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  • With this ring, I thee abduct...

    With this ring, I thee abduct...

    Malta is being criticised by international Marie Claire magazine for allowing men “to abduct women without risk of punishment, if they then go on to marry their victim”. The article, which went viral on social media, lists ‘The World’s 10 Worst...

  • Amnesty warns Libya conflict will get worse

    Amnesty warns Libya conflict will get worse

    The armed conflict in Libya, like those in Iraq and Syria, is likely to worsen and could spill over into neighbouring countries, Amnesty International has warned. In its latest annual report, released yesterday, the human rights organisation said...

  • Greece secures a four-month extension of its financial rescue

    Greece secures a four-month extension of its financial rescue

    Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue yesterday when its eurozone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its...

  • Coast Road’s ancient structures uncovered

    Coast Road’s ancient structures uncovered

    Ongoing works on the Coast Road have uncovered a Punico-Roman tomb, agricultural trenches, a fougasse and the remains of a late Roman structure, among other discoveries now being monitored by archaeologists. The Superintendence of Cultural...

  • Index says Malta lacks in crucial digital skills

    Malta needs to address its “severe digital skills gap” as almost half the population do not possess at least basic skills, according to an EU index. Seventy per cent of the Maltese are internet users, which is below the EU average of 75 per cent.

  • Extradition not a human rights issue, court says

    A Maltese businessman, wanted in Italy for allegedly smuggling more than 18,000kg of cigarettes, yesterday lost a case in which he claimed extradition would breach his human rights. Philip Mifsud has been wanted in Italy since July 2013, when the...

  • Aurobindo placement agreement for students

    Students in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta are being given the opportunity to obtain hands-on industry experience. “As time goes on, I expect scientific-based industry posts to represent the major area of employment for...

  • IS in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians

    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said yesterday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried...

  • Island Hotels hits new high

    Island Hotels Group Holdings plc have reported a record €8.8 million earnings before interest, taxation and amortisation for the financial year which ended last October – a 46 per cent increase over 2013. The group’s turnover increased by 19 per...

  • Missing UK schoolgirls ‘have crossed into Syria’

    British police yesterday said they believed that three London schoolgirls who travelled to Turkey and are thought to be trying to join militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State, have now crossed into Syria. Friends Amira Abase, 15, Shamima...

  • Home contract ended over its ‘poor service’

    Home contract ended over its ‘poor service’

    Elderly people transferred recently to the private home Casa Francesco under a public-private partnership agreement will be relocated after the government terminated the contract. Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly Justyne Caruana yesterday...

  • Announcements

    BRUNO. On February 24, at Mater Dei Hospital, CARMELO, of Valletta, aged 91, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife Polly, née Pizzuto, his children John and his wife Grace,...

  • Rare visitors to Malta spotted

    Rare visitors to Malta spotted

    These past few weeks have been good for birdwatchers with two very rare birds being spotted and photographed. Two great tits, of which there are only 16 known records so far, and a female ruddy shelduck, which has only been recorded 13 times in...

  • Gunman kills eight in Czech restaurant

    Gunman kills eight in Czech restaurant

    A man shot dead eight people in a restaurant in an eastern Czech town yesterday and then killed himself, in the worst peacetime shooting in the country’s history, officials said. The interior minister said the attack was done by an “insane...

  • BWSC on gas by 2016

    Work to convert the BWSC plant in Delimara to gas will start next January and be completed by October, according to an energy portal. The website, Penn Energy, reported yesterday that China’s Shanghai Electric Power had signed a deal with Finnish...

  • 28 people injured in LA train crash

    28 people injured in LA train crash

    Authorities are questioning a truck driver involved in a crash with a commuter train that injured 28 people northwest of Los Angeles. Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the Metrolink system whose train struck the truck at around 5.44am local time,...

  • PN backs leaks move

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has received maximum backing from his party’s administrative council over his stand on the Swiss Leaks saga. The PN said the council “unanimously confirmed” Dr Busuttil’s decision last week to suspend any...

  • Libyan PM criticises US, UK and EU for failing to supply weapons

    Libya’s official Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni yesterday criticised the US, UK and EU for failing to supply arms to his forces as they battle those of a rival government. The tough comments come a day after Libya's elected parliament, allied...

  • PL’s Debattista calls for clinic against abortion

    PL’s Debattista calls for clinic against abortion

    Government backbencher Deo Debattista yesterday urged the government to set up a “pro-life” clinic to provide psychological help to women considering an abortion. Speaking during the adjournment, Dr Debattista said many women were not being helped...

  • Rifkind to step down

    Rifkind to step down

    One of the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s most senior lawmakers yesterday said he would quit parliament and resign as head of a powerful security committee after becoming embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal. The decision by Malcolm...