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Hundreds of thousands turn out for Pope Francis Madagascar mass

Antananarivo - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday gathered on the outskirts of the Madagascan capital Antananarivo to hear Pope Francis say mass and deliver a homily condemning "privilege and exclusion" on the second leg of his three-nation African tour.

Pope pleads with Madagascans to protect rainforest

Antananarivo - Pope Francis on Saturday made an impassioned plea to Madagascans to protect the Indian Ocean's unique environment from "excessive deforestation", on the second leg of his African tour.

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Antananarivo - True to his reputation as "pope of the poor", Pope Francis began a visit Saturday to Madagascar, one of the world's most impoverished nations with a unique and threatened environment.

Madagascar religions, new and old, joust for followers

Antananarivo - Pope Francis, visiting Madagascar on his three-nation African tour, finds himself in a country where Catholicism remains strong but faces a rising challenge from evangelical Protestantism.

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Antananarivo - True to his reputation as "pope of the poor", Pope Francis begins a visit Saturday to Madagascar, one of the world's most impoverished nations.

City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site

Antananarivo - When he was six, Liva spent his days rummaging around an enormous landfill overlooking the hills of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. "You couldn't tell the humans from the pigs and dogs," he recalled.

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Vatican City - Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Madagascar's 'angel makers' flourish in ban on abortion

Antananarivo - Volatiana keeps her secret behind a flimsy wooden gate, tucked along a red brick wall at the back of her vegetable garden in Madagascar's Antananarivo.

Madagascar president's coalition wins parliamentary majority

Antananarivo - Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina's coalition has won an absolute majority in the new parliament, according to provisional results published Saturday by the country's electoral commission (CENI), although the opposition is crying foul.

Madagascar leader sees parliament win amid fraud complaints

Paris - Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina said Wednesday that he believed his party and allies were on course for a majority in the country's new parliament, but the opposition alleged that "anomalies" had been detected in the vote.

Madagascar goes to polls in latest battle of bitter political feud

Antananarivo - Madagascar holds parliamentary elections Monday in what is being seen as the latest round of a bitter feud between President Andry Rajoelina and his longstanding rival Marc Ravalomanana.

Madagascar president announces constitutional referendum

Antananarivo - Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina has called a May 27 referendum on changing the constitution, to do away with the country's Senate and give more powers to the regions.

Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius in September

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to visit flood-ravaged Mozambique and Indian Ocean nations Madagascar and Mauritius in September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

- Frangeline is aged two but weighs no more than a four-month-old -- the terrible result of her battle with measles, which is cutting a deadly swathe through Madagascar.

Six killed in Madagascar lightning strike

Antananarivo - Six people from the same family were "killed on the spot" by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.

Ex-president Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina has beaten his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana in an election beset by allegations of fraud, the electoral commission said Thursday.Rajoelina has returned to power after he won 55.

Ex-president Rajoelina closes in on Madagascar election win: partial results

Antananarivo - Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina was set to return to power as partial election results on Saturday gave him a clear lead over his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has alleged the vote count was fraudulent.

Madagascar counts votes in tense election run-off

Antananarivo - Madagascar released early partial results on Thursday the day after its presidential election, with both candidates claiming victory in a head-to-head duel that has raised fears of instability on the Indian Ocean island.

Madagascar votes to decide between rival ex-presidents

Antananarivo - Madagascar voted on Wednesday in a two-man contest between former presidents who have waited years to come face-to-face in a fiercely personal battle for power in the Indian Ocean island.

In southern Madagascar, voters struggle for food before ballot

Taolanaro - One after another, the mothers sat their babies in the shade, on a mat placed on the dusty ground. This morning at least, their children will have enough to eat.

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 the 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.
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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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Some of the hundreds of Malagasy tortises sezied in Malaysia in July 2010.
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Locusts eating grain sprayed with pesticides.
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Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo
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A chameleon (Parc Endemika) in the wild, and alive.
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A male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
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Madagascan pochard.
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Lemurs, an endangered species, play an important role in the ecology of Madagascar as seed dispersers
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