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Million turn out for Pope Francis Madagascar mass

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) During the homily, the Pope urges the Madagascar faithful 'to build history in fraternity and solidarity' and 'in complete respect for the earth and its gifts, as opposed to any form of exploitation'

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at the Androhibe Soamandrakizay diocesan grounds to lead a Holy Mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) Sunday will mark the high point of Francis' visit with a huge mass in the capital expected to be attended by some 800,000 pilgrims

POPE FRANCIS'S TRIP. Police stand next to a huge banner welcoming Pope Francis, as his convoy is due to drive past, during his official visit to Madagascar in the capital Antananarivo on September 6, 2019. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Sep 02, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The pope's decision to visit two of the most impoverished countries in the world is seen as an act of solidarity from a cleric who was a frequent presence in the shantytowns of Argentina

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport.  File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Madagascar's 9 million hectares of forests are shrinking each year by between 50,000 and 100,000 hectares. A football field is roughly one hectare.

A Lemur Vari sits on a branch near the Vohibola forest, Madagascar, on March 23, 2019. The lemurs of this forest are in danger of extinction since the Vohibola Forest, one of the last primary forests in eastern Madagascar, has been illegally felled for charcoal production and the sale of rare wood for several years. Some kill the harmless creatures for food, others sell them as pets -- and to get to their prey, they chop down precious tropical trees. RIJASOLO / AFP

‘Madagascar: A Musical Adventure’ is headed to the stage

Mar 30, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The musical will be produced by Atlantis Theatrical’s new division, Atlantis Imaginarium Young Theater

A MUSICAL ADVENTURE. Hit Dreamworks film 'Madagascar' is hitting the stage. Image from

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Mozambique is reeling from a cyclone and floods that this month killed nearly 500 people and sparked cases of cholera

SEPTEMBER VISIT. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after the mass of Easter on April 1, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doctors say people's reluctance to go to hospitals and opposition to vaccinations make it difficult to curb measles cases in Madagascar

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2019, Soa Robethine (C) and her two year-old daughter Frangeline who is sick with measles are treated at a Basic Health Centre Level 2 (CSB 2) in the village of Anivorano, North Antsiranana on the outskirts of Antsiranana. - At least 926 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases. (Photo by Mamyrael / AFP)

Madagascar votes in showdown between 2 ex-presidents

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Analysts warn that the clash between Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina could revive instability in the impoverished country if the result is rejected by the losing candidate or fraud allegations are widespread

RIVALS. Madagascar presidential candidates Marc Ravalomanana (L) and Andry Rajoelina (R) shake hands ahead of a televised debate on the national television on December 9, 2018 ahead of the second round of the elections. File photo by Mamyrael/AFP

Madagascar fishermen feel bullied by 6 Chinese trawlers

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'The Chinese take everything and chuck the little dead fish back into the sea,' says Marco Randrianjaka, echoing the grievances of many of his fellow fishermen

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2018 a Malagasy fisherman is seen at work in the waters in front of Anakao, a traditional fishing community in southwest Madagascar. Already threatened by the effects of the global warming, Malagasy fishermen see their traditional way of life threatened by the presence in their waters of Chinese fishing boats following the signature of a fishing agreement between Chinese investors and Madagascar parastatal entities. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:46 AM

A European Union observer mission report says race frontrunner Andry Rajoelina had paid a total of 4,500 euros ($5,000) to two local chiefs

ANDRY RAJOELINA. Madagascar presidential candidate Andry Rajoelina talks to media after casting his ballot in Antananarivo, on November 7, 2018. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Madagascar goes to the polls to pick next president

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Nearly 10 million voters are eligible to cast ballots for one of 36 candidates who, as well as the 3 front-runners, include two ex-prime ministers, pastors and a rock star

MADAGASCAR ELECTIONS. Electoral posters are seen at a bus stop in Antananarivo, on November 6, 2018, on the eve of in the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Madagascan president steps down ahead of election

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina's resignation comes after several protests against the president's efforts to change electoral laws in favor of his party

Madagascar prime minister announces resignation

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'I will tender my resignation to the president today. As a statesman, I cannot be an obstacle to the life of the nation,' Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana says in a press briefing

RESIGNATION. Madagascar Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana (C) at Mazoharivo Palace on April 13, 2016 in Antananarivo.  File photo by RIJASOLO/AFP

