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Sultan Park revamped and reopened as ‘Rasrani Bageecha’

The government has meanwhile drawn criticism after announcing that expatriates must pay an entrance fee to visit the new park.

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Rilwan and Yameen’s relatives fired for joining protest march

The nephew of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan and sister of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed were sacked on Monday for joining a protest march to mark three years after the former was abducted at knifepoint.

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Two expats caught after escape from detention centre

The pair was among five Bangladeshi men who broke out of the expat detention centre after tearing through a tin fence.

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Teacher sacked for wearing niqab

A primary school teacher on the island of Mathiveri in Alif Alif atoll was sacked on Thursday for refusing to take off her niqab, or full-face veil, in compliance with a controversial civil service dress code.

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Police crack down on march for abducted journalist

The police cracked down Tuesday afternoon on a march led by the family of abducted journalist Ahmed Rilwan, snatching banners and placards and arresting nine people.

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Former Islamic minister’s remarks on female judges divides opinion

Addressing rumours about the imminent appointment of former Attorney General Azima Shukoor to the apex court at an opposition rally on July 30, Bari claimed that there was consensus among religious scholars that women can only serve as judges in civil cases.

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Garbage piles up as state company takes over collection services

Less than half of the approximately 27,000 households in Malé were registered for the WAMCO service when expatriate workers stopped collecting garbage after a ban on carrying garbage bags on bicycles came into force on August 1.

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Family and friends mark 100 days since Yameen Rasheed’s murder

The family and friends of slain liberal blogger Yameen Rasheed marked 100 days since the murder with a tweetstorm and a silent vigil outside his home in Malé.

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Police watchdog asked to probe alleged abuse of journalists

Following heavy-handed police crackdowns on opposition gatherings during the past week, opposition lawmakers and supporters meanwhile began sharing photos on social media of individual police officers accused of brutality.

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Guard injured in Maafushi prison

Lugman Ahmed, spokesman of the Maldives Correctional Service, said the officer was injured in a scuffle after he tried to stop inmates from stealing electricity from an outlet.

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Inmate dies while undergoing treatment

Mohamed Badeeu, from the Henveiru Landhooge in the capital, was taken to IGMH on Monday afternoon and passed away around 3:30am, according to the Maldives Correctional Service.

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Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list

The Maldives was on the tier two watch list for the past two years due to the low rate of prosecution and inadequate and inconsistent protection for victims. A downgrade to tier three could have entailed non-humanitarian and non-trade sanctions.

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Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers

The council ordered all foreign workers to register within five days, imposed a curfew of 10 pm, and prohibited public gatherings with the exception of Friday afternoons. Foreign workers were also banned from fishing, collecting wood, fronds or coconuts, and participating in events without invitation.

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Police introduce rules for issuing summons via social media

An automatic ‘seen’ message or delivery report can be taken as confirmation that the summons has been delivered. The summons can also be issued via a public announcement if the suspect or person of interest is out of the country.

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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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Detained US citizen deported for 10 years

The immigration department was planning to deport the 76-year-old on February 10 over the lack of a passport or valid work visa when a court order was issued to halt the deportation until the cases are concluded.

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RSF backs crowdfunding by family of murdered blogger

Yameen Rasheed’s family launched the fundraising drive last month with the goal of raising £40,000 to help finance advocacy efforts.

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