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  • Ferguson man shot and set on fire

    Ferguson man shot and set on fire

    A 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire. St Louis County police identified the victim as DeAndre Joshua. His death is being investigated as a homicide, but police...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. All national newspapers today have a story on the arraignment of Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia’s former driver, Paul Sheehan. Mr Sheehan was remanded in custody...

  • The pintail

    The pintail

    The pintail, or silfjun in Maltese, is a regular migrant seen mostly offshore from autumn to spring. It can be seen singly or in very large flocks and sometimes one or more visit Għadira or Simar nature reserves. Usually they stay in the reserves...

  • How vultures survive their food

    How vultures survive their food

    Vultures have evolved extreme digestive systems to cope with their disgusting diet, scientists have discovered. The scavenging birds happily feast on rotting flesh that may be contaminated with faeces yet are immune to the cocktail of deadly bugs...

  • Ferguson unrest, protests swell across United States

    Ferguson unrest, protests swell across United States

    Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests...

  • Russian troops ‘backbone’ of Ukraine rebels

    Russian troops ‘backbone’ of Ukraine rebels

    Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, Nato’s top military commander said yesterday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. US Air Force General Philip...

  • Libya’s rival oil minister aims for Opec meeting

    Libya’s rival oil minister aims for Opec meeting

    Libya’s rival government wants to send its appointed oil minister to the Opec summit in Vienna this week and will refuse to comply with any production decisions if it is denied access, the minister said. Libya has two cabinets and parliaments...

  • UK jihadist brothers jailed for attending terror camp

    Two jihadist brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for going to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp. Hamza Nawaz, 24, and Mohommod Nawaz, 30, took photographs and videos of themselves as they travelled via France and Turkey to...

  • Scientist ‘terrified’ of own tech

    A leading scientist investigating geo-engineering solutions to climate change has admitted he is “terrified” of his own technology. But Matthew Watson believes that if nothing can be done to turn the tide of global warming, the human race may be...

  • Announcements

    DESAIN VIANI – The Noble LAWRENCE. On November 23, after a long illness so bravely borne, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his sad loss his beloved wife Mieke, his daughters Michele and her husband...

  • Distances to close galaxies measured

    Distances to close galaxies measured

    A new way of measuring precise distances to galaxies tens of millions of light years away has been developed by UK scientists. Sebastian Hoenig, from the University of Southampton, has created the method which is similar to what land surveyors use...

  • Christmas on the way!

    Christmas on the way!

    A picture taken with a fisheye lens shows a general view of the Christmas market after its official opening in Frankfurt, yesterday, less than one month before Christmas.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The skeleton of an 18ft-long woolly mammoth which roamed Earth up to 50,000 years ago has fetched £150,000 under the hammer at auction. A private collector sold the extremely rare Ice Age piece of natural history through Summers Place Auctions in...

  • Oil procurement: Security Service head says he was first to consider pardon for George Farrugia

    Oil procurement: Security Service head says he was first to consider pardon for George Farrugia

    The head of the Security Service, Michael Cassar, told the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee this evening that he was the first to broach the idea of a presidential pardon to oil trader George Farrugia during investigations into the oil...

  • Government criticised for failing to adopt directive on combating sexual abuse on children

     Government criticised for failing to adopt directive on combating sexual abuse on children

    Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola has criticised the Maltese government for failing to transpose into Maltese law an EU directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. Malta is currently facing infringement proceedings...

  • Sheehan taken to hospital after court arraignment - Police investigations did not tally with his version of events - prosecution

    Sheehan taken to hospital after court arraignment - Police investigations did not tally with his version of events - prosecution

    Police Constable Paul Sheehan, the home affairs minister's driver, was this evening taken back to hospital after he reported new chest pains - shortly after a magistrate turned down his request for bail. The constable was taken to hospital from...

  • Van topples over

    Van topples over

    A light van toppled over in December 13 Road just before the Blata l-Bajda flyover this afternoon. The accident happened at about 3.30 p.m. and did not involve any other vehicle. No one was injured. 

  • Heritage Malta, Farsons to collaborate on visitors' centre

    Heritage Malta, The Farsons Foundation and Simonds Farsons Cisk have agreed to work closely in the setting up and operation of a Farsons Visitors’ Centre. A three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) provides for the planning and design stages...

  • Pop infidel?

    Pop infidel?

    Israel's president has cancelled the appearance of a local pop star at a high-profile public event following the star's release of a new song focusing on a fictional Arab who gets his kicks by stabbing Jews. The office of President Reuven Rivlin...

  • EU exit would be self-destruction - Blair

    EU exit would be self-destruction - Blair

    A British exit from the European Union would be viewed as an "extraordinary act of self-destruction", former prime minister Tony Blair said as he warned Labour not to try to "out-Ukip" Nigel Farage's party. The ex-premier said there was a "high...