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  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a magistrate yesterday had harsh words for Appoġġ over its handling of the German children who were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago,...

  • Moves to secure Ukraine crash site

    Moves to secure Ukraine crash site

    Australia is ready to provide whatever resources were needed to secure the Malaysian airliner's crash site in Ukraine, its foreign minister said. Julia Bishop spoke as newspapers reported Australian troops and police could soon be sent. Ms Bishop...

  • Broadband penetration rate above EU average

    Broadband penetration rate above EU average

    Malta boasts 34 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, significantly above the EU average, according to an annual report on the state of the telecommunications markets in 2013. The European Commission report states that, in July last year,...

  • Gaza bloodshed deepens

    Gaza bloodshed deepens

    Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said indirect truce talks between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. While pressing a 15-day-old offensive,...

  • Fuel storage tanks hit in clashes near Libyan international airport

    Fuel storage tanks hit in clashes near Libyan international airport

    Fuel storage tanks that supply Tripoli were hit yesterday in clashes between rival Libyan militias, igniting a huge blaze near the international airport. More than 40 people have been killed in some of the worst violence in the capital since the...

  • Dutch mourn as first bodies arrive home

    Dutch mourn as first bodies arrive home

    As bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in Netherlands in memory of Malaysia Airlines victims, Ukrainian rebel leader points to group that had deadly weapon The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine...

  • German lawmakers raise doubts about Russia hosting the next World Cup

    Several senior German lawmakers yesterday raised the possibility of stripping Russia of its right to host the 2018 World Cup and the national soccer federation said it was very worried about events following the downing of a passenger plane over...

  • ‘Separatists had the fatal missile’

    ‘Separatists had the fatal missile’

    A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with...

  • Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 dead

    Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 dead

    A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan yesterday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the...

  • Announcements

    CALLEJA. On the July 22, MARIO, of Qormi, residing in Marsascala, aged 53, passed away peacefully at Mater Dei Hospital, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Licia, his children Lara and Emma, his mother...

  • Concordia for scrapyard

    Concordia for scrapyard

    The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard yesterday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. Boats sounded horns and church bells...

  • Archdiocese gets convent foundation

    The Sisters of the Sacred Heart Society have passed on the Foundation of the Convent of the 111-year-old Sacred Heart School to the Archdiocese of Malta. The foundation had been set up to run the school a few years ago as lack of vocations made...

  • Chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

    Chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

    The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa. Ebola has killed 632 people...

  • Reliquary here today

    The highly venerated reliquary holding St Laurence’s blood will be in Malta between today and Monday, for the first time. The reliquary, based in Amaseno in the province of Frosinone in Italy, is popular because the solid clot of blood becomes...

  • Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose

    Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose

    Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug, an inquest has heard. The 25-year-old journalist, model and television presenter had been taking the substitute drug methadone in the...

  • Robert Downey Jr is highest-earning actor

    Robert Downey Jr is highest-earning actor

    Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney’s Marvel superhero film franchises Iron Man and The Avengers, is Hollywood’s highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com. The 49-year-old...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A tree planted in Los Angeles to honour former Beatle George Harrison has been killed – by beetles. The pine grew to more than 3.7 metres before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation, after which it had to be removed, councillor Tom LaBonge said.

  • The humped crab spider

    The humped crab spider

    The humped crab spider is common on the Maltese islands. It is widely distributed and can be found throughout most of Europe, except for the northern parts, and in Africa. Its range extends east as far as Siberia. Crab spiders got their name from...

  • Elephants’ sense of smell superior to other mammals’

    Elephants’ sense of smell superior to other mammals’

    Elephants have been revealed to have the most sophisticated sense of smell in a league table of mammals compiled by scientists. Researchers who examined olfactory receptors, the proteins involved in detecting smell, found that African elephants...

  • Court slams Appoġġ over German case

    Court slams Appoġġ over German case

    A magistrate yesterday had harsh words for Appoġġ over its handling of the German children who were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago, saying the agency had shown it was “less able” to take care of the children than the mothers...