Latest Indian Ocean News

China pledges further COVID-19 aid to Southeast Asia

Jun. 08, 2021 06:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday pledged further assistance to Southeast Asian nations in battling the coronavirus pandemic as it seeks to boost influence with the region where the United States is also looking to strengthen ties. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told...

Maldives foreign minister elected as UN assembly president

Jun. 07, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives won election as the next president of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, and pledged to push for equal access to coronavirus vaccines, a stronger and greener economic recovery, and stepped up efforts to tackle climate...

Floods and mudslides kill 6, another 5 missing in Sri Lanka

Jun. 05, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least six people and left five missing, while more than 5,000 are displaced, officials said Saturday. Rains have been pounding six districts of the Indian Ocean...

The Latest: Sri Lanka gets 2nd vaccine donation from China

May. 25, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China as the Indian Ocean island nation faces severe shortage of vaccines amid a recent rise in infections. The vaccine stock that arrived early Wednesday is the second...

French admiral: Air power helps root out 'underground' IS

May. 10, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — The Islamic State group is using stealth to regenerate its forces by developing its military capabilities underground, and France is deploying its warships and aircraft in the region to help troops on the ground root out the threat, a senior French naval officer said...

China defends handling of rocket that fell to Earth

May. 10, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government defended its handling of a rocket booster that burned up over the Indian Ocean and said Monday it was unfairly being held to different standards than the U.S. and other space programs. The administrator of the American space agency...

China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry

May. 09, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and that most of it burned up early Sunday. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket...

General: China's Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic

May. 06, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to...

The Latest: Sri Lanka receives 1st batch of Sputnik V shots

May. 03, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has received its first batch of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The 15,000 doses were flown in early hours of Tuesday to the Indian ocean island nation which is struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccines because of the delay in getting them...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

Apr. 11, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897 miles, is expected to begin...