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Maldives election: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory

Maldives election: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition candidate for the presidency, with supporters at his final campaign rally The Maldives’ opposition candidate has claimed victory in his country’s contentious presidential election. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said he had won by a 16% margin over incumbent Abdulla Yameen, with 92% of votes counted. Mr […]

Maldives election: Voting ends in controversial poll

Maldives election: Voting ends in controversial poll

Image copyright MALDIVES PRESIDENCY / AFP Image caption President Abdulla Yameen has voted at a polling station in the capital, Male. Rights groups have accused his government of trying to rig the election. The Maldives has voted in a heavily-criticised presidential election, closely watched by India and China. President Abdulla Yameen, who favours closer ties […]

Maldives election: Votes cast in controversial poll

Maldives election: Votes cast in controversial poll

Image copyright MALDIVES PRESIDENCY / AFP Image caption President Abdulla Yameen has voted at a polling station in the capital, Male. Rights groups have accused his government of trying to rig the election. The Maldives is voting in a heavily-criticised election that will be closely watched by India and China. The Indian Ocean archipelago is […]

Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries

Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken […]

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thuriya set sail from France at the start of July on the round-the-world race An international rescue team is trying to reach a seriously injured Indian sailor who is taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast […]

Hong Kong express rail link launches amid controversy

Hong Kong express rail link launches amid controversy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The high speed rail link will open to the public on Sunday A high-speed rail link has been launched in Hong Kong, connecting the territory with mainland China. The Express Rail Link connects Hong Kong to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in 40 minutes – less than half the […]

Maldives election: Voting begins in controversial poll

Maldives election: Voting begins in controversial poll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption India fears close ties between the incumbent government of Abdulla Yameen and China The Maldives has started to vote in a heavily-criticised election that will be closely watched by India and China. The Indian Ocean archipelago is best-known overseas for its clear waters and high-end resorts but its government […]

China Catholic bishops: Historic deal with Vatican reached

China Catholic bishops: Historic deal with Vatican reached

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are at least 10 million Catholics in China Pope Francis has recognised seven bishops appointed by China as part of a historic accord to improve ties between the Vatican and the communist country. The issue of who appoints bishops has been at the heart of a dispute since […]

India bishop accused of rape arrested in Kerala

India bishop accused of rape arrested in Kerala

Image caption Bishop Franco Mulakkal denies wrongoing A bishop has been arrested in the southern Indian state of Kerala over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times times between 2014 and 2016. The 44-year-old woman registered a police complaint in June, alleging that the Catholic Church had taken no action despite repeated appeals. It […]

Chinese nanny Mo Huanjing executed for arson killings

Chinese nanny Mo Huanjing executed for arson killings

Image copyright VCG via Getty Images Image caption Former nanny Mo Huanjing started a fire that killed four members of a family A Chinese nanny has been executed after deliberately starting a fire that killed a mother and her three children in the eastern city of Hangzhou. Mo Huanjing, 35, was sentenced to death for […]