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  • Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Mohammed Kouruma, 36, from the Ivory Coast, pleaded not guilty to the aggravated possession of four different drugs found in his apartment in St Paul's Bay. Magistrate Antonio Micallef Trigona heard how the Drug Squad found around 380 grams of...

  • Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Susan Mendus, a Morrell Professor Emerita in political philosophy at the University of York is to deliver this year's Mabel Strickland's Memorial Lecture “Politics and Morality” at the Phoenicia Hotel on Thursday at 6.30pm. The lecture will look...

  • European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    The European Court of Human Rights has declared as inadmissible a case filed by owners of land in Gozo against the government. The land owners, Gozitan residents Michael Borg, Olympia Borg and Andrew Vella and Lorena Vella argued that land they...

  • Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Maria Sciberras, a catalyst for raising significant awareness of the drug problem in Malta, has passed away, aged 75. Dr Sciberras helped set up the Detox Centre at St Luke’s Hospital. She organised and set up services for drug dependants in Malta...

  • Expert: No chemical weapons in Libya

    Expert: No chemical weapons in Libya

    There are no viable chemical weapons left in Libya and even if there were, there are no functioning missile systems with which to fire them at Malta, according to a weapons expert who surveyed the country’s arms stockpile. “In my view and from my...

  • MI5 under pressure over Jihadi John

    MI5 under pressure over Jihadi John

    UK security services are facing mounting questions over claims that the British graduate believed to be murderous extremist Jihadi John was known to MI5. Reports claimed to unmask west Londoner Mohammed Emwazi as the Islamic State (IS) frontman...

  • Update 2: Opposition calls for Joseph Muscat's resignation over 'lies' to cover involvement in Cafe Premier deal

    Update 2: Opposition calls for Joseph Muscat's resignation over 'lies' to cover involvement in Cafe Premier deal

    (Adds PL statement) The Opposition today again called for the Prime Minister’s resignation over the Café Premier deal and described as a scandal "the lies" being said to cover his involvement. Nationalist Party Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta quotes an expert saying there are no chemical weapons in Libya. The Malta Independent reports comments by Lawrence Gonzi that there are no simple answers on...

  • Egyptian policemen held after lawyer’s death

    Two Egyptian policemen accused of killing a lawyer in custody were detained yesterday on the orders of an Egyptian prosecutor, judicial sources said, a rare action against members of the security forces. The officers, a lieutenant colonel and a...

  • ‘Jihadi John’ is from well-to-do London family

    ‘Jihadi John’ is from well-to-do London family

    The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking...

  • Announcements

    AZZOPARDI. On February 25, CARMELA (former Director of English Motoring School), aged 84, passed away peacefully at her residence. She is deeply missed by her children Patrick and his wife Anna and Valerie and her husband Joseph, her...

  • Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, ceasefire

    Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, ceasefire

    Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the frontline in the east yesterday, a move that amounted to recognising that a ceasefire meant to take effect on February 15 was holding at last. The military showed reporters seven or eight guns being...

  • Merkel hopes Moldova isn’t Putin’s next target

    Merkel hopes Moldova isn’t Putin’s next target

    Germany’s Angela Merkel said yesterday she hoped Russia’s Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country’s efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow’s chagrin. The...

  • Suicide bomb strikes Nato envoy team in Afghanistan

    Suicide bomb strikes Nato envoy team in Afghanistan

    A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to Nato’s top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person, Turkish officials said. The explosion struck in the heart of the heavily...

  • Marijuana becomes legal in Washington

    Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia yesterday, launching a pot “green rush” despite a face-off between local officials and the Republican-led US Congress over the new standards. The US capital joined...

  • Islamic State smashes Iraqi history with sledgehammers

    Islamic State smashes Iraqi history with sledgehammers

    Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human...

  • Banksy in Gaza?

    Banksy in Gaza?

    A Palestinian girl looks on as a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the 50-day war last summer, in...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A football club is crowdfunding a huge Dambusters design on one of its stands in a bid to help re-finance a £380,000 bank loan. Lincoln City FC is about to launch its fundraising campaign turning a 5,681-seater stand into a vast mosaic bearing the...

  • Several measures being taken to assist Maltese investment in Libya

    Several measures have been taken to help Maltese investment in Libya, the government said this evening. In a statement issued by the finance and investment ministries, the government said Malta Enterprise was serving as a point of reference for...

  • Facebook adds new gender option

    Facebook users who do not fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. A Facebook announcement published online tells users that if they do not...