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  • Pledge challenge

    A family is suing a US school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children. The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in New Jersey was filed in state...

  • Top officer killed in Egypt blast

    A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb, officials said. Meanwhile another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city. The...

  • Sherpas strike after Everest deaths

    Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's Base Camp today, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the...

  • Juncker to visit Malta next week

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the candidate of the European People’s Party for President of the European Commission, will be visiting Malta on a two-day visit on May 2. He will be taking part in a series of activities in collaboration with the Nationalist...

  • Updated: Malta lowers deficit to 2.8% of GDP, increases debt to €5,200 million

    (Adds PN's statement) Malta ended last year with a deficit of 2.8 per cent of the GDP, down from 3.3 per cent at end 2012, and a debt of €5,243 million, up from €4,871 million the previous year, according to figures published this morning by...

  • Best bulldog

    Lucey, an 18-month old pooch, has beaten 49 drooling competitors to win this year's Beautiful Bulldog pageant held in Des Moines, Iowa. Lucey's owner Tiffany Torstenson is a surgeon and said she often takes her dog to work. She said Lucey's...

  • Toyota sales stay on top of world

    Toyota has kept its pole position for world vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. The Japanese manufacturer said it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of...

  • Updated: Government exploring new funeral options

    A crematorium is among the new funeral management techniques being explored by the government, Planning Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon said today. Speaking at the launch of a six-week public consultation period on a new policy for...

  • Violence erupts in 'pacified' slum

    A Rio de Janeiro slum has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone. Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when...

  • IHI results highlight year of growth and profitability

    IHI results for last year highlight a year of growth and profitability despite sluggish economic conditions in many of the countries in which the company owns and operates its five-star hotels. The results, published today show an EBITDA profit of...

  • Animal farms still forced to dump waste illegally

    Animal farms in Malta are operating illegally as the facilities that had to be built by the government to treat waste from dairy, poultry and pig farms do not yet exist, six years after the original deadline. The absence of treatment facilities...

  • Medieval baby names back in fashion in UK

    Old fashioned baby names are enjoying a surge in popularity while new parents are spurning fantasy names according to the results of a new poll. Medieval-style names have rebounded despite not having been popular for hundreds of years. Among the...

  • Russia 'must defuse Ukraine crisis'

    US secretary of state John Kerry has told Russia he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by Moscow to de-escalate the violence in eastern Ukraine. In a phone call Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Mr Kerry...

  • Frenzy of Panini swapping is back

    Football sticker albums no longer provoke the playground frenzy of decades past, a British reporter recently stated. He clearly has never been to Malta. Huddled in groups, heads ducked, scores if not hundreds of Maltese have been gathering every...

  • Transport subsidy is 'definitely going up'

    The government subsidy for the operation of public transport is expected to increase substantially, the government is admitting. “It is quite clear that the €10 million in subsidies given to Arriva were not enough. The Opposition has said the...

  • Updated: Beach material probed in jet search

    Unidentified material that has washed ashore in south-western Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities have said. Police secured the material, which washed ashore 10km east of Augusta in Western Australia...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international news. Times of Malta says the government subsidy for the operation of public transport is expected to increase substantially. In another story it says animal farms in Malta are...

  • Buddha tattoo sees Briton deported

    A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm. Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from...

  • Ferry bodies search moves to cabins

    Divers must now rip through cabin walls of the submerged South Korea ferry to retrieve more victims as their grim work brought the official death toll to 146. The victims were overwhelmingly pupils of a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than...

  • Biden warns on Ukraine as Russia refuses to rush

    US Vice President Joe Biden told Russia yesterday that “time is short” for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. Ukraine’s...