Latest Indian Ocean News

Whaling logs yield clues for modern-day climate studies

Jul. 16, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Cobblestone streets lead to the New Bedford Whaling Museum where Abigail Field is seated in the library, isolated from the heat and humidity, the blazing sun reduced to a creamy vanilla by the drawn blinds. At 21, Field, a history major at the University of Massachusetts...

Sri Lanka to slash airline charges to help boost tourism

Jul. 9, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday it will reduce ground handling charges for airlines and slash aviation fuel prices and embarkation fees to help the country's vital tourism industry recover after Easter suicide bombings killed more than 250 people. Tourism Minister John...

Visits to Sri Lanka down sharply after hotel, church attacks

Jul. 3, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rapidly declined in June, showing the severe economic impact of the Easter bombings on the Indian Ocean island nation. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said Wednesday there were 63,072 tourist visits to Sri Lanka last month, a drop of 57%...

Sri Lanka leader orders execution of 4 drug convicts

Jun. 26, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said on Wednesday that he has ordered the executions of four drug offenders who will be hanged in prison soon, amid alarm over drug-related crimes in this Indian Ocean island nation. The executions if carried out will end a 43-year moratorium on capital...

India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts

Jun. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step up cooperation to combat terrorism. Modi, on his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring,...

Modi visits Maldives, signaling India's return as key ally

Jun. 8, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first overseas trip since being elected to a second term by traveling to the Maldives, where the new president pledged closer ties with New Delhi in a departure from his predecessor's pro-China policy. Modi met with Maldivian President...

Stonington senior to sail across the southern Indian Ocean

May. 31, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — If his mother had not registered him at the last minute for a children's summer camp at Mystic Aquarium, Stonington High School senior Jay Christopher may never have found his calling. And it has nothing do to with whales, dolphins or fish. This coming September, Christopher will...

UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months

May. 22, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months. The 193-member world body approved a resolution...