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Prince Charles approved as next head of the Commonwealth

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group’s heads of government on Friday. “We recognize the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement. “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.” There have been calls for the role to be rotated around the 53 member-states, most of which are former British…

Maldives quits Commonwealth over democracy warning

MALE: The Maldives angrily quit the Commonwealth on Thursday after years of wrangling over its human rights record since the toppling of its first democratically-elected leader four years ago. The troubled honeymoon island nation said it had been treated "unjustly and unfairly" by the bloc, a voluntary association of more than 50 countries, many of them former territories of the British empire. "The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable," said a statement from the foreign ministry. The former…