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Malawi's new president inaugurated, calls for national sacrifice

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:30 AM

'We must have the courage to face and endure the pain if we ever want to enjoy wholeness as a nation,' says Lazarus Chakwera in a rousing speech after receiving the sword of command from the army general Peter Namathanga

INAUGURATED. Malawi President-elect Lazarus Chakwera shows the sword of office to the people after he received it from the Commander of the Malawi Defense Force, General Peter Namathanga, during his inauguration at the Kamuzu Baracks, the Malawi Defence Fore Headquarters, in Lilongwe on July 6, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Malawi opposition leader sworn in as new president

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Lazarus Chakwera wins a rerun of general elections, after the Constitutional Court overturned a May 2019 presidential election marred by widespread irregularities

NEW PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2020, Malawi's main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera arrives at Mtandire locations in the suburb of the capital Lilongwe for a rally. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Malawi president says election rerun marred by 'irregularities'

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'Sadly, as all Malawians have seen, this election is the worst in Malawi's history of our elections,' says Malawi President Peter Mutharika

IRREGULARITIES. Electoral officials and political party monitors count votes during the presidential elections during the presidential elections at the Mighty Caspia polling station in Area 23, a residential location in Lilongwe on June 23, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Malawi votes in closely-watched historic presidential rerun

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Victory in the rerun will be determined by whoever garners more than 50% of the votes

RERUN. An electoral official (L) checks the voters' roll while people queue to vote at the Malembo polling station during the presidential elections in Lilongwe on June 23, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Coronavirus drives Malawi tobacco farmers to the brink

Jun 22, 2020 - 1:45 AM

Due to coronavirus restrictions, farmers in Malawi are barred from attending auctions where tobacco prices are set. They feel cheated by buyers.

Tobacco buyers browse through bales at the Tobacco Auction floor on April 16, 2015 in Blantyre, Malawi. Tobacco, popularly known in the impoverished southern African nation as "green gold", brings in 60 percent of foreign exchange earnings and employs about half-a-million people. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

Malawi announces first coronavirus cases

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The first case is an elderly woman who had recently traveled to India to visit her relatives

WASH HANDS. Parishioners wash hands as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus on the last day of full gatherings as a parish at the Saint Don Bosco Catholic Parish in Lilongwe on March 22, 2020. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change deplete Lake Malawi

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:24 PM

'Seven years ago there was lots more fish than today. In 2019 it is different, there's no fish in the water,' says a trader

Malawian fishermen fix their fishing nets as fishing boats are seen on the shore of the Lake Malawi at the Senga village on May 19, 2019 in Senga, Malawi. Hundreds of local traders gather each morning and afternoon at Senga, but fish populations are falling in Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest body of freshwater. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Second defeated Malawi candidate wants presidential vote anulled

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Both defeated presidential bet allege fraud in the recent Malawi elections

DEFEATED. Presidential bet Saulos Chilima contests the electoral victory of Peter Mutharika. File photo from Chilima's Facebook page

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports 5 cholera cases

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock has appealed for $282 million of relief aid over the next 3 months for Mozambique

HELP NEEDED. Women wait in a line to receive relief supplies from South Africa's disaster relief organization Gift of the Givers after the area has been isolated by the Cyclone Idai in Estaquinha, about 80km west from Beira, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Malawi's ex-president Banda returns after 4-year exile

Apr 28, 2018 - 7:02 PM

A police spokesman declines to say if Banda would be arrested over corruption allegations, though he confirms that a warrant issued last July remains valid

JOYCE BANDA. In this file photo, former President of Malawi Joyce Banda attends the 2016 Concordia Summit in New York City on September 20, 2016. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Malawi sacks 68 civil servants over salary fraud

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Employees at the agricultural ministry have been accused of running a scheme of inflated salaries or payments for non existent workers between 2012 and 2014

Madonna takes kids back to Malawi to open hospital

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:11 PM

Madonna opens the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care which is named after one of her children

8 dead at Malawi independence day stampede

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:36 PM

The stampede occurs after gates are opened at the 40 000 seat Bingu stadium in the capital Lilongwe for a presidential address and football match to mark the annual Independence Day celebrations

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Show your support for Marawi soldiers, cops

Jun 11, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Let us show our support for Filipino soldiers and cops deployed to Marawi City Thank them for their sacrifices and selflessness using the hashtag SalamatSaSerbisyo

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The vaccine also known as Mosquirix is developed by GlaxoSmithKline GSK in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative The large scale three country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015.  File photo by Stephanie Aglietti/AFP

Berita selebriti hari ini: Rabu, 8 Februari 2017

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Berita selebriti hari ini: Kamis, 26 Januari 2017

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Madonna in Malawi to apply to adopt 2 more kids – court

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Mlenga Mvula spokesman of the Lilongwe High Court says they are looking into whether Madonna can adopt two more children

Cheerful Madonna shrugs off controversy in Malawi

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Madonna speaks of her charitable plans in Malawi as it is the first time in nearly 2 years that she has visited the country where she has at times been embroiled in controversy after her adoption of David Banda and Mercy James

Screengrab from Instagram/madonna

Malawi albinos targeted in 'unprecedented' killing wave – watchdog

Jun 07, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Amnesty International says albinos in Malawi are being hunted down for their body parts which some believe bring wealth and good luck

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 27, 2015 shows Malawian Albino chidren playing toghether during the International Albinism Awareness Event in Mulanje district.  Albinos in Malawi are being targeted in an "unprecedented wave of brutal attacks", Amnesty International said on June 7, 2016 in a report that blames police for failing to tackle a scourge fuelled by ritual practices. At least 18 people with albinism -- a hereditary condition that causes an absence of pigmentation in the skin -- have been killed across Malawi since November 2014.   / AFP PHOTO / erico waga

