australians voted clearly in favour of allowing same-sex marriages on Wednesday. Thousands of supporters took to the streets to celebrate the survey results. However, although the 62% support for same-sex marriage is a clear indicator of public sentiment, the result still needs to be codified as law.


California gunman kills four

A lone gunman went on a shooting spree on Tuesday, killing four and wounding a dozen. Police killed the attacker after he began shooting near Rancho Tehama Reserve and included a nearby elementary school. No children were hurt in the attack, thankfully.


Peanut allergy patch could be in the works soon

Scientists have developed a patch that can help those allergic to peanuts be considerably less so. A study published by the American Medical Association showed that test subjects who received a 250mg patch of peanut protein had a 50% positive reaction. A larger trial is needed before the public can get their own patches and begin learning the glory of peanut butter, however.




The number of words in the average English speaker’s vocabulary.



Today in 2006 Al Jazeera English launches globally.

Scientists have analysed Ozzy Osbourne’s genome structure to determine how he has survived decades of serious drug abuse.






Where is Zuma’s real Declaration of Interests?



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