Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

AMBALAVAO, Madagascar (AP) — Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor.

Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with cases soaring well beyond 115,000, but resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force behind the rise.

Andry Rajoelina sworn in as Madagascar's president

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as Madagascar's president on Saturday at Mahamasina stadium in the Madagascan capital city of Antananarivo.

"From now on, Malagasy people will always be victorious every time in economy, in social sector, in cultural sector...," Rajoelina said in his national address during the inauguration ceremony.

Madagascar: Rajaonarimampianina hands over power to Rajoelina

ANTANANARIVO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The handover of power between Madagascar's incumbent President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and incoming President Andry Rajoelina was held Friday in the capital, Antananarivo, in the presence of acting president Rivo Rakotovao.

Before the power transfer, the three held a closed-door meeting for 47 minutes, and then the acting president left the room and let the other two to continue their meeting for 28 minutes.

The two signed the official documents and shook hands.

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