Malawi protest death toll rises to 18 - official

BLANTYRE, July 21 Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:23am EDT

BLANTYRE, July 21 (Reuters) - The death toll from a police and army crackdown on two days of street protests against Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika rose to 18 on Thursday, health ministry spokesman Henry Chimbali told Reuters. (Reporting by Frank Phiri; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Jon Herskovitz)