Swimming lessons could mean life or death in Maldives

Daniela Wiegmann

Most tourists in the Maldives are still sleeping when swimming lessons begin at 6.30am. Christof Langer is one of the lifeguards from Germany who have been teaching their skills to a group of people from the Maldives. Lessons begin early because weather conditions and the sea currents are usually at their best then for swimming.

Video raises fears of al-Qaeda expansion to Maldives

Ajay Makan

A propaganda video shot inside a radical Maldives mosque and posted on the Internet has raised fears that al-Qaeda is gaining a foothold in the Indian Ocean tourist paradise. The video was recorded at the Dhar-al-Khuir mosque on the remote Himandhoo island in the hours before it was raided on October 6.

Bomb blast wounds 12 tourists in Maldives capital

Ajay Makan

A homemade bomb exploded near a mosque in the Maldives' capital, Male, on Saturday, wounding 12 foreign tourists, the islands' government said. The blast occurred at the entrance to the capital's Sultan Park, a popular stop-off for tour groups.

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