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Jailed ex-leader seeks freedom after surprise vote in Maldives

COLOMBO: A Maldives court released a political prisoner and heard appeals for freedom from several others on Monday (Sep 24), including a former president, just hours after strongman leader Abdulla Yameen conceded a shock election defeat. Yameen, who jailed or exiled most of his rivals during a turbulent five-year term, ...

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Winter sun all‑inclusives go upmarket

Winter sun all‑inclusives go upmarket

All-inclusives bring to mind quantity rather than quality: unlimited food, much of it tasteless; all you can quaff, but only “non-premium” drinks; the watersports no one else wants to do. But that’s changing. From the Maldives to Mexico, the all-in options for your burst of winter sun this year offer ...

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Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate claims victory

Maldives' opposition presidential candidate claims victory

MALE, Maldives — Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a longtime but little-known lawmaker in the Maldives, declared victory early Monday in a contentious election widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. Solih’s win, announced at his party’s campaign headquarters in the capital city of Male, ...

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Top Asian News 1:24 am GMT

Top Asian News 1:24 am GMT

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Maldives strongman eyes new term in controversial poll

Maldives strongman eyes new term in controversial poll

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0. 8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”President Abdulla Yameen cast his ballot Sunday in a controversial election in the Maldives just hours after police raided the opposition‘s campaign headquarters, fuelling fears the vote has been rigged in the China-friendly strongman‘s favour.” data-reactid=”45″>President Abdulla Yameen cast his ballot Sunday ...

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Paradise, power and polls: five questions as the Maldives vote

Paradise, power and polls: five questions as the Maldives vote

NEW DELHI (AFP) –  The Maldives — a country of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean best known for its white beaches and blue lagoons — will vote Sunday in a presidential election. The archipelago of 260,000 people has seen political opposition suppressed and press freedom curtailed in recent years under ...

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Maldives voters flock to polls despite political turmoil

Maldives voters flock to polls despite political turmoil

A raid on the opposition’s main campaign office and the specter of U.S. sanctions on government officials were not deterring thousands of people from heading to the polls Sunday to vote in the Maldives‘ presidential election, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. Famed for its ...

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30 yrs. later, global warming still hasn’t sunk Maldives

30 yrs. later, global warming still hasn't sunk Maldives

After alerting the world in September 1988 that the Maldive islands of the Indian Ocean would be submerged by rising seas in less than three decades – due to the so-called first effects of man-made global warming – officials of the United Nations and associated climatologists are scratching their heads ...

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AP Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives’ future

AP Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives' future

A Maldivian man walks past an election campaign office of Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his running mate Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed in Male, Maldives, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Yameen’s only contender in Sunday’s election is longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, backed by former President Mohamed Nasheed who is ...

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