Maldivian police officers stand guard near the Maldives Democratic Party opposition party headquarters after Maldives president Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days. Photograph: Reuters

India has placed its military on “high alert” in anticipation of its possible deployment to neighbouring Maldives, following appeals by the island rep(...)

Maldivian police officers detain an opposition protester demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male last Friday. Photograph:  Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen’s administration said on Tuesday it had put down a coup after declaring a state of emergency the day before and arre(...)

Protesters shout slogans demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives, on Friday. Photograph: Mohamed Sharuhaan/AP

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a state of emergency for 15 days and security forces stormed the supreme court in an escalation o(...)

Mohamed Nasheed, the democracy campaigner, journalist and environmental activist who in 2008 became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

Down a narrow alley and up the stairs of an unglamorous building in the bustling island city of Malé, a slight-framed, bespectacled man sits alone (...)

Maldivian women walk past the Grand Friday Mosque in the island capital of Malé. Few visitors get to see the reality of life for locals in the Indian Ocean archipelago who live in an increasingly harsh regime under President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Photograph: AFP  Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

On arrival in the Maldives, holidaymakers bound for the exclusive resort of Gili Lankanfushi are whisked from the airport to a speedboat, given a f(...)