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A groundbreaking summit hosted by the Department of International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will take place tomorrow in an effort to halve the number of women in developing countries without access to contraception.

Britain to buy up to £20m of Malawian currency

Britain is to buy up to £20 million of Malawian currency to help stabilise the African state's economy following a major devaluation, it has been revealed.

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Dr Harry Potter, who died suddenly from an aortic rupture aged only 69, was a highly experienced development professional who worked for many years in Africa, Asia and South America.

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The new President, Joyce Banda, has vowed to repeal a ban on homosexual acts.

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Malawi's new president says she will repeal the country's ban on homosexual acts.

Harriet Lamb: Fairtrade puts people back at the heart of trade

Fairtrade does what it says on the tin: it is about better prices for smallholder farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which too often leaves the poorest, weakest producers earning less than it costs them to grow their crops. It's a bit like a national minimum wage for global trade. Not perfect, not a magic want, not a panacea for all the problems of poverty, but a step in the right direction.

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There were signs that Mutharika’s Green Revolution would be ruinous – even before his re-election

Doctors who treated Malawi president say he's dead

Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has died after a heart attack, doctors who treated him said today, as the troubled and impoverished southern African nation awaited official word of Mutharika's death and who would succeed him.

Malawi ruler 'critical' after heart attack

There was confusion and concern but very little public mourning yesterday amid unconfirmed reports of the death of Malawi's controversial President from a heart attack.

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Malawi's protesters to come out of hiding after bloody crackdown

Protest leaders in Malawi said yesterday they were coming out of hiding and would stage fresh demonstrations one week after 19 people were killed in a violent government crackdown.

Malawi charges more than 250 people over riots

Police say at least 250 people have appeared in courts around Malawi over last week's violent anti-government demonstrations.

Malawi threatens to 'smoke out' protesters

Malawi's government yesterday sent troops into cities as President Bingu wa Mutharika threatened to "smoke out" those opposed to his strong-armed rule after an unprecedented wave of protests left 18 people dead.

At least 10 shot dead during Malawi protest crackdown

Malawi's president lashed out at anti-government demonstrators yes-terday, as two days of protests left at least 10 people dead in unprecedented unrest in the southern African nation.

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