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While you were sleeping: 16 January 2018

By John Stupart 16 January 2018

California couple arrested for child torture, Cranberries lead singer passes away, and Russians cut back on the drinking.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” 
The Bible, Romans

 
 

Lord Peter Hain delivered a severe thrashing to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and international law firm Hogan Lovells in the House of Lords on Monday evening, over their handling of the disciplinary debacle of the Taxman’s 2IC, Jonas Makwakwa. Hain labelled tax boss Tom Moyane and Makwakwa as “corrupt” and accused Hogan Lovells of being “either a willingly gullible or malevolent accomplice”. 

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

California couple chain 13 kids in house

A couple in Perris, California, have been arrested for torture and child endangerment after authorities found 13 siblings chained to beds in their home. The arrests were made after one 17-year-old woman was able to escape and call the police. She was so emaciated that responders initially thought she was roughly 10 years old. The chilling mugshots of the couple are enough to conjure up echoes of Josef Fritzl.

 

The Cranberries lead singer dies, aged 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday. O’Riordan was aged 46, and the cause of death is not yet known. She had suffered from back pain, forcing 14 concert cancellations in 2017. Irish President Michael Higgins led the tributes online, saying that O’Riordan’s death was a “big loss”.

 

Simone Biles abused by US gymnastics doctor

American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles has revealed that she was sexually abused by imprisoned US team doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar, who is currently incarcerated for 60 years on child porn charges, had already been accused of abusing more than 100 young girls, many of whom were Olympians.

 

Russians cut down on drinking and smoking – study

If there’s one good thing that emerged while you were asleep, it’s that Russians are apparently improving their stereotypically poor lifestyle. A new study by the World Health Organisation has revealed that regulations have helped Russians improve their notoriously poor drinking and smoking habits. In fact, Russians now consume less alcohol per capita than the French or Germans, and smoking has decreased by 30%. Vodka, however, remains a national symbol.

 
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IN NUMBERS

2,063ft

The height of a TV broadcast tower in North Dakota. It was technically the tallest man-made structure up until 2010.

 

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