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WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The declarations come amid measles outbreaks in developed countries, including the United States

WHO. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2020, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at its headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Maldives to reopen tourist resorts on July 15 after virus closures

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Foreign visitors entering the Maldives will not be required to undergo coronavirus tests or carry virus-free certificates

TOURIST DESTINATION. An aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives. File photo by Robert Schmidt/AFP

Maldives reports 1st coronavirus cases

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Two foreign nationals are diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the luxury holiday destination

ISLAND. An eerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives. Photo by Robert Schmidt/AFP

7 Filipinos safe from Maldives buildings fire – DFA

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh is 'closely monitoring' the aftermath of the blaze in Malè City, Maldives

Former Maldives president makes comeback with landslide win

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our foremost duty is to bring peace to the government,' says former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

COMEBACK. Former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed (L) and his wife Laila Ali (R) look on as they leave an apartment building in Sri Lanka as they prepare to return to the Maldives, in Colombo on November 1, 2018. Photo by AFP

Maldives issues warning amid spike in tourist drownings

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:48 PM

A slew of tourists, including two Filipino newlyweds, drowned in a single week in the atoll nation

WARNING. Maldives is known for its turquoise waters and white sand beaches, though resort operators there are now warned to keep an eye on their guests. File photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The wife was 29 while the husband was 30, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TRAGIC HONEYMOON. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is ready to help the family of newlyweds who drowned to death in the Maldives. Images from Shutterstock

Maldives seizes $6.5 million from former president

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen is accused of receiving close to $1.5 million in illicit payments during his failed bid for reelection in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth – president's office

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:58 PM

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih writes to the 53-member Commonwealth bloc to seek readmission two years after his predecessor pulled the nation out of it

In this picture taken on September 8, 2018, Maldives' main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addresses a crowd during a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of presidential elections on September 23. The Indian Ocean country of 340,000 people has been on edge since Yameen -- who has jailed or exiled almost all his opponents -- imposed a 45-day state of emergency in February.  AFP

Maldives Supreme Court upholds president's vote defeat

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:16 PM

President Abdulla Yameen, who has ruled crushed dissent and jailed opponents, claims a magic ink was used to rig the election and that ballots marked for him disappeared

Opposition candidate confirmed Maldives president-elect

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in on November 17, when President Abdulla Yameen's term comes to an end

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this picture taken on September 8, 2018, Maldives' main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addresses a crowd during a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of presidential elections on September 23. Photo by AFP

Maldives Supreme Court in U-turn over freeing dissidents

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:42 AM

The remaining 3 judges of the Supreme Court say they are rescinding their February 1 order to release the prisoners 'in light of the concerns raised by the President'

PARADISE IN TROUBLE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows an aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Maldives' top judge arrested as state of emergency declared

Feb 06, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The detention of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge raises the stakes in a dramatic clash after President Abdulla Yameen refused to comply with an order to release 9 political dissidents

TIGHT SECURITY. This handout image received from the Mihaaru newspaper shows security forces standing guard outside the Supreme Court in Male after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on February 5, 2018. Mihaaru/AFP

Maldives crisis deepens as court orders Yameen to comply

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) The government of President Abdulla Yameen insists it will not obey the Supreme Court order to free political prisoners and restore the seats of dissident lawmakers

REFUSED. President Abdulla Yameen is up against the Supreme Court over refusing to release political prisoners. Photo by Rappler

Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free dissidents

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'We are deeply fearful that the government's refusal to implement the Supreme Court order could escalate to unrest and incite violence across the country,' says the opposition

Clashes in Maldives after court blow to regime

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Maldives' first democratically elected leader Mohamed Nasheed welcomes the Supreme Court's ruling and calls for the 'immediate release of political prisoners and the restoration of their civil and political rights'

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during a press conference in London, on January 25, 2016. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Plan your travel calendar: Best times to go to Iceland, Peru, South Korea

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Want to see the northern lights Machu Picchu Jeju Island and more? Here’s a guide on when you should go

Qatar diplomatic crisis spirals

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for a dialogue of openness and honesty to resolve the crisis

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

Jan 21, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Maldives could be underwater by 2100 according to the United Nations

