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Swaziland magazine editor arrested

Swaziland police on Tuesday arrested the editor of the country's leading political magazine on charges of contempt of court, based on articles he published. Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation magazine, briefly appeared in court and was remanded in custody. He was arrested with rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, a columnist at the magazine. Their lawyer Sifiso Manana said "an application for bail will be heard on Thursday." Media in Swaziland operates under strict regulations, where criticism of King Mswati III and his government is not tolerated.

Swaziland says loan from S.Africa "not working out"

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A 2.4 billion rand ($280 million) loan that South Africa agreed to extend to Swaziland has hit a snag but the landlocked kingdom, Africa's last absolute monarchy, can survive without it, its finance minister said on Tuesday. The loan was agreed in 2011 as Swaziland grappled with an acute funding crisis. South Africa was due to release the first tranche of the bailout last year but the money never materialised.
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