Snapshot: the things you need to know to be in the know

By Kirstin Buick
28 January 2016

Because we know you don’t have time to trawl the internet all day – here are the most fascinating, heartrending, talked-about things that happened in the world today.

Interest rate hike: why it’s not all bad news

The South African Reserve Bank has announced that interest rates will increase to 6.75% -- what does this mean for you? And is it all bad news? PHOTO: Pixabay The South African Reserve Bank has announced that interest rates will increase to 6.75% -- what does this mean for you? And is it all bad news? PHOTO: Pixabay

The Reserve Bank’s decision to raise the interest rate by 50 basis-points is a case of short-term pain for South Africa’s long-term gain, experts say.

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Typhoid fever spreads to the Cape

Typical symptoms include fever, headache, abdominal pain, rash, diarrhoea and an enlarged spleen. PHOTO: Pixabay Typical symptoms include fever, headache, abdominal pain, rash, diarrhoea and an enlarged spleen. PHOTO: Pixabay

Three cases of typhoid fever have been reported in the Western Cape, the provincial health department said on Thursday.

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Video of the day: People in Thailand are treating these creepy ‘angel child dolls’ like they’re real

People are carrying life-like baby dolls around with them because the dolls allegedly bring good luck. PHOTO: Screenshot People are carrying life-like baby dolls around with them because the dolls allegedly bring good luck. PHOTO: Screenshot

Imagine it. You board an aircraft and find that the passenger in the seat next to you isn’t a person but a plastic doll – and its ticket has been paid for.

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‘We sure as hell have no Romeo and Juliet issues’

"My wife reached for something, she lost her balance and went over." He saw this and went after her. PHOTO: Facebook "My wife reached for something, she lost her balance and went over." He saw this and went after her. PHOTO: Facebook

A La Mercy man has denied claims that he and his wife tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, insisting that they fell.

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Photo of the day

Marines from 3rd Marine Expeditionary force deployed from Okinawa, Japan, and South Korean marines cover themselves in snow during a winter military training on January 28, 2016 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. U.S. and South Korean marines participate in the endurance exercise in temperature below minus 20 degrees celsius, supposedly to train them to defend the country from any possible attacks from North Korea.

Rihanna goes topless on cover of new single

The single marks the second time Rihanna and Drake have collaborated, after teaming up on What's My Name, from her 2010 album Loud. PHOTO: Cover The single marks the second time Rihanna and Drake have collaborated, after teaming up on What's My Name, from her 2010 album Loud. PHOTO: Cover

Rihanna has released her new single Work, from her hotly-anticipated album ANTI.

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Proud pappa Louis Tomlinson shows off his son in adorable pic

After receiving an ecstatic outpouring of love from fans on the post, he tweeted, “Thank you so much for the all nice messages." After receiving an ecstatic outpouring of love from fans on the post, he tweeted, “Thank you so much for the all nice messages."

He’s only a few days in and already Louis Tomlinson is a doting dad. The One Direction star took to Twitter to share his first photo with his newborn son.

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ICYMI: Kanye went rogue on Twitter & Amber Rose shut him down with one horrifying hashtag

For those of us who are now totally confused by the Kanye-Kardashian soap opera, we break it down, tweet by tweet. PHOTO: Cover For those of us who are now totally confused by the Kanye-Kardashian soap opera, we break it down, tweet by tweet. PHOTO: Cover

The Twitterverse was in an uproar yesterday when Kanye West launched one of the most bizarre tirades the social network has ever seen.

For those of us who are now totally confused by the Kanye-Kardashian soap opera, we break it down, tweet by tweet. Read more here Which brings us to...

Tweet of the day

No, it's not Amber's (technically that happened last night). But it had the Twitterverse in an uproar for most of the day. Even some local celebs were weighting in on the debacle.

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