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  • Greece evacuates embassy staff, foreign nationals from Libya

    Greece evacuates embassy staff, foreign nationals from Libya

    Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early today with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said. Athens had sent a frigate and two other...

  • Farm bid for scarecrow world record

    A farm in Staffordshire is aiming to break the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest display of scarecrows. The record of 3,311 scarecrows is currently held by Cincinnati Horticulture Society in the US but the National Forest Adventure...

  • 25 killed, 267 hurt in gas blasts

    25 killed, 267 hurt in gas blasts

    At least 25 people were killed and 267 others injured when five underground gas blasts ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said as an inquiry was launched into the cause. The explosions hurled concrete and cars through the air...

  • 'Fishy' Pollution is still a mystery five years later

    'Fishy' Pollution is still a mystery five years later

    A slew of greasy, white foam that carries an unbearable stench continues to blight the once pristine bay at il-Kalanka, limits of Delimara, despite a government investigation into the problem five years ago. Pollution drifts into the bay and when...

  • 5.5 magnitude quake near Algerian capital

    A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck 9 miles (14 km) southeast of the Algerian capital Algiers this morning, the United States Geological Survey said. The quake's epicentre was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles

  • Two Egyptians shot as Tunisia threatens to close Libya border - Filipino beheaded

    Two Egyptians shot as Tunisia threatens to close Libya border - Filipino beheaded

    Two people were shot dead when Libyan border guards opened fire to disperse hundreds of Egyptians trying to cross into Tunisia to flee Libya's growing chaos, the Tunisian state news agency TAP said. Hundreds of Libyan families and foreign workers...

  • INSIGHT-Town vs town, faction vs faction as Libya descends into "hurricane"

    Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital. Across the city a few kilometres...

  • Gaza 72-hour ceasefire period begins

    Gaza 72-hour ceasefire period begins

    A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect early this morning, and negotiators were due to travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. The 72-hour break, the most ambitious...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports that it is now clear Martin Galea was abducted. It also features a migrant father's plea to be reunited with his infant son. The Malta Independent gives...

  • Update 4: Doctors to strike for an hour on Tuesday, file judicial protest

    Update 4: Doctors to strike for an hour on Tuesday, file judicial protest

    Doctors across the health service will strike for an hour on Tuesday and stop lectures at the Medical School on Monday over pending issues their union has with the university and the Health Ministry. Tuesday's one-hour stoppage, between 8am and...

  • Netanyahu set to complete destruction of Gaza tunnels

    Netanyahu set to complete destruction of Gaza tunnels

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said yesterday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration...

  • Thieves in court for pushing luck

    Two gambling friends on holiday in Malta from Australia were yesterday given a dressing down by a magistrate after they admitted stealing a purse after running out of money in a casino. Maria Camilleri, 57, and Josephine Saliba, 65, stood...

  • Ebola – Sierra Leone declares emergency

    Ebola – Sierra Leone declares emergency

    Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims yesterday, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The...

  • How the deadly virus can spread

    For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it’s not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes – like humans – use planes, bikes and taxis to spread. So far, authorities have taken no action to...

  • Nigeria starts airport screening

    Nigeria starts airport screening

    Nigeria’s civil aviation authority (NCAA) said yesterday it had started temperature screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and had suspended pan-African airline Asky for bringing the first case to Lagos. The male passenger...

  • Heavy shelling as clashes spread to Tripoli districts

    Heavy shelling as clashes spread to Tripoli districts

    Clashes with artillery and rockets spread yesterday into two Tripoli districts, where rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya’s worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Nearly 200 people have been...

  • Ukraine PM is to remain in office

    Ukraine PM is to remain in office

    Ukraine’s Parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk’s resignation yesterday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its...

  • ‘Smartphone management flaws putting users at risk’

    ‘Smartphone management flaws putting users at risk’

    Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 per cent of the world’s two billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of...

  • CIA tactics kept secret

    CIA tactics kept secret

    Leaked White House document reveals intelligence agency brutally treated 9/11 terror suspects to extract information and misled the US Congress A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the September 11, 2001,...

  • Film-maker Robert Drew dies

    Film-maker Robert Drew dies

    Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema vérité and schooled a generation of influential directors has died at 90. His son Thatcher Drew said he died at his home in Sharon,...