Mauritius: huge demonstration against the government after oil spill | AFP

Tens of thousands of Mauritians take to the streets of Port-Louis to protest the government’s handling of the oil spill that ravaged the southeast coast of Mauritius in early August.

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Dead dolphins wash up near Mauritius oil spill shipwreck site | AFP

Dead dolphins have washed up on shore in Mauritius after a Japanese ship ran aground last month, spewing more than 1,000 tonnes of oil into pristine waters that are home to endangered species.

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Mauritius: part of ship split in two off coast stranded on reef | AFP

Aerial shots show the bulk carrier MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius. The ship split in half over the weekend, and a portion of it remains stranded on the reef.

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Aerial shots of the ship that has split in two off Mauritius | AFP

Aerial shots show the bulk carrier MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius. The ship has split in two and leaked more than 1,000 tonnes of oil into pristine waters .

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Aerial images ship leaking fresh oil off Mauritius coastline | AFP

Aerial images of the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio ship that ran aground on a coral reef off the shores of Mauritius on July 25. The container is leaking tonnes of oil into a protected marine park home to mangrove forests and endangered species.

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Africa Weekly: The scramble in Mauritius to avoid oil disaster | AFP

Thousands of tonnes of oil has leaked from a ship stranded near the Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius, raising international outcry and backlashes at the vessel’s Japanese owners. In Niger, humanitarian workers were murdered in what experts suspect are renewed terrorist attacks in a region previously thought safe. Demonstrators in Mali renew demands for their president to step down. In Ivory Coast violent protests follow President Alassane Ouattara’s announcement he will run for a third term.

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Large crack shows in hull of Mauritius oil-leak ship (UGC) | AFP

In Mauritius, authorities are warning that the stricken Japanese-owned bulk carrier MV Wakashio could split in two at any moment, with cracks in the hull growing larger by day. The vessel ran aground on a coral reef last month and began leaking oil last week.

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Efforts continue in Mauritius to try to contain oil spill | AFP

Efforts continue in Mahébourg, Mauritius, to try to contain the oil spill that threatens the island’s ecosystem. The bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef last month and began leaking oil five days ago.

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People arrive en masse in bid to limit oil spill threatening Mauritius | AFP

Large numbers of people are gathered on the shores of Mauritius, trying to help contain an oil spill that is threatening the island’s ecosystem. More than 1,000 tonnes of fuel has seeped from the bulk carrier MV Wakashio into the azure sea off southeast Mauritius. But another 2,500 tonnes remain aboard the stricken vessel, which ran aground on a reef on July 25 but only started oozing from a crack in the hull in the past week.

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Marine oil pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on marine pollution. Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying thousands of tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Aerial footage shows extent of Mauritius oil leak from bulk carrier | AFP

Drone images show vast amounts of oil leaking from a bulk carrier off Mauritius after it ran aground in the southeast of the island. Ecologists fear the ship could break up, which would cause an even greater leak and inflict potentially catastrophic damage on the island’s coastline.

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Mauritius: vote counting begins in the general election | AFP

Counting is underway in Mauritius following a strong turnout in an election to decide who will govern one of Africa’s wealthiest and most stable democracies for the next five years. The Electoral Commission said roughly three-quarters of the island’s almost one million eligible voters turned out to cast their ballot in a peaceful election. IMAGES

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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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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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‘Legally & morally questionable’: Mauritius challenges UK at UN top court over colonial-era deal

The island nation of Mauritius is challenging the UK at the United Nations’ top court, arguing British sovereignty over a part of its territory is ‘unlawful.’

The dispute dates back to colonial times, when Britain laid claim to a chain of islands known as the Chagos Archipelago.

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