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Business & Tourism

Tourism bodies beg for Maldives state of emergency to stop

Operators say hundreds of hotel bookings have been cancelled daily since February 5, when a 15-day state of emergency was declared, despite government assurances that all is normal in the resort islands.

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Fake breasts and chicken breasts beckon as Maldives business deal inked

Olialia, which once wanted to open a resort staffed only by blondes, says it has entered into a “strategic alliance” with Maldivian businessman Ibrahim Mohamed Didi.

Maldives state of emergency threatens growth

Tourism accounts for one-third of economic output and previous political disruptions have negatively affected GDP growth, says Moody’s Investors Service.

US issues security alert for Maldives

Special Ops used teargas to disperse opposition supporters celebrating a Supreme Court decision and officers with riot shields on one of Malé’s main roads told people not to take part in any protests, asking everyone to immediately leave.

UK updates Maldives travel advice after clashes

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which last updated its advice over a terror threat, said political protests and demonstrations often took place in Malé and that some led to violence and arrests.

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Police detainee treatment condemned

There have been frequent protests in the capital demanding the release of high-profile prisoners, with the police detaining opposition lawmakers and even their relatives.

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Maldives wants foreign help to investigate judges

The Maldives is seeking international help to investigate two of its top judges, a senior diplomat has said. Two Supreme

Top Maldives judge denies bribe and coup charges

Hisaan Hussain and MP Maariya Ahmed Didi, who represent Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, told reporters that their client said the charges against him were baseless and false.

Dismembered and headless corpse found at luxury Maldives resort

The corpse was found floating by the water villas of Soneva Jani in Noonu atoll Thursday morning.

Police refused foreign forensic help in Yameen case

Hassan Ugail, who is an expert in facial recognition, offered help through his British forensic expert contacts to independently analyse video material related to the crime, but was declined by the state.

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Environment

US$126m cash injection from ADB for waste management project

Thilafushi island, which is seven kilometres from Malé, stores the refuse produced in the capital and uses it as landfill, or the rubbish is burnt.

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Captured fishing vessels were pirate boats

The two vessels were travelling from Somalia to Thailand, local media reported the Maldives National Defence Force as saying.

Coast Guard intercepts illegal fishing vessel with 200 tons of tuna

A fisheries ministry report published last October said hundreds of foreign fishing vessels were operating illegally in Maldivian seas every year.

Rainfall causes heavy flooding in Malé

Morning rainfall caused heavy flooding in Malé on Wednesday, Mihaaru reported.

EPA failing to publish airport impact reports

Save Maldives raised concerns about the projects in Maafaru and Funadhoo, saying the Environmental Protection Agency had yet to make its findings public.

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Feature & Comment

“When somebody shits, we clean it up”: President addresses coup plot

“That night of 1 February was an attempt to bring my government down to its knees,” said President Abdulla Yameen of a Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of his opponents.

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#MaldivesInCrisis, young people and politics

The young people interviewed for this article did not feel represented by any one politician or party and none of them have connections to the country’s political parties.

Maldives State of Emergency: A timeline

President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government. He says there was no way to investigate the attempted coup without declaring a state of emergency.

Maldives State of Emergency: FAQ

President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government.

Maldives State of Emergency: A City Guide to Malé

The Maldives Independent has prepared a guide to the city for those steering clear of it because of the state of emergency.

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In Pictures

The migrant workers of the Maldives

There are about 130,000 migrant workers in the Maldives, mostly from other South Asian countries.

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Carried away: Lawmakers removed from parliament compound

Opposition lawmakers were manhandled and removed from the parliament compound in Malé on Wednesday by the army, which had spent

In Pictures: Maldives celebrates Eid-ul-adha

A selection of moments from the recently concluded Eid festivities in the northern island of Thoddoo

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Politics

Maldives presidential elections first round to be held early September

The Elections Commission expected a first round to be held in early September and a second round, should it be necessary, would be held within 21 days from election day.

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Maldives president DID refuse UN help

A video shows UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric talking to reporters about exchanges between the United Nations and Malé.

State of emergency ‘unconstitutional’

Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham wrote to police hours after parliament approved President Abdulla Yameen’s request to extend the state of emergency by 30 days.

Short and snappy: President gives 18-minute speech to parliament

The president’s speech clocked in at just 18 minutes. Last year’s speech lasted one hour and 13 minutes.

India ‘deeply dismayed’ by Maldives state of emergency extension

Ties with India have been in the spotlight since the Maldives signed a massive free trade deal with China, and relations have become strained in recent months through a combination of snubs, suspensions, tweets and editorials.

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Society & Culture

Lawyers revolt as prosecutor general comes under pressure

More than 30 lawyers at the prosecutor general’s office backed Aishath Bisham for saying parliament’s vote on the state of emergency was unconstitutional.

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Maldives listed among ‘highly corrupt countries’

The Corruption Perception Index scores and ranks countries by their perceived level of public sector corruption using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

A dozen people still in custody after anti-Yameen protests

Police have given their own tally on how many people were arrested during weekend protests.

RaajjeTV journalist in Sri Lanka for injury treatment

Hussan Hussain boarded a plane to Sri Lanka on Sunday evening. Police tried to stop him from leaving but failed as he had already passed through the boarding gate.

Islamic Ministry sermon slammed for being ‘un-Islamic’

The Friday sermon, from the Islamic Ministry, was titled “The Leader is a Blessing” and quoted scripture that said it was forbidden for people to insult their leader or pray against him.

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