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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.

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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.

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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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