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  • Maldivian jailed in Thailand for 14 months
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Police investigating death of baby in Vilimale’

Police have started investigating the death of a one month baby on Villimale’, the mother and father of the baby was arrested yesterday afternoon, though police have denied that they are investigating a murder.


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Busting black magic on Guraidhoo

A wide-spread deep belief in the supernatural combined with a tense presidential poll has increased paranoia, and has spurred a group of men to actively patrol the two schools where polling booths will be placed, and to conduct a drive to undo the effects of fanditha on Guraidhoo Island.


Q&A: Elections Commission Chairperson Fuwad Thowfeek thumbnail

Q&A: Elections Commission Chairperson Fuwad Thowfeek

Maldives’ Elections Commission Chairperson Fuwad Thowfeek discusses the Jumhooree coalition’s refusal to accept their first-round defeat and the subsequent vote rigging allegations which have triggered a barrage of judicial, political and media actions against the commission.


AG’s election intervention constitutional, yet morally questionable: senior legal source thumbnail

AG’s election intervention constitutional, yet morally questionable: senior legal source

Attorney General (AG) Azima Shukoor’s intervention in a Supreme Court case against the Elections Commission (EC) is constitutional, despite questions over the “moral grounds” for her involvement, a senior legal expert has said.


Economic diversification vital for food and energy security, says government report thumbnail

Economic diversification vital for food and energy security, says government report

The Maldives continues to face huge issues of food security, last year importing 90 percent of all goods consumed, while also being one of the most “oil vulnerable” countries in the world, according to a government report calling for significant economic diversification.


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Bodu Beru – the beat of a nation

Internationally recognised bodu beru group Harubee have revamped the musical style and made “bodu beru cool again”, explains group member Ahmed Athif. “Everyone, young to old knows our songs and sings them. It brings the nation together.”


Translation: Jamiyyathu Salaf’s ‘Al-Andhalus’ sermon thumbnail

Translation: Jamiyyathu Salaf’s ‘Al-Andhalus’ sermon

A translation of the Jamiyathuh Salaf sermon from Tuesday (September 17). The sermon was broadcast live on radio and on four television channels, including state broadcaster, TVM. The TVM broadcast was interrupted for violating broadcasting guidelines.


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Parents protest as disabled childrens’ school faces closure

“When we started we had to beg the parents to send their children to school, now the parents are coming and begging us to take their children to school. We have come a long way and the Care Society deserves more respect and support from everyone, especially the government,” says Aishath Looba of the Care Society.


Elections Commission grants JP access to voter list, JP seeks additional High Court order for unrestricted access thumbnail

Elections Commission grants JP access to voter list, JP seeks additional High Court order for unrestricted access

“They would not allow us to take notes or touch the list. We will find a solution through the legal process and seek an order through High Court again,” JP’s Legal Advisor Mohamed Haleem told Minivan News today.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories