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  • Vatican opts for balloons, not doves for symbol of peace

    Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace in St Peter's Square today - a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests by animal rights groups. For many years children, flanking the pope at a...

  • Update 1 - Greece's Syriza set to sweep election in anti-austerity triumph

    Update 1 - Greece's Syriza set to sweep election in anti-austerity triumph

    Updated 9.37pm Sunday - Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in today's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity...

  • Maltese chef drops top London restaurant for school kitchen

    Maltese chef drops top London restaurant for school kitchen

    A Maltese chef has quit a top London restaurant for a school kitchen. The Guardian reported how Nicole Pisani made her name cooking sumptuous Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired dishes in London. From Monday, however, she will be preparing lunch for...

  • Gunmen kidnap Libyan deputy foreign minister

    Gunmen kidnapped the deputy foreign minister of Libya's internationally recognised government yesterday, the interior minister said. As sporadic factional fighting continued in several parts of the country, six people were killed when rockets hit...

  • Chilly again

    Chilly again

    Baskal Mallia sent in this picture of hail which fell at Zebbug, Gozo, this afternoon. Bad weather is expected to persist for the first half of the week, with the temperature between nine and 14 degrees. [email protected]     facebook Times...

  • Iran's foreign minister summoned to parliament over walk with Kerry

    Iran's foreign minister summoned to parliament over walk with Kerry

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to appear before parliament following controversy over a promenade with his American counterpart during intense nuclear negotiations in Geneva, state media reported. Zarif, who leads Tehran's talks...

  • Spring hunting: will it go...or will it stay?

    Spring hunting: will it go...or will it stay?

    As Malta slowly gears up for a referendum on spring hunting, Kurt Sansone met ornithologist Joe Sultana and hunter Pierre Zammit to explore the arguments of the Yes and No camps respectively. See their comments on video above. Full text of...

  • Bulgarian beggar in court

    Maria Varbanova, a Bulgarian woman, was conditionally discharged for a year today after admitting in court to begging and being a nuisance. She pleaded guilty and her lawyer explained that in Bulgaria it was not illegal to beg. Another two...

  • Tenant causes €2,900 in damages after dispute with landlord

    Tenant causes €2,900 in damages after dispute with landlord

    Florian Ribouchon, 24, a Frenchman, was conditionally discharged for a year today after admitting in court to having caused €2,900 in damages to an apartment in Camenzuli Street, Sliema, after a dispute with the landlord. The court heard that four...

  • Migrant apologises for using somebody else's passport

    Hussein Hassan, a 26-year-old Eritrean, was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence today after admitting in court to having attempted to travel to Switzerland using somebody else’s passport. He apologized and said he was trying to travel in...

  • Charity swim raises €2,343 for Dar tal-Providenza

    Charity swim raises €2,343 for Dar tal-Providenza

    Around 50 people braved the cold waters of Għadira Bay to raise €2,343 in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. The charity swim was the initiative of Manuel Calleja of KopTaco with the support of the Malta Rugby Football Union and various fans of boxing,...

  • Flamingos 'sighted' - FKNK cast doubts on reported incidents

    The St Hubert Hunters' Association said this morning that following  Birdlife’s request for information regarding the disappearance of two flamingos from Ghadira nature reserve, it had received information from two of its members that two...

  • Opposition motion demands 'reasonable' cut in fuel prices

    Opposition motion demands 'reasonable' cut in fuel prices

    The Opposition is to present a motion in Parliament tomorrow for the government to reduce petrol and diesel prices. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said the international oil price had dropped by more than half over the past months but Maltese...

  • Boroque Festival Ball

    Boroque Festival Ball

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday attended the Boroque Festival Ball which concluded the Valletta Baroque Festival. The ball was held in the auditorium of the Manoel Theatre.

  • Updated - Muscat: Link between MRA official and George Farrugia 'worrying' - official said to have handed draft legislation to oil trader

    Updated - Muscat: Link between MRA official and George Farrugia 'worrying' - official said to have handed draft legislation to oil trader

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today that that it was worrying that a former senior official of the Malta Resources Authority appeared to have cleared draft legislation with oil trader George Farrugia before handing the draft to the...

  • Bear hug with Modi gets Obama's India trip off to warm start

    Bear hug with Modi gets Obama's India trip off to warm start

    Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi today. Obama's visit is a...

  • Suspected Boko Haram militants attack major Nigeria northern city

    Suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri just after midnight, military, government and local sources said. A  Reuters witness said shelling could be heard and that military helicopters were...

  • Inquiry into how fake doctor used Mater Dei Hospital

    Inquiry into how fake doctor used Mater Dei Hospital

    An inquiry has been launched to determine how a fake Danish doctor used Mater Dei Hospital to carry out medical examinations on three young women. Mater Dei Hospital CEO Ivan Falzon confirmed the Health Parliamentary Secretariat asked the hospital...

  • Polls open in crucial Greek election

    Polls open in crucial Greek election

    Polls have opened in Greece for an election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing party Syriza, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic...

  • Budget incentive for bikers ‘is misleading’

    Budget incentive for bikers ‘is misleading’

    A Budget measure to encourage the use of motorbikes is misleading, according to experts. Last year, there were just over 18,000 licensed private motorbikes and 257,451 private cars on the road.  Over the years, the licence fee for fuel-efficient...

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