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  • Radar shows unusual spike in Russian military flights

    Radar shows unusual spike in Russian military flights

    Nato yesterday reported an “unusual” spike in Russian military flights in European airspace after RAF fighters were scrambled to intercept a pair of Russian long-range bombers over the North Sea. Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth tracked the two...

  • Poll reveals more Swedes in favour of Nato

    More Swedes are in favour of joining Nato than those who oppose it for the first time, a major poll taken on Tuesday has shown. The result is signalling changing sentiments after the Nordic state mobilised troops, helicopters and ships to hunt a...

  • Why do some survive Ebola?

    Why do some survive Ebola?

    An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body. The study is based on...

  • In the US no two quarantines are quite the same

    In the US no two quarantines are quite the same

    In the US battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip zode. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more like a staycation, albeit one with a scary and stressful edge. If they are lucky, the...

  • Robots ‘to mimic ostriches’

    Robots ‘to mimic ostriches’

    Future running robots are likely to resemble ostriches or dinosaurs, research suggests. Scientists believe the efficient way in which flightless birds − and their dinosaur ancestors − get around on two legs could usefully be employed in robot...

  • Deep voices ‘scare others more’

    Deep voices ‘scare others more’

    If you want to scare others into submission, speak with a deep, dynamic voice that varies widely in pitch. On the other hand, vocal tones that are higher on average with a narrower pitch range are likely to mark you out as sincere and...

  • Fish have ‘mental sophistication’

    Fish have ‘mental sophistication’

    Finding Nemo character Dory is not representative of her kind, according to a new study that proves fish are more intelligent than previously thought. The popular Disney film depicts Dory as a typical fish, forgetting her surroundings and...

  • Barroso bows out

    Barroso bows out

    Outgoing president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso (right) reacts as he is applauded by incoming president Jean-Claude Juncker during a ceremony at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A painting that was missing for almost a century is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction when it is offered for sale alongside work by some of the biggest names in 20th century British art. John Duncan Fergusson’s Poise had not been seen...

  • Announcements

    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 Martalin,...

  • 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...