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Madagascar's new leader vows to combat widespread corruption

Jan. 19, 2019 10:17 AM EST

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...

Madagascar court confirms Rajoelina's win as president

Jan. 8, 2019 12:55 PM EST

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...

Californian sailor welcomes discovery of yacht in Australia

Jan. 3, 2019 2:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Californian solo sailor Abby Sunderland said on Thursday her "heart skipped a beat" with news that the yacht she abandoned in the remote Indian Ocean in 2010 during and ill-fated round-the-world attempt had been found off the Australian coast. South Australia Police confirmed on...

Madagascar's provisional results show Rajoelina wins runoff

Dec. 27, 2018 11:12 AM EST

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...

Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster

Dec. 24, 2018 2:12 PM EST

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was...

Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220

Dec. 23, 2018 5:55 PM EST

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning. At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia's Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak...

The Latest: Death toll climbs to 222 in Indonesia tsunami

Dec. 23, 2018 10:53 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that...

Madagascar counting votes in runoff presidential poll

Dec. 19, 2018 11:32 AM EST

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...

Madagascar's presidential runoff pits 2 ex-heads of state

Dec. 17, 2018 9:03 AM EST

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...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court says president violated constitution

Dec. 13, 2018 7:38 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis. A seven-judge bench of the...