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  • Maltese woman wins international chemistry competition

    Tessa Fiorini, a former student of the University of Malta and currently working as a casual teaching assistant in the Departments of Chemistry and Built Heritage, won the international Chemistry World Science Communication Competition, organised...

  • Shore debris not from missing plane

    Debris that washed ashore in south-west Australia is not from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, experts have said. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has told search co-ordinators that the material, which washed ashore six miles east of...

  • Technology leaves ashes for relatives

    The corpse-dissolving technology being considered by the government would still allow families the chance to spread their loved ones’ ashes, the man behind the technology told Times of Malta. Scientist Joe Wilson said the technology he had created...

  • MUMN insists on sole recognition for social workers

    The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said this morning it cannot accept the government’s anti-democratic behaviour in its regard and will take all the necessary action to ensure justice. It said in a statement that it had requested the...

  • 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...

  • Iceberg bigger than Malta breaks off from Antarctica

    NASA satellite images show a huge iceberg separating from the front of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. According to NASA, the iceberg is 33 km by 19 km - bigger than Malta. Scientists have been studying Pine Island Glacier over the past two...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international news today. Times of Malta says dissolving corpses in chemical baths is one of the solutions being considered to address the island’s overcrowded cemeteries. It also says that...

  • Hundreds apply for Mrs Farage's job

    Hundreds of British workers have come forward to challenge Nigel Farage's claim that only his German wife is capable of doing the job of being his assistant, an employment agency has said. The Ukip leader was forced to defend the decision to...

  • Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought - study

    A group of space explorers say the chance of a city-obliterating asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed. Deborah Gembara reports.

  • ‘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...