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Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie will visit South Africa

Jun. 27, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Baby Archie will make his first overseas appearance this fall when parents Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, take him on an official visit to South Africa. The couple's Instagram account said: "This will be their first official tour as a family." Archie is expected to make the...

Police fire tear gas as thousands in Malawi protest election

Jun. 20, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Police in Malawi fired tear gas at some protesters on Thursday as thousands demonstrated in major cities over last month's disputed election. The confrontation in Blantyre occurred as some protesters tore down and burned billboards showing President Peter Mutharika, who narrowly won...

Malawi suspends broadcast call-in shows over election unrest

Jun. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's government on Friday ordered all call-in shows to be suspended while accusing some broadcasters of "careless and unethical coverage" of unrest after last month's disputed election. Journalism advocates quickly called the directive "a very serious violation of media...

Tear gas as US ambassador meets Malawi opposition leader

Jun. 6, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The United States ambassador to Malawi was caught up in political unrest as police fired tear gas while she met with an opposition leader on Thursday, while police acknowledged some of the gas wafted into the U.S. embassy nearby. Departing Ambassador Virginia Palmer was meeting in...

Malawi opposition leader petitions to nullify vote results

May. 31, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The Malawi opposition leader who placed a close second in the presidential election said Friday he has petitioned the High Court to nullify the results, calling them "daylight robbery." Lazarus Chakwera spoke to reporters as President Peter Mutharika in his inaugural speech urged...

Malawi's Mutharika sworn in, declares 'I am not dead!'

May. 28, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday called for unity as he was sworn in for a second five-year term after an election in which top opposition parties alleged irregularities. The 78-year-old Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring "I am not dead!" to address...

After Cyclone Idai in Malawi, a search for new homes

May. 28, 2019 4:11 AM EDT

MWALIJA, Malawi (AP) — Ellen Madson's home is now rubble. Cyclone Idai swept through her Malawi village in March and left her with little but a mud-covered teapot. Like hundreds of thousands of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe she has been forced to start anew. Idai was "one of the deadliest...

Malawi's Mutharika re-elected to 2nd term in tight race

May. 27, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week's polls, the electoral commission declared Monday. Mutharika's victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi's largest city, immediately after the High Court in Lilongwe, the capital,...

Partial recount ordered in Malawi's presidential election

May. 25, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's electoral commission says it has been blocked from announcing presidential election results until a "transparent recounting of the ballot papers" in 10 districts including the country's commercial hub, Blantyre. The High Court injunction was obtained by the leading...

Malawi peacekeeper awarded UN medal for bravery posthumously

May. 24, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres awarded the United Nations' highest medal for bravery on Friday to a peacekeeper from Malawi who saved a wounded comrade in the Ebola-stricken region of eastern Congo and was then killed by rebel fire. Guterres called the late Private Chancy Chitete...