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Deadly plague slowing down in Madagascar: authorities

Antananarivo - A plague outbreak that has claimed 128 lives in Madagascar has slowed down, health authorities on the island nation said Tuesday, citing a decline in the numbers of the infected and dying.

Plague alert over Madagascar's dance with the dead

Antananarivo - In Madagascar, ceremonies in which families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses are a sacred ritual.

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

Antananarivo - An outbreak of highly contagious plague has claimed 74 lives in Madagascar over the past two months with the capital particularly affected, according to a new official toll published Tuesday.

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.

Plague outbreak forces closure of two Madagascan universities

Antananarivo - Madagascan authorities Thursday ordered two universities to close temporarily as efforts intensify to halt a plague outbreak that has killed 33 people and caused widespread panic.

Panic in Madagascar as plague spreads

Antananarivo - Crowds of fearful residents flock to their local pharmacies before dawn, desperate to buy masks and antibiotics to stave off a plague outbreak sweeping Madagascar.

Wild times as Madagascar rides vanilla price bubble

- Hit by rampant speculation and a collapse in production following cyclone Enawo, the price of vanilla -- Madagascar's largest export -- has surged in recent months.

Cyclone kills 38, displaces 53,000 in Madagascar

Antananarivo - Cyclone Enawo killed 38 people, injured 180 others and displaced 53,000 after it slammed into Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Friday.

10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar

Antananarivo - More than 10,000 Madagascans have been forced out of their homes over the past 48 hours as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five, officials said Thursday.

Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar, threatens capital

Antananarivo - Tropical cyclone Enawo struck Madagascar on Tuesday, buffeting the island with powerful winds, heavy rain and high seas and threatening to cause chaos in the capital, the country's weather agency said."Enawo made landfall and struck...

Madagascar braces for cyclone Enawo

Antananarivo - Madagascan authorities on Monday issued a warning of severe floods and storm damage as tropical cyclone Enawo bore down on the island's northeast coast.

47 killed in Madagascar wedding crash: police

Antananarivo - At least 47 people, including 10 children and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a truck carrying a wedding party and guests veered off the road and plunged into a river in Madagascar, police said Sunday.

MH370 relatives in Madagascar to hunt for clues

Antananarivo - Relatives of missing MH370 passengers launched their own campaign to search for crash debris in Madagascar on Monday, hoping to solve the mystery of how the plane disappeared in 2014.

Fed-up MH370 families to hunt for debris in Madagascar

Kuala Lumpur - Relatives of MH370 passengers will travel to Madagascar next month in hopes of re-kindling efforts to find and recover seaborne debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet, next-of-kin association Voice370 said Monday.

Vanilla and spice next to bloom in Dutch greenhouses

Bleiswijk - Flowers more exotic than the humble tulip will soon flourish for the first time in Dutch greenhouses after intensive research into growing the capricious vanilla orchid to harvest one of the world's most expensive spices.

Four held off Madagascar after double murder

- Police investigating the double murder of two French volunteers on an island off Madagascar have arrested four suspects.

Two French volunteers 'murdered off Madagascar'

Antananarivo - Two young French volunteers found dead Sunday on an island off the northeast coast of Madagascar were likely murdered, French and Madagascan authorities said.

Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

Antananarivo - A house fire during a party in Madagascar has killed 38 people including 16 children as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said Monday.

Madagascan PM and government resign amid political tension

Antananarivo - The Madagascan government led by Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo resigned Friday after weeks of tension with the president, in a move that threatened to revive political instability on the island.

Invasive toads ‘taking over’ Madagascar

Madagascar’s wildlife and impressive biodiversity is under threat from Asian toads. The toads arrived in the early 2000s and they are taking over the island.

Madagascar's presidential party wins landslide in Senate vote

Antananarivo - The party of Madagascar's president has won an overwhelming victory in last month's senatorial elections, held six years after the upper house of parliament was dissolved because of a coup, the electoral commission said.

Madagascar: four sentenced to hard labour for life over mob lynching

Antananarivo - A Madagascar court handed four men the maximum sentence Friday of hard labour for life over the mob lynching in 2013 of two Europeans and a local man, who were beaten and then burned on a beach.

France to return 150 endangered tortoises to Madagascar

Marseille - Some 150 endangered baby tortoises will return to Madagascar eight months after they were found wrapped in sticky tape and hidden in a crate at a Paris airport, the centre that cared for them said Tuesday.

Dispute deepens over Madagascar's 'pirate shipwreck'

Antananarivo - Documentary makers following the marine archaeologists who say they found 17th-century pirate William Kidd's sunken ship defended the team's work on Wednesday after a UNESCO report dismissed their claims.

Explorer's 'pirate wreck' claim false, says UNESCO

Antananarivo - UNESCO on Tuesday threw cold water over an American explorer's claims that he had discovered the sunken treasure of infamous 17th-century pirate William Kidd off the coast of Madagascar.

New chameleon species discovered in Madagascar

Madagascar, noted for its rich diversity of species, has revealed new secrets: eleven new species of reptile have been discovered on the island in recent years. These have been collated in a new science paper.

Pirate Captain Kidd's 'treasure' found in Madagascar

- A team of American explorers on Thursday claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital

Antananarivo - Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe -- that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Madagascar plague kills 40 since August

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people on the island, with 119 more people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since early August.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40, WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday a plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people so far, killing 40. The bacterial disease, transmitted by fleas, started in a village in Soamahatamana in August, and has now spread.
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A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild  and alive.
A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild, and alive.
Antony Stanley from Gloucester, UK
Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
FAO
Some of the hundreds of Malagasy tortises sezied in Malaysia in July 2010.
Some of the hundreds of Malagasy tortises sezied in Malaysia in July 2010.
TRAFFIC
Madagascan pochard.
Madagascan pochard.
Frank Vassen
This is the first-ever video of an Omura s whale.
This is the first-ever video of an Omura's whale.
YouTube screen grab New England Aquarium
Madagascar s capital  Antananarivo
Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo
Bernard Gagnon
The Madagascar hissing roach has become a popular pet and is sold in pet stores across the world.
The Madagascar hissing roach has become a popular pet and is sold in pet stores across the world.
Wikipedia
A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
IParjan
Lemurs  an endangered species  play an important role in the ecology of Madagascar as seed disperser...
Lemurs, an endangered species, play an important role in the ecology of Madagascar as seed dispersers
Courtesy Busch Gardens
Situated in a rich wetland area in the eastern part of Madagascar  ‘Rivière Nosivolo et affluents...
Situated in a rich wetland area in the eastern part of Madagascar, ‘Rivière Nosivolo et affluents’ (358,511 ha; 20°03’S 48°07’E) comprises 130 km of main river system along which flowing water, lakes, pools and irrigated lands spread throughout 200 km, including 62 inland islets. The Nosivolo near-natural ecosystem is recognised as having the highest concentration of endemic freshwater fish in Madagascar.
Ramsar