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Maldives army occupies Parliament; Opposition lawmakers roughed up

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Maldives troops blockade parliament as crisis worsens

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Maldives opposition says blocked from entering parliament for impeachment vote

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Hurawalhi, Maldives: Dining in the world's first, Kiwi-made underwater restaurant

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Maldives hit by ISIS fears as blogger who slammed extremists is hacked to death on the Brit honeymoon hotspot

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Tragedy as young groom drowns while snorkelling on honeymoon in the Maldives
ANDREW Roddy married the love of his life just two weeks ago. They were celebrating their vows in the Maldives when tragedy struck. Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkey and Libya. Thought you knew what these countries had in common? Think again. You might be surprised which tourist destination has an even higher murder rate than this list. HEARTBROKEN friends gathered yesterday to remember newlywed Andrew Roddy who passed away on his honeymoon   Read More ...
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Thirty-Year-Old Newlywed Tragically Dies After Snorkeling On Honeymoon In The Maldives
What was supposed to be the best time of 30-year-old Andrew Roddy’s life ended up in his tragic and untimely death. According to People, Andrew and his new wife, Jill Campion, were honeymooning in the Maldives just two weeks after their wedding when Andrew encountered trouble and drowned. To make things even more tragic, Andrew had just celebrated his 30th birthday the week prior   Read More ...
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Newlywed, 30, Dies While Snorkeling with His Wife During Honeymoon in the Maldives
A 30-year-old newlywed from Dublin, Ireland, died while snorkeling on his honeymoon in the Maldives — just two weeks after getting married. Andrew Roddy, who celebrated his birthday last week, was with his bride, Gill Campion, when the tragedy occurred on Tuesday, . The couple was swimming when Roddy got into difficulty and drowned, the outlet reports. Their families have since flown to the Maldives to be with Campion while they wait for permission to bring Roddy’s body back to Ireland   Read More ...
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Heartbreak as newlywed drowns while 'snorkeling in the sea with wife' during honeymoon in the Maldives
A newlywed has tragically died while on honeymoon in the Maldives. Irishman Andrew Roddy reportedly got into difficulty while snorkeling in the Indian Ocean and drowned. The 30-year-old Dubliner was on honeymoon with his bride , Gill Campion, when he died. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to Mr Roddy's family in Ireland. There is no Irish embassy in the Maldives   Read More ...
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Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid receives President of Maldives
Dubai His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday received Abdullah Yameen, President of Maldives. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were present. During the meeting held at Zabeel Palace, Shaikh Mohammad and Yameen discussed cooperation between the UAE and Maldives, particularly in the sectors of tourism, economic and infrastructure development   Read More ...
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LOOK: Denise Laurel flaunts bikini body in Maldives
Denise Laurel proves to be a hot momma as she bared her beach-ready bod in the pristine beaches of Maldives. She has one son, Alejandro, born in 2011. The actress took a well-deserved break with friend Cesca Litton, and fulfilled a long-time dream to visit the country. “I’m a mom; I got folds and stretch marks; it’s ME,” she wrote in a post where she lies on a hammock   Read More ...
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UN Urges Maldives Reforms after Mass Suspension of Lawyers
UN rights expert urges Maldives reforms after mass suspension of lawyers. GENEVA (9 October 2017) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, has urged the Maldives to introduce urgent reforms and rectifications after the indefinite suspension of 54 lawyers. “I call on the authorities to create an independent bar association to oversee lawyers’ affairs,” said the Special Rapporteur   Read More ...
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SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: India 2-1 Maldives: Abhishek Halder stunner seals comeback win for Blues
India U18s registered a 2-1 win over Maldives in their third match in the 2017 SAFF Championships at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Monday. India went into the game with an unchanged lineup from their comprehensive 3-0 win against Bhutan on September 22. Related The young Blues started brightly, testing the opposition keeper multiple times in the opening few minutes   Read More ...
