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  • Thief offers to return stolen phone in exchange for sex
Military deploys soldiers to protect Maldives media after arson attack thumbnail

Military deploys soldiers to protect Maldives media after arson attack

The MNDF said that rather than being a reaction to a specific threat, the military had decided to assign officers to guard a number of media stations immediately following the arson attack that destroyed Raajje’s offices in Male’ this morning.


Raajje TV returns to air with donated equipment, after station’s firebombing thumbnail

Raajje TV returns to air with donated equipment, after station’s firebombing

“We have to start from zero. But Raajje TV will never die,” said station’s News Head Ibrahim ‘Asward’ Waheed, who was himself hospitalised with near-fatal head injuries in February after being attacked by assailants with an iron bar.


Supreme Court further delays election decision thumbnail

Supreme Court further delays election decision

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the annulment of the presidential election first round has been delayed for the second time today, now being scheduled for 8:00pm this evening.


Raajje TV destroyed in arson attack thumbnail

Raajje TV destroyed in arson attack

Six masked men forcefully entered the seven story building after stabbing the security guard with a machete, before breaking through a reinforced steel door, dousing the station and its equipment in petrol, and setting it alight.


Government finances “further deteriorated in first six months of 2013″: MMA Quarterly Economic Bulletin thumbnail

Government finances “further deteriorated in first six months of 2013″: MMA Quarterly Economic Bulletin

“The difficulties in accessing long-term foreign funds to finance the budget deficit resulted in the government resorting to the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) and other domestic sources to finance its growing deficit,” the central bank revealed in its mid-year economic bulletin.


Police arrest 12 during large MDP protest on charges of police assault, obstruction thumbnail

Police arrest 12 during large MDP protest on charges of police assault, obstruction

Saturday night’s rally – which started from the party’s rally grounds near the Tsunami monument – split up into three different groups while walking down the main road of Majeedhee Magu.


Translation: MNDF officers’ ‘letter of concern’ thumbnail

Translation: MNDF officers’ ‘letter of concern’

The Supreme Court order to delay the election “is one that creates dangers for the nation and its citizens and creates challenges from a national security point of view”, according to a leaked ‘letter of concern’ from senior Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) officers to their superiors. The letter has led to dismissals, suspensions, resignations, and amended regulations to prevent “upheaval and chaos”.


Defence Minister Nazim and lawyer Shaaheen Hameed dismiss speculations of impending military takeover thumbnail

Defence Minister Nazim and lawyer Shaaheen Hameed dismiss speculations of impending military takeover

“I have never spoken about [about a military takeover]. I believe governments should be changed through a vote of the people. I would never do such a thing. It is against all democratic principles,” Defence Minister retired Colonel Mohamed Nazim told Minivan News.


Government targets public share sale in airport operator MACL over next seven days thumbnail

Government targets public share sale in airport operator MACL over next seven days

Although the Finance Ministry today said that no timeline had been finalised for the sale owing to “legal process”, the President’s Office confirmed the state had planned to begin offering shares in MACL to the public over the next seven days.


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