Nov 28, 2014

South Asia rivals seal power pact, but summit falls short

South Asian leaders signed an agreement to improve cross-border energy trade in the power-starved region, as a summit overshadowed by India and Pakistan’s rivalry ended with little progress toward regional integration. The prime minister of host country Nepal said Thursday the achievements of the ...

Sep 15, 2014

China's Xi begins South Asia tour in Maldives

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the Maldives Monday beginning a three-nation tour of South Asia with a historic visit to an island paradise gaining a new reputation as a hotbed of militant Islamists. Xi, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks with Maldives ...

Jul 9, 2014

Moscow accuses U.S. of 'kidnapping' accused Russian hacker

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of violating a bilateral treaty and “kidnapping” a Russian accused of hacking into U.S. retailers’ computer systems to steal credit card data. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Saturday arrested Roman Valerevich Seleznev, the son of ...

Brother of former autocrat elected Maldives president

Nov 17, 2013

Brother of former autocrat elected Maldives president

Voters in the Maldives have chosen the brother of the nation’s former strongman to be their new president over the archipelago’s first democratically elected leader in a closely fought runoff election Saturday. Yaamin Abdul Gayoom had 51.39 percent of the total vote, according to ...

Maldives finally votes to elect new president

Nov 9, 2013

Maldives finally votes to elect new president

After two months of political bickering and repeated failure to hold a presidential election, people in the Maldives voted Saturday to elect a new leader for their budding but vulnerable democracy. Two attempts at holding the election since September failed with questions over the ...

Garbage island mars seascape of Maldives

Oct 19, 2013

Garbage island mars seascape of Maldives

by adam Plowright

Descending by plane into the Maldives offers a panoramic view of azure seas and coral-fringed islands, but as the runway nears, billowing smoke in the middle distance reveals an environmental calamity. Thilafushi Island, a half-hour boat trip from the capital, Male, is surrounded by ...

Oct 19, 2013

Police force postponement of Maldives vote

Police in the Maldives forced the postponement of Saturday’s presidential polls, declaring the vote illegal and blocking ballot papers from leaving the offices of the independent Elections Commission. Just hours earlier, the commission had announced the vote would go ahead as planned despite eleventh-hour ...

Sep 27, 2013

Confusion reigns in Maldives over canceled election

The Maldives’ Election Commission sparked confusion Friday over whether elections suspended by the Supreme Court would go ahead as originally scheduled this weekend. The chief of the independent election body in the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago, Fuad Thaufeeq, told local media late Thursday that ...