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  • Spider drops in on Balls interview

    Spider drops in on Balls interview

    Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel. The creature, which appeared large due to its position in the shot, dropped into the frame as the shadow chancellor was talking about economic growth. It...

  • Scared states in Ebola quarantine

    Alarmed governors of New Jersey and New York have ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly Ebola disease in west Africa. The first person to...

  • ‘Msida junction bus lanes ready in next two months’

    ‘Msida junction bus lanes ready in next two months’

    By the end of the year, Transport Malta is hoping cars will no longer be held up behind buses at the Msida junction area as the larger vehicles will have their own lane. The ongoing project, meant to reduce traffic congestion on one of the...

  • Fish farm triples operation without permits, says Mepa

    Fish farm triples operation without permits, says Mepa

    A fish farm operating in Marsaxlokk increased the number of cages from five to 18 without permits, according to the planning authority, which said a court case was holding it back from taking action. Malta Fish Farming Limited, a subsidiary of...

  • Fierce storm causes flooding in Athens

    Fierce storm causes flooding in Athens

      Torrential rains in Athens has turned streets into rivers, uprooted trees and flooded houses and stores. The downpour in Greece's capital trapped commuters in their vehicles and overturning parked cars. In some districts, cars were seen stacked...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says a fish farm tripled its operations without a Mepa permit while court proceedings drag on. The Malta Independent reports how the EU asked Malta for another €13...

  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    EU leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small...

  • Canada attacker had troubled past

    The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through Canada’s Parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and...

  • US doctor tests positive for Ebola, nurse is virus-free

    US doctor tests positive for Ebola, nurse is virus-free

    A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City yesterday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its...

  • Tunisian forces kill six during standoff with militant group

    Tunisian forces kill six during standoff with militant group

    Tunisian security forces yesterday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said. The raid on the house in Oued Ellil,...

  • Putin accuses the US of damaging world order

    Putin accuses the US of damaging world order

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States yesterday of endangering global security by imposing a “unilateral diktat” on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against...

  • Student opens fire at Washington school

    Student opens fire at Washington school

    A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state yesterday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle Times reported. Local media reported that at least two people were wounded in the shooting...

  • Not so isolated after all

    Not so isolated after all

    They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 3,700 kilometres west of South America and 1,770km from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian...

  • Old, cold and bold

    Old, cold and bold

    In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s...

  • Beckham and Williams back Unicef campaign

    Beckham and Williams back Unicef campaign

    David Beckham and Robbie Williams are no strangers to the camera but this time they are posing for a good cause − to highlight a campaign to protect children. The footballer and the singer are both long-standing ambassadors for Unicef and have...

  • Cliff Richard police raid ‘inept’

    The search of Cliff Richard’s house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was “inept” and caused “irreparable damage” to the British singer’s reputation, lawmakers said yesterday. Officers...

  • One's first Tweet

    One's first Tweet

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth presses a button to send her first Tweet during a visit to the Information Age Exhibition at the Science Museum in London yesterday. It read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel. The creature, which appeared large due to its position in the shot, dropped into the frame as the shadow chancellor was talking about economic growth. It...

  • PN’s Idea Malta starts

    The first national convention organised by the Nationalist Party started meeting last night. The convention, which, in contrast to the party’s general council meetings, is open to all party members and not just to councillors, is aimed at opening...

  • Announcements

    BORGIA. On October 14, in Palermo, Papàs VITO, parish priest of the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus from 1959 to 2009, passed away peacefully, aged 95. Deeply mourned by the local Greek-Catholic community and by his many friends in...