Maldives opposition leader in talks to 'topple' president

Sep 14, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed says he is in talks with the former president who repeatedly threw him in jail to legally topple the current leader of the troubled honeymoon islands

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during a press conference in London, on January 25, 2016. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-president Nasheed

Aug 31, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The Maldives government is demanding that former president Mohamed Nasheed return to his country to serve the remainder of his jail sentence

(FILES) In this photograph taken on January 25, 2016, former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during a press conference in London. The Maldives government announced on August 31, 2016, that it is seeking former president Mohamed Nasheed's arrest for failing to return to the archipelago to complete a prison sentence after receiving medical treatment in Britain. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO ARCHIVES

[Where I've Been] For this traveler, PH's Manjuyod Sandbar is 'Maldives of the Philippines'

May 21, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Canadian traveler Christian LeBlanc shares this featured photo and shares more about this beautiful stretch of sand a boat ride away from Dumaguete


Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

Apr 21, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The world s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

Maldives ready to extend Nasheed's prison leave

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Former president Mohamed Nasheed who is serving a 13 year jail term after being convicted on controversial terrorism related charges arrived in London last week for medical treatment

MEDICAL TREATMENT. Former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed arrives for a press conference in London, Britain, January 25, 2016. British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is representing former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed who has been granted temporary release from prison to fly to Britain for surgery. Photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Jailed Maldives ex-president to seek surgery in UK

Jan 17, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Nasheed the country s first democratically elected leader has complained of a spinal cord problem requiring specialist surgery that is not available in the small Indian Ocean archipelago

EX-PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former president of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed addresses a gathering titled 'Consolidation of Democracy in Maldives' in New Delhi, India, on April 18, 2012. EPA/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

5 awesome destinations for your 2016 girls trip

Jan 04, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Here are 5 destinations that are guaranteed to give you and your friends a good time

Maldives police raid private TV station after declaring emergency

Nov 06, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The move comes days after President Yameen imposes a state of emergency giving wider powers to police and armed forces to arrest as well as suspending freedom of assembly and freedom of movement

Maldives impeaches VP as pressure to lift emergency mounts

Nov 05, 2015 - 10:52 PM

All 61 parliamentarians present favor of the impeachment while opposition members stay away knowing the government had enough votes to carry the decision

DETAINED. Maldivian authorities on October 24 arrests the nation's vice president Ahmed Adeeb in connection with a plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb last month. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Maldives faces international pressure to lift emergency

Nov 05, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The United States and Britain express deep concern after the Maldives imposed a state of emergency

FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY? Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares a state of emergency following an alleged assassination attempt.

Maldives declares state of emergency

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:35 PM

UPDATED Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares a state of emergency two days before a planned protest by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party

FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY? Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares a state of emergency following an alleged assassination attempt.

Maldives arrests vice president over plot to kill president

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:23 PM

The Maldives has seen its image as a peaceful holiday destination for well heeled honeymooners dented by political turmoil since the toppling of the country s first democratically elected leader Mohamed Nasheed in February 2012

Maldives president unhurt in blast on his speed boat

Sep 28, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Witnesses said they saw an ambulance rush to the jetty and police immediately cordoned off the area

10 foto yang membuat kamu sadar bahwa Maladewa adalah negara Islam

Sep 05, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Keunikan Maladewa bukan hanya tentang pantai dan laut tapi juga penduduknya

Azkals – Maldives postgame : A workmanlike win

Sep 04, 2015 - 11:23 AM

The Philippines defeats an unimpressive Maldives in front of a thin crowd Was it good preparation for Uzbekistan? Here are Bob Guerrero s thoughts on the friendly

ON TO UZBEKISTAN. Jerry Lucena scored his second international goal for the Azkals, but there were several unsung performances that warranted commendation. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals defeat Maldives in friendly before Uzbekistan qualifier

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:04 PM

Jerry Lucena gets his second international goal as the Philippines prepares for a pivotal World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan

TOP DOGS. The Philippine Azkals defeated Maldives 2-0 in a FIFA friendly. The game that matters most comes next week against Uzbekistan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maldives preview: Azkals face important tuneup before Uzbekistan

