President Mutharika takes lead in Malawi election with 75% of votes counted

BLANTYRE, May 23 (Reuters) – Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has so far taken 40.44% of votes cast in the May 21 presidential election, with 75% of the vote counted, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday. Lazarus Chakwera, who heads the opposition Malawi Congress Party, has 35.34%, while Deputy President Saulos Chilima has secured 18.35%, the […]

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UPDATE 1-Malawians vote in tough election for president Mutharika

* Mutharika seeking second term as president * Elections for parliament, ward councillors on same day * Corruption an issue at the ballot box (Adds Mutharika, Chilima quotes) By Frank Phiri and Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE/LILONGWE, Malawi, May 21 (Reuters) – Malawians on Tuesday voted in presidential and parliamentary elections seen as a tough test for […]

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Malawians vote in tough election for President Mutharika

* Mutharika seeks second term in presidential vote * Elections for parliament, ward councillors on same day * Corruption a key issue at the ballot box By Frank Phiri and Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE/LILONGWE, Malawi, May 21 (Reuters) – Malawians headed to polling stations on Tuesday for presidential and legislative elections seen as a tough test […]

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Malawi president faces tough election against deputy, former pastor

* Malawi holds elections on May 21 * President Mutharika wants second term in office * Deputy president running against him * Another rival doing well in populous south By Frank Phiri and Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE, Malawi, May 16 (Reuters) – Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika is in for a stern test at next week’s elections, […]

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Mozambique needs $3.2 billion for post-cyclone reconstruction -local media

MAPUTO, May 15 (Reuters) – Mozambique will need about $3.2 billion in aid to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by two recent cyclones, government officials were quoted by local media as saying. The southern African country will host an international donor conference in the city of Beira at the end of May that is expected to draw […]

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UPDATE 1-British soldier killed “by elephant” in Malawi counter poaching operation

(Adds BBC report, quote) LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain’s defence ministry said on Tuesday. Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who served with The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed on May 5 while on his first operational deployment, the ministry said. […]

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British soldier killed in counter poaching operation in Malawi – UK defence ministry

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain’s defence ministry said on Tuesday. Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who served with The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed on May 5 while on his first operational deployment, the ministry said. No further details about […]

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Malawi sentences man to death for murder of albino teenager

BLANTYRE, May 3 (Reuters) – A man was sentenced to death in Malawi on Friday for killing an albino teenager in a case has become a campaign issue ahead of a national election this month, with the opposition accusing the government of inaction. Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s […]

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UPDATE 1-Fears for cyclone-hit communities in Mozambique as rains return

* Aid flights grounded for third day * Pemba remains severely flooded * Pemba mayor says landslide killed five * Death toll expected to rise * Mozambique hammered by 2 cyclones within 6 weeks (Recasts, adds various details, quotes) By Shafiek Tassiem PEMBA, Mozambique, April 30 (Reuters) – Torrential rain returned to batter northern Mozambique […]

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As rains break, aid workers rush to reach cyclone victims in Mozambique

MAPUTO, April 30 (Reuters) – Aid workers in northern Mozambique scrambled planes and helicopters packed with aid to communities cut off, sometimes without any supplies, for at least two days after Cyclone Kenneth brought torrential rain to the region. Kenneth slammed into Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province on Thursday, killing at least 38 people, flattening entire […]

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UPDATE 2-Rain grounds aid flights in cyclone-hit Mozambique

(Adds details, background) MAPUTO, April 29 (Reuters) – The United Nations will grant Mozambique and the Comoros Islands $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure, the organisation said late on Sunday, after the second cyclone in a month slammed into the region. Cyclone Kenneth crashed into […]

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UPDATE 1-United Nations gives Mozambique $13 million for Cyclone Kenneth damage

(Adds details, background) MAPUTO, April 29 (Reuters) – The United Nations will grant Mozambique and the Comoros Islands $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure, the organisation said late on Sunday, after the second cyclone in a month slammed into the region. Cyclone Kenneth crashed into […]

