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Madagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina speaks to the press as Madagascans vote in the country’s parliamentary elections on Monday.  Photograph: Rijasolo/AFP/Getty Images

African island nation Madagascar held parliamentary elections on Monday, despite many of the country’s politicians being embroiled in a major corrupti(...)

A young boy carries a tank to collect water  in Antananarivo in Madagascar. Malagasy officials announced last month that the city’s coffers were empty and there was no funding for rubbish collection. Refuse has been piling up, encouraging the growth of the rodent population. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

The director of Toliara jail in southwest Madagascar is wary of giving a wrong impression. “Sure we have rats, but lots of places do,” says Serge Idri(...)