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Google Street View adds Hungary and Lesotho

Basotho living abroad, returned Peace Corps volunteers and Prince Harry will no doubt enjoy being able to take the yellow Google Maps man for a stroll down Kingsway in downtown Maseru. And homesick Hungarians can now walk along the Danube virtually.

Lesotho leads southern Africa in democracy

Commentary: Tiny mountain nation’s peaceful election is a lesson for all of southern Africa.
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Supporters of Thomas Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, celebrate in Maseru. Thabane is expected to become the tiny country's new prime minister. Voting took place smoothly across the kingdom where most people live as farmers in villages separated by towering mountain ranges, which many crossed by foot to reach their polling stations. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

THABA BOSIU, Lesotho — It was election day in Lesotho, and after almost three hours of standing in line, Rosina Moiloa had nearly reached the doorway of the threadbare school that doubled as the polling station in this village. But Rosina, a first-time voter, wasn’t griping about the wait.

The textile worker earns $140 per month, but spends nearly half that on the 30-minute taxi commute to her T-shirt factory in the capital, Maseru. In a country of 1.8 million, where half live in poverty and three-quarters lack electricity, she craves affordable educational opportunities for her two children.

So in the latest test of democracy in Africa, Rosina, 42, withstood the early-winter chill in the “Mountain Kingdom” of Lesotho, to reject the 14-year reign of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

“We’ve been told that one vote can change a nation,” she proclaimed, with hands stuffed in her coat pockets for warmth, as other queuing villagers nodded. “I want to see if this is true.”

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Lesotho’s prime minister and cabinet resign

Mosisili served as Lesotho’s prime minister for 14 years. A Gallup poll last month ranked him among Africa's five most despised leaders, with only 39 percent of poll takers approving of his performance, AFP reported.

Lesotho elections: Voters head to the polls

According to BBC News, there is no clear favorite among the three main parties – Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's Democratic Congress (DC), Mothetjoa Metsing's Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Tom Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC).

'Drug mules' caught transporting marijuana by donkey from Lesotho to South Africa

Police discovered a donkey train laden with bags of marijuana traveling from Lesotho to South Africa.
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Drug mules?: South African police have arrested eight men accused of transporting marijuana by donkey from Lesotho, through the Drakensberg mountains and into South Africa. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)
South African police say they have uncovered a 'drug mule' syndicate operating high in the Drakensberg mountains, along the border with Lesotho.

Lesotho horses help fight HIV

MOKHOTLONG — In the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where one out of every four people is HIV positive, horses play a key role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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