Arts and Entertainment Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

Plot to kill Malawian bishops

Zomba (Reuter) - Three former Malawian cabinet ministers and two other politicians were charged yesterday with conspiracy to murder Roman Catholic bishops who had spoken out on human-rights abuses in the country.

Banda 'unfit' for murder trial

Banda 'unfit' for murder trial

Banda trial adjourned

Banda trial adjourned

KIT HESKETH-HARVEY ENTERTAINER AND WRITER Lives with his wife and two children in a rambling Georgian house in a Norfolk village in a Georgian house in Cornwall

LOCATION: On the shores of Lake Malawi, in Malawi - formerly Nyasaland - where I spent my childhood. We had a house there which we used at weekends and on holidays. Lake Malawi is about 350 miles long and terribly deep. Alarmingly beautiful, its shores are fringed with rainforest, white sand and African fishing villages.

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Banda in court on murder charges

Blantyre (Reuter) - Malawi's former president, Kamuzu Hastings Banda, who ruled for three decades from 1964, and his former close aide John Tembo, both charged with murdering their political opponents, will appear in court today to apply for bail .

Banda on killing charge

Blantyre (Reuter) - Malawi's former "President for Life", Hastings Kamuzu Banda, and a close associate, John Tembo, were formally charged yesterday with the murder of four senior politicians, the state-owned radio reported. Two senior policemen we re charged with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Banda to be charged on cabinet murders

Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the most eccentric and enigmatic of African rulers, will not be allowed to die quietly in his bed. The former "President for Life" of Malawi, now well over 90 years old, was put under house arrest yesterday, and is to be cha rged with the 1983 murder of three members of his cabinet and an MP. Dr Banda`s close associate, John Tembo, will also be charged with murder.

Racing: Maguire rules out ban appeal: Trying times for a rider whose dedication to winning is fuelling controversy as well as a vigorous challenge for the championship

ADRIAN MAGUIRE may need to be reminded which end of a horse bites a fortnight today, following his decision not to appeal against an eight-day riding ban imposed on Saturday. Maguire, who started a separate three-day suspension yesterday, will be out of action from 17 October to 24 October inclusive.

Overpopulation is not Africa's problem

WHEN WE talk about overpopulation, most of us probably think of vast numbers of hungry Africans waiting for food hand-outs. Yet if you fly across Africa, you can look down on virgin bush and forest almost devoid of human habitation. Doze off and wake an hour later, and you are still flying over the same landscape. Africa is an empty continent.

Casting a flamboyant spell from a private plane

Depriving Tiny Rowland of a private jet would be like keeping a Rolls-Royce in the garage to save on petrol. His style requires such apparently flamboyant gestures, just as it requires his polished manners and his immaculate suits. (In fact, he owns one of the most renowned tailors in Savile Row.)

Farm pay to be deregulated

INTERNATIONAL minimum standards of pay and holidays for farmworkers are to be abandoned by the Government, Gillian Shephard, the Minister for Agriculture, disclosed last night, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.

Iron handshake

A Malawian man has been fined the equivalent of pounds 4 for squeezing too hard when he shook the hand of the country's First Lady, AFP reports from Blantyre. Mutisunge Kanjakaya, 31, allegedly overreacted while welcoming President Bakili Muluzi and his wife, Ann, at the airport in Lilongwe on 22 June.

The Wind of Change blows for 180 pounds: Under the hammer yesterday went a piece of history: a signed copy of the Harold Macmillan speech regarded as one of the momentous events of British imperialism. Richard Dowden reports

Squeezed between a letter from W G Grace explaining what a hat-trick is (pounds 260) and a two-line thank-you note from Edward IV (pounds 15,000), a historic document went on sale at Phillips in London yesterday. It was a signed copy of Harold Macmillan's Wind of Change speech, delivered to the South African parliament in 1960. It made but a fraction of the Edward IV note, but more than a collection of 18th-century coaching bills. On a hot June afternoon in the auction rooms, it was that sort of sale.

Malawi links

Malawi's Alliance for Democracy says it has abandoned talks with the ruling United Democratic Front and is formulating an alliance with the Malawi Congress Party of ex-president Kamuzu Banda, AFP reports from Blantyre. The Alliance (Aford) second vice-president, the Rev Peter Kaleso, said talks with the MCP were advanced and 'we are waiting to write a letter of understanding'.
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