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Give enabling environment, stick to FTA: China tells Maldives

A wary China on Tuesday hoped that the Maldives' new government will provide an "enabling environment" to Chinese companies and stick to the controversial Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Beijing had signed with the now ousted President Abdulla Yameen.

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Maldives bars convicts from contesting presidential primaries

The Maldives Elections Commission has announced that anyone convicted of a criminal offence cannot legally contest in a political party's presidential primary, warning that such elections will be annulled.

China welcomes end of Emergency in Maldives

China on Friday welcome Maldivian President's Abdulla Yameen's decision to lift the state of Emergency and hoped the government and the opposition will solve the crisis jointly through dialog

Maldives to ban religious extremist websites

The Maldives is planning to block websites that spread religious extremist rhetoric online, the defence minister said.

Hijab and the Maldives: stigma, shaming and the struggle to take it off

Alimath Mahmood* expected a community backlash over her decision to remove the hijab. She had worn it for 14 years, watching as Maldivian society became more conservative and more critical of women who stopped wearing it. Yet her fears were mostly unfounded.

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Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world's first organic state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming the first totally organic state.

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China backs Pakistan's request for IMF assistance

China has endorsed Pakistan’s request to the IMF for a bailout package, but cautioned that it should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.

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