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Maldives president declares state of emergency

MALE: Maldives President Abdullah Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday, deepening a political crisis in the country that has pitted its leader against the nation's top court. Traditionally known as a honeymooners'…

King Salman ends Asia tour, returns to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who was on an official tour in Asia, has left China to head back to his kingdom, the state news agency SPA reported on Saturday. Saudi Arabia's octogenarian monarch, who has overseen the launch of an…

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…