Sanitary pads and sanitation can keep girls in school

May 20, 2016 - 1:07 PM

For many women and girls in developing countries menstruation increases their risk of infection and makes them vulnerable to bullying and teasing

Malawi, Mozambique issue drought alerts as crisis spreads

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED More people will need humanitarian relief assistance from 2016 to 2017 due to food shortages

A Malawian farmer works, 12 October 2005, on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to a severe drought that this year has hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. Aid agencies in Malawi are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis stemming from the double effect of drought that has cut output of maize, the staple food, by a quarter and AIDS. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Hope sky-high for homemade Malawi helicopter

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:15 PM

I want to show the world that we Malawians can do something and are intelligent says Felix Kambwiri

Felix Kambwiri sits in the cockpit of the helicopter he built during the last four months out of scrap metal and fibreglass in his garage in the village of Gobede, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of the capital Lilongwe, on February 19, 2016. It has never taken off, and could well be a death trap, but a homemade helicopter built in Malawi is drawing crowds captivated by its creator's determination to succeed against all the odds. / AFP / Amos Gumulira

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:24 AM

According to World Food Programme spokesman David Orr Zimbabwe and Malawi are facing their worst food security crisis in a decade

Federer launches childcare center in impoverished Malawi

Jul 21, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Roger Federer s foundation has been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already built 80 pre schools across the country

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer provides a box of gifts to school children in Lilongwe, Malawi. Photo by ERICO WAGA/EPA

South Africa to deploy army over anti-immigrant attacks

Apr 21, 2015 - 10:10 PM

South African soldiers will be deployed to tackle gangs hunting down and killing foreigners after at least seven people died in a wave of anti immigrant violence

ATTACKED. A man lies in the street after he was reportedly stabbed by a mob in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 April 2015. Photo by Kevin Sutherland / EPA

Foreigners tell of being 'hunted like dogs' in South Africa

Apr 21, 2015 - 6:10 PM

I will not go back It is better to be poor than be hunted like dogs because you are a foreigner

SEEKING SAFETY. Mothers and their children wait in line to be give food at a Red Cross refugee camp set up for foreign residents due to recent xenophobia attacks in the Primrose area of Johannesburg, South Africa, April 20, 2015. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Malawi flood survivors cry out for aid

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:28 PM

Scores of people are stranded on small patches of dry land in the worst hit district in Nsanje Malawi where severe floods left many dead and homeless

Indonesia executes 5 foreigners, one citizen for drugs offenses

Jan 18, 2015 - 8:54 AM

UPDATE Brazil and Netherlands recall their ambassadors to Indonesia after the execution of two of their citizens

Indonesian police patrol maximum security prison Nusa Kambangan in Cilacap, Central Java province, on January 16, 2015 prior to the scheduled execution of drug convicts on January 18. Dida Nuswantara/AFP

Malawi president, lawmakers get big pay hike

Dec 07, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The new salaries are “in line with the budget” which was passed by parliament last September

Chaotic Malawi election sparks legal battle

May 26, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Amid reports of irregularities the electoral commission the country s incumbent president and opposition parties are embroiled in lawsuits and counter suits over the count

Malawi to recount ballots amid claims of vote fraud

May 25, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The recount could start this week after an implementation plan was thrashed out with political parties

President claims 'serious irregularities' in Malawi vote

May 23, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Malawi s President Joyce Banda is calling for a manual audit of the vote following allegations of ballot tampering and the collapse of the computerized voter counting system

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Stunting prevention project launched in Malawi

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:43 PM

A new project to reduce stunting is launched in Malawi where the prevalence of stunting among children under 5 years old is an alarming 45

FIGHT STUNTING. Children in Malawi peer through holes at a WFP food distribution point in in Malawai's Zomba district. Photo by Jon Hrusa/EPA

Regional powers fear Rwandan invasion of DR Congo

Sep 15, 2013 - 8:59 AM

The Southern African Development Community said it was concerned at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border

Regional bloc toasts Mugabe, calls for end to Zimbabwe sanctions

Aug 19, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Zimbabwean pro democracy activists who travelled to Malawi to lobby the summit said they were disturbed by the Southern African Development Community SADC endorsement of the vote

Homophobia on the rise in Africa - rights group

Jun 26, 2013 - 8:42 AM

Homophobia in sub Saharan Africa has reached dangerous levels with more countries passing laws criminalizing same sex relations

Madonna builds 10 schools in Malawi

Dec 28, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Madonna says the schools will educate 4 871 children in Malawi

YOUTHFUL AT 50 FOR A REASON. Madonna doesn't smoke. Photo from the official Madonna Facebook page

Clinton starts Africa swing in Senegal

Aug 01, 2012 - 2:01 PM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Senegal s capital Dakar late Tuesday July 31 at the start of a six nation 11 day trip to Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap at Gallup, Inc., in Washington, D.C., on July 19, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Madonna in new fundraising venture in Malawi

Jul 22, 2012 - 6:51 PM

The queen of pop sends an email to her fans asking for support for a Malawian pediatrician

MADONNA IN THE VIDEO of her song, 'Give Me Some Lovin'' from her Facebook page

Banda praised for Malawi's transition, but bumpy road ahead

Apr 08, 2012 - 10:56 PM

Malawi s new President Joyce Banda wins praise for keeping a young democracy on track but southern Africa s first woman leader must now put the brakes on an economic and diplomatic nosedive