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  • PN Cabinet did not discuss deal on Cafe Premier - Mario de Marco

    PN Cabinet did not discuss deal on Cafe Premier - Mario de Marco

    The Nationalist Cabinet never discussed any potential deal for purchase of the lease of the contentious Café Premier, according to former tourism minister Mario de Marco. “No, Café Premier was not discussed by Cabinet during the last legislature,”...

  • 'No impact assessment of kiosks at Għadira'

    'No impact assessment of kiosks at Għadira'

    The Malta Tourism Authority did not carry out an environmental impact assessment before starting the “upgrade” of seven kiosks at Għadira Bay, because the interventions merely replaced the existing structures, according to the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a group of US investors agreed to buy Saint James Group’s flagship hospital in Sliema. In another story it quotes the Malta Tourism Authority...

  • US ambassador slashed in the face

    US ambassador slashed in the face

    The American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an assault during a breakfast speech in Seoul but that his injuries were not life threatening. Still photographs showed Lippert bleeding after he was slashed in the face by an...

  • Kentucky shopkeeper shoots thief with his own gun

    Kentucky shopkeeper shoots thief with his own gun

    A 21-year-old Kentucky shopkeeper wrestled with a thief who tried to hold up her shop and then shot another one with his own gun - and it was all recorded on CCTV in her shop. See below    

  • Cache of weapons found in young woman's car

    Cache of weapons found in young woman's car

    Bianca Micallef, 23, of Melbourne, has been remanded in custody after she was caught by police allegedly driving with a cache of weapons in her car, including nine guns, five machetes and a samurai sword, Australian media reported. The woman was...

  • Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

    Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

    A gold statue of Buddha housed at Hungary's Natural History Museum has been found to contain the mummified body of an ancient Chinese monk believed to be nearly 1,000 years old. Monika Kiss Stefan of Hungary's Natural History museum where the...

  • Dramatic sea rescue saves 941 migrants north of Libya

    Dramatic sea rescue saves 941 migrants north of Libya

    In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Medi­terranean, Italian officials said yesterday. The rescue vessels, including from Italy’s...

  • Vladimir Putin regards murder of Kremlin critic as ‘political’

    Vladimir Putin regards murder of Kremlin critic as ‘political’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend on...

  • Announcements

    BEZZINA. On March 3, at Villa Messina, Rabat, ERMELINDA, widow of Emmanuel, after an illness bravely borne, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her children, Marie Louise, wife of Joe Spiteri...

  • Islamic State is relentless to boost Libyan presence

    Islamic State is relentless to boost Libyan presence

    Islamic State militants will “stop at nothing” to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists should not be underestimated, a top United Nations official said...

  • Nato flotilla in Black Sea for training

    A Nato flotilla arrived in the Black Sea yesterday to train with vessels from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies, the United States-led Western alliance said. Tensions in the Black Sea region are running high because of the separatist...

  • Israeli PM still insists US-Iran nuclear deal is ‘deeply flawed’

    Israeli PM still insists US-Iran nuclear deal is ‘deeply flawed’

    Pushing back against President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday he had presented a practical alternative in Washington to a “deeply flawed” nuclear accord being negotiated with Iran. Returning to Israel after...

  • Pit blast in Donetsk mine, 33 workers feared dead

    Pit blast in Donetsk mine, 33 workers feared dead

    Ten miners were confirmed killed and rescuers held out little hope for another 23 who were still missing after a blast at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk near the battle front in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Mine officials said the...

  • Iran role in Iraq assault ‘could turn out well’

    Iran role in Iraq assault ‘could turn out well’

    Top US general says involvement of Shiites in pushing Islamic State out of Tikrit could be ‘a positive thing’ – provided it does not exacerbate sectarian tension Iran’s direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge Islamic State (IS) from the...

  • Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash

    Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash

    Six decades after the first conquest of the world’s highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink. Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953...

  • Study finds gorilla origins in half of human Aids lineages

    Study finds gorilla origins in half of human Aids lineages

    Revealing new details about the origins of Aids, scientists said half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting. HIV-1, which...

  • Mediterranean painted frog

    Mediterranean painted frog

    February seemed to be wetter than usual. It rained most days and, by the end of the month, I was hearing a lot of people complaining that they were fed up of the rain even though they all knew that in this country we should welcome every drop of...

  • Spider venom may lead to new class of painkillers

    Spider venom may lead to new class of painkillers

    Scientists who analysed countless chemicals in spider venom say they have identified seven compounds that block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain. In research they said could one day lead to a new class of potent...

  • Private life of hairy Hoff crab exposed

    Private life of hairy Hoff crab exposed

    Males of a species of crab nicknamed after David Hasselhoff because of their hairy chests spend largely separate lives from the females, according to research. In a study looking at the private life of the deep-sea crab known as the Hoff have...