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The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

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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...
Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

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Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. involvement with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is off the table until President Donald Trump revokes his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday.Saeb Erekat told official Palestinian Authority radio that resuming negotiations with the United States is "unacceptable" and that Palestinians would reject all peace talks until Trump reverses his stance on Jerusalem.Trump announced on Dec. 6 the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv as part of the change, which the president said was in the interest of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.After the announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had surrendered its role as a mediator of the peace talks,...
Ex-Catalan leader claims win for separatist bloc

Ex-Catalan leader claims win for separatist bloc

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Disputed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has declared victory for the pro-independence bloc in the regional election.Mr Puigdemont's Together for Catalonia party claimed 34 seats, while the other two pro-independence parties won a combined 36.That total gives separatists two more seats than the 68 needed for an absolute majority - ensuring that they retain control of Catalonia's regional government.Despite this, unionist party Citizens topped the poll and won 37 seats.::'Families are torn apart' - Catalonia divided as voters go to the pollsImage:Turnout was predicted at 82%Catalonia went to the polls after its government was dissolved by Madrid who deemed its declaration of independence in October "illegal".Mr Puigdemont says Thursday's majority by separatist parties was a victory for the...
ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019.President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms.As delegates gathered for the four-day conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma, who faces multiple corruption allegations, has urged the party to unite behind the eventual winner.The lead...
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 'ready to resign'

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov 'ready to resign'

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Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said he wants to quit because the responsibility of the job is too much for him.Speaking in a rare interview, he told how it is his "dream" to stand down from the Russian republic's leadership."Once there was a need for people like me to fight, to put things in order," he said."Now we have order and prosperity ... and time has come for changes in the Chechen Republic."Without elaborating further, Kadyrov, 41, added there were "several people who are 100% capable of carrying out these duties at the highest level".Image:Kadyrov with his 'idol', Vladimir Putin, in Russia in 2013 He later described Russian President Vladimir Putin as his "idol", saying he was "ready to die for him, to fulfil any order".Kadyrov, who portrays himself as tough leader and is of...