Sep 02, 2015 - 12:57 AM

The Philippines faces Maldives in a friendly on Thursday which will serve as an appetizer for the World Cup qualifier next week versus Uzbekistan

FRIENDLY FIRE. Manny Ott, flanked by Neil Etheridge (L) and Kevin Ingresso (R), may have benefited from his involuntary rest day during the UFL Cup Final. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Maldives debris not from MH370 – Malaysia

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Investigators are still going to examine any further unidentified flotsam found on the Maldives for links to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane

DEBRIS. Plane debris that washed up in the Maldives are believed to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Google maps Google Map

Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

May 30, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Interpol chief Juergen Stock says measures to stop foreign fighters are already producing changes in tactics by recruiters who are setting up broken travel to make tracking more difficult

Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests – Kerry

May 02, 2015 - 10:21 PM

The government however defends the use of force to break up the protests the biggest show of support for ex president Mohamed Nasheed after being handed a 13 year term in March

China mulls rail tunnel under Mount Everest – report

Apr 09, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The Qinghai Tibet railway could include a tunnel under Mount Everest potentially providing a crucial link between China and the huge markets of India China Daily reports

Amal Clooney part of jailed Maldives ex-president's legal team

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Former president Mohamed Nasheed s office says 3 celebrity lawyers agree to represent him: Jared Genser Ben Emmerson and Amal Clooney

Former president of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed addresses a gathering titled 'Consolidation of Democracy in Maldives' in New Delhi, India on 18 April 2012. Anindito Mukherjee/EPA

Former Maldives president Nasheed jailed for 13 years

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Mohamed Nasheed is found guilty of ordering the arrest of a chief judge in January 2012 when he was president

Maldives ex-leader refused bail, denied legal access

Feb 24, 2015 - 9:18 AM

The charges against the 47 year old relate to the 2012 arrest of the atoll nation s criminal court chief judge Abdullah Mohamed for alleged corruption

FALLEN. Maldives police try to move former president Mohamed Nasheed during a scuffle as he arrives at a courthouse in Male on February 23, 2015. Adam Sireii/AFP

Maldives arrests ex-leader on terrorism charges

Feb 22, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Former president Mohamed Nasheed is arrested for the alleged illegal detention of a judge when he was in power

ARRESTED. This is a file photo of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed (right) casting his vote during parliamentary elections. AFP Photo

IN PHOTOS: Remembering the 2004 tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Images from the commemoration of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami from across the region

VICTIMS. Thai Buddhist monks sit next to portraits of tsunami victims during the buddhist ceremony on the the ten year anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami at the Tsunami Memorial Park at Baan Nam Khem, Phang Nga province in southern Thailand, 26 December 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

A LOOK BACK: The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:27 AM

In 2004 a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia unleashing a devastating tsunami that leaves more than 220 000 dead

CRASHING TO THE SHORE. Foreign tourists far out on the sand after the water receded react as the first of six tsunami start to roll towards Hat Rai Lay Beach, near Krabi in southern Thailand, 26 December 2004. All people in the photo were later reported to have survived. AFP file photo

TIMELINE: The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:03 AM

A timeline of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which left more than 220 000 people dead within hours

In this file photo, Meulaboh city is shown under water 28 December 2004, after a quake and tidal waves hit Aceh province early December 26. Antara News Agency/AFP

Tsunami early warning: Walking the last mile together

Dec 25, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The Indian Ocean Tsunami fundamentally changed how we deal with natural disasters making a profound impact on policies and budgets as well as operational and technical work


India-Pakistan tensions set to sour regional summit

Nov 24, 2014 - 11:04 AM

The region s first summit in 3 years follows some of the worst cross border violence in Kashmir in a decade and comes as NATO led troops prepare to pull out of Afghanistan

In this file photo, newly sworn-in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (4th L) poses with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads of states during his oath of office ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on May 26, 2014. Prakash Singh/AFP

China's Xi wins Maldives backing for 'maritime silk route'

Sep 15, 2014 - 10:25 PM

President Xi Jinping says he is eager to boost relations with the Maldives which is best known for its tourist industry but also straddles major international shipping routes

Chinese President Xi Jinping gestures as he arrives near the capital Male in the Maldives on September 14, 2014. Stringer/AFP