Latest Indian Ocean News

India announces a $100 million credit line to the Maldives

Aug. 02, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will give a $100 million line of credit to the Maldives to support development projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday after holding talks with his counterpart, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih arrived in India on Monday for a four-day...

No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris

Aug. 01, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from the final stage of a rocket that launched part of China’s new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday. Philippine Space Agency official Marc Talampas...

China says remains of rocket booster fall to Earth

Jul. 31, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Debris from a rocket that boosted part of China’s new space station into orbit fell into the sea in the Philippines on Sunday, the Chinese government announced. Most of the final stage of the Long March-5B rocket burned up after entering the atmosphere at 12:55...

Africa looks to private sector to fund ocean climate action

Jul. 13, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Countries on Africa's east coast are increasingly turning to climate funding initiatives to boost livelihoods of oceanside communities, aid biodiversity and take climate action. On the margins of the high-level political forum on sustainable development...

Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fishing community

Jul. 07, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergencies

Jul. 06, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

With no fuel and no cash, Sri Lanka keeps schools closed

Jul. 03, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Cash-strapped Sri Lanka on Sunday extended school closures for one week because there isn't enough fuel for teachers and parents to get children to classrooms, and the energy minister appealed to the country's expatriates to send money home through banks to finance new...

Sri Lanka crisis gives India chance to gain sway vs China

Jun. 30, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka's strategic location has attracted outsized interest in the small island nation from regional giants China and India for more than a decade, with Beijing and its free-flowing loans and infrastructure investments widely seen as having gained the upper hand in the quest...

Sri Lanka sends 2 ministers to Russia for oil amid crisis

Jun. 27, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is sending two government ministers to Russia to negotiate for fuel — one of the necessities nearly exhausted as a result of the Indian Ocean nation's economic collapse. The plan comes as Washington and its allies aim to cut off energy imports...

To combat coral bleaching, Kenya turns to reef nurseries

Jun. 27, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WASINI, Kenya (AP) — Minutes away from the Kenyan mainland, the densely forested island of Wasini is one of several starting lines for coral reef restoration efforts in the western Indian Ocean. On a rare calm day during the normally turbulent monsoon season, four divers, carrying measuring...