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While you were sleeping: 19 January 2018

By John Stupart 19 January 2018

Zimbabwean opposition leader dies, California torture pair face hefty charges, and major breakthrough made in cancer screening.

TGIF, 19 January 2018

“After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to our survival.” 
Janine M Benyus

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

amaBhungane and Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Meet the money launderers

By AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO

The Guptas used an international network of scrap metal dealers to launder hundreds of millions in kickbacks between China, India, the UAE and South Africa. We introduce them. 

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Zimbabwe opposition figure dies in crash

Roy Bennett, one of former dictator Robert Mugabe’s biggest thorns in his side, has died in a helicopter crash. Bennett, 60, was in a helicopter in New Mexico when it crashed, killing him, his wife and three others. Bennett, who had been the treasurer for the MDC opposition party, had his property seized by Mugabe and had been arrested in 2009.

 

Torture charges for California parents

The husband and wife responsible for the torture and malnutrition of their children are being charged with torture, false imprisonment, child abuse and abuse of a dependent adult. David and Louise Turpin could face life in prison for their crimes. They were arrested on Sunday after police discovered 13 siblings chained in filthy, squalid conditions in the Turpins’ residence.

 

HSBC admits to defrauding clients

HSBC has agreed to pay over $100-million to US officials after conceding it had ripped off its clients in large forex transactions. The settlement occurred in the aftermath of a similar indictment handed down against a Barclays trader accused of similar offences. British banks appear to have learned nothing other than how to cover up their shenanigans further, it seems.

 

Major breakthrough in cancer screening

A new blood test can reveal eight kinds of tumours. This was according to a study released overnight. The test, called CancerSEEK, is relatively cheaper than other alternatives and can be mass produced. Most optimistically, the test is able to detect cancer in the ovaries, liver, stomach, pancreas and oesophagus, all historically unscreenable. The whiff of Nobel prizes hangs in the air.

 
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IN NUMBERS

7%

The percentage of American female teens who had seen the film Titanic at least twice in the first five weeks of its opening.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today last year Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

Terry Crews supplemented his NFL salary by painting portraits of his team mates.

 

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