They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.
Pope to UK: Obey UN resolution to hand over Chagos Islands
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday that Britain should obey a U.N. resolution and return to Mauritius a disputed Indian Ocean archipelago that hosts the U.S. military base at...
Pope warns of economic ‘idols’ in visit to Mauritius
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Mauritius' ethnic and religious diversity on Monday during a daylong trip to the Indian Ocean nation, but he also urged the government to...
Climate, post-conflict peace on pope’s Africa agenda
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by...
UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are "mature."
Francis told a visiting nun from Juba on Friday he...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in early September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.
The Latest: Mauritius ruling a ‘tool’ for Cyprus on UK bases
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the status of the Chagos Islands (all times local):
Cyprus' attorney general says a United Nations top court ruling on Mauritius...
UN court: UK must end administration of Chagos Islands
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a victory for a group of displaced Indian Ocean islanders, the United Nations' highest court said Monday that Britain must end its administration of the Chagos...
Kitayama claims first European Tour win at Mauritius Open
BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Kurt Kitayama claimed his first European Tour win at the Mauritius Open on Sunday as he closed with a 4-under 68 for a 2-shot victory.
Kitayama's first European title came in just his third tournament as the American held off Chikkarangappa S and Matthieu Pavon, who both carded 67s to tie for second.
Kitayama, Harding share lead at Mauritius Open
BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Kurt Kitayama and Justin Harding were tied for the lead at 16 under par and held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round of the Mauritius Open on Saturday.
Harding jumped six places to join overnight leader Kitayama out in front after an 8-under 64 in the third round. Kitayama carded a 2-under 70.
Three players were three shots behind at Four Seasons Golf Course; Chikkarangappa S (71), Masahiro Kawamura (67) and Matthieu Pavon (70).
Kitayama opens 2-shot lead at Mauritius Open
BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Kurt Kitayama opened a two-shot lead halfway through the Mauritius Open with a second successive 65 on Friday.
Kitayama moved to 14-under-par overall and ahead of co-overnight leader Chikkarangappa S (68), who was alone in second.
Victor Perez (69), who shared the lead with Chikkarangappa after the first round, was tied for third, with fellow Frenchman Matthieu Pavon (66) a shot further back on 11 under.
Perez continues dream start on European Tour
BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Victor Perez continued his fabulous start to life on the European Tour by sharing the first-round lead with an 8-under 64 at the Mauritius Open on Thursday.
Perez and Chikkarangappa S. are the co-leaders on the second weekend of the tour's 2019 season.
Perez finished in a tie for third at the season-opening Hong Kong Open last weekend after graduating from the Challenge Tour.
UN court hears case over strategic Indian Ocean islands
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Officials from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius told United Nations judges Monday that former colonial power Britain strong-armed its leaders half a century ago into giving up territory as a condition of independence, a claim that could have an impact on a strategically important U.S. military base.
Africa’s only female president will resign over expense claims
The president of Mauritius will resign this week over claims she used a credit card provided to her by an NGO for personal expenses, her lawyer said.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa's only female head of state, submitted her resignation for the "stability of the country," her lawyer, Yousouf Mohammed, said in an interview with local news agency ION.
Mohammed added she would leave office on March 23. She's been president since 2015.
Mauritius president resigns amid financial misconduct claims
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa's only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the "national interest," her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters Saturday, according to local news reports. Her resignation is effective on March 23.
Mauritius president to resign over expense claims
The president of Mauritius will resign over allegations she misused a credit card given to her by a charity, the island country’s prime minister has announced.
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who was facing impeachment proceedings over the alleged expense irregularities, had agreed to step down after the country’s 50-year independence celebrations this week.
Mauritius president denies reports of financial misconduct
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A financial scandal is threatening to unseat Africa's only female head of state, the president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius.
President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim faces allegations that she bought clothing and jewelry with a credit card provided by a non-governmental group whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged corruption in Portugal.
Australia helps Indian Ocean neighbors enhance rescue skills
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since the Malaysian airliner vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations.
Search and rescue officials from Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka are visiting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority headquarters in Canberra this week as part of a regional training program that began in 2015.
Davidse overcomes illness to lead Joburg Open
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Keenan Davidse showed he was over the illness that confined him to a hospital bed for four days by shooting an 8-under 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Joburg Open.
The 28-year-old South African missed the cut in Mauritius last week as a flu virus ran through his family, and he checked himself into the hospital ahead of the Johannesburg event.
Frittelli beats Atwal in playoff for Mauritius Open title
BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) — Dylan Frittelli beat Arjun Atwal with a birdie on the first playoff hole to clinch the Mauritius Open title on Sunday.
The 27-year-old South African secured a second European Tour title in his first year on the tour. He was named the tour's best newcomer at the start of the week following a 19th place finish in the 2017 Race to Dubai.
Atwal, de Jager share lead ahead of final round in Mauritius
BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) — Arjun Atwal and Louis de Jager are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Mauritius Open.
Atwal had a four-shot lead after the opening round but that was whittled down over the last two days and de Jager's third-round 67 meant he will go into Sunday alongside Atwal on 13 under overall.
South Africa's de Jager had four birdies at Heritage Golf Club on Saturday and watched India's Atwal make a three-putt bogey on the last hole to leave them level.
Atwal holds on to lead at Mauritius Open
BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) — Arjun Atwal held on for a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Mauritius Open on Friday.
Atwal led by four after a course-record 62 on the opening day but found the second round tougher and settled for a 1-under 70 to move to 10 under overall.
No practice, no problem as Atwal opens with course record
BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) — Arjun Atwal began with a course-record 62 despite the Indian having no time for a practice round at the Mauritius Open, firing seven birdies and an eagle on his first look at the layout for a four-shot lead on Thursday.
World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a setback for the United Kingdom, the General Assembly voted Tuesday to seek an opinion from the top U.N. court on Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base in the Indian Ocean.
Nine countries cut ties with Qatar, one of the richest states in the Middle East, calling into question the future of a powerful 36-year-old Gulf states union.
Citing issues related to terrorism, three of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have severed relations with Doha — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The council is viewed as one of the most influential in the Middle East.
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At 93 years old, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe remains a jet-setter
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president."
President Robert Mugabe has visited Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius in the past three weeks alone. At times he stops over in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, for just a night before leaving again.
Traffickers log Madagascar timber with impunity, study says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says at least 350,000 trees were cut down in protected areas in Madagascar between 2010 and 2015, reflecting minimal government controls over the country's rosewood and ebony timber.
The study released Tuesday by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group, says at least 150,000 tons of logs were illegally exported to China, Malaysia, Mauritius and elsewhere over the same period.
Auction House sells Dodo skeleton for $416,300
LONDON (AP) — Summers Place Auctions has sold a composite dodo skeleton to a private collector for 336,100 pounds ($416,300), including buyer's premium.
The unique specimen of a creature once found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean was created by a dodo enthusiast who collected the bird's bones for 40 years until he realized he had enough bones to create an almost complete skeleton.
Composite skeleton of Dodo bird to be auctioned
LONDON (AP) — A dodo skeleton is about to take flight — at least at an auction.
Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a dodo bird, a creature once found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.