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President Ramkalawan takes office in the Seychelles

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan, the new president of the Seychelles, took office Monday to become the country's first head of state to come from the opposition.

Opposition's Ramkalawan in historic Seychelles vote win

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan on Sunday won the Seycelles presidential election, the first opposition victory since the Indian Ocean archipelago's independence from Britain over four decades ago.

Opposition's Ramkalawan wins Seychelles presidential vote

Victoria - Wavel Ramkalawan on Sunday won the presidential election in the Seychelles, the first opposition victory since the Indian Ocean archipelago's independence from Britain over four decades ago.

Seychelles votes for president, lawmakers in election

Victoria - Voters on the main islands of the Seychelles cast their ballot Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days, across an idyllic archipelago that has been economically hammered by the coronavirus.

Seychelles kicks off three-day election across archipelago

Victoria - The Seychelles on Thursday kicked off three days of voting for the president and lawmakers, with polling to be spread out across the 115 scattered islands making up the idyllic archipelago.

Addiction in paradise: Seychelles battles heroin crisis

- On a plain suburban street in Seychelles, far from the idyllic coastline and luxury resorts pampering honeymooners and paradise-seekers, heroin addicts queue anxiously for their daily dose of methadone.

In Seychelles, nature is prized above mass tourism

- In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht.

Seychelles chief calls from the deep for ocean protection

Victoria - Seychelles President Danny Faure dived deep into the Indian Ocean Sunday to call for protection of "the beating blue heart of our planet.""This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it.

Planned Indian military base stirs Seychelles controversy

Victoria - A plan for India to build a military base on an outlying Seychelles island has won favour among the archipelago nation's politicians, but some hostility from its people.

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.

Seychelles opposition win parliamentary vote

Victoria - The Seychelles opposition on Sunday hailed its "historic" victory at parliamentary polls after gaining control of the Indian Ocean nation's parliament for the first time in more than two decades.

Seychelles opposition win parliamentary vote

Victoria - The opposition in the Seychelles has won parliamentary polls, putting it in control of the National Assembly for the first time in two decades, according to official results published Sunday.

Opposition eyes victory as 3-day Seychelles vote winds up

Victoria - Voters in the tourism-dependent nation of Seychelles cast their ballots Saturday, the third and final day of a poll that may see the opposition win control of parliament for the first time in two decades.

Seychelles parliament decriminalises gay sex

Victoria - The Seychelles has decriminalised gay sex, the state news agency said Thursday, after lawmakers voted to amend a penal code that meant those convicted of sodomy faced 14 years in jail.

Seychelles swaps part of its debt with pledge to protect oceans

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean with a population of 90,000, is swapping nearly $30 million of its debt in exchange for the protection of 30 percent of its ocean territory with an area larger than the size of Germany.

Seychelles president scrapes wafer-thin third-term win

Victoria - Seychelles President James Michel won a third term in power by the narrowest of margins of just 193 votes, with the opposition calling for a recount, the election commission said Saturday."Today the people have spoken.

Seychelles president in lead as vote heads for runoff: Official

Victoria - The Seychelles' incumbent President James Michel won a strong lead in the remote archipelago's poll but came short of securing an outright majority, and must now face opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan in an unprecedented runoff.

Seychelles votes in presidential polls

Victoria - Vote counting got underway in the Seychelles late Saturday after a presidential election providing incumbent James Michel with his first serious challenge after two terms in office.

Nine suspect pirates transferred for prosecution

Nine suspect pirates have been transported to the Seychelles to face prosecution. The EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) made the announcement in a press release issued on Monday.

86-year-old man lives on Moyenne Island with 120 tortoises

Fifty years ago, Brendon Grimshaw bought the island. Today he lives in a blissful solitude in the company of 120 tortoises and converted Moyenne island into a paradise of its own.

Costa Allegra finally reaches Seychelles

After the cruise from hell, passengers are finally able to disembark from the Costa Allegra after the vessel was left drifting without power following a fire in an engine room.

Costa Allegra being towed to Seychelles, fire on Indian Ocean

Victoria - Indian Ocean (Nearing Seychelles) - A small (295-foot) French fishing ship is currently towing the disabled Costa Allegra Cruise ship towards the island of Seychelles (population 86,000,) and not expected to arrive until Thursday.

Costa Allegra cruise ship being towed into Seychelles

The Costa Allegra cruise ship that got into trouble following an engine room fire on Monday Feb. 27 is being towed to one of the islands in the Seychelles archipelago.

Another Costa cruise ship in trouble

A sister ship of the doomed Costa Concordia is adrift powerless off the coast of the Seychelles following a fire, believed to have started in a machine room.

US Reaper drone crash at Seychelles off east coast of Africa

Washington - Just over a week after the United States military lost a drone in Iran, the Air Force has confirmed a drone crashed Tuesday morning at the Seychelles International Airport, located on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.

US warship captures pirates after skirmish in Indian Ocean

Victoria - A US Navy warship has repulsed an attack by a pirate boat and, after an exchange of fire, captured five suspected pirates west of the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Seychelles Bird Rears Young With The Help Of Grandparent Birds

A bird that is native to the Seychelles, the Seychelle warbler, has been discovered to rear its young ones with the help of grandparent birds. This behaviour has never been spotted in birds until now.

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The Costa Allegra
The Costa Allegra
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The Seychelles  an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.
The Seychelles, an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.
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