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UN official to meet rival factions

A top UN official is meeting with the current and former presidents of the Maldives, trying to end the political stalemate in the Indian Ocean nation.

The meetings, with UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, come as the former president, Mohamed Nasheed, claims he was ousted earlier this week in a coup. He is now facing an arrest warrant.

The current president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, insists Mr Nasheed stepped down voluntarily. His government has made no move to arrest Mr Nasheed.

While the two politicians remain at odds, there has been no sign of violence since Wednesday.

There is no extra security to be seen in the capital Male - not even within a few blocks of the presidential office.

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