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Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius to take part in island meet in China
Oceanic administrators from 13 island countries, including Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius, will gather in southeast China’s Fujian Province on September 21 to discuss cooperation in sustainable development. Participants will discuss sustainable economic development, environmental protection, climate change and disaster prevention and reduction, and sea water desalination at the round-table conference in Pingtan, an island in Fujian, state-run Xinhua news agency reported   Read More ...
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Maldives suspends 56 lawyers who cited violations by courts
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The head of the Maldives' private bar association says the country's legal supervisory board has suspended 56 lawyers after they accused the country's courts and other institutions of not upholding the rule of law. Lawyer Husnu Suood said Monday that the Department of Judicial Administration announced the indefinite suspensions Sunday night, hours after the lawyers submitted a petition to the attorney general that complained about how courts were hearing cases, especially those against opposition politicians   Read More ...
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Maldives suspends 56 lawyers who cited violations by courts
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The head of the Maldives' private bar association says the country's legal supervisory board has suspended 56 lawyers after they accused the country's courts and other institutions of not upholding the rule of law. Lawyer Husnu Suood said Monday that the Department of Judicial Administration announced the indefinite suspensions Sunday night, hours after the lawyers submitted a petition to the attorney general that complained about how courts were hearing cases, especially those against opposition politicians   Read More ...
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US concerned over rising Islamist extremism in Maldives
The US is concerned over the status of rule of law and democracy in Maldives, saying lack of higher educational opportunities and weak institutions contribute to the growth of Islamist extremism in the strategically situated country in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives has been hit by political unrest since Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader, was ousted in 2012   Read More ...
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N. Korean delegation heads to Maldives for regional meeting of WHO
SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean delegation left for Male, the Maldives, on Saturday to attend a regional meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), the North's state media reported. The delegation, led by the communist state's Public Health Minister Jang Jun-sang, traveled to the capital of the Maldives to attend the 70th meeting of the WHO regional committee for Southeast Asia, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a short dispatch from Pyongyang   Read More ...
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Nasheed snubs China: ‘India, Maldives ties over 2,000 years’
Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2017 2:45 am Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Friday said it was wrong for China to expect that the Maldives would take its side and said India’s relations with the island nation is 2,000-3,000 years old. Nasheed, who is in Delhi for an international conference, said India does not conduct diplomacy like western countries and is “very sophisticated”   Read More ...
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Maldives jails last remaining opposition leader
The Maldives’ last remaining opposition leader in the country was handed a prison sentence today as President Abdulla Yameen stepped up a crackdown on political dissent in South Asia’s troubled tropical paradise. Qasim Ibrahim, who heads the Jumhooree Party (JP) and lost his bid for president in 2013, was accused of leading a failed bid in March to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, a close ally of Yameen   Read More ...
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Maldives jails its last remaining Oppn. leader
The Maldives’ last remaining Opposition leader in the country was handed a prison sentence on Friday as President Abdulla Yameen stepped up a crackdown on political dissent in South Asia’s troubled tropical paradise. Qasim Ibrahim, who heads the Jumhooree Party (JP) and lost his bid for the presidency in 2013, was accused of leading a failed bid in March to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, a close ally of Mr   Read More ...
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Maldives opposition leader jailed over bribery accusation
REUTERS: A court in the Maldives jailed an opposition politician for just over 38 months on Friday on a charge of bribery in connection with a bid to undermine the government, his lawyer said. Opposition colleagues in the Indian Ocean archipelago, famous for its beaches, said the conviction of Qasim Ibrahim was a politically motivated bid to strip him of his parliamentary seat   Read More ...
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Maldives opposition leader jailed over bribery accusation
(Reuters) - A court in the Maldives jailed an opposition politician for just over 38 months on Friday on a charge of bribery in connection with a bid to undermine the government, his lawyer said. Opposition colleagues in the Indian Ocean archipelago, famous for its beaches, said the conviction of Qasim Ibrahim was a politically motivated bid to strip him of his parliamentary seat   Read More ...
