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  • France dismisses inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death

    French magistrates have decided to dismiss an inquiry into the 2004 death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow claims he was poisoned. The assistant prosecutor in Nanterre, Emmanuelle Lepissier, said the decision was made...

  • Greece seizes Libya-bound ship with weapons on board

    Greece seizes Libya-bound ship with weapons on board

    Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said yesterday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete.

  • Lufthansa CEO defends cost cuts as pilots threaten more strikes

    Lufthansa CEO defends cost cuts as pilots threaten more strikes

    Lufthansa’s chief executive defended the German airline’s hard line on strikes yesterday after pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened further walkouts in an row over retirement benefits and cost cuts. VC said earlier the German flag...

  • Calais migrants shut high speed Eurostar trains to UK

    Calais migrants shut high speed Eurostar trains to UK

    Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. Thousands of miles away, the bodies of other migrants washed up on...

  • Protests, checks create more confusion

    Protests, checks create more confusion

    In Hungary, hundreds of migrants yesterday protested for a second day in front of Budapest’s Keleti Railway Terminus, after they were blocked by police from boarding trains bound for Germany. More than 2,000 migrants, including families with...

  • Bangkok bomb police claim fingerprints breakthrough

    Bangkok bomb police claim fingerprints breakthrough

    Thai police investigating the Bangkok bombing said the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the border with Cambodia match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material. Police also said they are seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to...

  • Two children, six adults die in blaze at Paris flats

    Two children, six adults die in blaze at Paris flats

    Eight people have died in an apartment block fire in Paris. Police have detained a man amid suspicions that the blaze, at the foot of the famed Montmartre hill, was started intentionally, officials said. Some people died leaping out of windows to...

  • Red Cross staff shot dead in Yemen

    Two Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by an unknown attacker on yesterday, the international aid group said, in a rare case of violence against humanitarian workers in a five-month war. The pair were...

  • Eighteen Turkish workers are kidnapped in Baghdad

    Eighteen Turkish workers are kidnapped in Baghdad

    Gunmen in military uniform seized 18 Turkish workers from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad yesterday, their company said, in what Ankara said appeared to have been a targeted attack. Diplomats have said Turkey could...

  • Jets target PKK, 20 militants killed

    Jets target PKK, 20 militants killed

    Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in southeast Turkey yesterday after one soldier was killed in the area, the army said, and state media reported 20 militants were killed in the air strikes. Clashes between Turkish...

  • Ukraine outbreak brings polio back to Europe

    Two children in southwestern Ukraine have been paralysed by polio, the first outbreak of the disease in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, in a setback for a global eradication campaign. The WHO said Ukraine had been...

  • Russia says to respond in kind to new US sanctions

    Russia says to respond in kind to new US sanctions

    Moscow said yesterday it would react in kind to United States’ widening of sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, criticising the move as straining relations and posing risks for international stability. The US Federal Register...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A slice of the Queen’s 68-year-old wedding cake has sold for £500 at auction. The fruit cake, still wrapped in its original baking parchment, was one of the portions given to guests following the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of...

  • El Ñiño ‘to be among the strongest since 1950’

    The current El Ñiño weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, according to experts at the World Meteorological Organisation. The El Ñiño event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along...

  • Announcements

    BORG. On September 2, PAUL of Gżira, went to meet the Risen Lord, at the age of 69. Never forgotten by his wife Helen, his son Mark Anthony and his daughter Cynthia and her husband Roberto, his grandchildren Kyra, Laura and Luca, his sister...

  • Round-up: Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; protests in Budapest, dead wash up on Turkish beach

    Round-up: Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; protests in Budapest, dead wash up on Turkish beach

    Hundreds of migrant poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. Thousands of miles away, the bodies of other migrants washed up on...

  • Syrian migrants, including toddler, drown off Turkey

    Syrian migrants, including toddler, drown off Turkey

    An image of a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts swept across social media today after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. The picture showed a little boy...

  • Editor's choice of your photos - September 2

    Editor's choice of your photos - September 2

    Email your photos to [email protected] and, should the editor select any of them, they will be published in a gallery like the one above. Preferably the photos should be landscape and at least 620 pixels wide. The photos will then be cropped...

  • Power station turbines to be shipped to Malta in November

    Power station turbines to be shipped to Malta in November

    The turbines and auxiliary equipment for the turbines of the Delimara gas power station are due for shipping to Malta from the Siemens plant in Sweden in November. Gas turbine 2 is currently on the assembly line, the final process before packaging...

  • European Commission to intervene over debris dumped in Gozo

    European Commission to intervene over debris dumped in Gozo

    The European Commission will urge the Maltese authorities to take action against dumping on a Natura 2000 site in Gozo, after repeated complaints fell on deaf ears. Nationalist MEP Therese Comodini Cachia told Times of Malta the Commission had...