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Rescuers struggle to reach Mozambique cyclone victims

Zamb - Thousands of people in remote areas of storm-lashed Mozambique were homeless Saturday and bracing for imminent flooding, food and water shortages as Cyclone Kenneth flattened entire villages, leaving rescuers struggling to reach them.

Mozambique and Comoros brace for cyclone Kenneth

Moroni - Violent winds caused landslides and flooding and cut off roads in Comoros in the vanguard of tropical storm Kenneth, set to hit Wednesday evening before heading to recently cyclone-ravaged Mozambique, officials said.

Three killed in Comoros as opposition and government face off

Moroni - Two "assailants" and a policeman were killed and two people injured in violence in Comoros Thursday, a minister said, after a defeated presidential candidate bidding to unseat the president was arrested.

Opposition reject president's poll win in divided Comoros

Moroni - The opposition in Comoros rejected Wednesday the re-election of President Azali Assoumani, saying his victory came at the cost of massive fraud, as the angry mood threatened to spark a new political crisis on the archipelago.

Indebted cutting-edge hospital in Comoros faces collapse

Ouani - The Bambao hospital, nestled in a tropical forest on Anjouan island in the Comoros, was meant to bring state-of-the-art medical care to the poor Indian Ocean nation.

Comoros police teargas opposition ahead of results

Moroni - Police fired teargas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaited the results of elections President Azali Assoumani is tipped to win, AFP correspondents saw.

Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term

Moroni - Voters on the tiny archipelago of Comoros went to the polls on Sunday, with President Azali Assoumani widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked.

Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term

Moroni - Polls opened Sunday in the tiny archipelago of Comoros, with President Azali Assoumani widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked.

Comoros island inches back to life after uprising

Mutsamudu - Residents on the Comoros island of Anjouan slowly returned to their daily lives Sunday after a six-day seige in the old quarter of Mutsamudu city where soldiers had fought with rebels in the narrow lanes.

Comoros army regains control in Anjouan after uprising: minister

Mutsamudu - The Comoros military on Saturday regained control of Mutsamudu's old city centre on the island of Anjouan, a minister told AFP, after armed rebels staged an uprising earlier this week.

Comoros army regains control in Anjouan after uprising: minister

Mutsamudu - The Comoros military on Saturday regained control of Mutsamudu's old city centre on the island of Anjouan, a minister told AFP, after armed rebels staged an uprising earlier this week.

Comoros opposition sign government deal after clashes

Mutsamudu - The Comoros government and main opposition on Friday signed a deal that could end the latest bout of instability to rock the Indian Ocean nation after violence flared on Anjouan island.

On French Indian Ocean island, Europe's migrant crisis bites

Mamoudzou - They had scattered before the border police even got there, fleeing their corrugated shacks in a densely-populated slum in Petite-Terre, part of France's Indian Ocean archipelago of Mayotte.

Clinging to power in Africa via constitutional reforms

Moroni - Monday's controversial referendum in the Comoros could allow its president, Azali Assoumani, to seek re-election and retain power beyond 2021, when his currently non-renewable term would otherwise end.

Voting closes in Comoros referendum on increasing president's powers

Moroni - Counting began on Monday in a politically explosive referendum in Comoros that could change the constitution and allow President Azali Assoumani to rule beyond 2021, his current term limit.

The Comoros at a glance

Moroni - One of the world's poorest countries, the Indian Ocean island nation of the Comoros has endured years of political turmoil, including a spate of coups.

Comoros heads into violence-tarred referendum on constitution

Moroni - Voters in the Comoros go to the polls on Monday for a politically explosive referendum overshadowed by a clampdown and an attempted assassination just days before the vote.

Comoros vice-president survives assassination attempt

Moroni - Comoros vice-president Moustoidrane Abdou escaped an assassination attempt early Sunday when his vehicle was fired on days before a controversial referendum on constitutional reform, a security source said.

Comoros say on the cusp of eradicating malaria

Moroni - Though victory is yet to be officially declared, Comoros health authorities believe the three islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago are on the cusp of being malaria-free.

Hundreds evicted in fresh anti-migrant unrest on French Mayotte island

Mamoutzou - Hundreds of foreigners were booted out of their homes on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte Sunday in a fresh wave of forced evictions by anti-migrant groups, local officials said.

Former coup leader Assoumani elected Comoros president

Moroni - Former coup leader Azali Assoumani was elected as president of Comoros, according to provisional results released Sunday, after last month's election was partially re-run due to violence and "irregularities". In a tight race, Assoumani's 41.

Former coup leader elected Comoros president: provisional results

Mutsamudu - Former coup leader Azali Assoumani was elected as president of Comoros, according to provisional results released Thursday, after last month's election was partially re-run due to violence and "irregularities".

Former coup leader Assoumani elected Comoros president

Moroni - Former coup leader Azali Assoumani was narrowly elected president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, according to official results released Friday, after a tense wait for ballots to be counted.

Comoros votes in tense presidential run-off election

Moroni - The island nation of Comoros voted Sunday in a tense three-way presidential run-off election featuring the current vice president and a former coup leader who ruled the country for seven years.

Two-way showdown in Comoros presidential election

Moroni - Voters were heading to the polls in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros on Sunday in a likely face-off between the current vice president and a former coup leader who ruled the country for seven years.

Crowded field competes in Comoros presidential vote

Moroni - Voters in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros cast their ballots for a new president Sunday from a crowded field of 25 candidates, with a struggling economy and poor infrastructure high on the agenda.

Three migrants dead as boat capsizes off French island of Mayotte

Paris - A woman and two children died after a boat of migrants sank in the Indian Ocean trying to reach the French island of Mayotte, a prosecutor told AFP on Monday.

Exim Bank to debut in Comoros soon

A local commercial bank, Exim Bank (Tanzania) is set to spread wings to the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti after a successful debut in the Indian archipelago of the Comoros.

Comorans Remember Airline Crash Victims On Independence Day

Comorans spent the country’s independence day, June 6, in mourning for the 152 people who died in a Yemenia airliner crash off the coast last week. There was only one survivor of the crash, a 12-year-old girl.

Yemenai crash: Survivors said to have been found

Breaking news reports in the French press say that a young child and a girl of 14 have been found alive after the crash of Yemenai Flight IY626, which crashed into the Indian Ocean near the archipelago of Comoros,
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