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Opposition candidate takes early lead in Maldives election

Opposition candidate takes early lead in Maldives election

Abdulla Yameen was expected to cement his grip on power, amid criticism over the fairness of the vote on the islands, best known as a luxury holiday destination.

US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

Two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two US officials told Reuters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation ...

Japan protests after Chinese frigate sails near disputed isles

Japan protests after Chinese frigate sails near disputed isles

Japan on Thursday lodged an official protest with China, after it spotted a Chinese frigate in waters surrounding flashpoint islands in the East China Sea, the first such incursion in more than a year.

Dubai plans $1.7bn tourist project on artificial islands

Dubai plans $1.7bn tourist project on artificial islands

Dubai plans to develop a 6.3 billion dirham ($1.7bn) tourist resort on two man-made islands it will build either side of the Burj Al Arab, its luxury sail-shaped hotel.

Saudi king cancels Maldives visit over swine flu fears

Saudi king cancels Maldives visit over swine flu fears

The Saudi king has cancelled a scheduled visit to the politically-troubled atoll nation of the Maldives because of an outbreak of swine flu in its capital, the government in Male announced on Friday.

Top Egypt court rejects islands transfer to Saudi

Top Egypt court rejects islands transfer to Saudi

Egypt's top administrative court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in deal that sparked rare protests.

Beaches attract visitors in large number this Eid

Beaches attract visitors in large number this Eid

Beaches across Qatar are drawing a large number of visitors, including single expatriate workers, during the Eid al-Adha holidays.