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  • Oil prices extend gains after biggest daily climb in 6 years

    Crude oil futures rose today, adding to their biggest one-day rally in over six years the day before, led by recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies. U.S. crude is on track for its first weekly gain in 11 weeks, ending the...

  • More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    The Austrian government said today that investigators have found more than 70 bodies in a lorry full of refugees discovered abandoned on a motorway yesterday. Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50. The lorry had been driven to...

  • 'Greasy substance' draws swimmers' complaints

    'Greasy substance' draws swimmers' complaints

    Updated - A sticky substance seen floating in areas of the sea off Delimara and Birzebbuga has drawn complaints from bathers. A reader who took the above photo said she was at Kalanka in Delimara on Wednesday afternoon when she noticed the white...

  • ST workers hold two-hour stoppage

    ST workers hold two-hour stoppage

    Workers at ST Microelectronics this morning held a two-hour stoppage and walk-out to press for better working conditions. The industrial action was the second of its kind in three months. A worker said they were again protesting over the company's...

  • Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Artist Alfred Camilleri Cauchi has revealed that his winning design of Dom Mintoff’s statue earmarked for Castille Square was made according to the former prime minister's wishes. In an interview with the Times of Malta the artist also reveals the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how naked selfie extortion landed a woman in court. It also reports how the artist who designed the Mintoff statue has blasted a decision by the Office of...

  • 200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    Up to 200 people are feared to have died after a boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya late yesterday. Just over 200 were rescued by the Libyan coast guard. A security official in the western town of...

  • Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Up to 80 tons of plastic could enter the sea every year from everyday cosmetics and cleaning products in the UK, according to a study. Research has shown almost 100,000 tiny ‘microbeads’ – each a fraction of a millimetre in diameter – could be...

  • IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the US are planning to open a new front against the group in coordination with insurgents on the ground. The ultra-radical Islamist...

  • Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 8cm since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of Nasa scientists said. In 2013, a UN panel predicted sea levels would rise from 0.3 to 0.9 metres by the end of the century. The...

  • Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed yesterday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. The military...

  • ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria yesterday, and another migrant ship sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was...

  • UK immigration hits record high

    UK immigration hits record high

    Long-term net migration to Britain hit a record high yesterday, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island...

  • Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    A grandfather died in the Shoreham air disaster after parking his motorbike on the outskirts to take photographs of the planes, his family revealed. Mark Reeves, 53, had never been to the Shoreham Airshow before tragedy struck when a vintage...

  • Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was named caretaker prime minister yesterday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned. Vassiliki Thanou, an anti-austerity...

  • Teacher jailed for indecent filming of pupils

    A former teacher in Bristol who filmed dozens of pupils using hidden cameras set up at a boarding school was jailed for more than three years yesterday. Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, who taught at Clifton College, admitted 36 counts of making,...

  • Libya’s Tripoli group to delay joining peace talks

    Libya’s Tripoli group to delay joining peace talks

    Delegates for Libya’s rival government in Tripoli will hold off joining peace talks until they manage to form a new team following the resignation of a senior negotiator, a representative said yesterday. The group did not say how long it might be...

  • Iran may have built extension at disputed military site – UN

    Iran may have built extension at disputed military site – UN

    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report yesterday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic...

  • Star Wars toys get marathon roll-out

    Star Wars toys get marathon roll-out

    Star Wars producers have announced a marathon, worldwide roll-out of toys next week for its upcoming The Force Awakens movie in a promotional push that seeks to capture the excitement that once greeted new Harry Potter book releases. The toys will...

  • Cowell shows off beard at The X Factor launch

    Cowell shows off beard at The X Factor launch

    Simon Cowell was sporting some impressive new facial hair at the official launch of the The X Factor 2015, which he says was a symbol of his “sense of freedom”. The music mogul joined Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and new judge Nick Grimshaw on the red...