Joyce Banda made headlines in April when she was sworn in as president of Malawi, becoming the first female head state in southern Africa and the third in the whole continent.
Malawi said it won't host an African Union summit next month because the organization wants Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese leader accused of war crimes in Darfur, to attend.
Longtime women's rights activist and Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda took charge of her homeland Saturday, ending two days of political intrigue after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
President Bingu wa Mutharika dies of a heart attack and leaves behind a country in ruin. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
A possible constitutional crisis loomed in Malawi following the reported death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, once hailed as a positive steward for the southern African country.
The government of Malawi has accused Madonna of refusing consultation over her plans to build 10 new schools in the impoverished African nation.
Malawian women protested Friday to demand an end to attacks on those who were stripped naked on the streets for wearing pants, leggings and miniskirts, instead of dresses.
Naming a product after the world's most notorious terrorist may not seem like a surefire route to commercial success.
Malawi welcomed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for a regional trade meeting Thursday over the objections of the International Criminal Court and human rights activists.
For one retired midwife, seeing too many mothers die during childbirth led her to quit her job and take on the third highest infant mortality rates in the world.
Charity Salima is single handedly fighting one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
Filling up the tank of your car in Malawi isn't easy, but one man has created a simple solution to keep drivers out of the red.
The United States is withholding some of its assistance to Malawi in the wake of claims its government used force against protesters during demonstrations over the government's handling of the economy and other issues, officials said Tuesday.
Twelve people have died in national protests that erupted in Malawi, government officials said as demonstrations continued for a second day Thursday.
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Sixteen members of Botswana opposition parties say they will boycott the official state visit of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika this week.
Boxes of toys, chocolate and clothes were shipped to special parties in Africa
The African Union summit ended Tuesday without a resolution to change the mandate of its mission in Somalia from peacekeeping to peace enforcing, despite calls from some African leaders to do so.
The African Union boosts forces in Somalia to fight Al-Shabaab, but could it be a trap? CNN's David McKenzie reports
One of two gay men recently imprisoned and pardoned in Malawi has begun a relationship with a woman, according to a group that helped provide legal support to the men.
The president of Malawi has pardoned two gay men who were sentenced to 14 years in prison this month for gross indecency and unnatural acts, the country's solicitor general, Anthony Kamanga, said Saturday.
One of two gay men jailed in Malawi after they got engaged has been transferred to another prison, a human rights campaigner and gay rights activist said Wednesday.
A Malawi court finds a gay couple guilty of gross indecency and unnatural acts. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
A gay couple in Malawi, found guilty of gross indecency and unnatural acts after they took part in an "engagement ceremony," was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday.
A court in Malawi has found a gay couple guilty of gross indecency and unnatural acts, according to witnesses who heard the verdict Tuesday.
A gay couple in Malawi who celebrated their union in a traditional engagement ceremony could be sentenced to up to 14 years of hard labor, according to lawyers familiar with the case.
Two men face up to 14 years in jail in a case that human rights activists say is a test case for gay rights, as well as one that could undermine efforts to curtail Malawi's devastating HIV infection rates.
Malawian police have arrested a man for allegedly putting up posters supporting homosexuality, which is illegal in the southern African nation.
Angola and Algeria both advanced to the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup thanks to a 0-0 draw in Luanda, with Mali crashing out despite picking up their first win of the competition.
Goals from Manucho and Flavio gave hosts Angola a welcome boost as they moved top of Africa Cup of Nations Group A with a 2-0 victory over Malawi on Thursday.
Malawi stunned Algeria 3-0 at a near-deserted November 11 stadium in Luanda as the unpredictable start to the African Nations Cup continued.
Pop star Madonna plans to help break ground in Malawi on Monday for a school she is building in the impoverished southern African nation, from which she adopted two children.
Didier Drogba came off the bench to rescue a point for Ivory Coast as they drew 1-1 with Malawi on Saturday to book their place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are thought to be working full-time on tobacco farms, suffering from toxic levels of nicotine exposure and abusive labor conditions.
Egypt kept their World Cup hopes alive as the only goal of the game by Ahmed Hassan gave them a 1-0 win over Rwanda in Kigali.
How Malawi is tackling its crippling shortage of nurses.
Like most African countries, Malawi has suffered from a severe shortage of nurses and key health workers.
Three aides take the 3-year-old out of Malawi, just a week after her adoption was approved
David, Rocco and Lourdes have a new sister, Mercy James, a court decides Friday
Malawi's high court ruled in favor of pop superstar Madonna on Friday, saying she will be able to adopt a young girl from the country, said Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office.
The star is said to be "ecstatic" over a Malawi court's decision about Mercy James
Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika was re-elected to a second term, election officials said early Friday, amid allegations of vote rigging by the main opposition candidate.
Madonna took her effort to adopt a 3-year-old girl before Malawi's highest court Monday, as a man claiming to be the girl's father said he was fighting for custody of the child.
