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Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

May. 21, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — More than 6 million Malawians are voting Tuesday for president, parliament and local councils in the country's sixth election since the 1994 end of dictatorship. Of a field of seven presidential candidates, incumbent 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika faces stiff competition from...

Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president

May. 19, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country's main opposition party. The need to protect people with albinism...

Elephant kills UK soldier on anti-poaching duty in Malawi

May. 7, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British soldier has been killed by an elephant while on anti-poaching operations in Malawi. Britain's Ministry of Defense says Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards was on patrol in Liwonde National Park when he was killed on Sunday. His commanding officer, Lt. Col....

With albinism, musician Lazarus finds light in the darkness

May. 2, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lazarus Chigwandali, a Malawian street musician with albinism, was once lured into a car. He was kidnapped, and the plan was to cut up his body and sell his parts to witch doctors, who would use them in potions thought to bring good luck. It sounds surreal — but it is the reality...

Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria

Apr. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get...

Cyclone Idai's death toll now above 1,000 in southern Africa

Apr. 10, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1,000, while the number of cholera cases among survivors has risen above 4,000. The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi nearly a month ago, as...

Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases

Apr. 1, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican and international health workers raced Monday to contain a cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where the number of cases has jumped to more than 1,000. One person has died of cholera, while 97 patients remain in treatment centers,...

International aid helps Mozambique fight cholera in Beira

Mar. 31, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — As Mozambique battles to control a fast-spreading cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit central city of Beira, international assistance is arriving. The number of cholera cases jumped to 271 over the weekend although no deaths from the disease had been reported. More than 500 people...

1st cholera cases confirmed in Mozambique's cyclone-hit city

Mar. 27, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions. The five...

Correction: Mozambique-Cyclone-The Latest story

Mar. 27, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — In a story March 26 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. military will be the lead coordinator for the U.S. government's international disaster response effort. It should have reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of...