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas – report

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The report focuses on 33 so-called 'Priority Places' which host some of the world's richest and most unusual terrestrial species, including iconic, endangered, or endemic plants and animals

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, with 1,100 suspected cases – WHO

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:35 PM

WHO's director for health emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, says that out of 1,153 suspected cases, 300 are laboratory confirmed

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoes as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A total of 805 cases have been reported on the poor Indian Ocean island nation since August, the health ministry says in a statement

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoe as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district, one of the most unsalubrious district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 30

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Madagascar has a history of plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, but this outbreak is unusual because it has affected urban areas

Officers from Ministry of Health spread pesticide against carriers of plague such as fleas in a primary school at Andraisoro, a district of the Antananarivo on October 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RIJASOLO

Panic in Madagascar as plague spreads

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:53 AM

In just the past few days, the highly infectious disease has wreaked havoc in the poor Indian Ocean island nation, claiming 6 lives in the capital city Antananarivo and causing widespread panic

RUSH. People queue at a pharmacy in downtown Antananarivo to buy protection masks against infections and medicines against plague on October 2, 2017. Rijasolo/AFP

Fed-up MH370 relatives head to Madagascar

Dec 03, 2016 - 5:26 PM

It has fallen into our hands to take on this search upon ourselves says Grace Nathan a Malaysian attorney who lost her mother on the flight

HOPE. Grace Nathan (C), whose mother Anne Daisy was onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, addresses the media prior to departing for Madagascar from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on December 3, 2016. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana /AFP

IN PHOTOS: DreamPlay, Dreamworks-themed activity center at City of Dreams Manila

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Fun interactive attractions based on Dreamworks hits like Kung Fu Panda How To Train Your Dragon Madagascar and Shrek Enjoy

Movies playing this week: 'Penguins of Madagascar,' 'Past Tense' and more

Nov 26, 2014 - 4:58 PM

A blast from the past penguin adventures in this week’s cinemas

Things to do: November 21- 27

Nov 21, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Stage plays concerts next week s movies and more

WATCH: First 4 minutes of new 'Penguins of Madagascar' movie

Oct 14, 2014 - 9:44 AM

Before they were covert ops penguins they were really really cute babies in this preview from Dreamworks

Madagascar arrests ex-leader on return from exile

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Former Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana is arrested shortly after his return from exile in South Africa

RETURN. Marc Ravalomanana former president of Madagascar who was in exile in South Africa since 2009, is greeted by supporters while returning to his home in Antananarivo on October 13, 2014. Photo by Rijasolo / AFP

Locust plague could cause food crisis in Madagascar - UN

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

By September Madagascar s worst locust plague in 60 years will have infested two thirds of the Indian Ocean island s crops FAO experts said

INFESTATION. A swarm of the Red Locusts 20 kilometers north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar on April 27, 2013. Photo by AFP/Bilal Tarabey

DreamWorks Animation, Netflix seal deal

Jun 18, 2013 - 8:11 AM

This is an unprecedented commitment to original content in the Internet television space

THE OGRE IS BACK. 'Shrek' returns to screens via Netflix. Image from the 'Shrek' Facebook page

Raunchy teddy bear 'Ted' tops N. America box office

Jul 02, 2012 - 5:46 AM

Brave drops to third place while Magic Mike is a close second

FUNNY AND ADORABLE. 'Ted' wins over 'Magic Mike.' Screen grab from YouTube

'Brave' ousts 'Madagascar' from top of box office

Jun 25, 2012 - 3:10 AM

Brave kept audiences spellbound as it soared to the top of the North American box office

A promotional image for "Brave." Image courtesy of the "Brave" official page on Facebook/Pixar

'Madagascar 3' tops N. America box office

Jun 12, 2012 - 9:20 AM

Madagascar 3 and Prometheus take the top spots in the North American box office charts over the weekend

A promotional image for the film "Madagascar 3." Photo courtesy of Madagascar 3 page on Facebook

[Fashion] Blockbuster bests

May 15, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Cinema can influence fashion too

BEJEWELED FROU-FROU. This little girl channels her inner Snow White in a dress that made her look — and feel — like a princess.

Tough times at Madagascar's sapphire mines

Apr 05, 2012 - 1:19 PM

The global financial crisis zapped demand and destroyed confidence in new investments in risky countries