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  • Scans show smoking impact on babies

    Scans show smoking impact on babies

    The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found. Pregnant women have long been urged to give up cigarettes because they heighten the risk...

  • Insurgent tops US box office with $54m

    Insurgent tops US box office with $54m

    Insurgent topped the weekend box office with $54 million, but its opening will likely fall just short of the numbers put up a year ago by the first film in the Divergent series. That is a disappointment for Lionsgate, the studio behind the...

  • Cinderella star says tragedy helped role

    Cinderella star says tragedy helped role

    Cinderella actress Lily James has revealed the personal tragedy that helped her relate to her latest role. James, who also stars as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, has told how losing her father to cancer at the age of 19 allowed her to identify with...

  • Songwriter Jackie Trent dies at 74

    Songwriter Jackie Trent dies at 74

    British singer-songwriter Jackie Trent, who wrote for Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, has died at the age of 74, it was reported. Trent, who also composed the theme song to Neighbours, died in hospital in Menorca after a long illness, her...

  • Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    A link between genetic mutations in bowel tumours and the immune system raises the prospect of improved personalised treatments, according to a new study. Scientists found that certain genetic changes in bowel cancer are more likely than others to...

  • Singing in tribute to Tolkien

    Singing in tribute to Tolkien

    Singing a load of nonsense in a pub at 11am may be standard behaviour for many students but one group in Leeds say they just followed in the footsteps of the great J.R.R. Tolkien. Academics and students from Leeds University’s English department...

  • Insurgent finds Tris a steelier war heroine

    Insurgent finds Tris a steelier war heroine

    With a new haircut and storyline, Shailene Woodley as Divergent heroine Tris Prior is hell-bent on revenge, battling the ghosts of her past in Insurgent, the second film in the young adult sci-fi action film franchise. Insurgent, released in the...

  • Judi Dench to share stage with daughter

    Judi Dench to share stage with daughter

    Dame Judi Dench is to share a stage with her daughter, Finty Williams, for the first time in a new play set on May 7, the general election day this year. The pair will play a mother and daughter going to cast their ballot in The Vote. The play,...

  • Make culture ‘legal’

    Should access to cultural heritage and creative expression become a constitutional right? The question beckons as we move closer to Valletta’s European Capital of Culture in 2018. The varied identities and the communities which connect to define...

  • Celebrating Rubens

    Celebrating Rubens

    Two exhibitions organised in the last few months focused on Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), the artist who has long been celebrated as the master of baroque exuberance. The most recent exhibition is Rubens and his Legacy at the Royal Academy in...

  • Carrying off the għonnella with grace

    Carrying off the għonnella with grace

    Originally used to veil one’s identity from the outside world and add mystery to the wearer, the għonella had all but disappeared halfway through the 20th century. It was brought back to life in Dorian Mallia’s It-Tfajla tal-Għonnella, a...

  • Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    Reach top of the world... ­and then ski down again

    I’m not good with heights. As I climb, I bury my head into my chest and concentrate on my footing. My ski boots dig into the rock, one foot after the other. With my skis slung over my shoulder I struggle, stumbling as I ascend the jagged slope. I...

  • International dance competition

    The end of this month sees dancer and choreographer Felix Busuttil organising the first edition of the Malta International Dance and Competition Event. The edition sees the participation of a consultation team that includes some of foremost names...

  • Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Visitors flock to UK commemorations

    Great War centenary commemorations, including the spectacular poppy display at the Tower of London, have helped boost the number of visits to UK tourist attractions. Visitor numbers were also swelled last year by the Commonwealth Games staged in...

  • A premiere full of promise

    A premiere full of promise

    With nothing but a black backdrop to set off the dancers’ frenetically fluid movements, audiences were transported into a parallel reality where dance dictated the paradigms of human sensation and the number four took on a meaning akin to...

  • Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    Ten-year deal for Holiday Inn Express

    The Eden Leisure Group has signed a 10-year contract with InterContinental Hotel Group to open a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Malta. The group is demolishing the former Giorgianis Hostel in Paceville, St Julian’s, to make space for the 100-room,...

  • ‘Our music is DIY or die’

    ‘Our music is DIY or die’

    It’s not every day a French band comes to strut its stuff on our shores. However, soon enough, we will have one, in the shape of Bourgogne’s own Temps Mort. Sporting diverse musical influences ranging from rap to black/death metal to 1970s’ rock...

  • MTA lures in sports tourists

    Malta Tourism Authority’s sports segment unit has promoted the Maltese islands as an ideal sports tourism destination at a number of international travel fairs. These included The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, which is the UK’s...

  • Tours of medieval church today

    The annual celebration in honour of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary at the medieval church of Ħal Millieri, Żurrieq, is being held today. The chapel will be open to the public from 9am to 6pm and Mass will be celebrated at 10am, followed by...

  • Unicycling round the world

    Unicycling round the world

    A man who aims to be the first person to unicycle around the world was only able to clock up seven miles on his first day – due to his egg sandwiches. Ed Pratt, 19, headed to the start line of his 18,000-mile tour in Chilthorne Domer, Somerset,...

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