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Maldives opposition slams 'despotic' Commonwealth exit

Male - The main Maldives opposition party accused President Abdulla Yameen of behaving like a despot Friday for quitting the Commonwealth in the face of mounting criticism over his rights record.

Maldives quits Commonwealth over rights row

Male - The Maldives angrily quit the Commonwealth on Thursday after years of wrangling over its human rights record since the toppling of its first democratically elected leader four years ago.

Maldives court upholds jail sentence for ex-leader Nasheed

Male - The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 13-year prison sentence passed last year on the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed, who is living in exile in Britain.

Maldives 'disappointed' Nasheed won't travel to Britain

Male - The Maldives government said Monday it was "disappointed" that jailed former leader Mohamed Nasheed would not travel to Britain for surgery after he rejected a demand for a relative to guarantee his return.

Maldives give jailed Nasheed 30 days' leave for surgery

Male - Jailed Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been given 30 days' leave from prison to travel to Britain for urgent surgery and was expected to leave later Sunday, the prisons chief said.

Jailed Maldives ex-president allowed to travel to UK for surgery

Male - The Maldives' opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year jail term following a controversial trial, has been allowed to travel to Britain for surgery, the Maldives government said Saturday.

Maldives lifts emergency after international backlash

Male - The Maldives government Tuesday bowed to mounting international pressure and lifted a state of emergency imposed last week after an alleged plot to blow up the president onboard his speedboat.

Maldives arrests foreigner accused of targeting president

Male - A Sri Lankan national has been arrested in the Maldives after allegedly conspiring to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Maldives impeaches VP as pressure to lift emergency mounts

Male - The Maldives parliament on Thursday approved a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen and used extraordinary powers to sack his estranged deputy despite mounting international concern.

Maldives declares state of emergency ahead of rally

Male - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen invoked draconian emergency laws Wednesday, heightening political tensions amid a purge of his lieutenants and sweeping crackdown on dissent, after alleged attempts on his life.

Arrested Maldives vice president threat to national security: Yameen

Male - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday branded his deputy a threat to national security after his arrest over an alleged attempt to assassinate Yameen in a speedboat bombing last month.

Maldives arrests vice president over plot to kill president

Male - Maldivian authorities on Saturday arrested the nation's Vice President Ahmed Adeeb over an alleged plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb last month, the home minister said.

Kerry warns Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests

Male - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that democracy was in danger in the Maldives as police made nearly 200 arrests at a protest over the jailing of the paradise islands' ex-president.

Mass arrests at Maldives demo over ex-leader's jailing

Male - Police in the Maldives said Saturday they had made nearly 200 arrests during clashes at a protest over the jailing of former president Mohamed Nasheed, after the UN's top rights body denounced his trial as unfair.

Ex-Maldives leader's arrest sparks international concern

Male - The United States and regional power India have voiced concern after former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was forcibly dragged into court to face terrorism charges and denied legal access and medical treatment.

Maldives arrests ex-leader on terrorism charges

Male - Police in the Maldives Sunday arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed under an anti-terror law for the alleged illegal detention of a judge when he was in power more than three years ago.

Maldives declare public holidays to battle water crisis

Male - The upmarket honeymoon destination of Maldives Saturday declared two days of public holidays in bid to manage fraying tempers and ration supplies following a drinking water crisis caused when a fire crippled a key desalination plant.

Maldives declares disaster as capital suffers water crisis

Male - India airlifted drinking water into Male on Friday after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages that have triggered scuffles and attacks on shops in the Maldivian capital.

China's Xi touts 'maritime silk road' on South Asia tour

Male - China's President Xi Jinping enlisted the Maldives' backing for a "21st century maritime silk road" on Monday as he began a tour of South Asia in the strategically located Indian Ocean island chain.

Azkals to face Palestine tonight for AFC Challenge Cup title

The highly-charged and motivated Philippine Azkals tangle with the Palestinian National Football Team tonight at the National Stadium in Maldives for the most coveted AFC Challenge Cup title and for the ticket to the AFC Asian Cup in Australia next year.
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