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UPDATE 2-Flooding starts in Mozambique after cyclone, death toll rises to five

* Flooding in some areas of northern Mozambique after cyclone * Authorities urge population to move to higher ground * As rains continue, aid agencies fear floods could worsen * Death toll rises to five (Recasts with floods, adds UNICEF statement, details, bullets) JOHANNESBURG, April 27 (Reuters) – Mozambican officials on Saturday urged those living […]

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Heavy rains threaten floods in cyclone-hit Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG, April 27 (Reuters) – Heavy rains pounded northern Mozambique on Saturday, fuelling fears of flooding two days after a cyclone hit the coast, flattened buildings and knocked out communications. Aid agencies said they were still struggling to reach victims and work out the extent of the devastation in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. […]

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UPDATE 2-Cyclone kills one, leaves trail of destruction in Mozambique

* Cyclone Kenneth batters north of country * At least one person killed * Homes destroyed, power and communications cut * Second major storm to hit Mozambique in weeks * Authorities warn of further devastating floods (Adds new IFRC comment, INGC update) By Emma Rumney and Stephen Eisenhammer JOHANNESBURG/LUANDA, April 26 (Reuters) – Cyclone Kenneth […]

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Cyclone leaves trail of destruction across Mozambique

* Cyclone Kenneth batters north of country * Homes destroyed, power and communications cut * Second major storm to hit Mozambique in weeks * Authorities warn of further devastating floods JOHANNESBURG, April 26 (Reuters) – Homes were destroyed and some areas were cut off and without power in Mozambique on Friday after Cyclone Kenneth made […]

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UPDATE 3-Cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique after lashing Comoros

* Cyclone Kenneth makes landfall northern Mozambique * Causes storm surges of up to five metres, heavy rains * Country still reeling from Cyclone Idai last month * U.N., NGOs helping Mozambican government prepare * Kenneth killed three overnight on Comoros (Adds cyclone-monitoring centre detail, Kenya Airways) By Manuel Mucari and Ali Amir Ahmed MAPUTO/MORONI, […]

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UPDATE 2-Cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique after lashing Comoros

* Cyclone Kenneth nears northern Mozambique * Country still reeling from Cyclone Idai last month * UN, NGOs helping Mozambican government prepare * Kenneth killed three overnight on Comoros (Adds disaster official, UN, Zimbabwe detail) By Manuel Mucari and Ali Amir Ahmed MAPUTO/MORONI, April 25 (Reuters) – Cyclone Kenneth battered northern Mozambique on Thursday with […]

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Malawian telecoms company TNM’s 2018 profit up 27 percent

BLANTYRE, April 25 (Reuters) – Telkom Networks Malawi’s (TNM) net profit rose 27 percent last year, helped by improved revenue streams and cost management, it said on Thursday. The company, which competes with India’s Bharti Airtel , said profit after tax rose to 16.66 billion Malawi kwacha ($22.96 million) from 13.10 billion Malawi kwacha in […]

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Cyclone Kenneth batters Comoros as heads to Mozambique, Tanzania

* Widespread power outages, trees down in Comoros * Expected to make landfall on Mozambique’s coast on Thursday * Area still recovering from Cyclone Idai last month By Ali Amir Ahmed MORONI, April 25 (Reuters) – Violent winds of up to 140 kph lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing three people, […]

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UPDATE 3-Another cyclone expected to hit Mozambique on Thursday

(Adds IFRC, WFP comment) MAPUTO, April 24 (Reuters) – Another tropical cyclone is expected to make landfall on Mozambique’s coast on Thursday, just over a month after a more powerful storm struck the Mozambican port city of Beira further south and killed hundreds of people. Weather forecasters say Cyclone Kenneth will bring heavy rainfall, strong […]

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Soccer-Seven players banned for life over match-manipulation

ZURICH, April 24 (Reuters) – Seven current and former players from various countries have been banned for life for their involvement in a match-manipulation following an investigation lasting several years, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Wednesday. FIFA said the investigation centred around matches which convicted Singapore-based match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate […]

