Maldives Parliament shut down to stop speaker’s removal

The Maldivian army has locked down the country's parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of...

Maldives defends state of emergency despite stand taken by EU

The Maldives Government today defended the state of emergency in the country despite a call by the European Union to lift immediately the state of...

Taliban open letter to Trump urges Afghan withdrawal

As the White House mulls its next move in conflict-hit Afghanistan, the Taliban offer their advice in an open letter to the US president. Donald...

China will ‘take action’ if India sends troops to Maldives

China’s state-run tabloid Global Times on Monday warned that Beijing will retaliate if New Delhi unilaterally decides to send troops to the crisis-hit Maldives. “Without U.N. empowerment,...

More disruptions feared from cyber attack

Officials across the globe scrambled over the weekend to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at car factories, hospitals,...

Scores injured in Japan’s snowstorm

TOKYO, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Five people died and scores have been injured, as swathes of western and central Japan on Sunday saw record...

Miners rescued after 36-day ordeal

BAOTAI TOWNSHIP, SHANDONG PROVINCE, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Four miners were rescued from a collapsed mine in east China's Shandong Province on Friday night...

DPRK’s satellite estimated to be bigger

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The weight of a newly launched satellite of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was estimated to have...

Maldives tense as President declares state of emergency

Maldives was tense late this evening after President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency. The President's office said that President Yameen had declared a...

US to ban Americans from visiting North Korea

The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the ban would...

India keeps watch on Pakistan after Sharif resigns

The ouster of Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan and its after-effects are being closely watched in India as New Delhi keeps an eye on who will succeed...

Hurricane Ophelia: Three people die as storm hits Ireland

Two men and a woman have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of...

Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend denies knowledge of attack

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman who shot dead 58 people on Sunday has said she had no idea what her "kind, caring,...

China appoints new leader for Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader on Saturday warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in...

Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to...

Maldives opposition slams decision by Elections Commission

The Joint Opposition in the Maldives condemned the Maldives Elections Commission in the strongest possible terms, after the Elections Commission announced that all political...

Maldives suspends trade ties with Myanmar on Rohingya issue

The Maldives on Monday announced it has decided to suspend all trade ties with Myanmar over the Rohingya Muslim issue. In a statement issued by...

Parole board votes to release O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in...

Former Israeli PM goes to prison

JERUSALEM — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, defiantly proclaiming his innocence...

Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

The chancellor has labelled the European Union's Brexit negotiators as "the enemy" - a remark he subsequently described as a "poor choice of words". During...