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Maldives lifts state of emergency

Male - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifted a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday, a day after senior political opponents were charged with trying to topple him last month.

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Colombo - Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday.

Maldives warns India against interfering as ties fray

Male - The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.

Pro-opposition Maldives broadcaster shuts over threats

Male - A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives shut down Friday following threats to its staff, as the government continued a clampdown on dissent that has sparked international concern.

UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

New York - A senior UN official warned the Security Council on Thursday that the situation in the Maldives where the president has declared a state of emergency may deteriorate even further.

Maldives top judge threatened with death: lawyer

Male - The Maldives' top judge received death threats before his arrest in a regime crackdown, his lawyer said Thursday ahead of a United Nations Security Council hearing on the island nation's political crisis.

Maldives crackdown an 'assault on democracy': UN rights chief

Male - A crackdown on dissent in the Maldives is tantamount to "an all-out assault on democracy", the UN human rights chief warned Wednesday, after President Abdulla Yameen appeared to gain the upper hand in a bitter power struggle.

As Maldives crisis worsens, Nasheed returns to main stage

Male - A decade after he swept to power in the Maldives' first democratic elections, exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed is again pushing for change -- by force if necessary -- as his island homeland spirals into crisis.

Trouble in paradise: What's happening in the Maldives?

Male - The political crisis in the Maldives deepened this week after embattled President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of top judges and a former president.

Maldives seek to project calm but tourists told to stay away

Male - The Maldives on Tuesday sought to reassure tourists they would be safe as governments warned their citizens to steer clear of the troubled honeymoon islands amid a spiralling political crisis.

Maldives declares state of emergency as crisis deepens

Male - Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation.

Maldives' top judge arrested as state of emergency declared

Male - The Maldives' top judge was arrested Tuesday as security forces stormed the Supreme Court at dawn, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the honeymoon islands.

Maldives govt warns top court against impeaching president

Male - The beleaguered Maldives government Sunday ordered police and troops to resist any move by the Supreme Court to arrest or impeach President Abdulla Yameen over his refusal to release political prisoners.

UN chief urges Maldives government to respect court ruling

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Saturday called upon the Maldivian government to respect a landmark Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of nine political prisoners.

Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free dissidents

Male - Maldivian authorities Saturday announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as President Abdulla Yameen's regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free political prisoners.

Maldives' Nasheed vows to run for president

Colombo - Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed vowed Friday to run for president after the Supreme Court overturned his criminal conviction, saying it was politically motivated.

Cleared Nasheed vows to challenge Maldives president in polls

Colombo - The exiled former leader of the Maldives vowed Friday to run for president after the Supreme Court quashed his conviction, dealing a major blow to the ruling regime.

Maldives court releases ex-president in stunning blow to regime

Male - The Maldives' top court Thursday ordered the release of nine key political prisoners in a surprise move that cleared the way for exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed to run for president.

Eggs hurled in parliament as Maldives crisis drags on

Male - Lawmakers belonging to rival parties hurled eggs across the Maldives parliament Thursday in chaotic scenes described by a top US envoy as "disturbing" as a protracted political crisis in the honeymoon islands worsened.

Maldives opposition face crackdown after failed power bid

Colombo - Opposition parties in the Maldives accused the government Friday of waging a revenge campaign against their leaders after they narrowly failed to seize control of parliament.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

Park City - He faces jail in the Maldives, but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide his island nation away from environmental catastrophe.

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 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 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' police raid media offices after graft claims

Colombo - Police in the Maldives raided the offices of a local media organisation just hours after a documentary aired accusing President Abdulla Yameen and his government of corruption, journalists said Thursday.

Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-president Nasheed

Colombo - The Maldives said Wednesday an arrest warrant has been issued for ex-president Mohamed Nasheed for failing to return to the troubled archipelago to complete a jail sentence after receiving medical care in Britain.
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