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After Cyclone Idai, thousands still cut off, many more in need – aid agencies

JOHANNESBURG, April 15 (Reuters) – One month after Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa bringing devastating floods, aid agencies say the situation remains critical with some communities in worst-hit Mozambique only just being reached with aid. The storm made landfall in Mozambique on March 14, flattening the port city of Beira before moving inland to […]

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British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor says films can help drive change in Africa

OXFORD, England, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – F ilms telling the stories of innovators in Africa have the power to transform the way people see the continent and drive social change, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor said on Friday. Ejiofor’s comments came as he appeared at Britain’s leading conference on social entrepreneurship, the Skoll World […]

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Zimbabwe seeks $613 million aid from donors after drought, cyclone

HARARE, April 9 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe appealed on Tuesday for $613 million in aid from local and foreign donors to cover food imports and help with a humanitarian crisis after a severe drought and a cyclone that battered the east of the country. An El Nino-induced drought has wilted crops across Zimbabwe and left about […]

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Malawi 2018/19 maize output up 24 pct, minimal effect from cyclone Idai- minister

BLANTYRE, April 9 (Reuters) – Malawi’s maize output increased by just over 24 percent in the 2018/19 farming year so far, boosted by favourable weather conditions and government subsidies, the agriculture minister said on Tuesday. Production rose to 3.355 million metric tonnes from 2.697 million metric tonnes in the 2017/18 farming season, according to the […]

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UPDATE 1-Cholera vaccinations launched in post-cyclone Mozambique

(Adds details of vaccination campaign) GENEVA, April 3 (Reuters) – Health officials launched a vaccination campaign in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit port city of Beira on Wednesday in an effort to contain an outbreak of cholera that has already infected more than 1,400 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Some 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine […]

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Cholera vaccination campaign launched in post-cyclone Mozambique

GENEVA, April 3 (Reuters) – Health officials launched a vaccination campaign in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit port city of Beira on Wednesday in an effort to contain an outbreak of cholera that has already infected over 1,400 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The U.N. health agency has shipped some 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine […]

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First cholera death recorded since cyclone hit Mozambique port, cases double

MAPUTO, March 31 (Reuters) – The number of cholera cases has almost doubled in Mozambique in the past 24 hours and the port city of Beira has recorded its first death from the disease since a massive cyclone struck, health chiefs said on Sunday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Beira on March 14, unleashing catastrophic flooding […]

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Cholera cases increase to 271 in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit Beira

MAPUTO, March 30 (Reuters) – The number of confirmed cases of cholera in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit port city of Beira has nearly doubled to 271 in the last 48 hours, the southern African nation’s government said on Saturday. Government and aid workers are seeking to contain the spread of the disease after cyclone Idai smashed into […]

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In Mozambique, parents yearn for children torn away by cyclone

* Up to 5,000 children may be split from families * Winds and floods smashed homes, scattered communities * Search hampered by internet, phone problems * Thousands of survivors in camps far from home By Emma Rumney BEIRA, Mozambique, March 29 (Reuters) – It has been more than a week since Virginia Samuel last saw […]

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Mozambique confirms 138 cholera cases after cyclone strikes Beira

BEIRA, Mozambique, March 29 (Reuters) – There have been 138 cases of cholera confirmed in two neighbourhoods of the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira in the wake of Cyclone Idai, the government said on Friday. “We expected this, we were prepared for this, we’ve doctors in place,” Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia said. […]

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‘Come with a plan,’ U.N. chief tells states ahead of climate summit

UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told governments to come to a September summit with concrete plans to boost climate action, as he released a flagship report on global warming by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Thursday. The destruction wrought by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa this month […]

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Mozambique to start cholera vaccinations next week after cyclone

* More than 700 people killed by cyclone, floods * Cyclone badly damaged water, sanitation infrastructure * Mozambique to begin cholera vaccination campaign By Stephen Eisenhammer BEIRA, Mozambique, March 28 (Reuters) – Mozambique will start a cholera vaccination campaign next week in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, […]

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