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Maldives election begins amid opposition cry of unfairness

Sep. 23, 2018 3:17 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Huge crowds flocked to closely guarded polling stations on Sunday to vote in the Maldives' third multiparty presidential elections, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy. Both President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed...

The Latest: No arrests after Maldives' elections-eve raid

Sep. 23, 2018 1:36 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Party officials say no arrests have been made Sunday after an elections-eve raid of the presidential opposition candidate's main campaign office in Male. A warrant for the raid obtained by The Associated...

AP Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives' future

Sep. 22, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Maldives is holding its third multiparty presidential elections on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation of 400,000 has been rife with political turmoil since democracy was introduced just a decade ago. Famed for its white sand beaches and luxury resorts, the Maldives under President Yameen...

The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case

Sep. 22, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 11:10 p.m. An opposition party spokesman in the Maldives says police obtained a warrant to search the main campaign office of the party's presidential candidate based on police intelligence that the office was being...

Maldives police raid opposition office on eve of election

Sep. 22, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country. Police said they had obtained a warrant to search the office based on police...

7 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants killed in shootout

Sep. 22, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says security forces have raided militant hideouts setting off a shootout that left seven soldiers and nine militants dead. In a statement Saturday, the military said the operation was carried out in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan near the...

Maldives police say they have raided the main campaign office of opposition presidential candidate on eve of election

Sep. 22, 2018 10:35 AM EDT
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives police say they have raided the main campaign office of opposition presidential candidate on eve of election.

India calls off foreign ministers' meeting with Pakistan

Sep. 22, 2018 6:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India called off a planned meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session in New York this month, aggravating tensions between the longtime rivals. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Friday that...

Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

Sep. 21, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — As election officials made final preparations for nationwide elections in the Maldives, the European Union said it is not sending observers because the country has failed to meet the basic conditions for monitoring. In the capital, Male, pink and green campaign banners hung in the...

Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir

Sep. 21, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India rebels in disputed Kashmir raided over a dozen homes of police officers and abducted three whose bullet-riddled bodies were recovered Friday, officials said. Also Friday, Indian government forces killed five suspected militants, ending a two-day gunbattle. The police...