For FW de Klerk reconciliation was never about moral intention, but always about political strategy, writes Antjie Krog.
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The scale of a flooding disaster in southern Laos was still unclear, in part because of the inaccessibility of the area but also because reports from the isolated country's state media have been scant and sometimes inconsistent.
Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reports.
Two children died and three are missing after more than 50 students fell off a collapsed suspension bridge in northern Laos on their way to school, state-run media reports.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in communist-controlled Laos in a rare high-level visit by an American diplomat to Washington's former wartime foe.
Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.
Children or pregnant women first for swine flu vaccines? Experts debate the best approach.
The bodies of 17 people have been recovered after flash floods caused by a dam breach in southern Laos, says a Thai consular official at the scene.
Dutch customs officials say they have intercepted a package containing 12 pieces of rhinoceros horn that was sent from South Africa to the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.
Landlocked Laos is the poorest state in Southeast Asia but by virtue of geography and growing Chinese influence, its secretive authoritarian leaders wield a huge and unaccountable power over a river that winds through six countries.
More than 20 people are missing after a military helicopter in Laos came down in poor weather earlier this week, state media says.
Laos has said it would start construction of a controversial multi-billion dollar dam, after adapting the design to calm environmental concerns from neighbouring nations.
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