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US Restores $350 Million in Aid to Malawi

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has restored a $350-million aid package to Malawi that was suspended last year following deadly clashes between police and protesters in the southern African country. The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency that assists developing countries, said it will release the aid because of democratic steps taken by Malawi’s new leader, […]

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Malawi Cancels AU Summit Over Bashir Controversy

Posted June 8th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi says it will not host an upcoming African Union summit, after the AU insisted on inviting Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes. Speaking on state radio, Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali said the cabinet met Friday and decided not to host the summit. He said ministers based their decision on […]

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Malawi President Urges Repeal of Gay Ban

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s President Joyce Banda says she wants to repeal the country’s laws against homosexuality, a move sure to be condemned by some religious and conservative groups. President Banda told parliament Friday that indecency and unnatural acts laws will be repealed. But repealing a law requires a parliamentary vote and it is not clear whether she […]

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Malawi: Omar Bashir Not Welcome

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s new president wants nothing to do with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. President Joyce Banda said Friday she does not want Mr. Bashir coming to Malawi in July for an upcoming African Union summit. She said the last time the Sudanese leader visited, her country lost out on substantial amounts of foreign aid and that […]

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Malawi Buries Late President

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malawians have buried late president Bingu wa Mutharika, who died of a heart attack earlier this month. Several African presidents attended the funeral Monday in Mr. Mutharika’s home district , including the presidents of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania. New Malawian President Joyce Banda said she would try to build on her predecessor’s record of economic […]

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Malawi to Bury Late President

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi is set to bury late president Bingu wa Mutharika, who died of a heart attack earlier this month. Several African presidents are in Malawi for Monday’s funeral in Mr. Mutharika’s home district, including the leaders of Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Malawi’s information minister, Moses Kunkuyu, told VOA that the leaders of many political […]

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Late President’s Body Returned to Malawi

Posted April 14th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The body of Malawi’s late president Bingu wa Mutharika has arrived in his homeland from South Africa, more than a week after he died of a heart attack. The body was flown into Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, on Saturday as thousands of people gathered at the airport and along the airport road to pay their respects. […]

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Malawi Pledges to Restore Relations with Donors

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s new leader is pledging to mend relations with foreign donors who withdrew aid during the rule of late President Bingu wu Mutharika. President Joyce Banda told reporters Tuesday that, in a phone call, she asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to unfreeze aid to Malawi that came through the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. […]

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Body of Late Malawi President to Return Thursday

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi says the body of late president Bingu wa Mutharika will arrive back in the country Thursday. The Office of President and Cabinet said Mr. Mutharika’s body will return from South Africa, where he was taken after suffering a heart attack last week. Meanwhile, the late president’s party has named his brother, Peter Mutharika, as […]

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Malawi’s New President Calls for Peace, Unity

Posted April 7th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, has called for peace and unity as the nation mourns for her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika, who died suddenly on Thursday. Ms. Banda spoke on Saturday after being sworn in in the capital, Lilongwe, as Malawi’s first female president. “I call upon all Malawians to remain calm and to keep […]

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