Maldivian V-P held over presidential boat blast
MALE (Maldives) • The Maldives yesterday said it had arrested Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb over an alleged plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb last month.
Royal defamation case: Thai cop dies in custody
BANGKOK • Senior cop Prakrom Warunprapa, charged under Thailand's royal defamation law, died in custody after hanging himself in his cell, officials said yesterday, prompting a probe.
Kremlin wants Syria to gear up for polls: Minister
MOSCOW • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential polls, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its clout with Damascus into a political settlement.