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Peter Mutharika Blantyre — Peter Mutharika was sworn in yesterday as Malawi’s new president after his arch-rival and predecessor Joyce Banda congratulated him and urged the country to move on from the disputed vote. ...

Los Angeles — A California man who found a bag containing $125 000 said he returned the cash to the armoured  truck company that accidentally  dropped it because it was the “right thing to do.” ...

Accra — The West African bloc announced plans yesterday to increase co-operation  with Central African states in the battle against “terrorism”, amid fears of Boko Haram’s insurgency spreading across the region. ...

Beijing — Their hopes raised and dashed, relatives of passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane want a new plan to find it after the search was suspended following a new setback. ...

Egypt’s outgoing interim president has issued a decree making dishonouring the Egyptian flag or not standing for the national anthem a criminal offence, punishable by sentences of up to one year in prison and a fine of more than $4 000. ...

Islamabad — The policeman in charge of the investigation into the bludgeoning to death of a pregnant woman on the streets of one of Pakistan’s major cities has questioned whether her death is any more serious than any other murder he deals with, in comments likely to raise ...

Pope Francis Amman — Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria’s three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighbouring Jordan yesterday, starting a Middle East trip aimed at bringing hope to the region’s dwindling Christian population. ...

South African President Jacob Zuma takes oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday — Reuters JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma said economic growth in the continent’s most advanced economy would be the focus of his second term, as he was inaugurated in the nation’s capital, Pretoria yesterday....

Malawi President Joyce Banda ordered a fresh election within 90 days but is not standing as a presidential candidate — AFP President Joyce Banda of Malawi has declared this week’s election “null and void”, in a decision that triggered protests from her rivals and was challenged by the national electoral authority. ...

Tuareg separatists in Mali have accepted a ceasefire agreement proposed by African Union and United Nations officials, according to a senior Tuareg official. ...