Latest Indian Ocean News

Germany says China has refused port stopover by warship

Sep. 15, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Wednesday that China has rejected a planned stopover of a German warship in a Chinese port. The frigate left Germany last month for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region as part of the German government's effort to increase its activities there. ...

Sri Lanka banks on vaccination to see it through delta surge

Aug. 16, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Manjula Wijesuriya had COVID-19, but his friends and family say that's not what killed him. When the 51-year-old tutor suffered a heart attack in late July, his loved ones rushed him to a nearby hospital in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital,...

Ship tied to Israeli billionaire attacked off Oman, 2 killed

Jul. 30, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An attack on an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire killed two crew members off Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, marking the first fatalities after years of assaults targeting shipping in the region. No one...

Regional forces join offensive against Mozambique extremists

Jul. 30, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rwandan troops have joined Mozambican forces to launch a major offensive against Islamic rebels in northern Mozambique as more troops arrive from South Africa and other neighboring countries to battle the insurgency. Less than two weeks after landing...

Pilot minutes before ocean crash: ‘It doesn’t look good’

Jul. 02, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Two pilots told air traffic controllers that their engine had cut out and they needed help moments before crashing their cargo plane into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on Friday. “It doesn’t look good out here,” one of the pilots said before the...

Fire erupts on cargo ship in Indian Ocean, 1 crew missing

Jun. 25, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire broke out on a container ship sailing toward Singapore in the Indian Ocean and one of its crew is missing, Sri Lankan and Indian authorities said Friday. Sri Lankan navy spokesperson Indika de Silva said the Maritime Rescue Coordinating...