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Eggs hurled in parliament as Maldives crisis drags on
Lawmakers belonging to rival parties hurled eggs across the Maldives parliament Thursday in chaotic scenes described by a top US envoy as "disturbing" as a protracted political crisis in the honeymoon islands worsened. The disturbance came as the speaker -- a close ally of President Abdulla Yameen -- who is fighting impeachment issued directives from behind a ring of plain-clothes troops inside the chamber   Read More ...
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MPs throw eggs in Parliament as Maldives crisis drags on
Mal - Lawmakers belonging to rival parties hurled eggs across the Maldives Parliament on Thursday in chaotic scenes described by a top US envoy as "disturbing" as a protracted political crisis in the honeymoon islands worsened. The disturbance came as the speaker - a close ally of President Abdulla Yameen - who is fighting impeachment issued directives from behind a ring of plain-clothes troops inside the chamber   Read More ...
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Opposition lawmakers protest as Maldivian Parliament resumes functioning under tight security
The Maldivian Parliament resumed functioning under tight security on Tuesday, hours after proceedings were halted because the army had occupied the premises to prevent the opposition from bringing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker Abdullah Maseeh. ?The parliament sitting scheduled for early Tuesday commenced under high security inside the chambers amidst protests of opposition lawmakers,? the Maldives Times reported. Since the parliament administration had recently quashed the opposition?s motion of no confidence against Speaker Maseeh, the opposition members had declared that they would not allow any sittings to take place under the chairmanship of Maseeh   Read More ...
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Maldives: Army occupies parliament to block no-confidence vote, opposition MPs roughed up
Maldives’ opposition lawmakers said on Tuesday that the military locked down the nation’s Parliament in an attempt to block a no-confidence motion to impeach the speaker of the house. They were also allegedly roughed up by military personnel. Lawmaker Imithiyaz Fahmy from opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) tweeted saying military in plainclothes blocked MPs entering chamber. “Said MPs cannot enter before 8:55 am   Read More ...
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Maldives army occupies Parliament; Opposition lawmakers roughed up
The Maldives military on Tuesday locked down the nation’s Parliament and Opposition lawmakers were roughed up by military personnel. Opposition lawmakers said the military siege was an attempt to block a motion to impeach the Speaker of the House. "Military in plainclothes blocking MPs entering chamber," said opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Imthiyaz Fahmy in a. Military in plainclothes blocking MPs entering chamber   Read More ...
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Maldives to restore death penalty after 60 years-official
Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday. The United Nations and Amnesty International have urged the government not to reintroduce the death penalty by hanging, citing concerns whether some inmates facing the death penalty had had fair trials   Read More ...
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Maldives to restore death penalty after 60 years - official
Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday. The United Nations and Amnesty International have urged the government not to reintroduce the death penalty by hanging, citing concerns whether some inmates facing the death penalty had had fair trials   Read More ...
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Prosecution of lawmakers for entering Majlis: End of democracy in the Maldives?
The democracy in the Maldives has been transformed into sheer autocracy ever since the Members of Parliament of United Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on July 3. Even after one-and-a-half months, President Abdulla Yameen's government is not allowing the session of people?s Majlis to take place. To begin with, he manipulated the judiciary to subvert the July 24 session, scheduled for taking up the no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdullah Maseeh   Read More ...
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Rights groups alarmed over planned executions in Maldives
Human rights groups have expressed concern over the Maldives government's purported plan to carry out its first execution in 60 years. Seven groups, including Amnesty International, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development said in a statement today that they have seen credible reports that the convictions have been secured through forced confessions and other due process violations   Read More ...
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Rights groups alarmed over planned executions in Maldives
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Human rights groups have expressed concern over the Maldives government's purported plan to carry out its first execution in 60 years. Seven groups, including Amnesty International, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development said in a statement Thursday that they have seen credible reports that the convictions have been secured through forced confessions and other due process violations   Read More ...
