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The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

World
The Latest on turmoil in the Maldives after the Supreme Court ordered the release of political prisoners (all times local): 11.15 a.m. Former dictator and opposition politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom can be seen on a cell phone video shot by his daughter being quietly escorted from his home by Maldives security forces, hugging friends and family and waving to supporters before being driven away. Shortly before his arrest on Monday night, he sent a message on Twitter saying a large deployment of police had surrounded his house: "To protect me or to arrest me? No idea." His lawyer, Maumoon Hameed, said Gayoom faced charges including bribery and attempting to overthrow the government. Gayoom was president from 1978 to 2008, when Maldives became a multiparty democracy. The government arrested t...
Iranian women arrested for removing mandatory hijabs in public protest

Iranian women arrested for removing mandatory hijabs in public protest

World
Tehran police arrested 29 people on Thursday after an unprecedented protest against the legal requirement that women must wear headscarves in public took place this week, according to Iranian media reports. In a symbolic move, at least six women climbed on utility boxes on busy streets in Tehran on Monday, took off their headscarves, or hijabs, put them on sticks and waved them for some minutes. The photos went viral on social media networks with the hashtag #NoToCompulsaryHijab. Omid Memarian, an Iranian journalist, tweeted, "A growing number of women are removing their mandatory head scarves & waving them on the streets of Tehran: a courageous symbol of civil protest against the hijab; forced on women in Iran for decades. Six women so far and it seems they're just starting!" The ...
Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians

Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAustralian police have arrested two people after a car drove into a crowd in Melbourne.The car "collided with a number of pedestrians" on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, said Victoria Police. Fourteen people have been injured, with several in a critical condition. Police have said it was a deliberate act but said it was too early to say whether it was terrorist-related. The driver and another man have been detained. "The motivations are unknown," police commander Russell Barrett said. The white SUV struck pedestrians just after 16:30 local time (05:30 GMT).Witness Jim Stoupas, who runs a business nearby, told the BBC: "It just barrelled through a completely full intersection of pedestrians. There was no attempt to bra...
Billionaire prince among dozens arrested in Saudi sweep

Billionaire prince among dozens arrested in Saudi sweep

World
Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of princes and former officials, including a well-known billionaire with extensive holdings in Western companies, as part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe that further cements control in the hands of its young crown prince. A high-level employee at Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Co. told The Associated Press that the royal was among those detained overnight Saturday. The employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of repercussions, said he received calls from several security bodies notifying him of the arrest. The surprise arrests, which also reportedly include two of the late King Abdullah's sons, were being hailed by pro-government media outlets as the greatest sign yet that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is serious about ...
Protester who admitted to vandalizing iconic Wall Street bull is arrested

Protester who admitted to vandalizing iconic Wall Street bull is arrested

Finance
A woman who told CNBC she dumped blue paint on the iconic Wall Street bull to protest President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate agreement has been arrested. Courtney Fallon, 33, has been charged with making graffiti and criminal mischief, the New York Police Department said Friday. The NYPD told CNBC on Thursday they found blue paint poured over the bull's head and a sash stating "Draw The Blue Line" around the "Fearless Girl" statue across from the bull. "Draw the Blue Line" is the name of the group protesting Trump's decision.Fallon told CNBC in an email on Thursday she is trying to cover New York City and the world with horizontal blue lines that represent rising sea levels. She wants to grab the attention of the UN General Assembly, which is meeting in New York this month...