• War and peace

    War and peace

    Tomorrow, July 28, is the 100th anniversary since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively starting World War I, which involved more countries and caused greater destruction than any other war except World War II. The conflict was...

  • Exhibition of sculptures

    Exhibition of sculptures

    An exhibition of sculptures by John Paul Azzopardi entitled Bri-Co-Lage was held at Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo museum and cultural centre in Victoria. It consisted of a collection of works made from various synthetic and organic materials combined...

  • Trees bear the brunt

    Trees bear the brunt

    It hasn’t been a good week for trees. Reports that an estimated 2,000 mature trees faced the chop at Kennedy Grove understandably generated angst among many. The sheer number of trees involved makes it hard to fathom how they can all be transplanted.

  • Misael Cassar, MD

    Mgr Charles Vella, Milan writes: Whenever I receive the news that one of the early pioneers of the Cana Movement has passed away, I very much feel that part of me has gone too. This is the case of an old-time friend and co-worker in the movement,...

  • Pope visits Caserta

    Pope visits Caserta

    Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the palace of Caserta, former residences of the Royal House of Bourbon, before leading a Mass, in Caserta, southern Italy yesterday.

  • Quotes and news

    Giuseppe Lazzarotto, apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land, Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Boutros Twal and Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah pleaded for peace in the Holy Land. Lazzarotto said the loss of life in Gaza is “not acceptable”, adding that...

  • Quotes of the week

    “Legally correct but illogical.” Lawyers reacting to a magistrate’s decision to order police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. “We are acting very prudently... and we don’t want any information to...

  • Coming up

    • The feast of St Martha will be celebrated at Tal-Għonq chapel, Victoria, on Tuesday. Mass will be said at 8.30 and 10.30am. The rosary will be recited at 6.30pm. Mgr Girgor Grech will celebrate Mass at 7pm during which there will be the blessing...

  • Human beings need to go out to be in nature

    Human beings need to go out to be in nature

    What is the real nature of a human being? What is our highest potential and how can we live it to fulfill the essence of our purpose? We live in a world of impulses, noise, external light and constant movement. The silence of a forest has...

  • Pharmacies open today

    Malta & Gozo: 9am – noon Waterfront Dispensary, Forni, 21, Pinto Wharf, Floriana;Brown’s Pharmacy, 706, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun;Evans Pharmacy, 96/98, St Sebastian Street, Qormi;Pharmaplus, Ganu Street, Birkirkara;Deby’s Pharmacy, 1, Quarries...

  • World Briefs

    A man feeds a sea lion by placing a sardine in its mouth and calling out to the animal in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. The US Navy trains dolphins and sea lions under the US Navy Marine Mammal Programme, based in San Diego, California, to...

  • Kidnappers may be after a ransom

    Kidnappers may be after a ransom

    The disappearance of Martin Galea in Libya last week may be one of many kidnappings perpetrated by groups seeking ransom money. A Libyan source, who asked to remain anonymous, said Mr Galea’s abduction was unlikely to have political...

  • Friends hope military background will help

    Friends hope military background will help

    Friends of the Maltese oil worker abducted in Libya hope that his military background will help him remain focused and get through the ordeal. “He can be a positive guy, even more so if he sees a way out… his training will help him stay focused.

  • Motorists driven up wall as fireworks close roads

    Motorists driven up wall as fireworks close roads

    Motorists are being driven to distraction by the police’s decision to close a number of major arterial roads to accommodate feast enthusiasts this weekend. Last weekend part of Regional Road was inaccessible in the evenings due to the Msida...

  • Updated: Rocket fire despite truce extension

    Updated: Rocket fire despite truce extension

    Hamas resumed rocket fire on Israel after rejecting its offer to extend a humanitarian ceasefire, the latest setback in efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24...

  • Updated: Government reiterates advice against all travel to Libya

    Updated: Government reiterates advice against all travel to Libya

    The government last night reiterated its advice against all travel to Libya. It said in a statement that in view of the worsening situation it also encouraged the Maltese still in Libya to leave the country using commercial means. The government...

  • Italian coast guard rescues 53 migrants from tiny boat

    Italian coast guard rescues 53 migrants from tiny boat

    The Italian coast guard today released avvideo of the rescue of 53 migrants from a rubber dinghy in the Strait of Sicily. The majority of the migrants, including three women, were said to be of sub-Saharan origin. An Icelandic aircraft...

  • Updated: Injured Libyans brought to Malta for treatment

    Updated: Injured Libyans brought to Malta for treatment

    Three Libyans, two of them injured, were brought to Malta for treatment last night They arrived in an Air Ambulance from Tripoli and were taken from Mater Dei Hospital to Mater Dei, where a section has been set up for the purpose.

  • Man 'abused children for 20 years'

    German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment. Petra Hertwig, a prosecutor in the eastern city of Cottbus, told...

  • Mouldy mix-up

    Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they did not expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Police in the central city of Braunschweig said the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city...