Madagascar paddy farmers rise up against ‘new city’ | AFP

Anger is boiling over in the hills surrounding Antananarivo over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Hundreds of farmers in Ambohitrimanjaka village are facing off with the authorities over a presidential scheme that threatens to engulf a thousand hectares (2,500 acres) of rice fields.

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Pope Francis receives rapturous welcome at the Akamasoa charity | AFP

Pope Francis is welcomed to the Akamasoa charity association by Father Pedro, an Argentinian priest who has lived in Madagascar for over 40 years and is a beloved Catholic figure in Antananarivo. IMAGES

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City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site | AFP

Father Pedro, an Argentinian priest who has lived in Madagascar for over 40 years, is a beloved Catholic figure in Antananarivo. His association, Akamasoa, has constructed a town on a rubbish dump, making it a sanctuary, and built dozens of schools in neglected villages, providing education for children.

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Madagascar: Pope arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius.

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Madagascar: Pope Francis arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius. IMAGES

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Pope Francis arrives in Antananarivo for Madagascar visit | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, for the second leg of his three-nation African tour. He was met at the airport by Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina. IMAGES

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Preparations underway in Madagascar ahead of Pope Francis’ visit | AFP

Volunteers clean the streets and churches of Antananarivo ahead of the much-awaited visit of Pope Francis to the Malagasy capital. The head of the Catholic church will visit Madagascar as part of a week-long tour across three Indian Ocean African countries.

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Remains of UK student who fell from Madagascar plane arrive in capital | AFP

The remains of a British student, who apparently jumped from a plane in Madagascar after opening the aircraft door in mid-air, are transferred to a hospital of the capital Antananarivo. IMAGES

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Football/AFCON-2019: Madagascar fans celebrate in streets | AFP

In the streets of the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar fans were thrilled after their team’s historic qualification for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by eliminating the Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties. IMAGES

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Madagascar election 2nd round: Rajoelina casts vote

Malagasy presidential candidate Andry Rajoelina arrives to cast his vote in a polling station in Antananarivo. He is contesting a run-off second round with his old rival Marc Ravalomanana. The two contenders came a close first and second in November’s preliminary vote, far ahead of their competitors.

Madagascar releases home-grown video game ‘Gazkar’

Gazkar is the first racing game to come out of Madagascar — giving players the chance to race through the empty streets of the capital Antananarivo behind the wheel of a modest Renault 4L or a simple 2CV: the game will be offered free of charge, despite the high cost of the internet, frequent power cuts and lack of financial backing.

India Bans Rape Documentary: VICE News Capsule, March 5

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader, floods devastate Madagascar’s capital, India bans rape documentary, and New York City public schools will observe two major Muslim holidays.

MEXICO
Zetas Leader Captured in Monterrey Suburb
Security forces arrested Alejandro Trevino Morales, known as ‘Omar’ or ‘Z-42’, on Wednesday.

MADAGASCAR
Heavy Floods Wreak Havoc on Antananarivo
At least 20 people have been killed, and there are concerns more damage and death in the city is imminent.

INDIA
Documentary on 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Banned
One of the convicts interviewed for the film blamed the victim for the crime, and the government is worried his comments will spark public anger.

U.S.A.
New York City Schools to Observe Two Major Muslim Holidays
Beginning this fall, public school students will be given days off on Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, the two most celebrated holidays in Islam.

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