On 10 August, everyone is talking about…

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The Olympics: It was a good Women’s Day for South Africa. Bridgette Hartley secured South Africa’s first Olympic medal for kayaking, winning bronze in the 500m sprint. Caster Semenya also did the nation proud, qualifying for the women’s 800m athletics finals on 11 August – and our swimming champs, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh arrived home to a celebratory crowd at OR Tambo Airport yesterday.

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Ghanaian President John Atta Mills funeral will be held in the country’s capital, Accra today. Thousands of grief stricken and shocked nationals are set to attend, as well as a number of heads of states and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Lawyers of the accused Colorado shooter James Holmes, who opened fire during a Batman screening might approach the hearing with an insanity defence. Says Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district in Denver, ‘Mental illness is the only possible defence available in this case. It is hardly a whodunit.’

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Jared Loughner, the Tuscon shooter responsible for the death of six people in a failed attempt to assassinate former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords plead guilty to 19 counts as part of a plea agreement with the state. He was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms followed by 140 years in prison, avoiding the death penalty.

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Kris Jenner has been accused of brokering the release of her daughter Kim’s sex tape with then boyfriend, Ray J. The family rep has denied these claims.