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Body washes up on Beckham holiday island

David Beckham is staying on the island in the Maldives Credit: PA

A dead body has washed up at an exclusive resort in the Maldives where David Beckham is taking a Christmas holiday with his family, police said.

Police said the man, a Sri Lankan national, was not a guest or employee of the resort where Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was also reportedly staying.

"The body was removed to a morgue and investigations are underway," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told the AFP news agency.

Beckham, his wife Victoria and their four children remained at the de luxe resort despite the problems on Sunday, tourism sources said.

Ex-leader faces Maldives run-off after split poll results

Mohamed Nasheed, seen casting his vote, was forced to resign in 2012 following a mutiny by police and military forces. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Former Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed will face a run-off election later this month after failing to land a majority in the presidential poll.

According to the election commission, Mr Nasheed secured 45.45% of the total votes polled, compared to his main rival Abdulla Yameen's 25.35%.

The run-off between the two will take place on September 28.

Gasim Ibrahim, a resort tycoon, narrowly missed out after securing 24.07%, while incumbent president Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik languished last with only 5.13% votes.

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Maldives police detain young coconut after spells claim

A coconut was thought to have been cursed and dangerous to locals. Credit: Flickr/Sudhamshu Hebbar under Creative Commons

Police in the Maldives have detained a coconut suspected of being cursed in case it discouraged residents from voting at a polling booth at a nearby school.

"They want us to take responsibility if anyone is struck by a spell or falls ill," police on the Guraidhoo island told the local CNM news site.

The suspicious coconut, described as "young", was taken into police care on Tuesday morning but no arrests have yet been made, the site reported.

“Now the police and school officials are more aware and police are patrolling the school at night, so magicians can’t practice real black magic,” a source told the Maldives news outlet Minivian.