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Scandal-tainted Mauritius president resigns: lawyer

Port Louis - Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who has been embroiled in a financial scandal, resigned on Saturday, her lawyer said, just days after she refused to stand down.

Mauritius celebrates 50 years of independence

Port Louis - The island nation of Mauritius celebrated its 50th year of independence Monday with fireworks and entertainment, just days after a financial scandal forced its president to announce plans to resign.

Mauritius president to resign over financial scandal claims: PM

Port Louis - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is to resign after becoming embroiled in a financial scandal, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced on Friday.

Ex-Mauritius PM Ramgoolam freed on bail

Port Louis - Former Mauritian prime minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam was freed on bail on Saturday, officials said, the day after his arrest sparked angry demonstrations from supporters in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Ex-Mauritius PM Ramgoolam arrested

Port Louis - Police in Mauritius arrested former prime minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam on Friday, media reports said, sparking angry demonstrations from supporters in the Indian Ocean island nation.

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.

Ancient continent hides beneath Indian Ocean

Underneath the sands of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, lays a secret. Deep beneath the sands lays an ancient continent.

Associated British Foods caught in global tax scandal

The Associated British Foods (ABF), one of the biggest British multinationals, whose brands include Silver Spoon sugar and Twinnings Tea, has been accused of avoiding to pay its million-dollar tax bill to Zambia, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Brit tourist Karen Garner spends $6,000 to save dog in Mauritius

Hopeman - A British animal lover Karen Garner, spent £3,685 (nearly $6,000) to bring home a stray dog she found while on holiday in the tropical island of Mauritius.

Op-Ed: Switzerland stung by allegations of Indian black money

According to various official and unofficial estimates, Indians are accounted among the largest beneficiaries of black money deposited in tax havens off-shore. Apart from Switzerland, there are several other off-shore ill-gotten money destinations.

Op-Ed: Monkey trafficking from Mauritius for money

Despite repeated reports of cruel treatment of primates at some research facilities in the US, wild monkeys are reportedly being transported into US research facilities from abroad, raising questions about the ethical treatment of research animals.

Brian May and Bill Oddie back Stop the Baby Trade campaign

Queen guitarist Brian May and wildlife expert Bill Oddie have teamed up with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) to add their support to the Stop the Baby Trade campaign.

Another bird species 'gone the way of the Dodo'

Antananarivo - BirdLife International announced today, in the 2010 IUCN Red List update for birds, the official extinction of the Alaotra Grebe, a bird endemic to Madagascar no seen for the last 25 years.

IMF says African economy recovering faster due to private sector

Nairobi - The International Monetary Fund has announced that the African economy is recovering much quicker than a lot of other regions of the world and they believe the private sector was a key attributing factor to the recovery.

IMF to begin sales of 191.3 tons of gold bullion 'shortly'

The International Monetary Fund has announced that it will begin to sell 191.3 tons of gold bullion soon to reduce its dependence on lending revenue.

India may buy more gold from IMF, gold soars

Earlier this month, the government of India purchasd $7 billion worth of gold bullion and now there have been talks that India may buy more from the International Monetary Fund. When this news report hit, gold hit another benchmark at $1,180.

Somali pirates move 3 hijacked vessels, 40 captive mariners

Pirates have taken a hijacked Italian tugboat and two Egyptian ships with 40 captured mariners on board, close to the Las Qoray village, located on the faultline with disputed Puntland and Somaliland. The pirates fear reprisal attacks from rival gangs.

Global Corruption Index: Somalia most corrupt, Denmark least corrupt

Transparency International’s 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scores show Somalia and Iraq are the most corrupt countries in the world, with Denmark being the least corrupt.

Google launches special sites and services for the Olympics

Google has added multiple sites and services to its various properties for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The company gives the latest updates and information that can be accessed worldwide.

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