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  • Migrants taking sea route to Europe last year top one million

    More than one million refugees and migrants braved the seas in 2015 seeking sanctuary in Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year, the UN refugee agency said. About half of the 1,000,573 men, women and children who made the...

  • 3D printing brings art to the blind

    3D printing brings art to the blind

    Writer and podcast host Romeo Edmead is using his fingers to unlock a world he has never experienced before. Edmead lost his sight when he was just two years old, so he has always had a complicated relationship with art and museums. While he has...

  • What a royal year it was!

    What a royal year it was!

    It has been an exciting time for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over the past year – a newly-renovated home in the country, a new job for Prince William and, of course, a new baby daughter. Here are their top moments. New baby 2015 was the...

  • Getting ready for New Year’s Eve

    Getting ready for New Year’s Eve

    Belgium Security ramped up as Brussels under threat It may look like the holiday season in Brussels – but it depends on your view. Security has been ramped up after two people were arrested in connection with a possible New Year’s Eve attack...

  • National archives in UK release papers

    National archives in UK release papers

    Ronald Reagan startled Margaret Thatcher by suggesting she should read thriller writer Tom Clancy to understand Russia’s Cold War thinking, according to newly released official files. Papers released by the National Archives in Kew show the US...

  • Christmas not the most wonderful time of year

    Christmas not the most wonderful time of year

    While Christmas may have been the merriest time of the year for many, a counselling psychologist points out that for those dealing with mental health issues, it can be an especially trying time. According to Ingrid Grech Lanfranco, “it is not just...

  • Christmas truce of 1914

    Christmas truce of 1914

    One soldier’s story of sharing “cigs, jam and corn beef” with Germans in World War I’s Christmas truce has come to light in a collection of letters. Frederick James Davies, a private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, described meeting...

  • ‘Can there be a worst start in life?’

    ‘Can there be a worst start in life?’

    The number of babies born in conflict zones increased by more than 125,000 this year to 16.6 million compared with last year, the United Nations said. The figure translates to one in eight of all births worldwide in 2015, according to data...

  • Europe’s year from hell – and 2016 could be worse

    Europe’s year from hell – and 2016 could be worse

    By any measure, it has been a year from hell for the European Union. And if Britons vote to leave the bloc, next year could be worse. Not since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and communism crumbled across eastern Europe, has the continent’s...

  • On a wing and a prayer

    On a wing and a prayer

    A sportswoman and conservationist is set to undertake the 7,242km migration of Bewick’s swans by flying with the birds using just a parachute wing and a small propeller engine. The dramatic journey by paramotor will take former free-diving...

  • The rise and fall of the Order’s fleet

    The rise and fall of the Order’s fleet

    With the introduction of the four vascelli or third rates in 1705, commissioned four years earlier by Grand Master Perellos, the Order’s fleet became an even more formidable power in the Mediterranean. The capitana or flagship was heavily armed...

  • 17th-century bishop’s summer house in ruins

    17th-century bishop’s summer house in ruins

    In the early Knights’ period as the Order further strengthened its defensive walls of Vittoriosa and Mdina, buildings inside these cities had necessarily to be compact, dense and restrictive with no place for public gardens. In fact, life in...

  • Christmas festivities in Malta in 1915

    Christmas festivities in Malta in 1915

    The spirit of Christmas 1915 was the second one to be celebrated during World War I. Although Malta was not in the frontline, there were thousands of wounded troops being treated in Maltese hospitals and convalescent camps around Malta. The...

  • A time for giving... not just money

    A time for giving... not just money

    Christmas is known as a time for giving and we all pride ourselves for donating those €5 or more to L-Istrina come Boxing Day. What is interesting, however, is how we may be comfortable with being charitable during the holiday season but somehow...

  • Top10 most popular science stories of 2015

    Top10 most popular science stories of 2015

    Antibiotic resistance, mass extinction and fossil fuel distribution were some of the top 10 most popular science stories of the year. In second place was a study which found there is no association between the MMR vaccine and an increased risk of...

  • Notable naval victories of the Knights of Malta

    Notable naval victories of the Knights of Malta

    The naval prowess of the Hospitaller Order of St John was renowned throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. A paper entitled ‘The Warships of the Order of St John 1530-1798’, presented during History Week 1994, by Joseph Muscat, a historian who is...

  • Rare, authentic Neapolitan presepio at Mdina Cathedral

    Rare, authentic Neapolitan presepio at Mdina Cathedral

    Remarkable for its emotion, power, drama, inventiveness and sheer energy, the Baroque period in Malta was a time of intense activity on all fronts. Undoubtedly it was the most res­plendent period in the history of Maltese art. In line with its...

  • Keep your pet safe this Christmas

    Keep your pet safe this Christmas

    Last week, I had several visitors to the clinic with Christmas on their mind. Mixer, a four-month-old kitten, had just been adopted from an animal shelter as a Christmas present for a little girl. Captain the Boxer was brought in suffering from...

  • First Greek ‘hotspot’ struggles to manage migrant flow to Europe

    First Greek ‘hotspot’ struggles to manage migrant flow to Europe

    The young Syrian woman beamed with relief: She had just been fingerprinted, photographed and granted permission to stay in Greece for six months to apply for asylum. But Bushra had no intention of doing so, any more than thousands of other...

  • Fr Salvino Darmanin’s life as a Jesuit and prisoner of war

    Fr Salvino Darmanin’s life as a Jesuit and prisoner of war

    Salvino Darmanin was born in Senglea on October 31, 1919, son of Carmelo and Victoria née Rope. He had seven other siblings of whom three became Sisters of Charity. On November 5, 1934, at the age of 15, he joined the Society of Jesus. After...

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