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Rights groups alarmed over planned executions in Maldives
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Human rights groups have expressed concern over the Maldives government's purported plan to carry out its first execution in 60 years. Seven groups, including Amnesty International, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development said in a statement Thursday that they have seen credible reports that the convictions have been secured through forced confessions and other due process violations   Read More ...
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UN expert warns Maldives executions would be 'great setback'
GENEVA: The Maldives will make a big mistake if it ends a six-decade moratorium on the death penalty, an independent U.N. human rights expert said on Thursday, after a senior government minister said executions might take place within days. "The resumption of executions in the Maldives after more than 60 years would be a great setback for the country and entire region, and would run counter to international trends towards abolition," Agnes Callamard, U   Read More ...
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U.N. expert warns Maldives executions would be 'great setback'
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Maldives will make a big mistake if it ends a six-decade moratorium on the death penalty, an independent U.N. human rights expert said on Thursday, after a senior government minister said executions might take place within days. "The resumption of executions in the Maldives after more than 60 years would be a great setback for the country and entire region, and would run counter to international trends towards abolition," Agnes Callamard, U   Read More ...
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Maldives' dark side: Death penalty threatens trouble in paradise
Holiday firms offering trips to the Maldives have been urged by human rights activists to condemn the expected execution of three men that will bring a brutal end to the country's 60-year moratorium on the death penalty. Sir Richard Branson last week described the reported decision by Abdulla Yameen, the Maldivian president, to revive executions as "an awful political move that will send the country back to the Dark Ages of human rights"   Read More ...
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UN urges Maldives to lift parliament blockade
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the government in the Maldives to lift a blockade of parliament and refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of lawmakers, civil society and the media. The UN chief’s remarks came amid the ongoing political turmoil in the Maldives where soldiers have barred the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) from entering the parliament complex   Read More ...
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UN urges Maldives to end parliament blockade
United Nations - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged the government in the Maldives to lift a blockade of parliament where troops have barred the opposition from taking their seats. Guterres called on the government to uphold free speech, the right of assembly and "refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of members of parliament, political parties, civil society and the media   Read More ...
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India wishes to see a stable and peaceful Maldives: MEA
India today reacted cautiously to the ongoing political turmoil in Maldives and said it wishes to see a stable and peaceful Maldives in which aspirations of the people there are fulfilled. External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay also said India remained committed to provide unstinted support for stability, development and democracy in Maldives. “Maldives is very important neighbour of ours. It is part of SAARC… We attach the highest importance to our relations with Maldives… India wishes to see a stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives in which aspirations of people of Maldives are fulfilled,” Baglay said   Read More ...
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Malaysia, Maldives sign MoU to strengthen bilateral ties
KUALA LUMPUR: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Malaysia and Maldives to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries in the field of culture, arts and heritage. The MoU was signed, here, today by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture secretary-general, Datuk Ab Ghaffar A. Tambi and Maldives ambassador to Malaysia, Mohamed Fahmy Hassan at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)   Read More ...
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Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence
Outside governments today asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker. Sri Lanka-based embassies from the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the EU delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said in a statement that they were "alarmed by the recent incidents in Maldives," which "seriously damage and undermine democracy   Read More ...
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Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Outside governments on Wednesday asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker. Sri Lanka-based embassies from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the EU delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said in a statement that they were "alarmed by the recent incidents in Maldives," which "seriously damage and undermine democracy   Read More ...
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Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Outside governments are asking the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker. Sri Lanka-based embassies from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the EU delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, say they're "alarmed by the recent incidents in Maldives," which "seriously damage and undermine democracy   Read More ...
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Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Outside governments are asking the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker. Sri Lanka-based embassies from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the EU delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, say they're "alarmed by the recent incidents in Maldives," which "seriously damage and undermine democracy   Read More ...
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