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  • Ukraine and Russia clinch gas deal

    Moscow and Kiev have clinched a deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flows into Ukraine throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. In the signing ceremony in Brussels following...

  • Authors to be paid for library lending

    Authors to be paid for library lending

    Maltese authors will finally be remunerated every time their books are borrowed from any of the 43 public libraries. The €10,000 scheme will be implemented by the end of the year, bringing the island in line with an EU directive on rights related...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports that Mepa has given the green light for a new, six storey Emergency Department block at Mater Dei Hospital. The Times of Malta, the Malta Independent and...

  • Announcements

    OBITUARY GRECH. On October 29, at Mater Dei Hospital, VINCENT, passed away peacefully at the age of 60, comforted by the rites of Holy Church and his family and loved ones. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Theresa, his sons David and his wife...

  • Abbas says closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'tantamount to declaration of war'

    Abbas says closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'tantamount to declaration of war'

    Israeli police  shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or...

  • Driver dies two months after crash

    Driver dies two months after crash

    A trailer-truck driver who was grievously injured in a crash in August passed away last week, it was reported today. The 43-year-old man from San Gwann was trapped in the wreckage of his cabin when the vehicle overturned after hitting a barrier in...

  • Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

    Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of...

  • NGOs slam Spain's push back plans

    Thirteen human rights groups have called on the Spanish government to drop plans to provide a legal basis for summary returns of migrants from its enclaves in North Africa. The Spanish and international organizations wrote to the United Nations...

  • Updated - German expert advocates fiscal measures to discourage car use - Government considering light rail

    Updated - German expert advocates fiscal measures to discourage car use - Government considering light rail

    Updated - Government considering light rail or monorail - Improving the roads infrastructure was important, but, on its own, it would not solve the traffic problems, according to a German traffic expert. Manfred Boltze from Darmstadt University of...

  • Update 2 - Two women critical after head-on crash

    Update 2 - Two women critical after head-on crash

    Two women were critically injured this afternoon when their cars crashed head on in Mgarr Road, Zebbiegh. The cars were a Toyota Vitz driven by a 43-year-old woman from St Paul's Bay and a Hyundai Atos driven by a 44-year-old woman from...

  • Tax on rented properties reduced to 15%

    Tax on rented properties reduced to 15%

    The tax charged on revenue from rented residential properties has been reduced from 35% to 15%. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said the measure was announced in the last Budget and was being brought in now, backdated to January 1. He said the...

  • Consumers of tampered smart meters charged in court, one handed suspended sentence

    Consumers of tampered smart meters charged in court, one handed suspended sentence

    Fourteen consumers were today charged in court with stealing electricity through their tampered smart meter, allegedly stealing almost €93,000 worth of electricity in total. One of the consumers, Alan Cachia, admitted to the charges brought...

  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride today, according to television images. Kaci...

  • Germany to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

    The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured. The disturbances coincided with growing concern that...

  • Former Enemalta chairman denies misuse of public funds

    Former Enemalta chairman denies misuse of public funds

    Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter appeared in court today charged with misappropriating public funds through the use of the corporation's credit card abroad. Mr Tranter, 51, from Swieqi, who pleaded "definitely not guilty", is charged with...

  • Infamous Mellieha thief jailed

    The thief whose photograph made the rounds on Facebook as he was burgling a villa in Mellieha was this afternoon jailed for a year after pleaded guilty. Jason Scerri, 40, from Balzan, also admitted to being a relapser, to breaching bail conditions...

  • Sliding ratings

    Norway, which has previously provided TV viewers with five hours of live knitting, a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction - a rockslide on a mountain - but no-one knows when it will happen. For...

  • Electrogas insists it is well funded and will honour power station commitments

    Electrogas insists it is well funded and will honour power station commitments

    Updated - The Electrogas Consortium, which has been contracted by the government to build and operate the new gas-fired power station, insisted this evening that all of its members possess the necessary financial resources to continue funding the...

  • Priest 'was warned' over abuse claims

    A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations. In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took...

  • Somali jailed for use of fake passport

    A Somali migrants was jailed for six months suspended for two years after pleading guilty to travelling from Malta to Denmark with a forged passport. The migrant, who cannot be named as he is a minor, travelled with a counterfeit passport and...