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Plucky Madagascar car maker hopes to shift up a gear

Antananarivo - When you next shop around for a new car, the chances are you will not buy a Karenjy.For a start, only a dozen are built each year, by hand, on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and none are exported outside the impoverished nation.
In the Media by Tsiresena Manjakahery (AFP)

'Slaves' in the Gulf: Malagasy women lured to Middle East

Antananarivo - Malagasy mother Solange left the island in 2013 eager to work as a domestic servant in Saudi Arabia and earn a better living for her family.
In the Media by Gaëlle Borgia (AFP) - 2 comments

Deadly Asian toad settles in Madagascar

A group of scientists has urged the Madagascan government to take up arms against the Asian common toad, which is a poisonous relative of the infamous cane toad that has now gained a foothold on the island.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 1 comment

Madagascar's new leader seeks to win over donors

Antananarivo - Madagascar's new president has launched a charm offensive against the world's biggest aid institutions, hoping to revive the support to his impoverished country that was cut off five years ago.Seeking to end the isolation that followed a 2009 coup that...
In the Media by Jeremy Tordjman (AFP)

Pneumonic plague hits Madagascar

Cases of pneumonic plague have been reported in Madagascar during December 2013. Efforts to slow down the spread of bubonic plague by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Pasteur Institute, which began in 2012 appear unsuccessful.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Madagascar warned of bubonic plague epidemic

Madagascar has been warned it faces an epidemic of bubonic plague unless it slows down spread of the disease. Prisoners in the island's notoriously dirty jails are most at risk but an outbreak could easily spread to the population at large.
In the Media by Dawn Denmar - 2 comments

Madagascar's presidential election postponed, in doubt

Antananarivo - Madagascar's long-awaited presidential election, scheduled for July 24th, has been postponed yet again, after a dispute arising from the candidacies of Lalao Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina.
In the Media by Eric Deville

London Zoo makes global appeal for females of rare fish species

London - The London Zoo is looking for female specimens of a critically endangered species of tropical freshwater fish to initiate a captive conservation program using three males which may be the last surviving representatives of their kind.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

Rare old elephant bird egg could fetch $45K on auction

London - An egg, belonging to an extinct elephant bird is going up for auction in London. The rare egg is anticipated to fetch up to $45,000 when it goes on sale.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 3 comments

Prince William makes impassioned plea to save endangered species

Bangkok - Representatives of 177 countries gathering in Bangkok for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, (CITES), received support, yesterday, from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British Crown.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Ancient micro continent traces found in Indian Ocean

Sydney - It’s the Holy Grail for the Earth sciences. An ancient micro continent has been found. The Seychelles are believed to be the modern remains of this continent, submerged during the breakup into modern continental land masses.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 3 comments

Pope Benedict canonises first ever Native American saint

In a ceremony held today, Sunday, at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI created seven new saints, one of whom, Kateri Tekakwitha, is the first Native American to be canonised.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Biodiversity: 400 more species threatened with extinction

Hyderabad - More than 400 additional plant and animal species have joined the list of endangered species, the so-called ‘Red List,’ it was revealed at the UN conference on biodiversity held this week.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Soccer: South African team Sundowns make history with 24-0 win

Kimberley - South African side Mamelodi Sundowns ran riot in a weekend cup match televised live throughout the African continent. They beat hapless division four club Powerlines FC 24-0 and the Sundowns were the away team.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 1 comment

Another Costa cruise ship in trouble

A sister ship of the doomed Costa Concordia is adrift powerless off the coast of the Seychelles following a fire, believed to have started in a machine room.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 6 comments

Miniature, micro-endemic chameleon found in Madagascar

Antananarivo - German zoologists have discovered in a small island off the coast of Madagascar a new species of chameleon that can be considered as the smallest vertebrate in the world; the tiny reptile measures only 29 mm from the nose to the tip of the tail.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 9 comments

Cyclone Giovanna causes devastation on Madagascar

The island of Madagascar, situated off the east coast of Africa, was hit by Cyclone Giovanna overnight on Feb.13 with high winds of up to 195km causing damage to buildings. So far five people have died but the death toll is expected to rise.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 1 comment

Hints of 'God Particle' found by CERN scientists & researchers

Geneva - Originally meant to be built in Waxahachie, Texas, under the nickname of Desertron, Switzerland-France's CERN states it has seen "tantalizing hints" of the elusive Higgs boson, also called the "God particle," in two of their experiments.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The Ivory Coast and the end of French colonialist connivance

France’s reputation for influence-peddling and widespread corruption in Africa is nobody’s secret, but Nicolas Sarkozy's reactions to the current electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast indicate that France's shadowy African era may be coming to an end.
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove

Scientists discover new mammal species in Madagascar marshes

A new carnivore species has been discovered in the marshes of the Lac Alaotra wetlands in central eastern Madagascar. The small, cat-sized, speckled brown mammal has been named Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) by scientists.
In the Media by Subir Ghosh - 3 comments
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