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Maldives government 'looking for private funding for advertising campaign to boost tourism industry'

The government of the Maldives is said to be looking for funding from the private sector for an advertising campaign to boost its tourism industry following turmoil earlier this year when its elected president was forced from office in what he later claimed was a coup.

Bedouins kidnap American tourists

Two American tourists have been kidnapped while travelling in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Some like it hot: the Mount Cinnamon Beach Club and Resort in Grenada

Summer 2012: Sun guaranteed

Head to the far south of Italy for sun-drenched days on Puglia's beaches. Long Travel (01694 722193; long-travel.co.uk) is offering free B&B at Masseria Torre Coccaro, near Fasano, for children aged up to 12 this summer. This 39-room five-star hotel is set in a 17th-century masseria that counts a chapel among its charming buildings.

Pakistan's Shaheen-1A rocket and India's Agni-V rocket

Anything you can do... Pakistan follows India with its own missile test

Launch is latest proof of escalation of arms in Asia as new report stresses the threat to rest of the world

Maldives president Mohammed Waheed Hassan paves way for early election

The Maldives president has announced that he will call for an early presidential election amid opposition demands following a contentious power transfer earlier this year.

Viceroy, Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

The Big Six: Luxury dive resorts

Viceroy, Maldives

Tsunami alert withdrawn after mass panic

Two massive earthquakes triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia , sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Marines from the Navy frigate HMS Portland intercepting and disarming pirates in the Gulf of Aden in 2009

Navy frees four out of five suspected Somali pirates

Britain criticised for 'particularly poor record' in international crackdown on Indian Ocean piracy

Rock star: Granite boulders at the Banyan Tree resort, Mahé

Traveller's guide: Seychelles

Scattered across 650 miles of the Indian Ocean, these tropical islands offer superb beaches, dramatic scenery and a benign climate.

Zimbabwe: Blood diamonds 'could be used for election violence'

Mining officials loyal to President Robert Mugabe are stashing profits from diamond fields amid fears the money could fund political violence ahead of proposed elections, it was claimed yesterday.

Leading article: A coup of more than local significance

Clashes between government and opposition supporters on the Maldives have not spread to the pristine beaches and luxury spas of the Indian Ocean archipelago. So that's all right then. Except that it isn't.

Gas price at a six-year high

Wholesale gas prices touched a six-year high of £1 a therm yesterday as the big freeze showed no sign of letting up in Britain and across Europe.

Telefónica win third stage in Volvo Ocean Race

Spains Telefónica became the first team since Steinlager 2 in 1989-90 to win the first three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race when they held off the challenge of Groupama sailing team to arrive first into the Chinese port of Sanya on Saturday.

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Brussels, Indian Ocean islands

Less than £200... Summer flights

Spanish airline Vueling has announced it is due to start direct flights from Southampton to its main hub at Barcelona's El Prat airport from 23 June this year, just in time for the summer season. Tickets to the Catalan capital – with its vibrant Gaudi architecture, gourmet cuisine and glorious beaches – are available to book now via the website, with return fares starting at €140 (£116). Vueling.com

Royal Navy captures Somali pirates

The Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates on a boat in the Indian Ocean.

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