Lesotho PM expected to return today after `coup`

Lesotho`s Prime Minister is set to return home Tuesday after three days in exile in neighbouring South Africa, as regional mediators seek to reinstall him to power after an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM confirms coup, flees to South Africa

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed on Saturday that the military had seized power in a coup in the tiny kingdom and that he had fled to neighbouring South Africa in fear of his life.

Lesotho military seize control of police HQ, jam radio stations

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

Ebola outbreak: South Africa safe for visitors, says its airline

South Africa is safe for all visitors planning to fly into the country, as the risk of being affected by the dreaded Ebola diseases is low, an official of its state-run airline said here Wednesday.

Indian parliamentarians trip to South Africa cancelled over Ebola fears?

A visit by a 12-member team of Indian parliamentarians to South Africa has been cancelled against the backdrop of the rising cases of Ebola. Officials, however, denied the deadly virus was the reason for cancelling the trip.

South Africa ombudswoman in corruption showdown with Zuma

South Africa`s ombudswoman has given President Jacob Zuma a fortnight to explain why he should not repay some of the USD 23 million of public money lavished on his farm, media reported today.

S Africa`s ANC dissociates itself from anti-Indian song

South Africa`s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has dissociated itself from a racist song which calls for local Indians to "go back across the sea or face action."

Burglars target Interpol building in South Africa, again

Thieves have broken into the building that houses Interpol and an elite South African police unit in the capital Pretoria for the second time in three weeks, a spokesman said Thursday.

South African doctors give wrong patient heart surgery

Local media said 83-year-old Rita du Plessis was being treated for a respiratory infection, but ended up in theatre for a procedure to remove excess moisture around her heart.

Two held for killing South Africa farmworker `with oranges`

Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday.

Building collapse kills 8 in South Africa

Eight South African workers died on Monday when a building under construction collapsed, and more people were feared trapped under the rubble, emergency workers said.

Dewani `fit to stand trial` for murder of wife in South Africa

An Indian-origin British businessman accused of murdering his of his Indo-Swedish wife during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 is fit to stand trial, a Cape High Court ruled on Friday.

Controversy in South Africa over hospital with Gandhi link

A controversy has erupted in South Africa over a proposed housing development project at a hospital site where Mahatma Gandhi worked as a volunteer during the outbreak of plague a century ago.

Quake shakes central South Africa, one dead

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit central South Africa on Tuesday, killing at least one man who died when a wall collapsed on top of him, according to emergency services.

Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in South Africa

A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

Archaeologists discover earlier stone age artifacts in South Africa

Tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and others have been discovered by archaeologist in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Peace walk held to mark Gandhi`s departure from South Africa

A five kilometre peace walk was organised here on Sunday as part of an event to commemorate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi`s departure from the shores of South Africa to India.

Nobel laureate Tutu likens Mid-East crisis to apartheid

Two South African winners of the Nobel Peace Prize today urged Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate peace, with former archbishop Desmond Tutu comparing the regional crisis to apartheid.

Month-long Indian festival in S Africa starts with exhibition

A digital exhibition featuring the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as two of the greatest leaders of the past century has kicked off a month- long Indian festival here today that will celebrate the strong bonds between India and South Africa.

25 injured as Hong Kong-bound jet hits turbulence

Hong Kong airport authorities said they were notified by the plane`s captain at 11:00 am that they would need help from emergency services when they came into land.