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/ 26 May 2008

Malawi ex-leader Muluzi held on coup charge

Former Malawian president Bakili Muluzi was arrested in connection with an alleged coup plot as he returned home from Britain on Sunday, his lawyer said. Five members of Muluzi’s United Democratic Front and three army generals were arrested last week on suspicion of being part of a plot to bring him to power, and an arrest warrant was issued for Muluzi.

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/ 21 May 2008

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.

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/ 14 May 2008

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.

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/ 28 February 2008

Malawi’s tea growers hope to boost prices

Low prices continue to haunt Malawian tea on the auction floors, a bitter irony for some producers as the country is regarded as the pioneer of tea-growing in Africa. Commercial production started way back in the 1880s during the British colonial era. Large tea estates have since then been a feature of the southern region of the country.

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/ 14 January 2008

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.

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/ 5 September 2007

Rwanda no longer joining SADC, president says

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame said on Wednesday that his country was no longer interested in joining the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in order to avoid ”overlapping” roles with other blocs. ”As a country we need to rationalise on which organisations to join in order to avoid overlaps,” he told journalists.

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/ 14 August 2007

Malawi leader threatens to close parliament

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika threatened on Tuesday to close Parliament if a budget crisis threatening to cut off services in the impoverished nation was not resolved within two days. The 2007/08 budget debate, which should have been concluded by June 30, was suspended last month because the opposition first wanted a dispute settled.

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/ 29 November 2006

Judge allows Madonna adoption challenge

A judge in Malawi on Wednesday allowed a coalition of human rights groups to proceed with a legal challenge to United States pop star Madonna’s adoption of an African baby boy. Judge Andrew Nyirenda ruled that the coalition of 67 rights groups could be regarded as ”friends of the court”.

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/ 13 November 2006

Legal challenge to Madonna’s adoption

A judge began hearing a closed-door legal challenge on Monday to pop star Madonna’s bid to adopt a baby boy from Malawi. The Human Rights Consultative Committee claims the government broke its own laws by granting an 18-month interim adoption order which has allowed the singer to bring up David Banda outside Malawi.

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/ 30 October 2006

Why has the G8 defaulted?

The United Nations’ special envoy for HIV and Aids in Africa accused the world’s wealthiest countries on Sunday of failing to deliver on promises to increase aid to the most impoverished continent. ”Where is the G8 money ? Where is the promise?… The world is running out of patience. Why has the G8 defaulted?” Stephen Lewis told reporters in Malawi.

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/ 27 October 2006

Judge adjourns Madonna case to November 13

A judge in Malawi adjourned to November 13 a hearing into an application by child rights groups trying to block the adoption of a Malawian boy by pop star Madonna. Yohane Banda, father of one-year-old David, went to the court in Lilongwe, saying his presence was a symbolic protest against the legal moves to halt the adoption.

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/ 16 October 2006

Rights groups question Madonna adoption

Human rights groups want Malawi’s courts to review a ruling allowing Madonna to adopt a child from Malawi, an impoverished, Aids-stricken Southern African country, according to one of dozens of organisations involved. Boniface Mandere of Eye of the Child, a local child protection society, told the media on Monday a coalition had banded together.