Pope in Madagascar insists: ‘Poverty is not inevitable’
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of...
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A stampede at a concert in Madagascar's capital by a popular singer killed at least 15 people Wednesday night.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in early September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.
Madagascar’s new leader vows to combat widespread corruption
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar's new president has been sworn in and vows to establish independent bodies to combat the Indian Ocean island nation's widespread corruption.
Andry Rajoelina, who led the country from 2009 to 2014 in a transitional government after a military coup, told a crowd in the capital on Saturday that for the first time since independence Madagascar is seeing a peaceful, democratic transfer of power between two elected leaders.
Madagascar court confirms Rajoelina’s win as president
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Former Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina won the presidential election, the high constitutional court confirmed on Tuesday, rejecting all complaints filed over the results.
The court said Rajoelina received more than 55 percent of the vote in the Indian Ocean island nation's runoff election last month, while another former president, Marc Ravalomanana, received more than 44 percent.
Madagascar’s provisional results show Rajoelina wins runoff
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar's electoral commission on Thursday announced provisional results in the runoff presidential election, saying Andry Rajoelina received more than 55 percent of the vote while Marc Ravalomanana received more than 44 percent.
The Indian Ocean island nation's constitutional court has nine days to declare the final election results. All votes have been counted.
Madagascar counting votes in runoff presidential poll
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — The counting of ballots has started in Madagascar's runoff presidential election, after the polls closed to end the generally peaceful voting Wednesday.
There was a relatively low turnout of voters on this Indian Ocean island nation which is selecting a new president between two former leaders.
Madagascar’s presidential runoff pits 2 ex-heads of state
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar goes to the polls on Wednesday for a runoff presidential election that features two former heads of state who have a prickly past.
Andry Rajoelina received 39 percent of the vote in the first round, while Marc Ravalomanana got 35 percent. They face off for the first time since political turmoil in 2009 forced Ravalomanana from power. Both have said they will accept the runoff's results.
Madagascar heading toward runoff poll in presidential race
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A runoff presidential election in December is likely in Madagascar where two former presidents are in a tight race, according to results announced Wednesday from 70 percent of polling stations.
2 ex-presidents lead as votes counted in Madagascar election
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Two former presidents of Madagascar are neck and neck as votes are being counted in the presidential election that seeks to end years of political instability in this Indian Ocean island nation.
According to partial results announced by the National Electoral Commission on Thursday, Andry Rajoelina had 45 percent of votes counted and Marc Ravalomanana had 40 percent, with results from 291 of the more than 24,000 polling stations.
Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Voters in Madagascar will go to the polls Wednesday to elect a president with hopes that a new leader will take this Indian Ocean island nation out of chronic poverty and corruption.
The 36 candidates have all promised to improve the country's economy, create new jobs and end graft, but the three leaders in the race are familiar faces who offer little chance of a dramatic change, according to political analysts.
Aid group says Madagascar plague outbreak yet to reach peak
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — An international aid group says Madagascar'd deadly plague outbreak has not yet reached its peak.
In Madagascar, plague outbreak now threatens largest cities
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — As plague cases rose last week in Madagascar's capital, many city dwellers panicked. They waited in long lines for antibiotics at pharmacies and reached through bus windows to buy masks from street vendors. Schools have been canceled, and public gatherings are banned.
Plague in Madagascar hits urban areas, kills 2 dozen people
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to contain an outbreak of plague that has killed two-dozen people in recent weeks and has prompted a ban on large public gatherings in the capital to curb the disease's spread.
The dead include a basketball coach from the Seychelles who was participating in a tournament in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo. Five people have died of plague in the capital, reported L'Express de Madagascar, a daily newspaper.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A cyclone that hit northeast Madagascar killed at least three people and left nearly 500 people homeless, but officials and aid workers warned Wednesday that the full extent of the devastation was not yet clear because some access and communications were severed.
A 5-year-old child was among those killed after Cyclone Enawo hit the island nation with strong winds and rain on Tuesday, reported the daily newspaper L'Express de Madagascar, citing disaster management officials.
Families of Flight MH370 victims offer reward for debris
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Anyone who finds a piece of debris from a Malaysia Airlines plane that is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in 2014 could receive a financial reward, relatives of those who were on the plane said Monday in Madagascar.
A group of relatives who traveled to the island nation off the southeast coast of Africa made the offer in hopes that residents will scour some coastal areas of Madagascar, where possible parts of Flight MH370 washed ashore.
Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A Frenchman whose wife and two of his three children were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 said Sunday that he was still trying to find out what happened to the aircraft partly as a way of dealing with the emotional cost of his loss.
Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A French man whose wife and two of his three children were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 says he is still trying to find out what happened to the aircraft partly as a way of dealing with the emotional pain of his loss.
Relatives of Flight 370′s missing seek help in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean.
Half a dozen relatives traveled to Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, ahead of meetings with community leaders and a journey to coastal areas to talk to villagers about the missing plane.