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

Top bird-watcher in world killed dies in bus crash

THE WORLD'S most famous bird-watcher, a globetrotting American woman who ticked off more species in her notebook than anyone else, has been killed in a road accident during a birding expedition.

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On a cruise from Zanzibar to Madagascar, Peter Moss becomes skilled in the art of doing absolutely nothing

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When the American spoken-word artist isn't on the road touring, he's travelling for pleasure. His extensive tattoos usually break the ice, wherever in the world he goes

Islands have 19th coup in 25 years

THE ARMY of the Comoro Islands overthrew the civilian government of President Tadjiddine Ben Said Massonde yesterday in a bloodless coup.

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Where zebus and lemurs roam

From howling Indri indri to stir-fried eel, Martin Symington explores the magnificent menagerie that is Madagascar

Design: First Class Deliveries

HAVE YOU done your Christmas shopping yet? Only two more Saturdays to go before it's too late, so abandon all hope of the High Street and do the rest by mail order. You're still in time to phone the following companies for a selection of stylish, unusual and relatively inexpensive gifts.

The weeds shall inherit the Earth

We are presiding over one of the great mass extinctions of recorded time, writes David Quammen. 150 years from now, more than half of the world's species are likely to have been wiped out. Eventually, the only survivors will be the versatile and aggressive, the 'superweeds' such as cats, rats, cockroaches - and humans

Monitor: French opinion on Lionel Jospin's decision to pardon First World War mutineers

THEIR MEMORY deserves better than this mediocre display. The Chemin des Dames mutineers, already imprisoned in history, have now been taken hostage by polemic and snagged by [the cross-party] cohabitation. Jospin gave homage to the men who were gunned down "to be made examples of" to the soldiers who, exhausted by their useless attacks, stood up against orders which were sheer madness - to the soldiers who were willing to fight but unwilling to commit suicide. Jospin's initiative was welcomed by the French who had learned from school that these men were not mutineers, but rather martyrs. By judging Jospin's remarks as inopportune, Chirac has committed a crass mistake for a state leader to make: that of not understanding the French.

Passport: 'What hit me was the sickly sweet smell'

I have just been in Madagascar where I had the best travel experience of my life. A friend works for a charity called Azafady which builds wells and toilets in remote parts of the country. He invited me out to see what he does.

Shopping: Six Of The Best - Bed Linen Sprays

Mio Essential Fragrances fine linen mist, pounds 15.95, Mio, available at Liberty (0171-734 1234)
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