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Madagascan ex-presidents face off in election clash

Antananarivo - Madagascar heads to the polls on Wednesday in a crunch head-to-head election between two arch-rivals who have dominated political life on poverty-stricken Indian Ocean island for years.

Madagascar ex-presidents to contest run-off vote

Antananarivo - Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will face each other in a run-off election next month to decide who will lead the Indian Ocean island nation, the country's top court announced on Wednesday.

Madagascar police call for calm ahead of election result

Antananarivo - Madagascan police on Friday called for candidates to exercise restraint as near-complete results were tallied from a first-round presidential election last week, with two former leaders looking set to go through to the run-off.

Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

Antananarivo - Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results Thursday showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

Antananarivo - Madagascar's former president Andry Rajoelina on Monday rejected allegations by EU observers that he bribed local officials in return for their support in last week's presidential vote.

'Very minor' irregularities in Madagascar vote: EU

Antananarivo - EU election observers said on Friday that Madagascar's presidential election this week had "very minor" irregularities after candidate Hery Rajaonarimampianina alleged the vote was mired by fraud.

Former president alleges fraud in Madagascar vote

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Thursday alleged that "many voting irregularities" pointed to fraud in this week's election, heightening fears of protests and a disputed result.

Rajoelina and Ravalomanana lead Madagascar presidential race

Antananarivo - Madagascar's former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana were neck-and-neck in the country's presidential race according to partial results published by the electoral commission on Thursday.Rajoelina won 43.

Madagascar counts votes after presidential poll

Antananarivo - Election officials began counting ballots in Madagascar after Wednesday's vote for a new president in which three former heads of state ran as the Indian Ocean island seeks to defuse a political crisis.

Glitz, choppers: Madagascar politicians splurge on campaigns

Antananarivo - Grand firework displays, giant screens and chartered helicopters -- leading contenders in Madagascar's elections on Wednesday have been battling to outdo each other with extravagant campaigning in stark contrast to the deep poverty of voters.

95% of lemur population facing extinction: conservationists

Geneva - Ninety-five percent of the world's lemur population is "on the brink of extinction," making them the most endangered primates on Earth, a leading conservation group said Wednesday.

Madagascar to hold presidential vote in November

Antananarivo - Madagascar will hold a presidential election on November 7, the prime minister said Friday, after street protests and a political crisis that forced the appointment of a caretaker government.

Madagascar names technocrat as 'consensus' PM in bid to end crisis

Antananarivo - Madagascar's president named a senior UN official on Monday to head a government of national unity in a bid to end a crisis sparked by electoral reforms.

Defence minister warns of intervention in Madagascar crisis

Antananarivo - Madagascar's defence minister, General Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina, threatened on Thursday to deploy security forces if the government and opposition failed to resolve a crisis sparked by controversial election laws.

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.

Tackling the business of targeted kidnappings in Madagascar

Antananarivo - It happened five years ago but "Andre" remembers being kidnapped at gunpoint like it was yesterday.

Top Madagascar court scraps contested clauses in electoral law

Antananarivo - Madagascar's top court has tossed out parts of new electoral legislation that sparked nearly two weeks of protests against President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the court said.

Madagascar's president rules out resignation despite protests

Antananarivo - Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Sunday refused to yield to opposition demands that he resign from office, following eight days of anti-government protests in the capital. "I am president by the will of the Malagasy people.

Clashes at Madagascar opposition protest leave one dead, 17 wounded

Antananarivo - One person died and 17 others were injured Saturday in clashes between Madagascar's security forces and thousands of opposition activists protesting against new election laws ahead of a vote later this year in the restive island nation.

Madagascar's hidden leprosy battle

Fianarantsoa - Joseph Ralaiharo has lived cut off from society in a remote village in central Madagascar for more than half a century.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar revived dread of a killer

Antananarivo - Most inhabitants of Madagascar thought the plague was a footnote of medical history until the disease dramatically returned last year, slaying more than 200 people.Fear and anxiety rippled across the Indian Ocean island nation.

Escape of jailed Frenchman triggers Madagascar outrage

Antananarivo - It's a tale worthy of a John le Carré novel.A French security expert who went to Madagascar to advise the island nation's president but subsequently fell out with his political master was jailed for three years for corruption and abuse of power.

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.
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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.
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Madagascan pochard.
Madagascan pochard.
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A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
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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.
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Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
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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
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Madagascar s capital  Antananarivo
Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo
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A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild  and alive.
A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild, and alive.
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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.
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