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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In the dark: Electricity a ‘luxury’ in poor Madagascar | AFP

According to the World Bank, Madagascar ranks 184th out of 190 countries in terms of access to electricity. Electrical installations are beyond dilapidated and theft of electricity is rife. Electricity has become a luxury for the few.

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Africa Weekly: Nobel Prize for Abiy Ahmed and electricity in Madagascar | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, pride in Ethiopia, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. We take a look at his first year and a half in office. We also head to Madagascar, where access to electricity is increasingly proving a luxury for the few who can afford it.

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Africa Weekly: Khat addiction in Ethiopia and Madagascar’s new churches | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Ethiopia where a detox centre has been set up to help addicts of khat – a plant whose leaves give users a stimulating effect when chewed. Then we visit Madagascar, where an increasing number of people are flocking to evangelical churches, much to the concern of Catholic leaders.

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Pope arrives in Mauritius for the last stop of his recent Africa tour | AFP

Pope Francis was welcomed by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the runway as his plane landed in Port Louis. He will spend the day there as part of a visit to Indian Ocean countries before flying back to Madagascar and then on to Italy. IMAGES

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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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Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at Iavoloha Palace, the official residence of the President of Madagascar, as the pontiff carries out the middle leg of a tour of Mozambique, Madaagascar and Mauritius.

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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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Harsh sentences and ban on abortion put women at risk in Madagascar | AFP

In Madagascar, a predominantly Christian country that Pope Francis will visit in a few days’ time, abortion is illegal, including for victims of rape, and is punishable by ten years in prison. Activists campaigning for the legalisation of abortion are hoping their efforts will one day bring positive change to the many women across the country who have to turn to dangerous clandestine abortions.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Madagascar where activists are pushing for abortions to be made legal. And then we move onto Liberia, where a declining economy is having serious consequences for the country’s hospitals.

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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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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Nigeria, where people are disagreeing over the legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler and then we head to Madagascar, which has begun producing African Caviar. Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features

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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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Ring-tailed lemur puppy born in Schoenbrunn Zoo | AFP

Schoenbrunn Zoo’s ring-tailed lemur family now has a new member. The animal was born on 15 June, weighing about 70 grams. Its gender is not yet known. The Schoenbrunn Zoo explains that the litter this year was late due to a conservation breeding programme, but they assure that more babies could follow. Ring-tailed lemurs are native exclusively on the island Madagascar. However, their population is declining because forests are being cleared for grazing land. With the Ring-tailed lemurs, the Matriarchate prevails. At the top of the group in the Zoo is the female Linta, the newborn’s mother.

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From a lake high in Madagascar, Africa’s own caviar | AFP

Renowned for its unique wildlife and its vanilla production, the island of Madagascar has a new claim to fame — source of the first and only African caviar. An unlikely project in a country beset by grinding poverty, but the business’ owners are determined that luxury foods can play a part in improving the local economy.

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The Karenjy: Madagascar’s homegrown automobile | AFP

The Karenjy, with its distinctive look, is the only car which is made in Madagascar and one of few automobiles manufactured in Africa. The car is made by the Malagasy for the Malagasy. Since 2009, only 140 Karenjy have been made, tailored to a client’s demands for around 15,000 euros.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we focus on Somalia, where designers are finding refuge in fashion, and we take a look at the Karenjy, Madagascar’s distinctive, home-grown, automobile.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Madagascar where poachers are threatening the country’s forests and lemurs. Then we visit South Sudan, where money, guns and brides are fuelling cattle wars. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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