Asian soccer candidate files complaint about Kuwaiti sheikh

Sports 04/18/19, 04:43

A candidate who lost an election to join the FIFA Council this month has filed a formal complaint accusing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of "threats and manipulation."Mariyam Mohamed of Maldives says in a letter to the Asian Football Confederation's election oversight committee that "women's football should work and ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

Maldives leader celebrates victory in parliamentary election

Asia & Pacific 04/07/19, 00:41

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party is leading in the vote count in the parliamentary election and has already declared a landslide victory that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.The official results are expected late Sunday. Local reports say Solih's Maldivian ...

Reformist Maldives leader seeks to overcome split in polls

Asia & Pacific 04/05/19, 19:47

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is hoping Saturday's parliamentary elections will help him overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party is seeking at least 44 seats in the 87-member Parliament for a majority to pass legislation needed to ...

Former Maldives president arrested over money laundering

World 02/18/19, 08:20

A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday for alleged money laundering.The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in custody after prosecutors argued at a hearing that he could attempt to influence witnesses if he were free.Police say ...

Interview: Maldives query the point of UN climate talks

Europe 12/13/18, 17:13

The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference questioned on Thursday the point of the yearly summits, saying they are failing to produce meaningful results.Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended the 24th edition of the U.N. talks, being held this year in Poland and set to end Friday. ...

Update: Vulnerable nations want action at climate talks

World 12/13/18, 08:02

The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):1:55 p.m.Vulnerable countries are warning against a "mediocre" outcome at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, talks to U.N. climate conference president, Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka, left, after flying ...

Maldives ex-president ends exile, criticizes current leaders

World 11/01/18, 21:03

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term.Maldives’ former president Mohamed Nasheed, waves before he heads on a launch to the capital to meet the public after his arrival in Maldives, Thursday, Nov.1, 2018. ...

Maldives’ top court dismisses outgoing president’s petition

World 10/21/18, 02:36

The Maldives' top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president's petition seeking an annulment of last month's presidential election result.The five-member Supreme Court ruled that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known.The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner ...

Threatened election officials flee Maldives, vote challenged

World 10/10/18, 23:12

Four of the five members of Maldives' Elections Commission have fled the country because of threats from supporters of outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who accused them of rigging last month's presidential election in favor of the opposition candidate, the head of the commission said Wednesday.Yameen's party filed a complaint ...

A Maldives opposition leader returns from exile

World 10/04/18, 14:03

A Maldives opposition leader returned home Thursday after being exiled in Germany for months to escape a prison sentence on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.Qasim Ibrahim was welcomed at the airport by President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.Ibrahim, a businessman who owns a chain of tourist resorts, was among dozens ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 09/28/18, 05:33

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep, officials and residents said.In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Kashmiri men shout slogans as they carry the body of Mohammad Saleem Malik, a civilian, during his funeral procession ...

Maldives opposition: President attempting to stay in power

World 09/26/18, 20:51

Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is working on how to stay in power despite having conceded defeat in this week's election, the opposition alliance said Wednesday.Joint opposition spokesman Ahmed Mahloof told The Associated Press that government officials say Yameen is planning to complain to the Maldives Election Commission about the ...

South Asia opposition candidates win on anti-China message

Asia & Pacific 09/26/18, 03:05

Three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper Beijing's growing influence, but analysts say reducing China's foothold won't be easy because of the billions of dollars spent and invested already.The surprising elections in recent months of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran ...

Photos: The Maldives opposition’s surprise election win

Asia & Pacific 09/24/18, 09:36

The surprise victory of opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives' third multiparty presidential election will shake up politics in the Indian Ocean archipelago.In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 photo, a Maldivian man walks past a wall filled with posters showing opposition leaders, outside the residence of former president ...

Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Asia & Pacific 09/24/18, 07:44

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison ...

Update: Maldives’ president concedes election loss

World 09/24/18, 04:14

The Latest on the Maldives presidential election (all times local):1 p.m.The Maldives' strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conceded he lost Sunday's election to his challenger.Gayoom said at a news conference televised live from the capital, Male: "I know I have to step down now."Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed ...

Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win

World 09/24/18, 01:55

The Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning Sunday's presidential election.Supporters of Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih celebrate their victory in Male, Maldives, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. A longtime but little-known lawmaker Solih declared victory at his party's campaign headquarters in the ...

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