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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix

Maseru - When rival officers gunned down Lesotho's army chief and were then killed by his bodyguards, hopes that the mountain kingdom had escaped its cycle of violence also perished.

Wife of Danish genital mutilation suspect killed in Lesotho

Maseru - The wife of a Danish man who was caught in South Africa last month with 21 pieces of female genitalia in his freezer has been killed in Lesotho, police said Thursday.

Snap polls under way in Lesotho six months after coup bid

Maseru - A snap election began in Lesotho on Saturday, two years earlier than scheduled and six months after an attempted coup plunged the small southern African nation into crisis.

Lesotho PM's bodyguards shot, bystander killed in crossfire

Maseru - Two bodyguards tasked with protecting Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane were shot and wounded on Sunday and a bystander killed in the crossfire, five months after a failed putsch in the tiny African kingdom, one of his senior advisers said.

Prince wants Lesotho king to flex muscles to fix nation's woes

Maseru - Amid a political crisis that has engulfed the tiny kingdom of Lesotho following last month's attempted coup, a member of the royalty is calling for a more muscular monarch.It's nearly four weeks since Lesotho was thrust into political turmoil.

Lesotho PM tells AFP: 'I won't reopen parliament'

Maseru - Lesotho's prime minister told AFP on Monday that he would not reopen parliament, calling into question a South African-brokered peace deal which allowed him to return to the mountain kingdom after an attempted coup.

Lesotho PM safely back home after 'coup'

Maseru - Lesotho's embattled prime minister, who fled an apparent coup attempt at the weekend, was escorted home by South African police under tight security Wednesday, an aide said.

Tensions as exiled Lesotho PM's expected return Tuesday uncertain

Maseru - Gunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru overnight, as the expected return to the mountain nation of the exiled prime minister appeared uncertain following an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

Maseru - Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide told AFP on Monday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM asks regional bloc to send peace force after 'coup'

Maseru - Lesotho's exiled premier on Monday called on the southern African regional bloc SADC to send peacekeeping troops to his country, after claiming that the army had seized power in a coup.

Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

Maseru - A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.

Regional powers to hold Lesotho crisis meeting

Maseru - Regional ministers were set to told talks to resolve the political crisis gripping Lesotho on Sunday, as the country's fugitive prime minster remained in South Africa after an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM flees military 'coup' for S.Africa

Maseru - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.

Lesotho PM flees military 'coup' for S.Africa

Maseru - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Saturday said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.

Lesotho military seize police HQ in 'coup' attempt

Maseru - Lesotho's military seized control of police headquarters in the tiny African kingdom in the early hours of Saturday, a government minister told AFP, describing the events as a coup attempt.

Lesotho’s giant diamonds and new partnerships

Governmental agreements on reducing royalty shares in Lesotho will make a new partership between the diamond mines in the Maluti Mountains and Firestone of Britain.

'People first' stressed on 20th Anniversary edition of HDR

New York - People are the real wealth, reiterates the 20th anniversary edition of Human Development Report (HDR) 2010. It also comes up with three new measures for discussing poverty and inequality.

Mining linked to rampant spread of TB in Africa Special

A new report has linked mining with the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa. An Oxford-led study suggests that mining in sub-Saharan Africa plays a role in the spread of the disease.

New top-10 list ranks countries on extent of ecological damage

Adelaide - The USA, China and Australia all share one thing in common today -- they have been found to be three of the top-ten most environmentally destructive countries in the world.

Blacks and whites garden together, sowing seeds of hope in SA Special

Durban - Fifteen black youths from the Mquatsheni community in a rural South Africa, where the KwaZulu-Natal province borders Lesotho, worked alongside 12 whites from Europe and the US in April to dig and plant vegetable gardens for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
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