By Lovasoa Rabary NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million. Sixty-eight people were killed and 130,000 displaced when the tropical storm Chedza hit Madagascar on Jan. 16, the National Bureau of Risk Management and Disaster said. "The country is in a state of disaster and officially appeals for aid both nationally and internationally," Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo said on national radio on Wednesday. Madagascar is one of the world's poorest nations and is currently also battling a plague epidemic which has killed at least 57 people since August.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement — and with Congress — at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday as she sought to become the nation's first black female to hold the post.