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Online protest over Maldives' rape sentence

Campaigners target islands' tourist economy after teenage victim is ordered to be flogged

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Maldives government moves to halt public flogging of 15-year-old girl raped by stepfather

Amid widespread outrage, the government of the Maldives has said it is seeking to halt the public flogging of a 15-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her step-father.

The Water Discus Hotel

Is Dubai's underwater hotel the wackiest of its kind?

Boosting its reputation as Disneyland for grown-ups, Dubai may soon host the largest underwater hotel in the world, after a Polish firm unveiled plans to construct a massive disc-shaped floor 10m below the sea surface.

The Water Discus Hotel

Plans afoot for Dubai's first underwater hotel

Dubai is no stranger to breaking records. First, they built the world's largest mall, then they built the world's tallest building...  And now, if plans come to fruition, the emirate could become home to the world's largest underwater hotel.

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'My favourite Olympics was Barcelona – but London 2012 has overtaken it'

Benefit scammer Rose Jones jailed after pictured scuba diving

A woman who claimed she was so disabled that she could not open a bottle of wine has been jailed for benefit fraud after she was pictured scuba-diving during exotic holidays.

Woman convicted of benefit fraud after being pictured scuba diving

A woman who claimed she was so disabled that she could not open a bottle wine has been convicted of benefit fraud after she was pictured scuba-diving during exotic holidays, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Maldives government 'looking for private funding for advertising campaign to boost tourism industry'

The government of the Maldives is said to be looking for funding from the private sector for an advertising campaign to boost its tourism industry following turmoil earlier this year when its elected president was forced from office in what he later claimed was a coup.

The Balgger's Guide To: The Hay Festival

Talking, listening, laughing, heckling, dancing, drinking
A soldier and policeman take evasive action as a supporter of ex-president Nasheed hurls back a tear-gas canister

Fury at lobbyists over lucrative work for brutal Maldives regime

Islands' government wants to 'renew' its image in UK and US after months of conflict

The Blue Mountains near Sydney - Austravel has a twincentre trip to New South Wales in the southern spring for £1,295 per person

The Island President (PG)

A documentary study in integrity and its dangers.

Travel Agenda: Harry Potter; Viceroy resort in the Maldives; Italy's 'culture week'; Heineken Open'er Festival

Tomorrow: Harry Potter's back – but this time it's the studio wizardry of the films that takes centre stage. The Warner Studio Tour opens today in Leavesden Studios, Hertfordshire, where the movies were shot. Visitors have the chance to walk through the Great Hall at Hogwarts School, peer into the Ministry of Magic, and ... potter along Diagon Alley. Props, gowns, models, monsters and green-screen gimmickry: it's all on dazzling display. Asked at the preview day what goes into butter beer (on sale at £2.95 a glass), the tour guide said, simply: "Magic." Tickets (£28) must be bought in advance (wbstudiotour.co.uk).

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