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2006-08-27 03:57:15

By Mike Collett-White and Mabvuto Banda LONDON/MPHANDULA, Malawi (Reuters) - Madonna feels responsible for the children of the world and has found herself a "big, big project" to help orphans in Malawi. Gwyneth Paltrow declares "I am African" in a new advertisement for a charity working in Africa. The continent has long been a favorite destination for celebrity campaigners, going back to 1954 when Danny Kaye became UNICEF's goodwill ambassador. U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob...

2006-07-14 11:30:00

By Frank Phiri LILONGWE (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Friday urged African governments to encourage people to take voluntary AIDS tests, saying it was the only way that newly available drugs would have an impact on the epidemic. "People living with HIV and AIDS can live a normal life if they go for testing to know their status. We'll bring the medicine and it does not matter at what cost but how many lives will be saved and changed," Clinton said. AIDS kills 10 people in...

2006-07-03 08:33:21

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Malawian widow Akice Kunkhoma makes just pennies a day as she looks after five grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, but she still owes the world's richest nations $240 -- with interest. With her 12 million countrymen, she lives in one of Africa's poorest countries and one that, so far, has benefited little from the rich world's pledge last year at the Group of Eight summit to redouble efforts to end world poverty. "The harvest from the garden was not good enough...

2006-06-14 14:35:00

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE -- Africans' increasing openness about HIV/AIDS is helping to turn the tide against the epidemic although tens of thousands still die needlessly, the top U.N. AIDS official said on Wednesday. Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, said he is seeing more Africans go public with their HIV-positive status, a key to reversing the social stigma that continues to be one of the deadliest elements of Africa's AIDS crisis. "I have met people opening up and living...

2006-04-29 02:52:50

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been arrested on treason charges, police said on Saturday, deepening a political crisis gripping the impoverished southern African country. Police spokesman Willie Mwaluka said Chilumpha, who has been in a tense political stand-off with President Bingu wa Mutharika, was arrested at his home in Blantyre late on Friday and immediately transferred to custody in the capital Lilongwe. "We arrested him on...

2006-04-24 09:36:48

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hundreds of young Africans crammed into rickety fishing boats, destitute and half-dead from hunger and illness, wash up onto European shores. Many others are found dead on the beaches. These images of desperate Africans trying to reach a "promised land" in the rich West make headlines. But thousands of others are quietly being welcomed through the front door. It is estimated that some 20,000 skilled professionals are leaving the continent every...

2006-03-09 09:19:06

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Severe flooding in Malawi's main southern tourist district has killed at least four people and raised fears of a large-scale cholera outbreak, officials said on Thursday. "As government, our resources have been stretched with other on-going relief efforts and we don't have enough capacity now. What is worrying is the fear of more cholera cases," deputy health minister Charles Mchacha told Reuters. Floods hit the region around Mangochi at the southern tip of Lake...

2006-02-20 09:04:49

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 24 people and infected more than 2,000 others in southern Malawi, where hunger is driving desperate villagers to eat contaminated food, health officials said on Monday. Blantyre, the eastern African nation's commercial hub, and the famous resort district of Mangochi are among the areas hardest hit by an outbreak of the disease, Secretary of Health Wesley Sangala told Reuters. At least 2,265 people have been infected, he said. The outbreak...

2006-01-03 06:33:05

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tests on swallows which died mysteriously in Malawi have come up negative for bird flu, a veterinary official in South Africa said on Tuesday. "We have tested samples that were sent to us from Malawi and they all tested negative. They were from migratory swallows which were dying in large numbers," said Celia Abolnik, a senior researcher at South Africa's Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute. "We don't know what killed them but the important thing is that it...

2005-12-07 05:44:15

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Two Malawian youths were shot and wounded after police opened fire on a hungry crowd fighting to buy government-subsidized maize amid worsening food shortages in the drought-hit country, police said on Wednesday. The shooting late on Tuesday marked the first confirmed incidence of violence in Malawi's deepening hunger crisis which has left an estimated 5 million people in need of food aid. "The two went to the depot to buy maize, but before they...


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Southern Reedbuck, Redunca arundinum
2012-10-12 11:24:59

The southern reedbuck (Redunca arundinum), also known as the common reedbuck or the rietbok, is a species of antelope that can be found in southern Africa. Its range extends from Tanzania and Gabon to South Africa, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, woodlands, pastures, and valleys. This species uses reeds and other tall vegetation located near water to remain hidden from predators....

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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.