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  • ‘Russia to respond if its interests are attacked’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe...

  • Obama seeks to ease Asian allies’ doubts

    President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan which started yesterday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up US engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington’s real aim is to...

  • Hamas, PLO agree on reconciliation

    The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed yesterday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to...

  • Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt violence

    An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria yesterday, and a senior officer was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car, the Interior Ministry...

  • ‘Hope for political deal in Syria is fading’

    Hopes for a political deal to end Syria’s war are fading and it is getting harder every day to send aid to millions of trapped and displaced civilians, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said yesterday. The UN has long said negotiations are the...

  • ‘It’s hard to be brave when seeing bodies underwater’

    South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry yesterday, feeling for children’s bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. The divers, with oxygen and...

  • Woman is held over deaths of three children

    A woman is being held by police on suspicion of murder after three young children were found dead at a house in south London. The 42-year-old is suspected of killing a four-year-old girl and twin boys, aged three, who are all said to have suffered...

  • Renzi wins confidence vote to ease labour rules

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi easily won a confidence vote yesterday over his plans to ease rules for companies that hire temporary workers, part of a broader plan to overhaul labour regulations. The lower-house of Parliament voted 344 to...

  • ‘Madeleine may have been victim of serial offender’

    Madeleine McCann may have been among the victims of a series of sexual assaults on British children in Portugal, probably carried out by a single offender around the time she went missing seven years ago, British police said yesterday. Madeleine...

  • Computer is replaced by spacewalkers

    Two US astronauts wrapped up a speedy spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday, replacing a failed computer that backs up one used to control critical systems such as the station’s solar panel wings. Flight engineers Rick...

  • Serendipity helps Egypt recover stolen heritage

    When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an...

  • Complex music is ‘sexy’

    Naturalist Charles Darwin’s theory that music’s primary function is sexual courtship may have been proved right, according to research. His argument has been supported by a study from the University of Sussex which shows that during the most...

  • Risk of asteroid hitting Earth ‘high’

    The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said. A global network that listens for nuclear weapons detonations detected 26 asteroids...

  • China urged to show its commitment in UN climate change talks

    China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU’s top climate change official said yesterday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie...

  • Announcements

    AGIUS. On April 22, at Mater Dei Hospital, ALBERT, ex-teacher, of San Ġwann, aged 72, passed away suddenly and peacefully. He leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife Rose, his daughter Karyn and her husband David Bonett, his son Robert, his...

  • World briefs

    A red squirrel has been hailed as a supermum after giving birth to her 48th kitten in seven years. Named Tortoiseshell, she has proved to be one of the UK’s most successful breeding red squirrels, regularly producing litters since 2008. Along with...

  • The scops owl

    The scops owl is a regular spring and autumn migrant. It breeds in southern Europe and parts of North Africa and to the east, all the way to central Asia. It passes through the Maltese islands from late March to early May and again from early...

  • Warden fines man who put in-laws’ waste in skip

    The Birkirkara council is investigating a plain-clothed warden who fined a Paola man for throwing away garbage in a skip in Birkirkara that, she claimed, was for residents only. Citing a council bylaw that, according to mayor Joanne Debono Grech...

  • Fearne’s pledge to tackle nurses’ stress levels

    The government is committed to driving down stress levels for nurses as well as increasing their job satisfaction, according to Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne. In his reaction to a study which found that nurses are suffering from...

  • Antiviral drug stockpile is money ‘down drain’

    The millions invested by Malta in stockpiling antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza to tame influenza outbreaks is money “down the drain”, according to the most comprehensive review of the two drugs. The study, conducted by the influential Cochrane...