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Police seek charges against Gayoom’s assistant

The police are seeking charges former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant over his refusal to appear for questioning over the alleged bribery of lawmakers by MP Faris Maumoon.

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Opposition lawmaker slams broadcasting regulator over Medianet fine

Opposition MP Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid slammed the broadcasting regulator Thursday night over an MVR500,000 (US$32,425) fine imposed on the main cable television provider for rebroadcasting an Al Jazeera corruption exposé.

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Calls grow to authorise medical leave for Adeeb

Amnesty International has joined opposition figures to call on the government to authorise medical leave from prison for Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

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Opposition leaders welcome Gayoom back to Maldives

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was welcomed back to the Maldives by opposition leaders and supporters Wednesday night after nearly three months overseas.

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Maldives eliminates measles

The World Health Organization has verified the Maldives and Bhutan as the first countries in Southeast Asia to have eliminated measles ahead of a 2020 regional target.

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Government moves to slash oil tariff

The parliament has approved government-sponsored legislation for reducing the import duty for petroleum products from 10 to five percent.

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Maldives announces campaign to intercept ocean plastic

The fisheries minister announced a campaign for the Maldivian fisheries industry, consisting over 1,250 vessels, to intercept ocean plastics in the country’s one-million square kilometre wide exclusive economic zone.

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Media council backtracks on defamation complaints

The print and online media regulator had asked journalists from Raajje TV, VFP and Mihaaru to submit their defence to defamation complaints filed by the former chief communication officer at the president’s office.

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Family displaced in Malé as bad weather continues

Several other incidents on land and at sea have been reported across the Maldives as a bout of bad weather with the onset of the south-west monsoon continues unabated.

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Teacher suspended over poem deemed offensive towards first lady

The poem featured a Maldivian folktale she-demon called Santhi Mariyanbu who lugs around a sack of teeth. It recounted a nightmare in which the poor could not afford to pay goods and services tax after the monster finished removing teeth.

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Court hears closing arguments in MP Riyaz’s trial

The criminal court heard closing arguments Tuesday in Jumhooree Party MP Abdulla Riyaz’s trial on an obstruction charge raised over his refusal to unlock his mobile phone.

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Opposition candidate secures Kuribee council seat after recount

A recount of votes from a ballot box on the island of Kuribee in Haa Dhaal atoll has changed the result and averted a second round of voting between three candidates tied in third place.

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Elections Commission begins announcing results

With results from 98 percent of 422 ballot boxes collected, the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party is leading with 315 seats and the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives is trailing with 185 seats.

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Government reinstates health insurance to private sector

The government has reversed an abrupt policy change implemented without notice on Saturday night to exclude private healthcare providers from the state’s free health insurance scheme.

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Council elections outcome ‘satisfactory’ for ruling party

The ruling coalition has described the outcome of Saturday’s local council election as “a satisfactory victory” despite heavy losses in the capital and other populous islands.

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State withdraws case against PPM candidate

The Prosecutor General’s office has withdrawn a case seeking to detain a ruling party candidate for the Malé city council on an assault charge.

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Raajje TV pays MVR1m defamation fine

Raajje TV on Thursday paid an MVR1 million (US$64,850) fine imposed by the broadcasting regulator for airing a speech that was deemed defamatory towards President Abdulla Yameen. The broadcaster raised the

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