The island nation of Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, has been in the news over the past few days, for the violent clashes and rioting that followed the resignation of the country's President, Mohamed Nasheed.

According to statements from the country's ruling party, President Nasheed was the victim of a coup and forced to resign at gunpoint.

News of his resignation, over reports of disagreements with the country's judiciary and the Army, was followed by clashes between protestors, in the capital city of Male.

The most recent news suggests that a criminal court in the Maldives has issued arrest warrants for both Nasheed and his former Defence Minister.

Meanwhile check out these photographs of the turmoil in the Maldives...