SA special forces foil Lesotho coup

A group of South African soldiers helped Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane to flee his home in Maseru just before the arrival of military mutineers who were determined to force him out of office.

Tobacco giant hauled to court over spy claims

Cigarette giant British American Tobacco (BAT) could have its dirty linen aired in court following a sensational high court application launched by local "value brand" producer Carnilinx for alleged "corporate espionage".

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.

Ukraine rebels prepare attack as EU warns Russia of new sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists were preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as EU leaders gave Moscow one week to curb its support for the rebels or face new sanctions.

Iceland raises aviation alert after volcanic eruption

Icelandic authorities Sunday raised an aviation alert to the highest level of red for a small area in the south-east, after a fissure eruption near the Bardarbunga volcano.

Mrwebi raid an 'internal affair says NPA

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube has declined to comment further on a report of a raid on the office of specialised commercial crimes unit head Lawrence Mrwebi.

Boksburg still without power

The Ekurhuleni municipality on Sunday said it had failed to meet its own deadline to restore power in the Boksburg area.
 Pick n Pay CEO Richard Brasher

Pick n Pay ratchets up rivalry

Intense competition in food retail is set to get even keener. Pick n Pay today launches Brand Match, which compares prices of the 1000 top-selling branded products among all big supermarket chains and pays back any difference at its tills in coupons if the products cost less elsewhere. It is a strategy to regain market share.

Medical aids still battling to cater to the masses

Top medical aid brains descended on Durban this week for the annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference - and the prognosis was not too sunny.
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.
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