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Maldives' President says he was forced to resign at gunpoint

Ex-Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed says he was forced to step down at gunpoint and urges his successor to step down.

(REUTERS) Malé - "Yes, I was forced to resign at gunpoint," Nasheed told reporters after his party meeting a day after his resignation. "There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn't hesitate to use them if I didn't resign.

"I call on the chief justice to look into the matter of who was behind this coup. We will try our best to bring back the lawful government."

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Wagner Boss: First Group Of Russian Prisoners Recruited For War Are Now Free

The Russian public is worried that waves of battle-hardened convicted murderers and rapists will soon be roaming the streets.

screenshot image of Prigozhin speaking to released recruits

screenshot image of Prigozhin speaking to released recruits

Cameron Manley

Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the private Wagner paramilitary group and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, made news last September by confirming that he was recruiting from Russian prisons to join his troops in Ukraine.

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Part of the offer to prisoners: in exchange for fighting in the war, you will earn permanent freedom. On Thursday, Prigozhin told Russian state media agency RIA Novosti that the first group of prisoners had “received a full pardon.”

“They fulfilled their contract with honor, with dignity, one of the first… The first,” he said. “They worked the way few people work.”

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