Maldives leaves Commonwealth amid democracy row
The Maldives has withdrawn from the Commonwealth, accusing it of interfering in domestic affairs and "unfair and unjust" treatment.
The Commonwealth had warned the Maldives of possible suspension if it failed to show progress on democracy.
It has faced questions over freedom of speech, the detention of opponents and the independence of the judiciary.
The Indian Ocean nation became a multiparty democracy in 2008 after decades of autocratic rule.
The Maldives foreign ministry said in a statement: "The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable.... read more
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