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This handout photograph taken and released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on November 17, 2018 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) being received by dignitaries upon his arrival in Male, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldives president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. - Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated November 17 as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections. (Photo by Handout / PIB / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PIB"

Maldives gets new president

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated Saturday as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections.

China confirms first case of imported Zika virus this year

Chinese Customs Authorities reported on Tuesday they had detected the first case of imported Zika virus in 2018 in a man who had recently traveled to the Maldives.
Abdulla Yameen initially conceded defeat, but later called on his supporters to protest the outcome of the election [File- Fred Dufour-Pool-Reuters]

Maldives’ Abdulla Yameen loses bid to annul poll result

The Maldives' top court has rejected a bid by defeated President Abdulla Yameen to annul results of the presidential election held in September.

Maldives’ Abdulla Yameen blames election defeat on ‘disappearing ink’

Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen says disappearing ink and specially treated ballot papers were to blame for his heavy election defeat last month.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen challenges election defeat

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has filed a court challenge against his election loss, citing a "lot of complaints from supporters", according to a lawyer.
Jason deCaires Taylor's Coralarium in Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives before the sculptures were destroyed © The artist-courtesy of Accor Hotels

Maldives destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam

Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared a surprise victory in the Maldives presidential election following a controversial campaign.

Maldives ousts authoritarian leader Abdulla Yameen

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared a surprise victory in the Maldives presidential election following a controversial campaign.
Maldives - Today's elections are regarded as a test for democracy in the island nation [Sharif Ali-Al Jazeera]

Minimum wage: Labour talks tough as ultimatum ends Wednesday

Polling stations have opened in the Maldives for a tense presidential election regarded as a test for democracy in the popular Indian Ocean honeymoon destination.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN decries ‘shameful’ reprisals on rights activists in 38 countries

The UN listed 38 “shameful” countries including China and Russia on Wednesday which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests.
[FILE] Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the state election results of three northeast states at the BJP headquarters in the Indian capital New Delhi on March 3, 2018.Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party on March 3 recorded a spectacular victory in India's Tripura state, as it made strong inroads in two other remote northeastern states that went to polls in February . / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

India’s Narendra Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September.
The White Helmets came to prominence in 2012 for their work rescuing those trapped in rubble after air raids by Syrian government and Russian warplanes [Reuters]

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets from Syria to Jordan

Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan overnight at the request of the United States and European countries.

Ex-president bags 19 months in jail for obstructing probe

A Maldives court has sentenced former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to 19 months in prison after finding him guilty on charges of obstructing justice, officials said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group said Monday, marking a major step in the country’s international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Maldives president lifts 45-day state of emergency

The Maldives has lifted a 45-day state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen to annul a Supreme Court ruling that had overturned criminal convictions against nine opposition leaders.

Four countries to exit list of least developed countries

A UN expert committee has announced that four countries could soon “graduate” from the ranks of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations.

Maldives deports int’l lawyers who travelled to study impact of emergency

The Maldives detained and deported a group of international lawyers who travelled to the troubled honeymoon islands to study the impact of emergency rule, their organisation said, on Wednesday.

Gambia rejoins Commonwealth under new president

The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back following the democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the shock pullout of 2013.

Embattled Maldives president seeks support from China, Saudi Arabia

Embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition of emergency, his office said.

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