/AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Florida
executed a convicted rapist and murderer on Tuesday, using a new
drug in its lethal injection procedure that has been challenged
in court by death row inmates who say it would leave them in
Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in
Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST (2318 GMT), 18 minutes after
the lethal injection procedure got underway.
/ AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two U.S. death row inmates face execution on Tuesday, including a Florida man convicted of a 1991 sexual assault and murder who will be put to death using a new lethal injection procedure that has drawn legal challenges.
The executions of Darius Kimbrough in Florida and Jamie McCoskey in Texas would be the 33rd and 34th executions in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a national non-profit organization.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African trade union NUMSA said it had reached a deal to end a four-week strike in the auto components sector that has crippled production
It said workers will return to factory floors on Monday.
Union officials told a news conference on Sunday that workers would receive a 10 percent pay increase in the first year of the accord and wage hikes of eight percent in the second and third years covered by the agreement.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics
is betting on a top-end refrigerator designed not to
lose its cool in Africa as a way into the continent’s consumer
markets, where there is growing demand for prestige products
which meet local needs.
The refrigerator comes with a sticker saying it is “Built
for Africa”, meaning that while it is basically the same
flagship product on sale elsewhere in the world it has been
tailored to suit local conditions.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The number of rhinos killed by poachers has hit a new annual record in South Africa, raising worries of a downward population spiral in a country that is home to almost all of Africa’s rhinos.
As of the end of September, 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa, exceeding the annual record of 668 set in 2012, according to data provided by the Environmental Affairs ministry on Tuesday.
MBABANE (Reuters) – Swaziland, the country hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, appears to be stemming the pace of new infections thanks to increased funding, more efficient treatment and greater international help, public health workers said.
On a global basis, the rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday.
NKHABA, Swaziland (Reuters) – For most Swazis, polling day serves only as a galling reminder of the entrenched poverty, inequality and suppression of human rights in a country run as King Mswati III’s personal fiefdom.
Voters chose on Friday from a slate of royal supporters in an election virtually devoid of campaign posters and completely lacking in political parties, which are banned so as not to upset the workings of Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African airline workers returned to work this week and promised to pursue wage talks in a further sign of waning union militancy amid job fears that have eased the strike threat to Africa’s biggest economy.
With the unemployment rate stuck at about 25 percent for years and poverty gripping millions, many South Africans have said they are more concerned with securing a paycheque for themselves than heeding the strike calls of union bosses.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African construction and airport workers went on strike for higher wages on Monday, extending a series of industrial action threatening to slow growth in Africa’s largest economy.
The labor unrest poses a risk for President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress as it heads into elections next year facing increasing criticism that it has not done enough to help the millions of unemployed and working poor almost 20 years after the end of white-minority apartheid rule.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police have completed their murder investigation into global track and field star Oscar Pistorius, who will appear in court next week to receive detailed charges for the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend.
The double-amputee, known as “Blade Runner” for the prostheses he wears in competition, is due in court on August 19 for a hearing that will likely be brief and procedural. He was released on bail in February after being charged with murder.