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Faith groups in Malawi have condemned the tearing up of Bibles by people at Mangochi, a predominantly Muslim district in the country's south.
Malawi is quickly sliding into a dictatorship where it is a crime to hold dissenting views on government policy, church leaders have said.
A gay Malawian couple released from prison following international campaigning have announcing they are splitting up. Their decision has been attributed to homophobic pressure.
President Bingu of Malawi has pardoned the couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were recently senenced to 14 years hard labour on charges of homosexuality.
Southern Africa's Anglican bishops have called on their government to press for the release of two Malawian men jailed for 14 years with hard labour forming a same sex partnership.
Human rights advocates have condemned as "cruel and vindictive" the the decision by the Malawian authorities to to split up jailed couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Love is no crime, the Rev Sharon Ferguson, CEO of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has said in response to a "horrific" 14-year prison term for a gay couple.
Human rights advocates have reacted with revulsion at the decision of a Malawian court to imprison Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga for being a same-sex couple.
A Malawian court has triggered outrage after convicting a same-sex couple of a criminal offence for going through a traditional engagement ceremony.