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...
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...
Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases
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...
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.
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique faces a "second disaster" from cholera and other diseases, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday, while relief operations pressed into...
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The Latest on the efforts to recover from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local):
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone...
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to...
‘Brace ourselves’: Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies. The confirmed number of...
The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550
CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local):
Reports from the United Nations and African governments say...
Death toll from cyclone surpasses 500 in southern Africa
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai lashed southern Africa, flooding still raged as torrential rains caused a dam to overflow in Zimbabwe, threatening riverside populations. The...
NEW YORK (AP) — International aid has started trickling into the east African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters from Cyclone Idai...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Idai and the flooding damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local):
CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi....
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest on tropical cyclone (all times local):
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The United Nations has allocated $20 million from its emergency response fund for the...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk after a cyclone ripped into central Mozambique and heavy rains continue to fall. Aid groups report people clinging to...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the...
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands who are cut...
UN chief reports significant results against rebels in Congo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A joint military operation by U.N. and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Friday.
UN says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo's northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 10 peacekeepers also were injured and one was missing after Wednesday's operation that targeted Allied Democratic Forces rebels.
The Latest: Melania Trump has tea with Kenya’s 1st lady
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's visit to Africa (all times local):
Melania Trump has met with Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta for tea.
Mrs. Trump is on her first extended solo international trip as U.S. first lady and her first visit to Africa. After having tea with Kenyatta on Friday she attended a children's dance performance at the National Theater in Nairobi.
Melania Trump promotes US agency, Trump wants to cut funding
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Melania Trump spent Thursday in southern Africa promoting the work of a U.S. international development agency whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.
Mrs. Trump toured classrooms at Lilongwe's Chipala Primary School, which gets textbooks and other education assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Melania Trump forges ahead as first lady with Africa trip
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a wave and tweet, first lady Melania Trump headed for Africa on Monday on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.
The Latest: Melania Trump departs Washington on Africa trip
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's trip to Africa (all times local):
First lady Melania Trump has departed from Washington on her first big international trip without the president.
Mrs. Trump left early Monday evening on a seven-day trip that will take her to the African nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Child welfare is to be the main focus.
Africa backs Infantino for FIFA re-election next year
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — FIFA voters in Africa have backed Gianni Infantino to be re-elected as president, and also Sunday chose an official from Malawi to represent them on the world soccer body's ruling council.
The decisions were made by 54 African soccer federations — more than one-quarter of the FIFA membership — at a special election meeting provoked by the resignation of a Ghanaian official who was implicated in taking cash bribes.
First lady to visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt in October
NEW YORK (AP) — Melania Trump plans to emphasize child welfare in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in October on her first extended solo international mission. The trip will also be the first ever to the vast African continent by America's Slovenia-born first lady.
She discussed the trip Wednesday at a reception for the spouses of foreign leaders and others participating in the annual U.N. General Assembly.
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Teacher starts out student’s college days with free ride
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines teacher has given his father's old vehicle to a student from Africa to help her get a good start in college.
Anyesi Kamanda's parents died when she was a toddler. She lived for a time with an aunt and uncle in Malawi, and she's been living in Des Moines with her older sister while attending and graduating from Roosevelt High.
Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, too
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom, and she's getting ever more involved in the beautiful game.
Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica's youth academy .
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi.
The singer tells The Associated Press she's teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna's Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to raise money for the singer's campaign.
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country.
The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Her charity funded the facility, whose highlights include the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi.
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — You don't need to be Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates to make a difference.
That's a message Dr. Brian A. Lisse, an emergency medicine physician at Nashoba Valley Medical Center and associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. Donald Hangen, an orthopedic surgeon at UMass Memorial-Marlboro Hospital, bring to a handful of high school students each year who accompany their team on a two-week medical mission trip to Malawi.
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi under-20 striker Abel Mwakilama died on Friday of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal, where he had only recently joined a lower-league team. He was 18.
Mwakilama's manager, Venancio Patrick, said it's thought that the player contracted cerebral malaria while back in Malawi for an under-20 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland three weeks ago.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.
University officials recently visited South Africa and Malawi. The delegation visited with representatives from the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University and the University of Johannesburg, as well as government officials, The News-Gazette reported.
