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Cause of Death Revealed for Sisters Found at African Resort

But their family is still searching for answers

(Newser) - Two American sisters found dead at a $2,000-a-night luxury African resort last week died of acute pulmonary edema, otherwise known as fluid on the lungs, NBC News reports. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune , staff found 37-year-ole Annie Korkki and 42-year-old Robin Korkki dead in their villa at the... More »

Sisters Found Dead at Luxury Resort and No One Knows Why

Robin and Annie Korkki from Minnesota were found 'unresponsive' in Seychelles villa

(Newser) - Two sisters from Minnesota described by their brother as "experienced foreign travelers" were found dead last week while on vacation in the Seychelles, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa—and no one yet knows why, CBS Minnesota reports. Workers at the Maia Luxury Resort on the island... More »

2 Deaths Overshadow End of Chess Olympiad

Seychelles player dies during game in final round

(Newser) - A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room, organizers said today. A 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round yesterday of... More »

7 Places You've Got to See Before They're Gone

Climate change threatens these natural wonders

(Newser) - Thanks to climate change, some of the planet's greatest natural wonders are in danger, Time notes. Megan Gibson lists 10 that you shouldn't miss before they disappear:
  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia: It could be gone within a century as ocean temperatures climb and the reef suffers from pollution.
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Meet the Frog That Listens With Its Mouth

Gardiner's frog has no middle ear or eardrum

(Newser) - They've got no middle ears or eardrums, yet one of the world's smallest frog species still responds to sound—and now, scientists have figured out how. The Gardiner's frog, found in the Republic of Seychelles, picks up noises through its mouth; from there, the sounds head to... More »

'Lost Continent' Detected Under Indian Ocean

'Mauritia' believed to have sunk millions of years ago

(Newser) - The remains of an ancient continent ripped apart by plate tectonics tens of millions of years ago may lie under the Indian Ocean, researchers say. Scientists who analyzed beach sand on the island of Mauritius found tiny crystals of zirconium silicate that were hundreds of millions of years older than... More »

Russia's Plan: Open Naval Base Outside of Russia

Russia looks to project more power with first post-Soviet base abroad

(Newser) - Russia is looking to show off its military muscle by establishing its first post-Soviet-era naval base abroad, the country's naval chief told state-run media today. Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov said the Navy was "working out the issue of creating sites" in Cuba, Vietnam, or the Seychelles, Reuters reports,... More »

French Boat Towing Stranded Costa Cruise Ship

Costa Allegra due to arrive at Seychelles island

(Newser) - A French fishing boat is towing the Costa Allegra to the Seychelles after the Concordia's sister ship lost power yesterday , officials say. The more than 1,000 people aboard the ship will be evacuated to Descroches island, and then sent to the Seychelles' main island, Mahe. A pair of... More »

Fire Sets Costa Sister Ship Adrift

No one hurt after engine-room crisis

(Newser) - Another public relations nightmare for operators of the Costa Concordia —though this time, no one was hurt. Concordia sister ship the Costa Allegra suffered a fire in its engine room, prompting the engines to be shut off some 260 miles from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Now the... More »

US Drone Crashes in Seychelles

Unmanned Reaper overshoots runway

(Newser) - Another American spy drone has crashed, but unlike the one in Iran , recovering this one posed no problem for the US military. The unmanned Reaper drone crashed at an airport in the Seychelles after a routine anti-piracy patrol over the Indian Ocean, the AP reports. Officials say the drone developed... More »

US Expanding African Drone Network

New bases to target Islamic militants, pirates

(Newser) - The Obama administration is creating an expanded network of drone bases in Africa, which officials say will help the US target Islamic militants in Somalia and Yemen. A new drone base is being built in Ethiopia, and the US is already deploying drones over Somalia and Yemen from its base... More »

Seychelles Shark Kills Honeymooner

Second attack in 2 weeks shakes Indian Ocean nation

(Newser) - A rogue shark is stalking the Seychelles, authorities fear. After nearly 50 years with no fatal shark attacks, two people have been killed in the space of two weeks, the Telegraph reports. A French diver was killed earlier this month, and a 30-year-old British man on his honeymoon died yesterday... More »

They're Back: William, Kate Return

Couple thanks Seychelles for 'memorable' 10 days

(Newser) - Well, the honeymoon is over: Prince William and bride Kate have landed back in reality—or at least Britain—after a 10-day honeymoon in the Seychelles, reports the BBC. St James Palace confirmed the couple had returned, saying the royals had "thoroughly enjoyed their time together." William and... More »

Wills, Kate Leave for Honeymoon

In the Seychelles, says a tourism spokesperson

(Newser) - They delayed their honeymoon , but not by much: Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are currently experiencing (we assume) newly wedded bliss. Palace officials today confirmed the royal couple left on their post-nuptial vacation, but would not say where, the AP reports. A spokesperson for the Seychelles tourism department confirms,... More »

Island Nations Heat Up Climate Summit

But they don't expect big results in Cancun

(Newser) - Islands across the world are already feeling the burn of global warming, and they’re trying to get their voices heard at the climate change summit in Cancun, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 43 countries have banded together in an Alliance of Small Island States, which is voicing its... More »

US Navy Captures 5 Pirates, Mothership

Exchanged fire, sank skiff near Seychelles

(Newser) - US naval forces say they've captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff, and confiscating a mothership. The USS Nicholas came under fire early today from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles. The US Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in US... More »

Pirates Hijack Brit Ship; NATO Forces Recover Explosives

(Newser) - Somali pirates have hijacked a British-owned cargo ship crewed by Ukrainians, a NATO spokesman tells the AP. The Maltese-flagged Ariana was hijacked northwest of the Seychelles islands about 1,000 miles from NATO's operating area. Also today, a Portuguese warship seized explosives from suspected Somali pirates after thwarting an attack... More »

Oldest Living Creature May Be a (Relative) Youngster

Giant tortoise may be much younger

(Newser) - A giant tortoise widely believed to be the world's oldest living creature may be a much younger relative that earned the title through mistaken identity, the BBC reports. Jonathan, a giant tortoise said to have been living on the South Atlantic island of St. Helena when Napoleon was exiled there... More »

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