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Maldives closes hundreds of luxury resort spas

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Maldives has ordered hundreds of luxury resorts to close their spas after protesters demanded a halt to "anti-Islamic" activities.

The Indian Ocean archipelago with 1,192 tiny coral islands is known for its exquisite resorts.

A statement from the president's office said the government decided to close massage parlors and spas in the Maldives after an opposition-led religious protest last week called for their closure.

Thousands at the protest called on the government to halt what they called "anti-Islamic" activities. Sunni Islam is the official religion in the Maldives and practicing any other faith is forbidden.

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