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  • European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in Malta on Thursday to visit asylum office

    European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in Malta on Thursday to visit asylum office

    European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom will be visiting the European Asylum Support Office headquarters in Malta on Thursday. The office works to enhance practical cooperation on asylum matters and help member states fulfil their European and...

  • Update 2: MUSEUM member accused of defiling boy granted bail

    Update 2: MUSEUM member accused of defiling boy granted bail

    (Adds MUT, ministry statements) The member of the Society of Christian Doctrine (MUSEUM), charged with defiling a 10-year-old boy, has been granted bail. Anthony Callus was granted bail against a €500 deposit and a personal guarantee of €2,500. He...

  • Old sea dog survives cliffs ordeal

    Old sea dog survives cliffs ordeal

    A springer spaniel has been reunited with his owners - after spending more than a week trapped at sea. Sprig was rescued after an RNLI crew spotted the dog trapped on a rocky ledge at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in England. The...

  • Sylvia King's murderer passes away

    Sylvia King's murderer passes away

    Joseph Harrington, who was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering Sylvia King, who was burnt alive in her car on April 4, 1993 at Kunċizzjoni, limits of Rabat, died at Mater Dei Hospital where he was receiving treatment. Mr Harrington...

  • Peru makes record cocaine haul

    Peru makes record cocaine haul

    Peruvian police have put on display what they call the largest cocaine haul ever in the South American nation. The 7.7 metric tons of cocaine were flown to the capital Lima on Monday after being seized in a raid last week. Officers wearing white...

  • EC ‘wants Malta to nominate woman’

    EC ‘wants Malta to nominate woman’

    Brussels is putting pressure on the government to nominate a woman as Malta’s next European commissioner instead of former tourism minister Karmenu Vella, Times of Malta is informed. A high-ranking Commission official told this newspaper informal...

  • FBI and Apple probe photos hack

    Apple and the FBI are investigating an online hack that led to the posting of hundreds of explicit photos of some of Hollywood's most famous female stars. The leak saw British names including model Cara Delevigne and former Downton Abbey actress...

  • Updated: Driver, bus suspended from service

    Updated: Driver, bus suspended from service

    Malta Public Transport has suspended a bus and a driver from service following the circulation of this video, uploaded on Youtube, which shows a bus driver struggling with a damaged steering wheel while on the road carrying passengers. The company...

  • Tree-mendous

    The man who helped researchers gain access to the highest canopy of the Amazon rainforest has now created the UK's first treetop trampoline adventure park. With bridges, slides, giant trampolines, walkways and tunnels, Treetop Nets allows...

  • History lessons as Poland and Germany mark start of WW2

    History lessons as Poland and Germany mark start of WW2

    Polish and German presidents say Ukraine and Russia must learn from history at a World War II memorial event. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Mater Dei Hospital: ‘Many concrete samples needed to rely on results’

    Mater Dei Hospital: ‘Many concrete samples needed to rely on results’

    Testing two or three samples from the public hospital’s concrete structure to determine its overall strength might not be enough and further analysis would be required to have a more reliable result, according to an expert. Alex Torpiano, dean of...

  • Migrant children in Australia 'treated as baby convicts'

    Migrant children in Australia 'treated as baby convicts'

    Children in institutions in Northern Ireland were exported to Australia like "baby convicts", a witness has told a public inquiry into historical abuse. The Sisters of Nazareth order of Catholic nuns was responsible for the removal of 111 child...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta quotes a judge saying magistrates presiding over drug cases sometimes end up hoping the punishment they hand down will help the addict as intended...

  • Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

    Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

    PM David Cameron announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Scicluna to publish public sector wage bill

    The pre-Budget document expected to be published today would list the increase in the public wage bill following the recruitment of nearly 1,900 new employees since Labour’s electoral victory, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has said. According...

  • Parliament reappoints Libyan Prime Minister

    Parliament reappoints Libyan Prime Minister

    Libya’s Parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni yesterday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy. In another sign of the oil...

  • Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom, China rules out democracy

    Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom, China rules out democracy

    Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists yesterday as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China’s decision to rule out full democracy. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC)...

  • Ukraine rebels want talks to provide ‘special status’

    Ukraine rebels want talks to provide ‘special status’

    Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks yesterday due to resume later this week in the Belarussian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted “special status”. The meeting...

  • Nato to create new ‘spearhead’ force, able to respond to crises

    Nato to create new ‘spearhead’ force, able to respond to crises

    Nato leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said...

  • ‘IS fighters in Iraq attack on unimaginable scale’

    ‘IS fighters in Iraq attack on unimaginable scale’

    Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” in months of fighting with Iraqi forces, who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a UN official said yesterday. There is “strong evidence” Islamic State and...