Growing up in Malawi, one of the world's least-developed countries, exposes young girls to a number of risks — some of which are life-threatening.
Despite the fact that so many people are advocating for gender equality, women and girls still do not have much choice when it comes to taking control of their own lives. This often comes down to cultural traditions that seem at times impossible to overcome.
Madonna has announced plans to build four new schools in Malawi in 2018.
The 59-year-old singer has taken to Instagram to reveal her plans to bring eduction to thousands more Malawian children as her charity Raising Malawi will be teaming up with buildOn to build four more schools in the area, bringing their total to 14.
First female president of Malawi to speak at Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A woman living in exile after spending two years as president of the east African country of Malawi is speaking at Kansas State University.
Joyce Banda's Jan 29 appearance is open to the public. Banda was the Republic of Malawi's first female president from 2012 through 2014. She has also been a women's rights activist, entrepreneur, educator and lawmaker. She is credited with implementing reforms that helped turn around the nation's ailing economy.
There is a farm and orphanage in a small, landlocked country in southeast Africa where natives are being taught to farm and create income and where poor and orphaned children are cared for.
Though it seems unlikely, this patch of land in Malawi shares something with Rome. His name is Dean Kershner and while he lives in Silver Creek, Dean is also very active in Malawi helping to improve the lives of the people in this developing nation.
Walani Ndhlovu's journey from a dirt-floored hut in the African country of Malawi to Union College included a stop last week on stage with Tom Brokaw at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Soccer fan dies after being hit by rock at game in Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Police say a soccer fan died after he was hit by a rock thrown by rival supporters at a game in Malawi.
Police spokesman George Mulewa identified the fan as 25-year-old Boaz Mwesumo. Mulewa says an autopsy found that Mwesumo died of head injuries sustained in the violence Wednesday at a cup game between two third-tier teams, Kakoma FC and Chicago FC, in northern Malawi.
Doctors in Malawi condemn mob attacks amid ‘vampire’ rumors
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — A doctors' association in Malawi says some health workers have been attacked by mobs convinced that blood-sucking vampires are roaming some parts of the country.
The Society of Medical Doctors said Monday that assailants have attacked medics for carrying stethoscopes, or robbed them and smashed their vehicles in what it described as an escalation of thuggery and mass hysteria.
Maryland grants permit for high-speed transit system
BALTIMORE — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has thrown his support behind a proposal by transportation pioneer Elon Musk to build a high-speed, underground transit system between New York and Washington.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Hogan administration had issued a conditional utility permit to allow Musk’s tunneling company, The Boring Co., to dig a 10.3-mile tunnel beneath the state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
140 arrested in Malawi after mob attacks on ‘vampires’
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Deadly mob attacks on people suspected to be "vampires" have led to 140 arrests in Malawi, police said Friday.
The situation had spun out of control, the inspector general of police, Lexon Kachama, told The Associated Press. More arrests were expected.
Epic fail: Soccer refs banned after match-fixing goes wrong
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Four soccer referees in the southern African country of Malawi have been banned for life for match-fixing after they received just $20 between them to fix a game and returned $15 to the team doing the bribing because it still lost.
Referee Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Limbani Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri, were all found guilty of fixing a national cup match between lower league team Nchalo United and Chitipa United.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in Malawi have issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda, saying investigations have found "credible evidence" linking her to theft of public money.
The allegations are related to a corruption scandal in which millions of dollars were looted from government coffers.
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Madonna was welcomed in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children's wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation.
"You started by adopting four Malawian children, now we are adopting you as the daughter of this nation," President Peter Mutharika declared at the ceremony.
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says the children's wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week and will officially open July 11.
The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, had a soft opening and is the first of its kind in Malawi. It was built in collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Health.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A crowd stampeded at a stadium in Malawi's capital during independence day celebrations on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring more than 40 others, most of them children.
The disaster happened at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe ahead of a soccer match between two local teams.
NORFOLK - Get your team together. The third annual Relay for Malawi is scheduled for this Saturday.
Money raised from the event will benefit the private Norfolk School in the southeast African nation.
The relay starts at the head of the Cowboy Trail at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park Saturday morning at 7:30. Runners will travel 15 miles and back for a 30-mile total. Each team can have as many runners as they’d like. Walkers will start at 9 and travel a mile-and-a-half-out and back.