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President Ramkalawan takes office in the Seychelles

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan, the new president of the Seychelles, took office Monday to become the country's first head of state to come from the opposition.

Opposition's Ramkalawan in historic Seychelles vote win

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan on Sunday won the Seycelles presidential election, the first opposition victory since the Indian Ocean archipelago's independence from Britain over four decades ago.

Opposition's Ramkalawan wins Seychelles presidential vote

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan on Sunday won the presidential election in the Seychelles, the first opposition victory since the Indian Ocean archipelago's independence from Britain over four decades ago.

Seychelles votes for president, lawmakers in election

Victoria - Voters on the main islands of the Seychelles cast their ballot Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days, across an idyllic archipelago that has been economically hammered by the coronavirus.

Seychelles kicks off three-day election across archipelago

Victoria - The Seychelles on Thursday kicked off three days of voting for the president and lawmakers, with polling to be spread out across the 115 scattered islands making up the idyllic archipelago.

Addiction in paradise: Seychelles battles heroin crisis

- On a plain suburban street in Seychelles, far from the idyllic coastline and luxury resorts pampering honeymooners and paradise-seekers, heroin addicts queue anxiously for their daily dose of methadone.

In Seychelles, nature is prized above mass tourism

- In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht.

Seychelles chief calls from the deep for ocean protection

Victoria - Seychelles President Danny Faure dived deep into the Indian Ocean Sunday to call for protection of "the beating blue heart of our planet.""This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it.

'Treachery' or 'transparent'? Russian athletes to return as WADA lifts doping ban

Victoria - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday lifted a ban on Russia's anti-doping agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition but also sparking claims of "treachery" and "dark shadows" cast over the fight against drugs in sp...

Planned Indian military base stirs Seychelles controversy

Victoria - A plan for India to build a military base on an outlying Seychelles island has won favour among the archipelago nation's politicians, but some hostility from its people.

Seychelles schools closed over plague fears

Victoria - The Seychelles government ordered schools to close Friday, after the discovery of two suspected cases of plague thought to have been brought from Madagascar where the disease has killed scores.

Seychelles opposition win parliamentary vote

Victoria - The Seychelles opposition on Sunday hailed its "historic" victory at parliamentary polls after gaining control of the Indian Ocean nation's parliament for the first time in more than two decades.

Seychelles opposition win parliamentary vote

Victoria - The opposition in the Seychelles has won parliamentary polls, putting it in control of the National Assembly for the first time in two decades, according to official results published Sunday.

Opposition eyes victory as 3-day Seychelles vote winds up

Victoria - Voters in the tourism-dependent nation of Seychelles cast their ballots Saturday, the third and final day of a poll that may see the opposition win control of parliament for the first time in two decades.

Seychelles parliament decriminalises gay sex

Victoria - The Seychelles has decriminalised gay sex, the state news agency said Thursday, after lawmakers voted to amend a penal code that meant those convicted of sodomy faced 14 years in jail.

Seychelles president scrapes wafer-thin third-term win

Victoria - Seychelles President James Michel won a third term in power by the narrowest of margins of just 193 votes, with the opposition calling for a recount, the election commission said Saturday."Today the people have spoken.

Seychelles president in lead as vote heads for runoff: Official

Victoria - The Seychelles' incumbent President James Michel won a strong lead in the remote archipelago's poll but came short of securing an outright majority, and must now face opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan in an unprecedented runoff.

Seychelles votes in presidential polls

Victoria - Vote counting got underway in the Seychelles late Saturday after a presidential election providing incumbent James Michel with his first serious challenge after two terms in office.

Op-Ed: Lessons from the EU’s unlikely success in the war against piracy

Brussels - Remember how just a few years ago one of the most pressing issue to world peace and security seemed to be the sundry band of pirates off the coast of Somalia that was wreaking havoc across the Gulf of Aden by pillaging and plundering trade lanes?

Op-Ed: When is 'extinct' really 'extinct'? The missing snail row

The Aldabra banded snail was last sighted in 1996 and declared extinct in 2007, with the blame placed squarely on climate change. However, it has since been "rediscovered." This has led to a debate about the accuracy of the original research.
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