Aug 10, 2016

Maldives lawmakers criminalize defamation, with steep fines

The Maldives’ parliament on Tuesday passed a law that criminalizes defamation and allows for jail terms and steep fines for media outlets, journalists and social media users, despite concern it will curb free speech in the country that has lost many democratic freedoms in ...

Oct 7, 2015

Maldives arrests security pair over blast on president's boat

Maldivian authorities arrested two security personnel on Tuesday over an explosion aboard his boat that officials suspect was an assassination attempt against President Abdulla Yameen, a minister said Tuesday. Yameen’s security has been tightened in the wake of the Sept. 28 blast that wounded ...

Maldives president's boat blast an 'assassination attempt'

Sep 30, 2015

Maldives president's boat blast an 'assassination attempt'

The top diplomat of the Maldives said Tuesday an explosion on the boat of the island nation’s leader was likely a targeted attack. Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon told reporters it remained unclear who may have been behind the explosion Monday when the boat carrying ...

Maldives president safe after boat blast; foul play ruled out

Sep 29, 2015

Maldives president safe after boat blast; foul play ruled out

An explosion ripped through a speed boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday injuring his wife and two others but leaving him unhurt, though authorities ruled out the possibility of an assassination attempt. A mechanical issue was the probable cause but is yet ...

Aug 24, 2015

The Maldives ex-president back in jail: party

The Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said police and prison officials clashed with supporters as they removed ...

Sightings, some a month old, prompt Maldives join hunt for MH370 debris

Aug 10, 2015

Sightings, some a month old, prompt Maldives join hunt for MH370 debris

The Maldives joined a regional search for wreckage from missing flight MH370 following reports that islanders in the Indian ocean atoll nation had spotted unidentified debris, police said Sunday. Maldivian police are responding to several sightings of debris washed up along the northern atolls ...

Jul 28, 2015

China 'not planning' to build military bases in Maldives

China is not planning to build military bases in the Maldives, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the Maldives allowed foreigners to own land despite opposition concern the reform could be used for military expansion by China. The Indian Ocean island nation passed legislation ...