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US Lawmaker Calls For End to Malawi Aid

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. lawmaker is pressing the White House to end a hefty aid package for Malawi, after the southern African country allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit. During an interview with VOA on Wednesday, Congressman Frank Wolf accused Malawi of aiding and supporting a “known war criminal.” The International Criminal Court has issued an […]

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Malawi Refuses to Arrest Sudan’s President, Despite International Urging

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union is urging Malawi to comply with an International Criminal Court warrant and arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country for a regional trade summit. A spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Friday that she was “concerned” by the visit, and called for Malawi to “respect […]

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Malawi Opposition Group Calls for Arrest of Sudanese President

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s main opposition party and two leading international human rights groups are pressuring Malawi’s government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country for a regional trade summit. President Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, is in Malawi for a meeting of the 19-member Common Market for Eastern […]

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HRW: Malawi Should Arrest Sudan’s Bashir

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch has called on Malawi to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visits for a regional trade summit. The U.S.-based group said Mr. Bashir is expected to travel to Malawi for a meeting of the 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa , which begins on Friday. Mr. Bashir is wanted […]

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Malawi Government Lifts Travel Ban on New Zambian President

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 7:01 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika says his government will allow the newly-elected president of neighboring Zambia to enter the country, four years after he was mysteriously deported. Mr. Mutharika’s government said Thursday that President Michael Sata, who was elected to the Zambian presidency last week, has been “cleared of the prohibited immigrant status” since he […]

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Opposition Activists Begin Three-Day Strike in Malawi

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Businesses in many of Malawi’s main cities were closed Wednesday as police patrolled the streets at the start of a three-day anti-government strike that some fear could spark more deadly violence in the southern African nation. Civil society activists decided to call for the strike after abandoning their plans for street protests. Activists say local […]

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UN Chief Encouraged by Efforts to Resolve Malawian Conflict

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has welcomed steps toward dialogue by the Malawian government and civil society organizations following last month’s deadly violence. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman Wednesday said he is encouraged by the signing of a joint statement by the two sides in a U.N. facilitated meeting. Mr. Ban […]

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High Police Presence in Malawi Despite Protest Cancellation

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Police were out in force in Malawi Wednesday despite the postponement of anti-government protests. Extra police roamed the streets of the country’s three main cities, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu, while many shops and banks remained closed. Witnesses described the mood as tense but quiet. Malawian rights groups had planned to hold rallies Wednesday but on […]

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Malawian Rights Groups Postpone Protests, Citing Court Challenge

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malawian rights groups have postponed a nationwide anti-government demonstration scheduled for this week, saying they will wait for the outcome of a legal challenge against their plan. A spokesman for the rights groups, Rogers Newa, told a news conference Tuesday the High Court is considering a petition by government loyalists for an injunction against opposition […]

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Malawi’s President Wants Anti-Government Rallies Cancelled

Posted August 14th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s president has called on activists to cancel anti-government rallies scheduled for Wednesday. Civil society groups are planning so-called “vigils” to protest what they say is the government’s failure to respond to their concerns. Speaking on state television Sunday, President Bingo wa Mutharika said the events could turn violent. He said organizers should carefully review […]

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