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State funeral for dictator Banda

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Letter: Anti-malarial drug

Sir: Further to your article "Anti malarial drug that gave minister sleepless nights" (19 September), I would strongly endorse the warnings it contains. In May, on a working holiday in Malawi, where more dangerous strains of the disease are on the increase again, I suffered exactly the same effects from Lariam. Disturbed sleep patterns were followed by violent dreams.

inside back: Whatever happened to? Anneka Rice

Grain of Rice

Baby Fox A Normal Family Malawi COB 5899-2

Studio trio Baby Fox brandish their piratical leanings upfront, opening this fine debut with a sampled scratch and what appears to be someone suffering seasickness. It's only the first of several occasions when they make playful sport with ambient expectations. The hum of insect noise on "Ladybird" makes it seem as if the lone piano is tiptoeing through the jungle, while "Our Face Is Not a Jacket" and "Gloria Graham" blend soothing rainfall and meditative instruction into a downpour philosophy. Oddest of all, a cover of Marc Bolan's "Girl" buzzes the ballad with bursts of sample-noise and, towards its end, sheep.

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A dream potion poisons Malawi's Aids struggle

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Whatever happens to Quebec, the Tories will learn the wrong lesson from Quebec, like Scotland, only wants to play its part in the modern world

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Hastings Banda stands accused of murder. But the man who once ran one of Africa's most repressive regimes prefers to discuss Latin

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Banda released from house arrest

Banda released from house arrest

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Malawians beaten

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