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In this handout photo provided by Indian Navy pro, Indian nationals board Naval Ship Airavat at the port of Male at Maldives as part of the Indian Navy's ongoing Op Samudra Setu, under the aegis of the Indian Government's Op Vande Bharat to bring back Indian nationals from foreign shores.

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700 Indian nationals board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa to depart for Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu) amid the coronavirus pandemic under the second phase of Operation 'Samudra Setu' as a part of the 'Vande Bharat' mission, at Male in Maldives.

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Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa cast off for Kochi carrying 588 stranded Indian nationals after completing the embarkation, as part of Operation Samudra Setu under the government's 'Vande Bharat' mission, at Male in Maldives.

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588 stranded Indian nationals board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa to depart for Kochi, as part of Operation Samudra Setu under the government's 'Vande Bharat' mission, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Male in Maldives.

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Stranded Indian nationals inside Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa which has been departed for Kochi, as part of Operation Samudra Setu under the government's 'Vande Bharat' mission, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Male in Maldives.

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Officials wearing protective suits check documents of stranded Indian nationals after boarding Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa which has been departed for Kochi, as part of Operation Samudra Setu under the government's 'Vande Bharat' mission, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Male in Maldives.

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India on Sunday sent medical assistance to the Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles by the naval ship INS Kesari to help in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, under Mission Sagar.

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First batch of Indian nationals who were stranded in the Maldives are brought back via Indian Navy Ship (INS) Jalashwa during operation Samudra Setu, in Male.

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Beds are seen inside the INS Jalashwa to repatriate Indian nationals from Maldives as part of the first phase of Operation 'Samudra Setu' due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Male. The Navy dispatched two ships, INS Jalashwa and INS Magar for the op.

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Preparations underway to repatriate Indian nationals from Maldives as part of the first phase of Operation 'Samudra Setu' due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Navy dispatched two ships, INS Jalashwa and INS Magar for the op.

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A resort cradled by the sea, the sun pla­ying delightful games with its cha­meleon-like water... a diva suitably attired making eyes at the beauty of it all—that’s what modish young stars do in Bollywood to keep their fans eng­aged. Sara Ali Khan had to fall in line. She obliged willingly enough in Maldives. Though we don’t approve of those tiles, we applaud the overall effect she achieves.

Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a meeting with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male, Maldives.

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Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid lay the foundation stone of Chancery building in Male, Maldives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at Male, in Maldives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at at the delegation level talks Male, in Maldives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the Maldives Highest Honour Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen from President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at Male, in Maldives.

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PM Modi with Ibrahim Solih in Male at the latter’s swearing-in last November

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Maldives President Ibrahim 'Ibu' Solih during a call-on, in Male.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, in Male.

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EAM Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid ahead of bilateral talks and Joint Ministerial Meeting, in Male.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanges greetings with former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom during the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in Male, Maldives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left, congratulates Maldives' new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih after his swearing-in ceremony in Male, Maldives. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony Saturday in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters.

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Maldives' new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, center right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the President's office in Male, Maldives. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a guard of honour on his arrival at Male in Maldives to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, third left, and his running mate Faisal Naseem, third right, pose for photographers as they celebrate their victory in the presidential election in Male, Maldives. A longtime but little-known lawmaker, Solih declared victory at his party's campaign headquarters in a contentious election widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy.

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Maldivians hold colorful umbrellas as they wait in the sun to caste their vote during presidential election day in Male, Maldives.

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Maldivian president Yameen Abdul Gayoom, right, casts his vote at a polling station during presidential election day in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen surrounded by bodyguards in Male

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Whatever Kareena Kapoor does, immaculately staged and posed as they are, a band of professional coo-ers faint in exasperated admiration. On a Maldives holiday, she wears a robe over a pink bikini, clutching Saif’s hand, eyes fixed on the shutter, fingers on Ins­tagram. “Fashion icon”! Really?

Maldivian opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest as they the urge the government to obey a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives defence soldiers and policemen guard the main street after government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives defence soldiers patrol on the main street of Male, Maldives. The Maldives government has declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepens in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court.

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Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, center, after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives.

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Former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is being taken to prison by police after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives. The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament.

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Maldivian opposition protestors shout slogans demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives.

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Maldivian police officers detain an opposition protestor demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male, Maldives. Supporters of political parties that oppose the Maldives government have clashed with police on the streets of the capital after the country's supreme court ordered the release of imprisoned politicians.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, is greeted by Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom at a joint news conference in Male, Maldives. Sharif, who is on a three-day visit, will be the chief guest at the celebrations of the 52nd Independence Day of Maldives.