Malawian James Kambewa says he wants to keep his daughter in her own country
"This is an important case," says a court spokesman; Madonna may attend the closed-door hearing
A spokeswoman from Malawi's Ministry of Justice says a judge has ruled against pop icon Madonna adopting a second child.
The star expresses thanks for the support she has received in her attempt
Madonna said she hopes the Malawian girl she wants to adopt and the boy she already adopted "will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country."
The singer's appeal to adopt the 3-year-old Malawian girl who calls her "Mummy" heats up
Relatives of 3-year-old Mercy are angered by claims from her dad that he wants to help
Before her departure, the singer spends time with the 3-year-old girl Mercy, whom she failed to adopt
"She's a great mum, the British director says of his ex
A judge who barred Madonna's second adoption from Malawi on Friday said she had "a gripping temptation" to approve the adoption, but decided doing so would open doors to child trafficking, court records show.
The star appeals the decision after a Malawi court declines her application to adopt a little girl
Malawi's decision to reject pop star Madonna's adoption of a local child has reignited global debate about the ethics of international adoption.
Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge Friday, an official said.
Malawians are rallying behind Madonna as she awaits a ruling Friday on whether she can adopt a girl from the southern African nation.
Pop star Madonna and her adopted son met with the young boy's biological father in Malawi as the singer awaited a court decision on whether she could adopt a girl from the same country, her publicist said Tuesday.
Pop star Madonna is back in the news; this time, heading back to the African nation of Malawi to adopt her second child.
As her second adoption moves forward, her son David has an emotional reunion with his biological father
Madonna is in Malawi this week attempting to adopt a second child from the African nation. A judge ruled Monday that she will have to wait until Friday to learn a decision.
CNN's Kiran Chetry talks to Dominic Nutt, spokesman for Save the Children UK, about Madonna's plans to adopt.
The singer is set to appear before a judge on Monday to process her second adoption from the African nation
Madonna will hear Friday whether she will be allowed to adopt a child from Malawi, a spokeswoman for the African nation's attorney general told CNN Monday.
Madonna's planned adoption of a Malawian girl will apparently go forward, despite earlier opposition from the girl's family, a reporter for the ITN television network told CNN Sunday. The pop star arrived in Malawi on Sunday.
Sources say the singer will be in court next week to start the process
Despite initial struggles, the pop star says she'd "consider" giving David Banda a Malawian sibling
The star donates cartons of son David's clothes and toys to his former home in Malawi
For some, "telemedicine" brings to mind remote-controlled surgery, or x-rays from Houston being read by radiologists in Bangalore.
"When I visit Malawi, I visit my family at the graveyard," says Marie Da Silva, who knows the impact of AIDS all too well.
Marie Da Silva, a Los Angeles nanny, helps fund a school in her native Malawi for orphans of AIDS.
The woman who raised the boy in his native country succumbs to pneumonia
A judge officially approves the singer's adoption of David Banda from Malawi
A Malawi judge has approved Madonna's adoption of a Malawian boy she met in an orphanage in 2006
Madonna's new film on the impoverished nation of Malawi has wowed another maker of documentaries: Michael Moore
Taking a cue from her latest hit, the singer reveals how she would spend her final moments
The singer speaks out about adopting her son David at the premiere of her Malawi documentary
Showbiz editor Sam Mann joins CNN to discuss Madonna's 11th studio album "Hard Candy."
Madonna is teaming with Gucci and a galaxy of stars to raise money for orphans in Malawi.
Madonna has caught a break in the saga hindering her and husband Guy Ritchie's successful adoption of young David Banda - a Malawi social worker was finally given permission to visit and assess the family.
The adoption hell that Madonna faced last fall in the African nation of Malawi may be flaring up all over again - amid reports that the star's custody of young David Banda could be in fresh jeopardy.
THE BACKGROUND More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the ...
The background: More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the developing world, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa.
An attorney for pop star Madonna said a Malawi judge postponed until November 13 a hearing into an attempt by dozens of human rights groups to challenge the singer's adoption of a boy from the African country.
The man whose son Madonna is trying to adopt says that he was prodded to "say things I didn't mean" about the controversial case and that he backs the pop superstar's right to adopt his boy.
Madonna is defending her recent adoption of a year-old child from Malawi, after human rights groups questioned how the adoption was handled. The international pop star says she just wants to give the child a good home, and that the media is doing a "great disservice" to all African orphans by pursuing negative stories.
The following is the text of the letter Madonna sent news agencies, titled "An Open Letter from Madonna":
The world's worst-kept secret was confirmed on Friday as Madonna flew out of Malawi after her nine-day "humanitarian mission" having apparently made arrangements to adopt a 13-month old boy.
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika got a boost Wednesday when his newly formed party swept six parliamentary by-elections, defeating the party that wants him impeached for corruption.
Walking into the highly restricted tuberculosis ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Malawi's second city of Blantyre is a lesson in humility.
Concern is mounting in Africa over the growing number of well-educated and much-needed nurses who are leaving the continent for better salaries and working conditions in Britain.
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