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Los Angeles isn't the world's wettest city at the best of times. The Water Conservation Response Unit is a five-strong team from LA's Department of Water and Power utility, who aim to "educate customers about the importance of practicing water conservation." The unit's director Enrique Silva patrols the sprawling metropolis's neighborhoods in an ocean-blue car, looking for people wasting water. California is in the grip of its third year of severe drought, the worst in decades, threatening to drain underground aquifers and leaving the taps of some 40 million people to run dry.
Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux. "I will return as soon as my life is not in danger... I will not go back to Lesotho to get killed." Local intelligence officers told AFP the coup was led by Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, who was recently ordered to renounce command of the Lesotho Defence Forces. "This issue of always alleging that the Lesotho defence force is mounting a coup d'etat is not a new thing," said Major Ntlele Ntoi, a military spokesman, adding that Kamoli remains in his post.