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  • Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military...

  • The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    On December 10, 1799, the first 700 Irish soldiers ever to set foot on Malta, disembarked on the island. They tip-toed into the island incognito and without any fuss. These men and other Irish brethren who were to follow them throughout the 1800s...

  • The dog with no name

    The dog with no name

    This week is one of those weeks where the story ends unhappily. But it has to be told. It was late one evening, just before clinic closing time, when I received a distress phone call from a man who asked whether I could wait for him to get there...

  • MSPCA pushes for animal welfare law enforcement

    The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA) has many a time applauded the improvement of laws that protect the welfare of animals. The Animal Welfare Act of 2002 with its numerous additions and amendments over the years, the...

  • Tinker, Maker: Create a Mentos-fuelled geyser

    Any self-respecting teenage student will have got into trouble for dropping Mentos into a soda drink (and presumably the student will have had to clean up the resulting sticky mess of foamy liquid in the classroom). We will reproduce this timeless...

  • Second digital revolution

    Second digital revolution

    If you were born in the 1970s or 1980s, you probably remember the Jetsons family. The Jetsons are to the future what the Flintstones are to the past. That futuristic lifestyle vision goes back several decades; self-driving vehicles, robotic home...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu are the winners of the 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The innovative design implies that the future of skyscrapers could lie underground, not in the clouds. The 1,000-feet tall, 100-feet deep mega structure provides a...

  • Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Lorella Fava is inspired by Fr Cyril Axelrod, an internationally-renowned deaf-blind priest, who is in Malta where he wishes to impart his message of hope. South African priest Cyril Axelrod is a deaf-blind Catholic priest of the Redemptorist...

  • Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    The threat of terrorism and global migration will grow worse in both rich and poor nations without greater worldwide cooperation to tackle the root causes of poverty and extremism, leaders of an international forum on peace building said. The...

  • The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    On Friday, April 4, 1946, at about 11.15am, a 19.68-metre Vickers Wellington B Mk bomber crashed in the built-up area of St Publius Street, Rabat. The bomber had two radial engines and a fuel capacity of 3,409 litres, with an additional tank of...

  • Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Action demanded as often stateless N. African and Eastern European migrants working in tomato fields in region of Puglia are being held in slave-like conditions Baah, a tall, broad-shouldered Ghanaian man, stares through a grimy window, his face...

  • Build a homemade projector

    Build a homemade projector

    Smartphones are used more frequently for watching videos than ever before, but sometimes you just want a bigger viewing area. For those strapped for cash or in the mood to do something creative, you can construct your own home­made projector. All...

  • Brain uploads

    Brain uploads

    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a stimulator which can feed information directly into a...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    NASA just released this new Hubble image of two galaxy clusters about to collide. The result of this cosmic collision of galaxy clusters was the formation of a new, massive structure called MACS J0416, which lies roughly 4.3 billion light-years...

  • From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Islamic State fighters in Libya. Until...

  • Winning the cup

    Winning the cup

    If you hear the sounds of plastic cups slapping table tops as children stack them into pyramids – first constructing them, them collapsing them, one cup inside the other, as fast as humanly possible – then you are witnessing a game which is taking...

  • Love is in the armpit

    Love is in the armpit

    Love at first whiff is the idea behind Smell Dating, a New York matchmaking service that promises to help single people sniff out their perfect match by breathing in the odours from dirty T-shirts. Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York’s...

  • Donald Trump’s 2016 bid has echoes of reality TV

    Donald Trump’s 2016 bid has echoes of reality TV

    Donald Trump had come to a run-down New York City apartment on an autumn day in 2003 to tape a scene for his new reality television show, The Apprentice. Suddenly, one of the contestants cried out in surprise. The young woman, Omarosa Manigault,...

  • Holy Week and Easter in a Maltese maritime city

    Holy Week and Easter in a Maltese maritime city

    Senglea, located on a promontory and nestled in the Grand Harbour at the head of a peninsula, is Malta’s smallest locality with an area of less than a square mile. The original town was built during the time of the Knights of St John in the 16th...

  • The Albrecht Durer Collection at the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    The Albrecht Durer Collection at the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    The Cathedral Museum in Mdina and its archives fully deserves its proud reputation of being a ‘crossroad of faith and culture’, epitomising the actual function of a church museum. This prestigious museum, which will soon mark its 50th anniversary,...

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