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Malawi president dies, leaving nation in suspense

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has died after a heart attack, a hospital source said Friday, but the government’s official silence has created political suspense over his succession. The impoverished nation was plunged into a long night of intrigue after Mutharika’s heart attack in the capital Lilongwe. He was rushed…

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika unconscious after heart attack

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, 78, was unconscious in hospital Thursday after suffering a heart attack, a medical source said. “He had a cardiac arrest, he is still unconscious since 9:00 am (0700 GMT),” a senior official at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe said on condition of anonymity. Mutharika, a…

UNAIDS ‘concerned’ by jailing of Malawi gay couple

BLANTYRE (AFP) – Two of the world’s leading AIDS campaigners voiced concern on Wednesday that the jailing of a gay couple in Malawi could hurt the fight against the disease by forcing gay men underground. Last week a court sentenced Steven Monjeza, 26, and his 20-year-old partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga to…

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