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Mauritius Provides Aid To Fishermen Affected By Oil Spill

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

Mauritius has on Thursday announced that it had started distributing food supplies to more than 400 fishermen whose livelihoods were hit after a Japanese carrier ran aground off the coast last month, spilling 1,000 metric tonnes of oil and causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world’s most pristine maritime environments.

Announcing the supplies, the East African island nation in a statement said that food supplies were distributed “among 400 fishermen from the regions of Riviere des Creoles and Deux Freres, who have been affected by the ecological crisis which resulted from the grounding of the MV Wakashio.”

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Earlier, environmental campaigners said at least 13 dead dolphins were found on the seashore in Mauritius, more than a month after the huge oil spill caused by a Japanese-owned ship as they suggested the deaths have been caused either by the spill or the authorities’ decision to sink the ship’s stem.

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The Department of Fisheries confirmed 13 deaths, saying many of the dolphins were dead, while others were weak or dying, when they were found on the seashore.

International Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Africa, Tal Harris said “it is very likely that there are more who have died and we expect more to be found dead and ailing.

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The organization is demanding an urgent investigation to determine the cause of the deaths and any ties to the Wakashio oil spill.

Mauritius authorities have since said the captain of the Japanese carrier and one member of the crew have been arrested

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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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