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Police try to block Maldivian lawmakers a few meters from the Parliament building in Male, Maldives. The Maldivian opposition says the military has locked down parliament on the orders of the country's president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

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Maldivian lawmaker Faisal Naseem who was injured in clashes with police is rushed to a hospital in Male, Maldives. The Maldivian opposition says the military has locked down parliament on the orders of the country's president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

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Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney arrives at the High Court in Male, Maldives. Amal Clooney is in Maldives to meet with former president Mohamed Nasheed and Maldivian authorities to discuss Nasheed’s detention and jail sentence. Nasheed was sentenced in March after a Maldivian court found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago.

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Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, center, escorted by policemen returns after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives. Nasheed is currently in jail after a Maldivian court in March found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago.

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An injured police officer is taken for treatment during an opposition protest demanding Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom resign and jailed ex-president Mohamed Nasheed be freed, in Male', Maldives. The thousands of protesters marching in one of the biggest marches in Male accused Gayoom of jailing Nasheed and others who he sees as political threats.

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Katrina & Ranbir spotted arriving at Malé International Airport, in Maldives.

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Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed waves sitting in a boat as he is taken back to Dhoonidhoo prison after a court dismissed his appeal against his arrest in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, in white, tussles with policemen who stopped him from speaking to journalists as he is brought to be produced before a court in Male, Maldives.

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In this file photo, former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives. Police has arrested Nasheed, the former president and present opposition leader of the Maldives under terrorism charges.

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Trucks lined up for collection of water in Male.

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Indian Air Force aircraft, C-17 Globemaster III that landed in Maldives to provide assistance of potable water, in Male.

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Election officers count votes after the close of polling in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives President Yaamin Abdul Gayoom with his wife Fathimath Ibrahim at the Taj Mahal.

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his wife Fathimath Ibrahim with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom inspecting the guard of Honour during the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz, right, administers the oath to Maldives' President-elect Yaamin Abdul Gayoom, left during the president's inauguration in Male, Maldives.

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Abdulla Yameen, half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom clinched an unexpected victory in the presidential run-off elections in Maldives by defeating former President Mohamed Nasheed, who had led in two recent aborted polls.

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A Maldivian woman casts her vote in Male, Maldives. After two months of political bickering and repeated failure to hold an election, Maldives voters headed to polling stations to elect a new president for their vulnerable new democracy.

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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed waves to supporters during a rally in Male, Maldives. In yet another hurdle in the democratic process, Maldives Election Commission today called off Presidential polls after the police prevented it from going ahead with the controversy-ridden re-vote, triggering demands for international intervention by the leading party.

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A Maldivian woman casts her vote in Male, Maldives. Voters in the Maldives went to the polls in the hope that questions about the legitimacy of their government will finally be answered 19 months after the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president.

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Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed gestures to supporters during a final campaign rally ahead of general elections in Male, Maldives. Nasheed, the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, who was ousted from power last year, said he will prosecute those behind his removal if he is returned to office.

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Mohamed Nazim, Minister of Defence & National Security, Maldives, with Defence Minister A K Antony during Gaurd of Honour at New Delhi.

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Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed being taken away by police after he was arrested at his home in Male, Maldives.

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Former Maldives’ President Mohamed Nasheed, center, waves to his party supporters after stepping out of the Indian High Commission in Male, Maldives. Nasheed had taken refuge in the Indian high commission to evade an arrest warrant to face charges he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge while president. The judge's detention led to Nasheed's ouster from power last year.

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In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, supporters of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed gather outside the Indian High Commission where Nasheed has taken refuge to evade arrest in Male, Maldives.

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File photo of former Maldives president Mohamed Nashee. In a dramatic development, former Maldivian President took refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male to evade arrest, a year after he was toppled. The 45-year-old leader turned up at the single-storey Indian mission around noon to evade arrest warrant issued by a court in a case concerning the detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court during his Presidency in January last year.

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Game changes G.M. Rao, of GMR, with former Maldives president Nasheed

A beach villa

Rooms with a view: Dusit Thani's lagoon villa

A lagoon villa with a pool that opens out on to the sea

Rich feeding grounds, A vital part of the marine ecosystem in the Maldives

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A school of Oriental sweetlips

A spiral of fish among branch coral

The extraordinary colours of reef life

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Turtle-spotting

A manta ray

DINODIA PHOTO LIBRARY (From Outlook Traveller October Issue, 2012)

Picture-perfect scenery at the Dusit Thani Maldives

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The whale shark, the gentle giant of the Maldivian seas

Cobis (From Outlook Traveller October Issue, 2012)

Supporters of Maldives’ former President Mohamed Nasheed protest near a court in Male, Maldives. Nasheed was taken into custody Monday after he twice failed to appear in court to face charges that he illegally ordered the arrest of a judge while in office.

