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Madonna Just Wants Poor Kids to Dance for Her: Malawi Prez

She loses VIP status in Malawi

(Newser) - Madonna no longer has VIP status in Malawi now that she's annoyed President Joyce Banda, the Telegraph reports. The brouhaha started when Malawi's education minister accused the Material Girl of exaggerating the charitable work she's done there; then Madonna's request to see Banda during her recent... More »

Malawi Slashes Currency By a Third

New President Joyce Banda moves to fall in line with IMF

(Newser) - The official rate of Malawi's currency has been cut by a third as the impoverished southern African nation seeks to repair ties with the International Monetary Fund, the country's central banker said today. The move is just one in a series of steps President Joyce Banda's government... More »

Southern Africa Gets First Female Leader

Joyce Banda is Malawi's new president

(Newser) - A milestone for southern Africa today, by way of Malawi: Joyce Banda was sworn in as president to become the first female leader in the region, reports the BBC . Banda takes over from Bingu wa Mutharika, who died of a heart attack on Thursday but whose death was confirmed by... More »

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