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  • Care home fire kills 38 in China

    Care home fire kills 38 in China

    A fire at a care home in central China has killed 38 people and injured six, according to state media. The official Xinhua News Agency said the blaze swept through an apartment building being used as a privately run rest home in the city of...

  • ‘Fewer planes a step to closing Air Malta’

    ‘Fewer planes a step to closing Air Malta’

    Hoteliers have warned against any plans by Air Malta to reduce its fleet further.  “We are completely against any further reduction in Air Malta’s fleet. From a commercial point of view, a reduction in the fleet doesn’t make sense,” Malta Hotels...

  • €23m freed Skanska of Mater Dei liability

    €23m freed Skanska of Mater Dei liability

    The Foundation for Medical Services had freed Swedish construction company Skanska from any future liability over the Mater Dei Hospital building in exchange for Skanska dropping more than €23 million in claims, Times of Malta has learnt. At the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a Swedish national yesterday turned up at a police station asking to be arrested and deported – even though he had committed no crime – and then...

  • Anonymous threats against airliners

    Anonymous threats against airliners

    Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners have caused a scare involving at least six international flights, including two flying from the UK to the US. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible, and described...

  • Tunisian soldier is shot dead after killing seven

    Tunisian soldier is shot dead after killing seven

    A Tunisian soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital yesterday, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had “family problems”. What exactly triggered...

  • Rajoy’s Spanish re-election plan in doubt

    Rajoy’s Spanish re-election plan in doubt

    A battering in local polls yesterday cast doubt on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year. In six months’ time, when the next general election is due, the Spanish economy...

  • Islamic State hideouts ‘levelled by Syrian jets’

    Islamic State hideouts ‘levelled by Syrian jets’

    Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi yesterday as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force...

  • ‘Only Iran is confronting militants’

    ‘Only Iran is confronting militants’

    The general in charge of Iran’s paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency yesterday reported. Major General...

  • Houthis suffer a serious setback in southern Yemen

    Houthis suffer a serious setback in southern Yemen

    Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi’ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea yesterday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil...

  • Vatican bank profits rise while clean up continues

    Vatican bank profits rise while clean up continues

    The Vatican bank posted a sharp rise in net profit in 2014 after absorbing the costs of a clean up that hit earnings the year before as part of a wide-ranging drive to tighten financial governance and eliminate abuse, a statement showed...

  • Japan and Malaysia agree to bolster defence ties as they eye China moves

    Japan and Malaysia agree to bolster defence ties as they eye China moves

    Japan and Malaysia agreed to bolster security ties and start talks on transfers of defence equipment and technology, their leaders said yesterday, as both separately wrangle with China over territorial spats. “I’ve agreed with Prime Minister Najib...

  • Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and...

  • Ben Stiller’s mother, US actress Anne Meara, dies

    Ben Stiller’s mother, US actress Anne Meara, dies

    New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, died over the weekend, her family said. She was 85. Meara, the mother of actor Ben Stiller, died on Saturday, her family said...

  • Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan weds

    Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan weds

    Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has married her Mr Right. Keegan wed Mark Wright − who shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex – at a celebrity-packed ceremony in Suffolk. The bride arrived at St Mary’s church, in Bury St Edmunds, in a...

  • McCartney collects Yesterday award

    It apparently came to Sir Paul McCartney in a dream in 1965 and could have been called Scrambled Eggs. Now the musician has been given a special award to mark the 50th anniversary of the composition of The Beatles’ song Yesterday. The song is one...

  • ‘Ferries’ cross the Mersey

    ‘Ferries’ cross the Mersey

    From left, Cunard ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth make their way down the River Mersey towards Liverpool to mark the company’s 175th anniversary.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A dog found at the top of the highest mountain in England and taken in by the Scottish SPCA has been reunited with his owner. The charity issued an appeal after the male collie cross was discovered at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake...

  • Announcements

    CUSENS. On May 21, at Mater Dei Hospital, CARMELA, widow of Thomas, aged 94, passed away peacefully, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her children Amy and her husband Frederick Bonett, Tom and his wife Doris,...

  • Disbarred lawyer gets suspended jail term for fraud

    Disbarred lawyer gets suspended jail term for fraud

    A man who has already been barred from practising as a lawyer because of previous convictions has been handed a suspended jail term after being found guilty of defrauding his mother’s cousin of nearly €26,000 nine years ago. Reuben Micallef, a...