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Victim of Addu City link road accident passes away

A 61-year-old man died of injuries sustained in an accident on Addu City’s link road last night – the third fatality in a motorcycle accident in the southernmost atoll this year.

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Maldivian pilgrims ‘safe and accounted for’ after crane crash at Grand Mosque

All 2,000 Maldivian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia are safe and accounted for after a crane collapse at the Grand Mosque in Mecca last night left at least 107 people dead and 238 injured.

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Family of four returns after abandoning plans to travel for ‘jihad’

A family of four who reportedly left the Maldives last week to join the civil war in Syria has returned after their intentions were discovered.

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Government widens age range for foreign domestic servants

The immigration department has widened the age range for foreign domestic servants, drivers and attendants to between 23 and 58 years of age.

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Amin Construction to build 90 luxury flats in Malé

Real Estate Company Amin Construction has been awarded today a plot in Malé for the construction of 90 luxury flats. Of these, 18 flats will belong to the government.

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Family of victim fatally injured by metal post calls for investigation

The family of a young woman who was fatally injured by a falling metal post have asked President Abdulla Yameen to ensure that action is taken against government officials found to have been responsible for the accident.

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Supreme Court to set up ‘judicial academy’

A circular issued by the apex court and signed by Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed yesterday stated that a mechanism for “continuous judicial education” is needed to ensure the right to a fair, impartial, and expeditious trial.

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Gun-wielding men threaten to kill president in YouTube video

The three men with their faces covered with balaclavas warned of “life-threatening” attacks against the president and vice president as well as terrorist attacks against resorts if the government does not cease “harassing” Ibrahim ‘Sandhaanu’ Moosa Luthfee in Switzerland, release Adhaalath Party president Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and withdraw new anti-terrorism legislation.

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Funds allocated for new court complex, says department of judicial administration

The government has allocated funds and a 12,000 square feet plot of land in Malé for the construction of a new “court complex,” the department of judicial administration (DJA) has said.

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Ministry blames speeding truck for fatal accident

The housing ministry said that a speeding truck was to blame for the death of a young woman who was fatally injured by a falling metal post on Saturday night, but a government source alleged that the ministry is “doing its best to portray this as an accident when it is the result of clear disregard for public safety.”

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Young woman, hit by falling metal post, dies of injuries

A young woman who was hit by a falling metal post in Malé last night died of injuries today. Azfa Zuhair, 24 years, had suffered injuries to her head and spine, and was on life support when she passed away.

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Family of four leaves Maldives ‘on Jihad’

A family of four has reportedly left the Maldives to Syria last week. The husband and wife, both 28 years old, took their children, a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old, with them.

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Supreme Court to decide on meting out Sharia punishments

Amendments brought to the new penal code today state that the Supreme Court must pass a final sentence before convicts found guilty of offences for which penalties are prescribed in Islamic Sharia are punished.

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Civil servants unlikely to report corruption over lack of justice, finds survey

Maldivian civil servants are unlikely to report government corruption due to delays in or lack of justice and lack of action by relevant authorities, a corruption perception survey has found.

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Court splits Haveeru ownership

The High Court ruling clears the way for three founding members of Haveeru News Agency to sue its current owner, Dr Zahir Hussain, for a share of the newspaper’s profits for the past 35 years.

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UN unveils development agenda for Maldives

The government and the United Nations signed the UN Development Assistance Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) yesterday, a four-year strategic programme framework to deliver results in the areas of youth and children, gender, governance, environment and climate change.

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Fiqh Academy issues fatwa on Jihad

“Travelling to Islamic countries where groups belonging to Islamic countries create havoc and instability in the name of jihad will open avenues for enemies of Muslims to interfere in the affairs of Muslim countries,” reads a fatwa (legal opinion) issued by the academy of religious scholars today.

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