African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. According to BBC, victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the IOM in Libya said. An IOM staff member in Niger said they confirmed…

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Madonna Shared Adorable Photo of Twin Girls with Daughter Lourdes Months Before Adoption

Madonna may have initially denied any plans to adopt two children from Malawi, but her Instagram account told a different story. The 58-year-old singer recently adopted 4½-year-old twin girls from Malawi, the country’s judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed. And an Instagram photo from July has since resurfaced, showing the little girls with Madonna’s 20-year-old daughter Lourdes. She captioned the photo: “3 Beauties! Lola spends time with twins, Stella and Esther at Home of Hope Orphanage.” She included several emojis of the…

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Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

Madonna has been given permission by Malawian high court to adopt four-year-old Stella and Esther from Mchinji orphanage. She has adopted the twin girls from Malawi, according to government officials. The singer, who had previously denied she was visiting the country with a view to adopting more children, was given permission by the Malawian high court on Tuesday to adopt the four-year-olds. Mlenga Mvula, a judicial spokesman, said: “I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two…

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‘IT WILL BE AS IF THEY DIED’ Uncle of Madonna’s daughter Mercy, 10, warns family not to let singer adopt their twins

THE uncle of Madonna’s adopted daughter Mercy has urged the family of the twins the singer is trying to adopt from Malawi not to let them go because it will be “as if children have died”. The warning came from the relatives of Mercy James, who was adopted by the singer eight years ago, after it emerged she is allegedly seeking to adopt another two children from the African nation. Despite earlier denying the claims, it has been reported that the…

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Bid to Seek Release of Tanzanian Nationals

The government of Tanzania is pursuing diplomatic procedures to secure the release of eight Tanzanians  in remand custody in Malawi, where they are facing criminal trespass charges. The Malawian security officers arrested them in December, last year, at the Kayerekera Uranium Mine Site in Karonga where it was initially alleged that the latter were sent by the Tanzania government to investigate if Malawi was manufacturing nuclear weapons. The arrested Tanzanians are Ashura Yasiri (63), Wala-sa Mwasangu (30), Binto Materinus…

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Madonna denies adoption reports

Pop superstar Madonna says she is not planning to expand her family. The singer is denying reports she has applied to adopt two more children from Malawi. “I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” a spokesperson on behalf of Madonna said recently. “The rumors of an adoption process are untrue.” However, Malawi’s judiciary spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, told CNN the country’s high court heard…

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China to maintain Bingu National Stadium for 3 years

The People’s Republic of China Thursday promised to continue providing technical maintenance support at Bingu National stadium for the next three years. This was disclosed when Malawi government and Chinese government signed a technical cooperation and office equipment and material agreement amounting to MK2.2MillionMK2.2Million in Lilongwe. Speaking during the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shi Ting Wang said the support follows an appeal that was made by the Malawi Government for the provision of technology and technicians for the…

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The African Development Bank Group appoints Dr. Tonia Kandiero as Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office

Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tonia Kandiero as Director General for the Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office with effect from 1 December 2016. The Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office is part of the new business approach of the Bank to accelerate its business and development impacts across Africa. Dr. Tonia Kandiero, Malawian, has worked across Southern Africa and brings experience in government, academia and international financial institutions. She is currently the African…

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Frozy manufacturer reacts to Malawian ban

The Mozambican company Yaafico Indstrial, which makes the Frozy brand of soft drinks, has rejected claims by the Malawian Bureau of Standards (MBS) that the drinks do not meet the standards laid down by the Malawian authorities. The MBS banned the import of Frozy drinks because they contain high levels of citric acid and of the food preservative sodium benzoate. Cited in Monday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”, Yaafico Industrial said the drinks are certified by, and frequently…

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Sol Campbell, who retired in 2012, has been largely absent from football over the past four years and pursued a career in politics, running for the Conservative Party nomination at the 2016 election for Mayor of London but failing to make the shortlist of four. The 42-year-old won two league titles, three FA Cups and a League Cup during his career as well as earning 73 England caps. However Campbell believes he may have no choice but to manage…

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