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Madagascar: Army helicopters hunts cattle gang after 32 people killed in fires

Army helicopters have been deployed in Madagascar to search for a criminal gang that killed at least 32 people by setting fire to their homes. The police said the people were forced inside three thatched houses that were then set ablaze. Women and children were among the victims of Friday’s attack in Ankazobe district north […]

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Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 people killed in Madagascar tropical storm, 55,000 others displaced

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 55,000 others were displaced after Cyclone Batsirai slammed into Madagascar’s eastern coast, officials have said. The tropical storm weakened quickly as it moved southwest across the island, missing the capital Antananarivo and posing little risk to other areas except for heavy rainfall, the national meteorological […]

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Several reported dead in southeastern Madagascar after cyclone Batsirai makes landfall

Three people were reported dead in southeastern Madagascar on Sunday after cyclone Batsirai made landfall, leaving a trail of devastation including collapsed buildings, power cuts and flooding. One of the towns badly affected was Nosy Varika on the coast where most of the buildings were destroyed and the town was cut off from the surrounding […]

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Mother abandons newborn in rubbish bin of plane’s toilet in Mauritius

Airport staff in Mauritius have found a newborn baby boy abandoned in the rubbish bin toilet of a plane’s toilet. A 20-year-old woman from Madagascar, suspected of having given birth on the flight, was arrested. The Air Mauritius plane, which arrived from Madagascar, landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on 1 January. Airport officers […]

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Madagascar minister swims 12 hours to safety after his helicopter crashes into the sea

A government minister in Madagascar has said he swam for 12 hours to safety after his helicopter crashed at sea during a rescue mission. “It’s not my time to die,” exhausted Police Minister Serge Gelle said as he recovered on a stretcher. Another security official travelling with him in the helicopter also survived the crash. […]

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Madagascar arrests several high ranking army and police personnel for plotting to assassinate country’s president

Senior army and police officials were arrested in Madagascar in connection with a failed attempt to kill the country’s president. The arrested include five generals and several active police officers. At least 21 people are being investigated over last month’s foiled assassination. Authorities have also seized a gun and $250,000 local reports claimed. The attempt […]

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Scientists find the world’s smallest reptile that fits on the fingertip

Scientists have identified the Earth’s smallest known reptile, warning at the same time that sustained destruction of forests in northern Madagascar threatens its survival. Tiny enough to perch comfortably on a fingertip, the ultra-compact chameleon, dubbed Brookesia nana has the same proportions and world-weary expression as its larger cousins around the world. “We discovered it […]