COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A banned activist group asked the Maldives government on Wednesday to reverse its decision and reinvestigate allegations that it published content against Islam in a...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives' government on Tuesday dissolved an activist group after it found that a report published by the organization on religious radicalization contained content...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The head of a Maldivian activist group said Thursday police contacted her as part of an investigation into a report published by her organization that has been accused of...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The planet is heating. Island nations are slipping away. A Pakistan-India nuclear war could be a "bloodbath." Governments aren't working together like they used to....
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Brazilian-born striker Elkeson scored twice on his debut for China in a 5-0 win over the Maldives in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, just a month after becoming a...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives commission of inquiry has concluded that a journalist reported missing since 2014 has been killed possibly by those linked to fighters in Syria at the time, the...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' Parliament on Wednesday voted to oust a Supreme Court judge for the first time after an investigation found him guilty of accepting bribes and using his...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives' ex-vice president on Thursday testified in open court to have been an accomplice to his former president in corrupt dealings and said that he knew that a sum of...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Brazil-born striker Elkeson is set to become the first player of non-Chinese heritage to play for China's national soccer team when it starts its World Cup qualifying...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in the Maldives ordered a former vice president to be detained for 15 days, after he was returned home following his failed attempt to enter India.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A former vice president of the Maldives who was arrested after fleeing to neighboring India to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds was taken to a...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A former vice president of Maldives who was arrested after fleeing to neighboring India to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds was brought back to...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Maldives police said Saturday that they arrested a former vice president who had sought asylum in India after fleeing the Indian Ocean archipelago nation to avoid...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said Thursday that they are seeking the return from India of the country's former vice president who they accuse of fleeing the Indian Ocean...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first overseas trip since being elected to a second term by traveling to the Maldives, where the new president pledged closer...
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Maldives next week in his first trip abroad following his party's victory in national elections, an Indian official said...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' parliament has overwhelmingly voted the country's first democratically elected president as the speaker of the house.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives court on Monday set aside the conviction and 15-year prison term given the former vice president on allegations he conspired to assassinate former President Yameen...
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BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party declared a sweeping parliamentary election victory Sunday that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — People in the Maldives voted in a crucial parliamentary election on Saturday that many hope will help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih overcome a coalition split that has...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday on charges of money laundering.
The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in custody after prosecutors argued at a hearing that he could attempt to influence witnesses if he were free.
Yameen was charged with money laundering for alleged involvement in the embezzlement of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corp. funds.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said Thursday that the country is seeking to reduce the more than $3 billion he estimates it could owe China, some of which he said came in the form of "ill-gotten wealth" for the previous government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives have asked the country's prosecutor general to charge a former president with money laundering and his former Cabinet minister with aiding him.
A police statement Wednesday night said that investigators have found grounds to charge Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his former Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor.
The case stems from an allegedly shady deal to lease islands for tourist resort development and the discovery of $1 million in Yameen's bank account.
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MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said they questioned the country's defeated former strongman president over complaints of alleged illegal financial transactions on Saturday, a day after they froze bank accounts with millions of dollars.
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference questioned on Thursday the point of the yearly summits, saying they are failing to produce meaningful results.
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The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' top court has annulled a conviction for the country's former president on terror charges that carried a 13-year prison sentence.
The Supreme Court on Monday set aside Mohamed Nasheed's conviction, saying there were no grounds for him to be charged under the terrorism law and that the state had failed to produce sufficient evidence.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The new president of the Maldives has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies following a two-year absence, his office said a statement Monday.
The decision was made Monday after the Cabinet of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's recommended the move, the statement said.
Former strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom pulled the Maldives out of Commonwealth in 2016.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over as president of the Maldives on Saturday following a fierce political discord caused by the autocratic rule of outgoing leader Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters. Chief Justice Abdulla Didi administered the oath of office to the 54-year-old Solih.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term.
Mohamed Nasheed traveled by boat parade from the airport island to the national capital, Male, where he was welcomed by his party members and supporters.
At a news conference, he criticized outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration as "authoritarian" and said it had put the country under a heavy debt burden.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a 13-year jail sentence given to the country's exiled former president until it reviews his conviction as requested by the prosecutor general.
The court ordered that the government, police and prison authorities adhere to the suspension of the sentence for the former leader, Mohamed Nasheed.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president's petition seeking an annulment of last month's presidential election result.
The five-member Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known.
The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner of the Sept. 23 election against President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Four of the five members of Maldives' Elections Commission have fled the country because of threats from supporters of outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who accused them of rigging last month's presidential election in favor of the opposition candidate, the head of the commission said Wednesday.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives opposition leader returned home Thursday after being exiled in Germany for months to escape a prison sentence on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
Qasim Ibrahim was welcomed at the airport by President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The president-elect of the Maldives scored another victory Wednesday by securing a majority in Parliament after the Elections Commission reinstated 12 lawmakers who were earlier deemed to have lost their seats.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won last month's presidential election and is scheduled to be sworn in next month.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives' election commission on Saturday released the final results of this month's presidential election, confirming the surprising opposition victory by longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The results showed that Solih received 58.4 percent of the votes cast in the Sept. 23 election while his opponent and the current president, Yameen Abdul Gayoom, got 41.6 percent, according to the commission's spokesman, Ahmed Akram.
Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep, officials and residents said.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, all 47 passengers and crew survived a plane's crash landing in a Pacific lagoon, wading through waist-deep water to the emergency exits and escaping on local boats that came to the rescue in the Micronesia archipelago.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is working on how to stay in power despite having conceded defeat in this week's election, the opposition alliance said Wednesday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are already under way.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The surprise victory of opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives' third multiparty presidential election will shake up politics in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday.
Speaking in the Maldives' native language, Dhivehi, Yameen congratulated Solih and said, "I know I have to step down now."
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison sentence or political exile, a fact that propelled him into the role of the opposition party's standard-bearer.
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The Maldives' strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conceded he lost Sunday's election to his challenger.
Gayoom said at a news conference televised live from the capital, Male: "I know I have to step down now."
The election commission has released provisional results earlier Monday showing longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had won with 58.3 percent of the vote.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory early Monday in the Maldives' contentious presidential election, which was widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):
The U.S. State Department has congratulated the Maldives' on its peaceful democratic election.
Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in Sunday's vote, which was widely seen as a referendum on democracy in the nation that was holding only its third multiparty democratic elections.