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  • ‘Wait finally over’ for team eyeing summit

    Over the next two days, the Maltese Everest 14 team will be covering 25 kilometres and some 1,350 metres in altitude, days after the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Gregory Attard, who is leading the team which will attempt to...

  • Cyprus accord 'possible this year'

    A deal to end the 40-year-old Cyprus conflict could happen this year, the Turkish Cypriot leader has said. Dervis Eroglu said negotiations with Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades on reunifying Cyprus, which resumed in February after a...

  • Study reveals how suicidal thoughts trouble students

      Eight per cent of medical and pharmacy students indicated they wanted to commit suicide because of stress and 22 per cent wanted to quit the course, according to a university study. All of the respondents said they made use of alcohol while just...

  • Tour organisers in language row

    Organisers of the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire have insisted the last thing they want to do is tone down the county's identity after it emerged volunteers were being asked to avoid traditional northern greetings like "love". Thousands of...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta reports on the start of the electoral campaign for May’s MEP elections saying European issues were far from the messages that party leaders pitched to...

  • Apple reveals plans to go greener

    Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is...

  • Gonzi: gay adoptions in unions Bill wrong

    The Civil Unions Bill should not have included gay adoption, former PN leader Lawrence Gonzi says today in an opinion piece that breaks the silence which has characterised his political retirement. Dr Gonzi says he felt compelled to write because...

  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig their heels in

    An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering yesterday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. US and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and...

  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing plane

    A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean yesterday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The...

  • Protesters fight police and burn effigies of Venezuela President

    Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the “resurrection” of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have...

  • Teenager survived flight in jet wheel well

    A teenaged boy has survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner, an airline said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, who was not identified, was spotted by airline personnel after Hawaiian Airlines flight 45 landed in Maui...

  • Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad’s opponents

    Syria yesterday announced a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Western and Gulf Arab...

  • ‘Conduct of crew tantamount to murder’

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday said the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old video transcript showed the captain promoting the safety of the same...

  • Japan shrine offering angers China, S. Korea

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. The...

  • Clock ticking for Thai PM

    A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict. The fate...

  • Anger grows as families cremate Everest victims

    Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas yesterday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain. The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered...

  • Brown steps up his bid to keep Scotland in UK

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. Brown, a Scot, will make his first speech today in support of the cross-party...

  • Queen turns 88

    Traditional gun salutes yesterday marked the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who decided to spend the day privately at Windsor Castle. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun royal salute from Green Park in central London at...

  • Sex symbols ‘have fat legs’

    They are sex symbols idolised by millions but Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have fallen foul of famously catty actor Rupert Everett – who says they have fat legs. The stage and screen star, 54, singled out the women as representative of a...

  • World briefs

    A mother has described the “dilemma” she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure. Helen Clements was visiting Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her nine-year-old son George and daughter Charlie, 12,...