Latest Indian Ocean News

In South Africa, endangered frogs get another chance

Oct. 2, 2018 5:10 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists are monitoring some 200 endangered frogs that were released along South Africa's coastline after a captive-breeding program at the Johannesburg Zoo. The release last month of the Pickersgill's reed frogs happened in KwaZulu-Natal province, where the species' wetland...

Former Maldives president released from prison

Sep. 30, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives court has released a former president who was serving a 19-month sentence for failing to cooperate with a police investigation. The high court in the Indian Ocean archipelago released Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on bail Sunday. It comes a week after opposition candidate Ibrahim...

Maldives election commission confirms opposition victory

Sep. 29, 2018 7:04 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives' election commission on Saturday released the final results of this month's presidential election, confirming the surprising opposition victory by longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The results showed that Solih received 58.4 percent of the votes cast in the...

Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change

Sep. 27, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world's most powerful...

Rescued Indian and Irish sailors reach remote island

Sep. 25, 2018 5:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean set foot on land on Tuesday when they reached an island to undergo medical assessments, officials said. The French fisheries patrol boat Osiris rescued injured Indian Abhilash Tomy,...

Maldives' president concedes loss to opposition candidate

Sep. 24, 2018 9:21 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday. Speaking in the Maldives' native language, Dhivehi, Yameen congratulated Solih and...

French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

Sep. 24, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A French ship on Monday rescued an Indian sailor who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean when his sailboat lost its mast in a storm during a round-the-world solo yacht race, officials said. India's defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted that it was "a sense of...

Maldives' opposition presidential candidate claims victory

Sep. 23, 2018 10:28 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory early Monday in the Maldives' contentious presidential election, which was widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy. The win was unexpected, and Solih's supporters flooded the streets, hugging one...

The Latest: US congratulates Maldives, notes opposition win

Sep. 23, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 5 a.m. The U.S. State Department has congratulated the Maldives' on its peaceful democratic election. Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in Sunday's vote, which was widely seen as a...

AP Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives' future

Sep. 23, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Maldives is holding its third multiparty presidential election on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation of 400,000 has been rife with political turmoil since democracy was introduced just a decade ago. Famed for its white sand beaches and luxury resorts, the Maldives under President Yameen...