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Killed, exiled or deposed

There were only two ways to dethrone a Maldivian ruler, according to historian and linguist Naseema Mohamed. “One is death, natural or assassination, and the other by a coup d’état.”

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Government hospital introduces MRI scanning

MRI scans were previously only available at the privately-owned ADK hospital in Malé. Customers often had to wait weeks for appointments.

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Chinese company to construct 1,500 flats in Hulhumalé

The ministry of housing and infrastructure signed a contract with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) today for the construction of 1,500 medium-end housing units in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.

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World Cup qualifier to take place in Maldives despite state of emergency

The Hong Kong Football Association’s chairman said the Maldivian defence ministry has assured the Hong Kong team’s safety to FIFA “as the state of emergency is declared only to cope with the demonstration in their country this weekend.” The constitutional right to freedom of assembly was suspended two days ahead of a mass protest planned by the main opposition party.

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Maldives introduces new banknotes

The new Maldivian rufiyaa note series unveiled last night “represents the Maldives, and the identity of Maldivians” and “attempts to encapsulate all the innate factors that define our country, and our ancestral identity,” the central bank said.

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Home minister vows to ‘find the truth’ behind Rilwan’s disappearance

Home Minister Umar Naseer met with the family of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan today and assured them of the government’s commitment to “find the truth” behind the unexplained disappearance.

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Captain remains lost at sea, two crew members rescued

A boat traveling to Alif Alif Atoll sank yesterday, stranding three crewmembers at sea. Two have been rescued today, but there has been no sign of the boat’s captain yet.

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Fire breaks out at house in Malé

“The fire was put out within minutes. No one was seriously injured but one person who suffered suffocation from smoke was taken to the hospital,” a police spokesperson said.

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Sudden power outage at Maldives international airport

A sudden power outage at the Malé international airport tonight disrupted passenger services, but caused no major delays in flight arrivals or departures.

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Maldives risks suspension from FIFA with cancellation of polls

The Football Association of Maldives (FAM) said in a statement that the poll was called off “because the relevant governmental authorities failed to provide the necessary approvals” to hold an extraordinary congress to elect its executive committee. The Maldives faces suspension from FIFA over the long-delayed election.

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News website hacked after repeated threats to journalists

Hassan Zaheen, senior journalist at Addu Live, told The Maldives Independent that suspects acquitted by the criminal court had often called reporters and demanded the removal of articles on corruption of judges and news items critical of the government.

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Maldives moves to halt polls for national football body again

Despite the threat of suspension from international football, the home ministry has requested the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) to call off long-awaited elections scheduled for Thursday.

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Survey reveals barriers for women’s political participation

A majority of Maldivians believe that men make better leaders than women and only 39 percent agree that a woman could serve as president, a nationwide survey conducted by Transparency Maldives has revealed. Nine out of ten Maldivians also believe that “a good wife will always obey her husband, even if she disagrees with him.”

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Five-year-old’s death revives concern over dengue

A five-year-old boy died from dengue fever on Sunday in a southern atoll as the spread of the mosquito-borne disease continues unabated with unusual rainfall caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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Maldives faces suspension from international football over delayed elections

The governing body of Asian football has warned that the Maldives could face suspension “from all football activities” over government interference in the long-delayed elections of the Football Association of Maldives.

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Foreigners banned from mobile phone business

“The ministry believes that the mobile phone business has much potential. We would like to encourage and pave way for locals to invest in the trade,” Ali Abdulla, economic development ministry spokesperson, told The Maldives Independent.

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Supreme Court strikes down sentence of death by stoning

The magistrate court verdict marked the first time a person was sentenced to death by stoning in the Maldives and sparked heated debate and outrage on social media. Invoking powers under “supervisory jurisdiction,” the Supreme Court said the magistrate court decided the case “in violation of judicial and legal procedures”.

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