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  • Prime Minister discusses energy and health with Singaporian counterpart

    Prime Minister discusses energy and health with Singaporian counterpart

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat discussed energy, health and the Commonwealth with his Singaporian counterpart Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting in Singapore. Dr Muscat explained Malta’s vision of transforming the country into an energy hub and said...

  • Sliema tower plans are back up to 33 floors

    Sliema tower plans are back up to 33 floors

    The height of a proposed tower on the Union Club grounds in Sliema has been yo-yoing up and down and the latest plans show it has now peaked at 33 floors. The developer, Michael Soler, had originally proposed a 32-storey tower that was then...

  • Halloween event sparks police alert

    Halloween event sparks police alert

    Armed police swooped on a Halloween event after a passer-by saw people being bundled into the back of a van by men holding guns and wearing balaclavas. But the group of 20 men and women were actually participants in a "physical horror" survival...

  • Quarantine Ebola nurse goes outside

    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said she plans to end her voluntary US quarantine and even stepped outside her home briefly. Kaci Hickox's words and actions signalled a potential showdown with police monitoring her home in Fort...

  • ‘Bus driver held us hostage for 45 minutes’

    ‘Bus driver held us hostage for 45 minutes’

    Commuters were “held hostage” by an angry bus driver for nearly 45 minutes yesterday after a passenger threatened to report him for using his mobile phone while driving. “He locked the doors and wouldn’t let us off. He screamed at me, hurling...

  • Kurdish convoy arrives at Syrian border to battle Islamic States

    Kurdish convoy arrives at Syrian border to battle Islamic States

    A convoy of Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq arrived at the Turkish border town of Mursitpinar early today, as they prepared to cross the border into Syria to help fellow Kurds fight Islamic State militants. The convoy of jeeps and flatbed...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says commuters were “held hostage” by an angry bus driver for nearly 45 minutes yesterday after a passenger threatened to report him for using his...

  • Updated: Police shoot assassination suspect

    Updated: Police shoot assassination suspect

    Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of a brazen assassination attempt of a Jewish activist in Jerusalem. Today's shooting comes just hours after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded Yehuda Glick. Mr Glick is in...

  • Solid as a rock

    Solid as a rock

    In a few localities around the Maltese islands it is possible to find what look like mounds of reddish-brown soil with stones and pebbles embedded in them. On close inspection one realises that they are actually a solid structure as hard as the...

  • ‘Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia’

    ‘Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia’

    Liberia, the country worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. WHO Assistant Director General...

  • A big comeback for giant tortoise

    A big comeback for giant tortoise

    A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home. In the 1960s only 15 of the tortoises, which can weigh over 225 kilos, remained on the island of Espanola. They came...

  • Nato jets tracking Russian bomber sorties

    Nato aircraft tracked Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea yesterday and sorties of fighters over the Baltic in what the Western alliance called an unusual burst of activity at a tense time in East-West relations. In all, Nato...

  • Libyan PM ready for talks with government rivals

    Libyan PM ready for talks with government rivals

    Libya’s internationally-recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said yesterday he was ready for peace talks with rivals controlling the capital Tripoli and questioning his legitimacy if all sides made concessions. The North African country...

  • Lawmakers criticise UK’s immigration ‘mess’

    Lawmakers criticise UK’s immigration ‘mess’

    Britain’s border and immigration system is a “mess”, lawmakers said yesterday in a report which will increase pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to take a tougher line on migrants ahead of next year’s national election. Opinion...

  • Israeli PM fumes at US comment

    Israeli PM fumes at US comment

    An anonymous US official’s reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit”, or worthless coward, drew a sharp response yesterday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration. The...

  • US supply rocket explodes shortly after blasting off

    US supply rocket explodes shortly after blasting off

    An unmanned US supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since Nasa turned to private operators to run cargo to the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built...

  • Get your basic facts right!

    Get your basic facts right!

    Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims and what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best,...

  • ‘Pope Francis is my hero’ – Elton John

    ‘Pope Francis is my hero’ – Elton John

    Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic Church. The British star hosted his annual Aids benefit in New York City. At the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John...

  • Law firm to investigate death of Joan Rivers

    Melissa Rivers, the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers, has hired a New York law firm to investigate the circumstances behind her mother’s death from a complication during an outpatient throat procedure, the firm said. The investigation could...

  • Collins donates Alamo collection

    Collins donates Alamo collection

    British rock legend Phil Collins brought his massive collection of Alamo artefacts to the San Antonio site those in the Lone Star State call the Shrine of Texas Liberty for a museum that will be named in his honour. “This completes the journey for...