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Maldives President Mohamed Waheed addressing a press conference in New Delhi. Maldives Foreign Minister, Abdul Samad Abdulla is also seen in the picture.

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Maldives' President Mohammed Waheed Hassan, center, and his wife Ilham Hussain offer floral tributes at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, speaks with Maldives' President Mohammed Waheed Hassan during their meeting in New Delhi. Hassan is on a five-day visit to India.

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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil shakes hands with her Maldives' counterpart Mohamed Waheed as his wife Ilham Hussain looks on during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, left, shakes hands with Maldives President Mohamed Waheed prior to a meeting in New Delhi.

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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed along with his delegation arrives to attend a talk on "Consolidation of Democracy in Maldives" organised by Observer Research Foundation, in New Delhi.

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External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and his Maldives counterpart Abdul Samad Abdullah shake hands prior to a meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi.

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Security staff in the Parliament building forcibly remove opposition lawmaker Mohamed Riyaz, center in white shirt, during the opening session of Maldivian parliament in Male', Maldives. The new president of the Maldives addressed lawmakers and opened Parliament amidst vehement protests by the opposition, nearly six weeks after he took office in a contentious power transfer that his predecessor has called a coup.

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Maldives President, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, second left, arrives for the opening session of the Parliament in Male, Maldives. A raucous opposition protest kept the Maldives' president waiting more than nine hours and ultimately prevented him from opening Parliament, three weeks after he took office in a contentious power transfer. Placard reads as "Coup Leader".

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Members of the former Maldives' President Mohamed Nasheed's party surround the speaker of Parliament, Abdulla Shahid, center left with spectacles, as they block him from starting a session of Parliament in Male, Maldives. A raucous opposition protest kept the Maldives' president waiting more than nine hours and ultimately prevented him from opening Parliament on Wednesday, three weeks after he took office in a contentious power transfer.

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Members of former Maldives' President Mohamed Nasheed's party block the opening session of Parliament in Male, Maldives. A raucous opposition protest kept the Maldives' president waiting more than nine hours and ultimately prevented him from opening Parliament, three weeks after he took office in a contentious power transfer.

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In this photo taken on Feb. 11, 2012, supporters of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed pray during a rally in Male, Maldives. A visiting U.S. official said that Maldives wasn't ready for early elections as a way out of its political crisis as the Indian Ocean nation's new president agreed to an independent investigation into his takeover of power.

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Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed, center, lifts a child as he walks out from a Mosque following prayers with his supporters in Male, Maldives.

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Policemen clash with the military on Feb 7, 2012

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Signing off Nasheed, in 2009, at a much-publicised underwater meeting with ministers on climate change

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Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed greets supporters outside his residence in Male, Maldives. A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant for Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledgling Indian Ocean democracy.

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, photo flames rise from burning vehicles at a police station after it was set afire by supporters of former President Mohamed Nasheed, in Addu City, Maldives. Maldives police commissioner Abdullah Riyaz said 18 police stations on several islands, along with an undetermined number of court houses and police vehicles, were destroyed in the violence. A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant for Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledgling Indian Ocean democracy.

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Mohamed Nasheed, center, who resigned from his post as Maldivian President, marches along with his supporters during a rally in Male, Maldives. The new Maldivian president appealed for a unity government to lead his Indian Ocean nation even as his predecessor insisted he was ousted at gunpoint and began fighting to return to power. In a sign the political turmoil that has plagued the country for months would continue, police fired tear gas at a rally of about 1,000 people demanding Mohamed Nasheed be reinstated.

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Maldives' new President Mohammed Waheed Hassan, center, smiles after a press conference in Male, Maldives. The Maldives new president called for the formation of a national unity government in this Indian Ocean nation even as police and soldiers kept watch over his predecessor, Mohamed Nasheed, at an undisclosed location. Nasheed resigned after police joined protesters against his rule.

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Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed announces his resignation in Male, Maldives. Nasheed announced his resignation following weeks of public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures during his onboard press conference, after completion of his Maldives tour.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed signing an agreement at a ceremony in Male.

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The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh with the President of Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Karzai at a Bilateral Meeting, on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit, at Adu Atoll, in Maldives.

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