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Maldives quits Commonwealth over rights row

The Maldives said Thursday it is quitting the Commonwealth after years of wrangling over its human rights record since the toppling of its first democratically-elected leader four years ago. "The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable," the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that the country of 340,000 Sunni Muslims had been treated "unjustly and unfairly".
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