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Tests have confirmed 20 people died after contracting the disease on the island

The foot that may prove 'hobbits' existed

Unusual features suggest that remains discovered on Indonesian island <u>did</u> belong to new human species

Envoys to boycott Madagascar head's installation

Major foreign nations looked set to boycott the installation of Madagascar's new president, Andry Rajoelina, today in further international censure of what they call his unconstitutional rise to power.

Evolving glory of the Galapagos

As an exhibition of his wife's paintings of the islands opens, Richard Dawkins celebrates the Darwinian paradise

African Union suspends Madagascar over 'coup'

The African Union suspended Madagascar today, the strongest condemnation yet by the international community after opposition leader Andry Rajoelina took power with the support of the army.

Former DJ puts himself in charge of Madagascar

A 34-year-old former DJ has become the youngest serving head of state in Africa after months of violent protests finally bulldozed Madagascar's president out of office.

Madagascar's president 'steps down'

Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana handed power to a navy admiral today after a power struggle with the opposition on the Indian Ocean island, a presidential aide said.

African Union denounces 'attempted coup' in Madagascar

The African Union denounced what it called an "attempted coup" in Madagascar last night after troops and tanks stormed one of the presidential palaces on the Indian Ocean island.

Tanks roll into Madagascar's palace

Two tanks forced their way into a presidential palace in Madagascar's capital and two explosions rocked the city today soon after the armed forces publicly backed opposition leader Andry Rajoelina in his power struggle with President Marc Ravalomanana.

Madagascar opposition leader says he controls army

Madagascar's opposition leader Andry Rajoelina said on today that he had the army's backing and was giving the orders during a standoff with the Indian Ocean island's president.

Rally adds pressure on Madagascan government

Madagascar's opposition leader Andry Rajoelina attended an anti-government rally today, his first public appearance since going into hiding more than a week ago.

Rebels threaten to use tanks in Madagascar

Antananarivo: Dissident soldiers have threatened to use the tanks they have deployed in Madagascar's capital to fight any mercenaries hired by the government in a power struggle that has killed 135 people on the Indian Ocean island.

More than 100 killed in island protests

More than 100 people have been killed in civil unrest in Madagascar this week, the worst violence for years on the politically volatile Indian Ocean island, the US ambassador said yesterday.

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