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Somali pirates hijack Iran cargo ship in Maldives

Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory, a senior security official said. The vessel identified as MV. Eglantine, had been seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean atoll nation of the Maldives, the Maldivian National Defence…

Maldives’ ex-president awaits arrest

The ex-president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who claims he was forced from office in a coup, said he expected to be arrested on Thursday as protests and violence escalated in the holiday paradise. Nasheed, the Indian Ocean country’s first democratically elected president, told AFP at his family home in…