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  • PN leader ‘only now informed’ of Gozo e-mail

    PN leader ‘only now informed’ of Gozo e-mail

    Simon Busuttil said he only got to know on Friday of an e-mail sent last year to the PN general secretary outlining the “works for votes” scam under former Gozo minister Giovanna Debono. The Nationalist Party leader yesterday told Times of Malta...

  • S.Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree

    Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a new nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The...

  • GWU-backed unions seek recognition as representatives of disciplined forces

    GWU-backed unions seek recognition as representatives of disciplined forces

    Three new General Workers Union-affiliated unions grouping policemen, soldiers and correctional officers are formally requesting recognition as trade union representatives of those sectors, GWU general secretary Tony Zarb announced this...

  • Second blogger hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

    A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka today, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Washikur Rahman, a secular blogger,...

  • Killer pilot's girlfriend 'pregnant'

    Killer pilot's girlfriend 'pregnant'

    The girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is pregnant with his child, according to reports. Lubitz deliberately crashed an Airbus A320 into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 people on board. As questions continue to be asked...

  • UK's Labour warns of "chaos" over Europe if PM Cameron wins election

    Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say later today that Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on European Union membership will subject business to two years of chaos if the Conservatives win the...

  • Couple run over by their own car

    A man in the UK  suffered a broken leg and a woman was also taken to hospital after the couple were apparently run over by their own car. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the incident in Lid Lane in Cheadle, Staffordshire,...

  • Hunters condemn illegalities as Cabs discovers 127 illegal finch trapping sites

    Hunters condemn illegalities as Cabs discovers 127 illegal finch trapping sites

    Updated 8.30 p.m. The FKNK hunters' federation and St Hubert's Hunters Association this evening condemned illegalities after Cabs - the Committee Against Bird Slaughter - reported a massive increase in illegal finch trapping in spring. The...

  • Gozo Minister in hospital

    Gozo Minister in hospital

    Gozo Minister Anton Refalo is at Mater Dei Hospital having reportedly suffered heart problems. He was initially admitted to Gozo hospital and then transferred to Malta for medical investigations. His condition is not thought to be serious. 

  • Angelina’s cancer gene is rare among Maltese

    Angelina’s cancer gene is rare among Maltese

    The “faulty” gene which prompted Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to have a preventive double mastectomy and, more recently, an operation to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes is very rare in Malta, according to breast surgeon Joseph...

  • €2,500 stolen as series of hold-ups continues

    €2,500 stolen as series of hold-ups continues

    Over €2,500 in cash were stolen from a supermarket in Ibrag Road, Swieqi at about 9.15pm yesterday at a spate of hold-ups continues. The police said an armed man entered the shop and demanded money from the cashier. The thief was handed about...

  • Plans for big reform in vocational education

    Plans for big reform in vocational education

    Post-secondary vocational education is set for a “transformation” with the introduction of three colleges catering for different levels of certification.  Silvio de Bono, president of the Mcast board of governors, told Times of Malta that the aim...

  • Passengers tell of crash-land drama

    Passengers tell of crash-land drama

    The passengers and crew aboard the Air Canada plane that crash-landed during a snowstorm were lucky to have escaped serious injury, an expert has said. The Airbus A320 crashed into a bank of antennas at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport,...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says there are plans for a big reform in vocational education. The Malta Independent reports that John Dalli had claimed that Simon Busuttil helped orchestrate his...

  • Sarkozy wins French local elections; far right makes limited gains

    Sarkozy wins French local elections; far right makes limited gains

    The far-right National Front (FN) made only limited gains in French local elections won by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives yesterday. Sarkozy's UMP and its allies will take over 66-70 departements, up from 41, while the ruling...

  • Thousands march in Tunis after Bardo museum attack

    Thousands march in Tunis after Bardo museum attack

    World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians yesterday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national...

  • Arab summit announces formation of a military force to counter crises

    Arab summit announces formation of a military force to counter crises

    Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt yesterday announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars. Working out...

  • Nigerians vote on second day – glitches, killings

    Nigerians vote on second day – glitches, killings

    Voting in Nigeria’s tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day yesterday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by...

  • Clashes, air strikes persist in Yemen

    Clashes, air strikes persist in Yemen

    Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters yesterday in downtown Aden, the absent leader’s last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city...

  • Air Canada Airbus A320 skids off runway, 23 hurt

    Air Canada Airbus A320 skids off runway, 23 hurt

    Some 23 people were taken to hospital yesterday after an Air Canada plane made an “abrupt” landing and left the runway during bad weather. The airline said they were taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries after the...