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Malawi protests spread after disputed election

Lilongwe - Police and protestors clashed in three cities in Malawi on Thursday during countrywide demonstrations over the disputed result of last month's presidential election.

Fear and stigma mark life for gays in conservative Malawi

Lilongwe - Fearing persecution after being outed as gay, Aniz Mitha fled Malawi.Leaving behind his well-off Muslim family and four-year-old son, he headed for South Africa, where he became a sex worker to survive.

President calls for opposition to accept Malawi vote result

Blantyre - Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday urged opposition parties to accept the outcome of an election clouded by fraud allegations as he was sworn in for a second term.

Correction fluid fails to cover up Malawi vote chaos

Blantyre - Tipp-Ex, once the favourite tool of office workers who had to cover up typing mistakes, has become an analogue-era peril to presidential elections in Malawi.

Malawi awaits result after tight three-way election

Lilongwe - Millions of voters in Malawi cast ballots Tuesday in a closely-fought election, with President Peter Mutharika battling to hold off two rivals in a race that focused on corruption allegations and economic development.

Malawi election goes down to the wire

Lilongwe - Malawi elects a new president Tuesday with no clear frontrunner, but incumbent Peter Mutharika hopes his record of improving infrastructure will help him overcome two serious challengers.

Killer of albino sentenced to death in Malawi

Blantyre - Malawi's high court has sentenced to death a man who murdered a young albino, an unprecedented penalty in a country which has seen a surge in attacks and killings of people with albinism.

Malawi rolls out ground-breaking malaria vaccine

Lilongwe - Malawi on Tuesday rolled out the world's first licensed malaria vaccine in a landmark campaign against a disease that each year kills hundreds of thousands of people, especially African children.

Malawi's president launches re-election campaign

Lilongwe - Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika launched his Democratic Progressive Party’s manifesto and election campaign Sunday, ahead of next month’s elections where he will seek a second and final term in office.

'Cannot go back': Malawi floods leave thousands homeless

Thyolo - "We just sleep on the floor in the tents," said 28-year-old mother-of-five Mary Amidu who like thousands of other Malawians fled her flood-ravaged home."It's a camp, so the situation is dire.

Under-fire Malawi president unveils probe into albino killings

Blantyre - Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika, on Friday appointed a commission of inquiry to probe a spate of attacks, abductions and killings of people with albinism.

Gandhi statue sparks controversy in Malawi

Blantyre - Over 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country.

War-weary Mozambicans yearn to leave Malawi haven

Blantyre - Hundreds of people who fled to Malawi from fighting in Mozambique are finally poised to go home, desperate to reach their untended farms now that the guns have fallen silent.

Malawi VP launches party, attacks President

Blantyre - Malawi's vice-president Saulos Chilima launched his own political party Saturday to run against the government in elections next year, persisting in his public attack on President Peter Mutharika's cabinet.

Malawi's ex-president Banda returns after four-year exile

Blantyre - Malawi's former president, Joyce Banda, returned home on Saturday after four years of self-imposed exile, despite facing the threat of arrest over corruption allegations.

Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war

Zomba - Under a scorching sun, a team of British soldiers and Malawian rangers sheltered under a tree ready to pounce on their prey: poachers.

Madonna takes kids back to Malawi to open hospital

Blantyre - US pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday took her four adopted Malawian children back to their home country for the opening of a paediatric hospital wing that her charity has built.

Madonna adopts 4-year-old twin girls in Malawi

Blantyre - US superstar Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi on Tuesday, a court official told AFP, raising to four the total number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation.

Madonna in Malawi to apply to adopt two more children

Blantyre - US pop superstar Madonna appeared in person at a court in the Malawian capital Lilongwe on Wednesday to apply to adopt two more local children, a court spokesman told AFP.

Malawi arrests man paid to have sex with 100 children

Blantyre - Malawi police have arrested an HIV-infected man who was paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood, officials said Tuesday.
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