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Malawian president takes early lead in vote count

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika took a strong early lead on Wednesday in the vote count from the country's presidential election.

Malawians vote in test for political stability

Malawians voted in presidential and parliamentary elections on Tuesday that could rekindle political instability in the southern African country.

Former Malawi leader says coup-plot case a fabrication

Former Malawi president Bakili Muluzi has accused the government of fabricating a treason case against him for political reasons and demanded that a court give him bail unconditionally. Muluzi made the charge in a court filing on Tuesday, two days after he was arrested on suspicion of being involved in a plot to overthrow the government.

New Malawi coup plot raises suspicions

Malawi's announcement that it had foiled a fourth coup attempt in four years is fuelling suspicions of growing government paranoia and doubts over chances for a political deal crucial to donor funding. The arrest of senior opposition figures over the latest suspected plot has left crisis talks between the government and opposition near collapse.

Malawi expands arrests on coup-plot charges

Malawi has arrested two senior army officers for plotting to overthrow the government, police said on Wednesday, a day after the arrest of two opposition leaders on the same charges. The detentions have left crisis talks between the government and the opposition on the brink of collapse, which threatens to derail vital international donor programmes.

Malawi ends ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Malawi has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan after 41 years and established links with China, which has become a major economic power in Africa. ''We have decided to switch from Taiwan to mainland China after careful consideration of the benefits that we will be getting from mainland China,'' Foreign Affairs Minister Joyce Banda told a press conference on Monday.

Malawi tobacco output expected to rise in 2008

Tobacco production in Malawi is expected to rise to 150-million kilograms this season, encouraged by higher prices and good rains, the Tobacco Association of Malawi said on Monday. The expected increase in prices follows a slump in production last year, when growers only managed to produce 140-million kilograms.

Madonna lands in Malawi, second adoption rumoured

Madonna arrived in Malawi on Monday with the young local boy she is adopting, amid rumours she intended to adopt a second child from an orphanage the impoverished Southern African nation. Wearing dark glasses and a black outfit, Madonna carried Banda, now about 18 months old, as she walked onto the tarmac.

Madonna leaves Malawi after nod to adopt child

Pop diva Madonna left Malawi on Friday after receiving official permission to adopt a one-year-old boy from the impoverished Southern African country. Her departure brought to a climax a controversial week-long charity visit during which her aides denied earlier reports by government officials that she planned to adopt a child.

Madonna in Malawi to adopt child, help orphans

Pop diva Madonna arrived in Malawi on Wednesday to adopt an African child and fund an orphan centre for 1 000 children, many of whom lost parents to HIV/Aids. A fleet of cars and trucks whisked the Material Girl and her entourage to an undisclosed location soon after their private plane landed at Lilongwe.

Cynics mock, charities defend stars aiding Africa

Madonna feels responsible for the children of the world and has found herself a ''big, big project'' to help orphans in Malawi. Gwyneth Paltrow declares ''I am African'' in a new advertisement for a charity working in Africa. The continent has long been a favourite destination for celebrity campaigners, going back to 1954 when Danny Kaye became Unicef's goodwill ambassador.

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