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Government of Lesotho restored

MASERU (Reuter) - Lesotho's King Letsie yesterday restored to power the government of the ousted Prime Minister, Ntsu Mokhehle, whose sacking nearly a month ago plunged the southern African nation into a constitutional crisis. Thousands of people ran into the streets of Maseru and cheered as state radio broadcast live the signing of a peace agreement by the two leaders. The pact is guaranteed by Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. It ended a royal coup which sparked protest marches in which five people were killed and strikes which brought the kingdom to a standstill.

Lesotho's king 'to abdicate'

JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - Lesotho's king is ready to abdicate within days and reinstate his deposed father, Moshoeshoe, to settle the crisis he started by sacking the government, sources said yesterday. They said King Letsie III, who angered his Southern African neighbours by firing the democratically elected government on 17 August, would step down before 1 September and the government would return to power. That date is the deadline set by the presidents of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, meeting in Pretoria on Thursday, for King Letsie to restore democracy.

King of Lesotho told he must reverse coup

PRETORIA - The President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and his counterparts from Zimbabwe and Botswana gave the King of Lesotho a week's grace yesterday to find an honourable way to reinstate Ntsu Mokhehle, his Prime Minister, whom he overthrew in a coup last week, writes John Carlin.

Lesotho's king is given a week to reverse coup

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Mandela brokers talks to end conflict in Lesotho

THE PRESIDENTS of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana resolved yesterday to hold talks with the King of Lesotho, Letsie III, and the Prime Minister he deposed in a coup last week, Ntsu Mokhehle, to persuade them to find an amicable solution to the crisis besetting their country.

Television (Review): Will the real Lord Lucan please step forward

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Travel: Big game Hunter is awed by elephants: The man eating crocodile was called Hunter Davies. On a visit to Africa he learned to love animals - a little

The only interest I've ever had in animals is in eating them. Looking at them, petting them, taking them for walks - who needs all that? I've seen an elephant at the zoo: very nice, but I made no plans to see another. They're all the same, aren't they?

TRAVEL / Botswana: Buzzing with wildlife: The thrill of the unspoilt wild drew Anthony Gardner to southern Africa, but a disturbing encounter with the angry native bee proved a severe test of his frontier spirit

THE IMPORTANT thing to remember when you run into a swarm of killer bees is not to swat any of them. If you do, they will almost certainly sting you; they will also release a chemical which encourages the others to attack. Of course, when they are crawling over your face and buzzing in your ears, this kind of advice is not easy to follow.

BOOK / Ralph among the hot water bottles: Sue Gaisford meets Hilary Mantel, whose new book wonders how to do the decent thing

In 1976 two women were talking at a bus-stop about a recent spate of vandalism at the youth-club. One said: 'They stole my skeleton, you know,' and the other replied: 'Good job it wasn't a full-sized one.' By sheer good fortune, Hilary Mantel was listening and from this overheard, gnomic exchange grew her second novel, Vacant Possession. That's how it happens with her. Some little trigger is pulled, she starts with a bit of a story and works away on what it's all about: a novel appears.

Mugabe courts SA as a peace-keeper: Mandela and De Klerk charm Pretoria's former foes

PRESIDENT F W de Klerk, a senior member of the cabinet seven years ago when South Africa bombed Botswana and Zimbabwe, met the two countries' presidents yesterday in the company of his government's one-time prisoner, Nelson Mandela.

REVIEW / Ole man river, he just keeps waffling

'I AM Sador of the Malmori . . . I possess a stellar convertor, the most powerful weapon in the universe,' boasted a man in Bacofoil early yesterday morning. He had a birthmark across one eye, which, in the way of these things in Hollywood films, had given him a difficult childhood and turned him from the path of goodness into a destroyer of worlds. I like the idea of a stellar convertor; very handy for television executives, though, when you come to think of it, they already have their own. Point a camera at virtually anything and it turns into a star.

De Beers dips despite rise in sales

DE BEERS, the South African mining giant, saw a drop of 1.6 per cent in net income before tax from its diamond operation in the first half of the year, despite a 42 per cent jump in sales from stocks and a price rise in February.

Export insurer redraws the risk map

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TRAVEL / Great Civilisations of the world: Great Zimbabwe: Quest for Africa's lost city: David Keys on tales of Great Zimbabwe's origins that have lured explorers for centuries

SEVEN hundred years ago, in the middle of southern Africa's bush, there flourished a great empire. Virtually unknown to the rest of the world, it was ruled by an all-powerful priest-king from a huge city in what is now the African republic of Zimbabwe.
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