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Mauritian citizen becomes powerful voice for oil spill anger

Port Louis - In normal times, Bruneau Laurette spends his days providing armed escort to ships dodging pirates as they head through the Indian Ocean.

2 dead as Mauritius oil spill clean-up boats collide

Port Louis - The prime minister of Mauritius said Tuesday two sailors were dead and two others missing after a tugboat assisting in a major oil spill clean-up off the Indian Ocean island collided with a barge.

Landmark protest in Mauritius over giant oil spill

Port Louis - Tens of thousands of Mauritians protested Saturday in the capital Port Louis over the government's handling of a giant oil spill off its pristine Indian Ocean coast.

Stricken ship behind oil spill sunk off Mauritius

Port Louis - The broken stem of a Japanese-owned ship which ran aground causing a devastating oil spill in pristine waters off Mauritius, has been successfully sunk in the open ocean, the national crisis committee said Monday.

Japan ramps up aid to Mauritius after oil spill

Port Louis - Japan is sending a second team of experts to help clean up more than 1,000 tonnes of oil that leaked from a Japanese-owned bulk carrier into pristine waters off the coast of Mauritius.

Ship that oozed oil off Mauritius coast splits in two

Port Louis - A ship that has leaked more than 1,000 tonnes of oil in pristine waters off the coast of Mauritius has split in two.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a ship stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius, threatening further ecological devastation as demands mount for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a bulk carrier stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius which is already reeling from the ecological disaster, as demands mounted for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

Mauritius dodges second oil spill as fuel pumped from stricken ship

Port Louis - Mauritius avoided a second catastrophic oil spill Wednesday after salvage crews pumped the remaining fuel from the tanks of a cargo ship that ran aground off its coast, imperilling world-famous wildlife sanctuaries.

The treasured wetlands of Mauritius: Factfile

Port Louis - The oil spill off the coast of Mauritius has imperilled protected wetlands that boast rare mangrove forests and scores of fish and coral species.

Fighting on the beaches: Mauritius rallies after oil spill

Mah - The stench of oil from the grounded ship was overwhelming and Vikash Tatayah's eyes stung as he mopped up the sludge lapping the unspoiled Mauritian shoreline that he has spent his life protecting.

UN experts arrive in Mauritius to assist in oil spill

Port Louis - A team of United Nations experts arrived on the island nation of Mauritius on Tuesday to aid efforts to prevent an oil spill from further damaging its pristine environment.

Mauritius braces to halt new oil spill as tanker breaks up

Port Louis - Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.

Mauritius races to clean up oil as ship leaking fuel breaks up

Port Louis - Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying thousands of tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.

Damaged ship leaking oil off Mauritius could split: PM

Port Louis - A ship that ran aground off Mauritius leaking tonnes of oil into the ocean is cracking, the prime minister said Sunday, threatening an even greater ecological and economic disaster for the island nation.

Mauritius says battle 'won' as all virus patients discharged

Port Louis - Mauritius on Wednesday declared wary victory in its first battle with coronavirus, saying it had "zero" active patients and had not documented a single new case in 17 days.

UK retains its Chagos Islands colony with big US military base

The United Kingdom failed to meet a deadline Friday set by the UN to hand over its last African colony back over to its people. The Chagos Islands are far from the African mainland and are in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Pope Francis urges Mauritius to shun 'idolatrous economic model'

Port Louis - Pope Francis on Monday urged Mauritius, a prosperous magnet for tourists and a global tax haven, to shun an "idolatrous economic model" that excludes the youth and the poor and damages the environment.

Thousands undertake pilgrimage in Mauritius ahead of Pope's visit

Port Louis - Thousands of pilgrims in Mauritius marched Saturday to the shrine of a venerated Catholic missionary where Pope Francis will arrive next week for the first papal visit to the Indian Ocean island in 30 years.

UNESCO adds reggae to global cultural heritage list

Port Louis - Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday secured a coveted spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures.
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