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  • ‘Widespread’ Islamic State crimes condemned by UN

    ‘Widespread’ Islamic State crimes condemned by UN

    United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay yesterday condemned “appalling, widespread” crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and “ethnic and religious cleansing”. The persecution of...

  • New MRHA president

    The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association has unanimously elected Matthew Pace as its new president. Mr Pace will replace Paul Bugeja, who was appointed CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority. With 28 years experience in the retail and catering...

  • Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by ‘Sharia’ law

    Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by ‘Sharia’ law

    The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza “by Islamic law” (Sharia), in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent...

  • ‘I believe in myself – it is never too late to learn’

    ‘I believe in myself – it is never too late to learn’

    As a child, Carmen Scicluna Bianco was shy to read aloud in class because she knew other children would make fun of the way she struggled to string letters into words. So she remained quiet and, even though her facilitator told her she was bright,...

  • First intact organ built from cells

    First intact organ built from cells

    Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time. British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune system ‘nerve centre’ located near the heart. In...

  • BA wants media to use Maltese correctly

    The Broadcasting Authority is seeking more power to ensure the media use Maltese correctly. In a consultation document, it proposes tighter regulations and a new penalty structure for television and radio stations that breach rules on the correct...

  • Announcements

    AQUILINA. On August 25, at Mater Dei Hospital, LOUIS of Paola, aged 91, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his sons Roger and his wife Anna, Oliver and his wife Maria, Raymond and his wife...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    British workmen have managed to misspell the word ‘bus’ during recent roadworks. “Bup stop” was painted on to the road surface in Bristol, UK, in large yellow lettering at the end of last week, with the stencilled letter P used instead of S. The...

  • Artist: tatt’s just what a G-string firm needs

    Artist: tatt’s just what a G-string firm needs

    A Malta-based entrepreneur is hoping to find up to two local tattoo artists to create designs for innovative underwear and swimwear that will be launched internationally within a year. The clothing will feature designs printed on a transparent...

  • Updated - Vella urges vigilance as Libya now has two governments and chaos spreads

    Updated - Vella urges vigilance as Libya now has two governments and chaos spreads

    Updated Tuesday morning - The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened yesterday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by...

  • Swieqi crash

    Swieqi crash

    A car crashed into an electricity pole in St Andrew Street, Swieqi, this afternoon, creating a traffic jam. The accident happened at about 4.45 p.m. The driver, a young woman, was taken to hospital for checks.

  • Corinthia seeks business within Russia as Ukraine tensions affect St Peterburg hotel - Tripoli hotel remains open with nucleus of staff

    Corinthia seeks business within Russia as Ukraine tensions affect St Peterburg hotel - Tripoli hotel remains open with nucleus of staff

    The Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg is seeking to attract new business from within Russia after having been hurt by the international political tensions over Ukraine, hotel owners IHI have reported. The group has meanwhile reduced its staff at the...

  • Travellers urged to avoid countries where Ebola confirmed

    Travellers urged to avoid countries where Ebola confirmed

    The health authorities have issued a travel advice against travel to countries where Ebola has been confirmed.  "As a precautionary measure to limit possible exposure to affected areas with Ebola, the Public Health Authorities recommend the...

  • Libya seeks foreign help for oilfields as rockets fired at airport

    Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said. The plea came as attackers fired Grad rockets at...

  • German woman hunts down father's ashes

    A German woman has found her dead father's ashes behind a stack of boxes in a convenience store after courier company DHL was unable to deliver the urn to the church for his funeral, Bild newspaper reported. When the courier could not find anyone...

  • Russian tanks 'have entered Ukraine'

    A column of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles has crossed into Ukraine in the far south east, a Ukrainian official said. Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, said the column of 10 tanks, two armoured...

  • Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

    The leader of Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza "by Islamic law", in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection. The...

  • Joseph Calleja tries to sing his way out of the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Joseph Calleja tries to sing his way out of the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Tenor Joseph Calleja tried to sing his way out of the Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday. See what happened above.

  • At last - Fence erected where Russian student fell to her death

    At last - Fence erected where Russian student fell to her death

    A fence has been put up along part of the Pembroke valley where a 17-year-old Russian student died two years ago after fracturing her skull in a 20-metre fall. A month ago, Times of Malta reported that the area remained unfenced notwithstanding...

  • Court orders defilement case to be heard behind closed doors

    A court this morning banned publication of details about a case where an 18-year-old man from Marsascala is accusing of defiling a 14-year-old girl at the Splash and Fun Park. Defence counsel made a request for the court to ban publication of...