United Nations’ Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with NGOs before the final session of the COP24 summit in Katowice on Friday. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations talks on securing a robust rule book for the Paris agreement on climate change were edging closure to agreement last night after 24(...)

Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih: his triumph is regarded as an important strategic victory for India. Photograph: Ashwa Faheem

Known to wealthy travellers for its white-sand beaches and luxurious resorts, the Maldives has emerged as the latest arena for the intensifying geostr(...)

A screen promotes recruitment for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: Beijing has territorial disputes of varying degrees with all of its neighbours. Photograph: Andy Wong

China’s People’s Liberation Army made a strong show of force over the Lunar New Year holiday, with fighter jets training over Tibet “to confront any t(...)

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(...)

 Maldives president     Abdulla Yameen: Hours after an al-Jazeera  documentary airing corruption allegations against him was posted online, police raided a building in the capital, Malé, housing the “Maldivian Independent”, a newspaper accused of links to the former president Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Authorities in the Maldives have raided the offices of a newspaper and a human rights NGO and cancelled the passports of fugitive opposition figures a(...)

Maldives National Defence Force personnel patrol the streets in the capital, Malé, on November 4th, after a state of emergency was declared. It has since been lifted. Photograph: Sharwaan/Sun Online via AP

The Maldives suspended basic civil rights for a week in order to allow the security forces carry out “a total clean up” following a number of explosiv(...)

In this file photograph taken on September 28th, 2015, a person injured in an explosion aboard the presidential speedboat Finifenma is transferred to an accompanying police speedboat in Male. Photograph: Nishan Ali/AFP/Getty Images

The Maldives declared a state of emergency for 30 days on Wednesday citing a threat to national security, as President Abdulla Yameen sought to shore(...)

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed is greeted by supporters in Malé in February  2012, after he was ousted in a coup. He was in jailed last March to 13 years under an anti-terrorism law following a rushed trial that was condemned internationally as flawed. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

About this time last year, Mohamed Nasheed, the ousted pro-democracy president of the Maldives, stood at the doorway of his Maldivian Democratic Party(...)

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Photograph: AFP

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, after being found guilty of terrorism for ordering the arrest of a(...)

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