- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Peace Corps is suspending its programs on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and evacuating its workers there due to security concerns amid political unrest.

The agency said Monday it is in the process of pulling 112 volunteers out of Madagascar because it can no longer assure their safety as the situation on the ground deteriorates. It also said it has canceled the next batch of Madagascar assignments and will reassign workers who had been due to go there.

The announcement came as the State Department renewed a travel warning for Madagascar, which has been in political turmoil since January, and as soldiers in the capital broke into an unoccupied presidential palace after the country’s opposition leader called on the army to arrest the president.

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