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Official name: Union of the Comoros

Capital city: Moroni

Internet country code: .km

Flag description: Four equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), white, red, and blue with a green isosceles triangle based on the hoist; centered within the triangle is a white crescent with the convex side facing the hoist and four white, five-pointed stars placed vertically in a line between the points of the crescent; the horizontal bands and the four stars represent the four main islands of the archipelago - Mwali, Njazidja, Nzwani, and Mahore (Mayotte - territorial collectivity of France, but claimed by Comoros); the crescent, stars, and color green are tradi­tional symbols of Islam

National anthem: “Udzima Wamasiwa” (Union des Óles), lyrics by Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane, music by Kamil­dine Abdallah et Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane

Geographical description: Southern Africa, group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Chan­nel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Mada­gascar and northern Mozambique

Total area: 838 sq. mi. (2,171 sq. km.)

Climate: Tropical marine; rainy season (November to May)

Nationality: noun: Comoran(s); adjective: Comoran

Population: 711,417 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava

Languages spoken: Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

Religions: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%

Legal Holidays:

Cheikh Al Maarouf DayMar 18
Independence DayJul 6
Journee Nationale MaoreNov 12
Labor DayMay 1
New Year's DayJan 1
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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The Comoros islands and the Arabian Peninsula have a long shared history.
This came during his address in representation to the state's Wali (governor) , to the training course organized state to the students from great Comoros island, meanwhile, , the coordinator of the twinnship mechanism between the two countries indicated the completeness of the Vocational Training Institute, which was estaplished in the Comoros according to the terms of the agreement and scheduled to be opened during the next month.
Another internationally renowned artist that the Spring Festival will introduce to Beirut is Comoros Islands' native Nawal, whose music draws upon local popular and spiritual traditions, interpreted through African and Arab instrumentation.
The visit of the Comorian parliamentary delegation is part of joint efforts to strengthen the special relations and deep friendship ties between Morocco and the Comoros Islands, he said.
Sudan is among fifty UN member states that have not paid into the 2012 budget which also includes countries such as Comoros Islands, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, Venezuela and the United States.
According to a report by the environmental group Oceana, the Comoros Islands, Togo, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, and Eritrea are the countries that will be hit hardest by degradation of ocean ecosystems.
MAPUTO (CyHAN)- Aviation authorities in the Comoros Islands say that 29 people survived after their plane crashed into the Indian Ocean minutes after takeoff.
Attending the summit are the Emir of Kuwait and the presidents of Sudan, Somalia, Palestine and Tunisia as well as representatives of Libya, Algeria, Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and the Comoros Islands. Also attending are the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Secretary-General of the UN and other prominent international figures.
Mohammed, from the Comoros Islands, was on the FBI's most-wanted terrorist list with a $5million bounty on his head.
A session of talks was held between the Ministry of Higher Education and a delegation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Comoros Islands in the Higher Education Ministry's premises today.
Last summer, a young girl was found clinging to wreckage 13 hours after a plane went down in the water off the Comoros Islands.
Hailing from Madagascar, Jacques Revaka has entertained guests for over a decade across the African continent and the Middle East -- from South Africa, the Comoros Islands and Botswana, to Qatar and the UAE -- comfortably moving from English to French to Latin vocals to entertain every guest.