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Commonwealth report on Maldives within a week        COLOMBO: A Commonwealth panel will discuss the Maldives' membership within the next week following allegations that the ousting of the president was a breach of the group's democratic standards.   A three-member Commonwealth team completed investigations in the Maldives on Sunday and will report to a panel that deals with serious violations of the bloc's political values, the Commonwealth secretariat said in a statement. "Our observations and recommendations will be presented to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMEG), which will meet in London in the coming week," the team said in the statement late Sunday as it left the Maldives. Mohamed Waheed, the new president, had welcomed the Commonwealth mission to probe the fall earlier this month of his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign in a military coup backed by extremists. Nasheed, the Muslim nation's first democratically elected leader who came to power in 2008, has refused to recognise the ...

YANGON: Shin Gambira, a Myanmar monk jailed for his role in protests in 2007 and released in a January amnesty, faces action by the authorities because he has "repeatedly broken Buddhist monks' code of conduct and the law", state newspapers said on Sunday. The reports accused him of rejoining the religious order without requesting authorisation after the Jan. 13 amnesty, of being in the Magin Monastery, which has been sealed by the government, and breaking the ...
China DUBLIN: China believes the EU's economic problems are temporary and it will continue to support the bloc's efforts to deal with its debts, leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping said Saturday ahead of a visit to Ireland. "China does not think one should 'talk down' or 'short' to Europe, because we believe that the difficulties facing Europe are temporary," the vice president, expected to lead China from next year, told the Irish Times. "The EU and the governments and people ...
KOLKATA: Kolkata, once the capital of British India, is slowly being painted blue the favourite colour of the fiery new chief minister of the local state who has ordered a makeover. Mamata Banerjee came to power in West Bengal last year after 34 years of Marxist rule promising a facelift for Kolkata, whose grand colonial architecture much of it painted red is crumbling after decades of neglect. She has decreed that the city's flyovers, park railings and ...
China detained Tibetans returning from India BEIJING: The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said it believed it was the first time since the late 1970s authorities had detained Tibetan laypeople in such large numbers, and comes as China frets about unrest in Tibetan parts of the country. China allowed about ...
Indian police detain Tibetans outside China embassy     NEW DELHI: Indian police detained 35 Tibetan students on Thursday at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi against Beijing's rule over Tibet.   Several young protesters from India's large Tibetan exile community climbed onto police vans before officers dragged them into the vehicles. At least 20 Tibetans in China have set fire to themselves in the past year to protest against what they call religious and cultural repression by Beijing. "Tibetans are burning in Tibet. We ...
New Maldives president says willing to call early election           DUBAI: The Maldives' new leader said a presidential election could be held before the scheduled date of October 2013 provided conditions were right for a free and peaceful poll, after his predecessor quit last week amid a dramatic police mutiny. Mohamed Waheed Hussain Manik, previously vice president, took over after the Feb. 7 resignation of Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president. Nasheed says he was ousted in a coup by mutinying police and military officers, ...


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