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Japanese Ship Operator To Put $9.4M Toward Mauritius Oil Spill Recovery

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Japanese Ship Operator To Put $9.4M Toward Mauritius Oil Spill Recovery

The operator of a Japanese-owned bulk carrier that crashed into a reef in the coasts of Mauritius in late July says it will pay nearly ten million dollars over several years to fund environmental projects and support local fishing communities.

At least one thousand tons of oil leaked from the ship into the surrounding blue lagoons near the coastal areas of southeast Mauritius.  The area is of international importance because of its environmentally-protected ecosystems and wetlands.

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The country had previously demanded thirty-four million dollars from japan to assist with the lasting effects of the spill on the area, saying it had sustained thirty million dollars in damage as a result of the spill.

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The ship’s operator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said on Friday the Mauritius natural environment recovery fund would be used to support mangrove protection, coral reef restoration, and the protection of seabirds and rare species.

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The ship’s captain and first officer have been arrested and charged with endangering safe navigation.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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