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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.

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.
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Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
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Madagascan pochard.
Madagascan pochard.
Frank Vassen
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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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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Madagascar s capital  Antananarivo
Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo
Bernard Gagnon
A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
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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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A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild  and alive.
A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild, and alive.
Antony Stanley from Gloucester, UK
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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