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  • Permanent deacons

    With reference to the story published on November 10 titled ‘Married father: I will make a good deacon’, at no point did Claudio Laferla cast any judgement on himself or said he would “relish” the opportunity to become a deacon. Mr Laferla was...

  • Renzi sees big slide in popularity

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government has seen a marked drop in its approval rating as economic difficulties have grown but he remains by far the country’s most popular leader, a poll yesterday showed. According to the survey by polling...

  • First concert at Oratory

    First concert at Oratory

    The first in a series of concerts inside the previously-closed Oratory of the Annunciation, annexed to the Jesuits church, in Valletta was held yesterday when the String Quartet of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra executed Beethoven works...

  • ‘IS militant kills’ aid worker

    ‘IS militant kills’ aid worker

    The Islamic State group has released a graphic video in which a black-clad militant claimed to have beheaded US aid worker Peter Kassig, who was captured last year. The militant was standing over a body, but it was not immediately possible to...

  • One way...? No way!

    One way...? No way!

    New one-way signs in Ibraġġ Road, which cuts across from San Ġwann to Swieqi, were stolen on two occasions probably by disgruntled motorists objecting to the new traffic arrangement, the Transport Ministry said. Until a few weeks ago the road – a...

  • Local emergency services recover MH17 wreckage, bodies in Ukraine

    Local emergency services recover MH17 wreckage, bodies in Ukraine

    Local emergency services have recovered human remains, aircraft parts and personal belongings from the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, Dutch authorities said yesterday. Dutch inspectors had hoped to...

  • No arrests in Żabbar kidnap attempt

    No arrests in Żabbar kidnap attempt

    No arrests were made following Saturday’s attempt to kidnap a three-year-old boy in Żabbar, a police spokeswoman said yesterday. She said the police were still investigating the case and were analysing closed circuit camera footage. The probe is...

  • Four dead as heavy rains batter Italy and Switzerland

    Four dead as heavy rains batter Italy and Switzerland

    Four people died when mudslides hit their homes in the border area between Italy and Switzerland overnight on Saturday, and a fifth was missing near the Italian port city of Genoa after days of torrential rains and flooding. Severe storms over the...

  • Fresh plans submitted for restaurant at Golden Bay

    Fresh plans submitted for restaurant at Golden Bay

    Fresh plans have been submitted to the planning authority for the relocation of Munchies restaurant, sited in the middle of one of the last remaining sand dunes at Golden Bay. New plans were submitted to Mepa for a new site underneath the car park...

  • Ebola appeal during match

    Football fans and the British public will be urged to help protect children in danger from the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak in an emergency television appeal to be aired during tomorrow’s England v Scotland international match. England captain...

  • Lieberman: no settlements halt

    Lieberman: no settlements halt

    Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank yesterday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem. His remarks were likely to compound Western...

  • Map fragment may show S. America coast in 1500s

    Map fragment may show S. America coast in 1500s

    A fragment of a map believed to have been drawn just years after the discovery of South America has been protecting a document at the notarial archives in Valletta for more than 400 years. Not a lot is known about the map, which was found this...

  • Jerusalem’s tram rides a fine line as violence surges

    Jerusalem’s tram rides a fine line as violence surges

    If there has been a constant target during weeks of unrest in Jerusalem, it is the divided city’s Light Rail, a sleek tram that snakes through downtown, past the ancient walls of the Old City, symbolically uniting Jewish West and Arab...

  • Arriva silent on claim it asked for €45m subsidy

    Arriva, which ran the bus service between July 2011 and last December, would not comment on a statement by Transport Minister Joe Mizzi that it had asked for a subsidy of €45 million to remain. Mr Mizzi said that the subsidy the government would...

  • Announcements

    CAMILLERI. On November 16, DORIS née Captur, widow of Paul, from Sliema, aged 93, peacefully went to meet the Risen Lord, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. A beloved and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is lovingly...

  • Older people ‘guess ages better’

    Older people ‘guess ages better’

    Older people are better at judging the age of others, a study suggests. Scientists from the University of Glasgow used computer-generated representations of faces to gain an insight into the mental representations of ageing in the minds of...

  • Popeye movie is still making Malta millions

    Popeye movie is still making Malta millions

    Decades after appearing on the big screen, the movie Popeye is still generating millions of euros worth of free online advertising for Malta. Research just released in London shows that, annually, the film Notting Hill generates the equivalent of...

  • Chicago parks group sues over planned George Lucas museum

    Chicago parks group sues over planned George Lucas museum

    A Chicago parks protection group sued the city over a planned museum by Star Wars film-maker George Lucas, saying the site is on a lakefront spot that cannot be handed over to a private entity. The Friends of the Parks group said in its federal...

  • Lease conversion case to go before Constitutional Court

    The Court of Appeal, composed of Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri, Mr Justice Giannino Caruana Demajo and Mr Justice Noel Cuschieri, on October 31, 2014, in the case ‘Emanuel Portelli in his own name and on behalf of his brothers, Carmel Portelli,...

  • UK National Lottery celebrates 20th anniversary

    UK National Lottery celebrates 20th anniversary

    The UK National Lottery is celebrating turning 20 this week, and some of the millionaires it has created have raised a glass of bubbly to toast the anniversary. Winners from the past two decades got together for the glamorous photo shoot and told...