SA troops not heading to Lesotho after coup: Dirco

The South African government was not immediately sending troops to Lesotho following claims that the neighbouring country had been taken over by the military, the department of international relations (Dirco) said on Saturday.

Susan Shabangu demands apology for 'liar' comment

Women Minister Susan Shabangu wants an apology from broadcaster eNCA for reporting that she called Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a liar, her office said on Saturday.

Lesotho PM says army staged coup, military denies

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday accused his country's army of mounting a coup against him and said he had fled to South Africa, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks.

Update: Lesotho 'coup' attempt

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 military seize control of police HQ in coup attempt

Lesotho's military seized control of the tiny African kingdom's police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones in the early hours Saturday, a government minister and member of the ruling coalition told a news agency.

Negligence led to death of 14 children in 2011 Knysna bus crash

The Knysna Magistrate's Court found negligence had contributed to a horror bus crash which killed 14 Rheenendal children three years ago, according to a report.

Withdraw suspension notice Mbete, or I'll see you in court: Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema warned National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete in a letter on Friday that unless she withdrew plans to suspend him from Parliament by Sunday noon, he would launch a court challenge.

Big butts, small waists and Kim Kardashian, inside Hollywood's waist training trend

The world's most admired body shape - the hour glass - is turning Hollywood celebrities into waist training fanatics, a trend which has recently popped up again.

Four guilty of shooting Rwandan exile in Johannesburg

A South African court on Friday found four men guilty of trying to kill an exiled critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in a case that had strained diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Nkandla committee stumbles on mandate

Opposition parties refused to elect the chair of the new parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy until its mandate had been clarified to ensure the public protector's report is not sidelined.

DA wants AG to investigate 'dodgy' defence tender

The DA has called on Auditor General Kimi Makwetu to investigate allegations of irregularities in the awarding of tenders worth more than R200 million by the defence department.
Residents of West Point neighbourhood, which has been quarantined following an outbreak of Ebola, receive food rations from the United Nations World Food Programme in Monrovia

The World Food Programme needs $70m to feed 1.3m people in Ebola quarantine

The World Food Programme needs to raise $70 million to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa, with the agency's resources already stretched by several major humanitarian crises, its regional director said.

UK's Cameron says he's "nervous" over Scottish independence vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month.

Egypt court commutes Brotherhood leader's death sentence

An Egyptian court on Saturday commuted a death sentence against the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader to life in prison, in one of many trials of Islamists since their removal from power.

Iran accuses US of duplicity after new sanctions

Iran accused the United States of duplicity Saturday for imposing new sanctions on organisations linked to Tehran's nuclear programme, despite long-running but active negotiations to end the standoff.

DA condemns Lesotho coup

An urgent meeting must be held by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to find a solution to an alleged military coup in Lesotho, the DA said on Saturday.

EU's Barroso warns Ukraine crisis near 'point of no return'

EU Commission head Jose Manual Barroso warned on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was reaching the point of no return, after reports Russian troops were fighting in the east of the country.

Grace Mugabe entrenches herself in Zimbabwe politics

She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.

Endurance swimmer first to swim the seven seas of the ancient world

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is the first person to swim the seven seas of the ancient world. Pugh completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier on Friday. It took him eight hours and 12 minutes.

Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

African troops in fresh offensive against Islamists in Somalia: army

Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against Shebab Islamist fighters aimed to capture remaining ports from the extremists, army and government officials said Saturday.
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