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February 12, 1987 | From Reuters
This African nation plans to screen its entire population for AIDS next month. Health Minister Sipho Shongwe said in a statement Tuesday night that health experts from countries he did not name have been recruited to take blood samples of the nation's 600,000 people and to check them for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Swaziland, a tiny enclave almost surrounded by South Africa, has reported that only two people, one of them a foreigner, have been diagnosed as having AIDS.
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July 21, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster shots blog
A circumcision campaign in a South African township cut new HIV infections among the treated men by 76%, researchers reported Wednesday. The simple operation provides a way to make major inroads in the HIV transmission rate in countries where the infection rate is very high, researchers said, and provides a cost-effective way to slow the pandemic. Clinical trials have shown that circumcision can reduce HIV infection, but the new results presented at a Rome conference of the International AIDS Society show the benefits in actual practice.
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WORLD
September 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Swaziland's King Mswati III has chosen an 18-year-old student as his 10th wife, a palace source said. The 34-year-old, British-educated king picked out his bride-to-be, Nolichwa Ntenteza, during a traditional reed dance festival in southern Swaziland. Mswati can choose a new wife every year from among thousands of virgins who parade at annual dance ceremonies. He chose a 17-year-old as his ninth wife last year.
NEWS
November 2, 2008 | Clare Nullis, Nullis writes for the Associated Press.
Nelson Mdlovu strides out of a small clinic with a spring in his step and a smile on his lips, just minutes after being circumcised. Mdlovu swallowed his fears to line up with nine other equally nervous men for the 30-minute operation. They joined the ranks of hundreds of Swazi men who have opted for circumcision, after the United Nations said last year that the procedure could cut the risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60%. With the help of training from Israeli surgeons, Swaziland leads the African rush to embrace an ancient surgery to fight a modern scourge.
NEWS
November 2, 2008 | Clare Nullis, Nullis writes for the Associated Press.
Nelson Mdlovu strides out of a small clinic with a spring in his step and a smile on his lips, just minutes after being circumcised. Mdlovu swallowed his fears to line up with nine other equally nervous men for the 30-minute operation. They joined the ranks of hundreds of Swazi men who have opted for circumcision, after the United Nations said last year that the procedure could cut the risk of contracting HIV by as much as 60%. With the help of training from Israeli surgeons, Swaziland leads the African rush to embrace an ancient surgery to fight a modern scourge.
NEWS
March 1, 1989 | From Reuters
Crocodiles have devoured 10 people in the last six weeks in Swaziland, the Times of Swaziland reported Tuesday.
WORLD
September 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Swaziland's King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, has chosen a 16-year-old beauty contestant as his 13th wife after the traditional Reed Dance ceremony at which about 20,000 women and girls danced topless. The Times of Swaziland said the Miss Teenage Swaziland finalist was in seclusion. The palace does not comment on the 36-year-old king's marriages. His father had more than 40 wives.
WORLD
December 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Workers in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland largely ignored a national strike called by union leaders to force sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch to ease his tight grip on power. Public transportation was running normally around the country on the first day of the two-day protest. Businesses not already shut for the holidays functioned normally.
WORLD
November 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Swaziland's King Mswati III plans to acquire a $51-million luxury jet, despite opposition in parliament and criticism from aid donors seeking to stave off starvation in his kingdom. "The king needs the plane to get food for you," Natural Resources Minister Magwagwa Mdluli told drought victims at rural Macetjeni last weekend.
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February 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The male African elephant calf born Monday at the Wild Animal Park has been given a name suggested by the king of Swaziland: Vus'musi, (pronounced vus-moo-see), which means "to build a family" in the Siswati language. The 228-pound calf was born to one of the seven elephants imported to the park from Swaziland last summer to help reverse the population decline among African elephants in North American zoos.
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May 12, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Actor Richard E. Grant makes his feature writing-directing debut with the semiautobiographical drama "Wah-Wah," which is both acidly funny and very moving. Described as a "coming of age at the end of an age" story, the film is set in late-1960s Swaziland on the verge of its independence.
WORLD
January 23, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
That warm September morning, the whole world seemed to be singing her name. She wore her favorite thing, the new denim miniskirt, and when she stood in front of the mirror, she had the delightful feeling of knowing that she looked beautiful. As Portia walked along the street, she saw the beaming smiles of the local boys and heard their calls that they loved her. She took a minibus to Manzini, the biggest Swazi town, on her way to a wedding.
WORLD
September 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Swaziland's King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, has chosen a 16-year-old beauty contestant as his 13th wife after the traditional Reed Dance ceremony at which about 20,000 women and girls danced topless. The Times of Swaziland said the Miss Teenage Swaziland finalist was in seclusion. The palace does not comment on the 36-year-old king's marriages. His father had more than 40 wives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The male African elephant calf born Monday at the Wild Animal Park has been given a name suggested by the king of Swaziland: Vus'musi, (pronounced vus-moo-see), which means "to build a family" in the Siswati language. The 228-pound calf was born to one of the seven elephants imported to the park from Swaziland last summer to help reverse the population decline among African elephants in North American zoos.
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February 24, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
One of seven African elephants brought to the Wild Animal Park from Swaziland last year gave birth Monday to a 250-pound male calf, the first birth of an African elephant here in two decades. Ndlulamitsi, which means "taller than trees" in the Siswati language, gave birth with little difficulty and no intervention by zoo veterinarians or keepers. "Our philosophy here is: Let nature do its work," said Jeff Andrews, animal care manager at the 1,800-acre park.
WORLD
December 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Workers in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland largely ignored a national strike called by union leaders to force sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch to ease his tight grip on power. Public transportation was running normally around the country on the first day of the two-day protest. Businesses not already shut for the holidays functioned normally.
WORLD
December 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Six South African judges who make up tiny Swaziland's top judicial body have quit in protest of a government decision to ignore their rulings that would limit the power of King Mswati III. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini said the Court of Appeal judges, on loan from South Africa, had overstepped their authority in two rulings that held that Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, had no constitutional power to override parliament by issuing his own decrees.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster shots blog
A circumcision campaign in a South African township cut new HIV infections among the treated men by 76%, researchers reported Wednesday. The simple operation provides a way to make major inroads in the HIV transmission rate in countries where the infection rate is very high, researchers said, and provides a cost-effective way to slow the pandemic. Clinical trials have shown that circumcision can reduce HIV infection, but the new results presented at a Rome conference of the International AIDS Society show the benefits in actual practice.
WORLD
December 19, 2002 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
It's good to be king. Nearly half the people in this land of 1.1 million live in thatched huts without electricity or running water, and King Mswati III is in the market for a $50-million private jet. Polygamous relationships are among the main drivers of Swaziland's 33% HIV infection rate, but Mswati is still a monarch on the make. In the furtherance of the royal libido, the 34-year-old king's minions recently abducted an 18-year-old student from her schoolyard.
WORLD
December 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Six South African judges who make up tiny Swaziland's top judicial body have quit in protest of a government decision to ignore their rulings that would limit the power of King Mswati III. Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini said the Court of Appeal judges, on loan from South Africa, had overstepped their authority in two rulings that held that Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, had no constitutional power to override parliament by issuing his own decrees.
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