Jan 17, 2014

Rajoelina-backed candidate elected Madagascar president

Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a former finance minister backed by strongman Andry Rajoelina, was Friday declared president of Madagascar following elections to restore democracy on the island nation. The Dec. 20 election came four years after Rajoelina seized power in 2009, with rival Marc Ravalomanana fleeing ...

Bubonic plague claims 32 lives in Madagascar

Dec 20, 2013

Bubonic plague claims 32 lives in Madagascar

Health officials say 32 people have died as a result of an outbreak of bubonic plague in the African island state of Madagascar. Some 84 suspected cases of bubonic plague — 60 of them suspected of being pneumonic or pulmonary plague, a more virulent ...

Oct 8, 2013

Report links sonar to whale stranding

by Lenny Bernstein

The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response — a few of the 3-4-meter-long marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? ...

Exiled Madagascan chief goes home

Apr 20, 2013

Exiled Madagascan chief goes home

Former Madagascan President Didier Ratsiraka returned home from France on Thursday, ending an 11-year exile that followed a bitter election dispute. The 76-year-old is taking part in a national reconciliation conference ahead of polls set for July that aim to break the island’s long-running ...

Chameleons born in Africa, rafted to Madagascar

Mar 29, 2013

Chameleons born in Africa, rafted to Madagascar

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, says a study that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change color, and for a lightning-fast ...