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Irish tourist drowns in Maldives

Maldives police said the Irishman was 30-years-old, but refused to reveal further details. Irish media named him as Andrew Roddy and said that he was on honeymoon.

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Pork and booze pile destroyed

The sale of alcohol and pork is prohibited by law in inhabited islands as the consumption of alcohol and pork is forbidden in Islam. However, both liquor and pork are imported to the Maldives for tourist resorts.

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Maldivian model committed suicide, conclude Bangladesh police

In a report submitted Tuesday to the Rajshahi metropolitan court, the criminal investigation department dismissed allegations of murder from Raudha Athif’s father as based on “factual errors.”

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Government creating ‘youth slums’ in Maldives, says ex-minister

The government is “creating youth slums” with new flats in Hulhumalé aimed at married couples, a former housing minister tells the Maldives Independent.

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RaajjeGate: Fines, fundraising and lawsuits

The fines, and efforts to pay them off, have had a visible impact on Raajje TV’s ability to continue with its news reporting.

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RaajjeGate: A Timeline

The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has punished opposition-aligned RaajjeTV several times under the defamation law, increasing tensions between journalists and the government-backed regulator.

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78-year-old in government care after viral Facebook post

A 78-year-old with special needs is under government care after a Facebook post seeking a guardian for him goes viral.

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Islamic ministry distributes zakat as registered number of poor rises

There has been an increase in the registered number of poor people in the Maldives, as the Islamic Ministry Sunday begins distributing zakat at a rate of 900 MVR (US$59) per person.

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Maldives offers first medical degree in 2018

The Maldives National University will offer medical degree courses for the first time in 2018 with assistance from the Pakistani government, Health Minister Abdulla Nazim has pledged.

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Thousand flats pledged for civil servants

Housing ministry spokesman Ahmed Fazal said the flats would be reserved for those working in the greater Malé region. There are around 24,000 civil servants in the Maldives with the majority working in the capital.

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Hundreds of non-Maldivian fishing vessels operating illegally

Hundreds of non-Maldivian fishing vessels have been operating illegally in the nation’s waters, according to an assessment from the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. The assessment was conducted with help

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MBC member under fire after Yameen event snaps emerge

Fathimath Zaina, who worked as an aide to First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim before joining the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, was photographed handing out seating arrangements to people at a rally Monday night.

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May Day protest detainee dies in custody

Sources told the Maldives Independent that Abdulla Rasheed, who was serving a five-year sentence on assault charges, had been ill with severe diarrhoea and vomiting for the past three days.

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Raajje TV to appeal MBC fine, sue police

Raajje TV has plans to appeal the Maldives Broadcasting Commission decision to fine the station, also saying Monday it is suing the police for negligence over a 2013 arson attack that destroyed its studio.

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Slapped with third fine, Raajje TV accuses regulator

Raajje TV was Sunday slapped with an MVR500,000 ($32,467) fine for airing comments the broadcasting regulator claimed posed a threat to national security. The seven-member Maldives Broadcasting Commission has previously

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Probe into seaplane crash

A Maldivian Seaplane aircraft, operated by state-owned Island Aviation Services, crashed while attempting to land at the airport lagoon on Thursday afternoon due to a sudden gust of wind.

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Maldives death penalty delays will be resolved by October 8

Delays in carrying out the death penalty due will be resolved by October 8, the home minister has said, despite international condemnation about the country resuming executions. The Maldives in

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