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  • Angry ex-paratroopers interrupt gay rights protest in St Petersburg

    Angry ex-paratroopers interrupt gay rights protest in St Petersburg

    Russian police and ex-paratroopers break up an unsanctioned demonstration by gay activists in St Petersburg. Pavithra George reports.

  • Juan Carlos in Malta

    Juan Carlos in Malta

    The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, landed in Malta yesterday for a private visit of a few days, seen here in the evening disembarking at Malta International Airport. Juan Carlos abdicated last year at the age of 76 in favour of his son Felipe.

  • Bus passengers hit 25-year high

    Bus passengers hit 25-year high

    The number of bus passengers last year exceeded 40 million for the first time in 25 years, according to figures released by Transport Malta. The transport watchdog’s annual report says the buses carried 43.7 million passengers in 2014, a nearly 11...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says Transport Malta figures show that the number of bus passengers last year exceeded 40 million for the first time in 25 years. It also reports that...

  • Memphis manhunt for 'armed and dangerous' cop killer

    Memphis manhunt for 'armed and dangerous' cop killer

    Police have launched a massive manhunt following the killing of an officer who interrupted a drug deal. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge over the death of Officer Sean Bolton, 33, in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday night.

  • Anastacia arrives for Joseph Calleja concert

    Anastacia arrives for Joseph Calleja concert

    American singing sensation Anastacia arrived in Malta early this morning for tonight’s Joseph Calleja concert at Luxol Grounds in St Andrews. The 46-year-old power vocalist, best known for her versions of I’m Outta Love, Paid My Dues and Left...

  • Plane debris part of a Boeing 777 – Malaysia

    Plane debris part of a Boeing 777 – Malaysia

    Malaysia said yesterday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year. Experts hope the two to 2.5...

  • MH370: New object is not from aircraft

    MH370: New object is not from aircraft

    An object found on the French island of Reunion has been confirmed as “a domestic ladder” and is not a plane part, amid reports that a new piece of plane debris possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found on the island. Malaysian...

  • PKK kills two Turkish soldiers and wounds 31

    PKK kills two Turkish soldiers and wounds 31

    Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants killed two soldiers and wounded 31 in a suicide attack overnight in eastern Turkey, the army said yesterday, as violence escalated following Ankara’s air bombardment targeting Kurdish militants. PKK...

  • Gunmen kill ally of Burundi’s President

    Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday, the presidency and witnesses said, heightening tensions after a disputed presidential poll. General Adolphe...

  • Britain, France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

    Britain, France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

    Britain and France yesterday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. The French port of Calais has...

  • Day of losses seen ahead for reopened Greek stock market

    Day of losses seen ahead for reopened Greek stock market

    Greek traders said yesterday they expected a torrid day of losses when the Athens stock market opens after being shuttered for five weeks as part of attempts to stop Greece’s financial collapse. A combination of pent-up trading, worries about the...

  • Kerry says US, Egypt return to stronger ties

    The US and Egypt are returning to a “stronger base” in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. “Egypt remains vital to engagement and...

  • Cilla Black dies aged 72

    Cilla Black dies aged 72

    Tributes have poured in for “national treasure” Cilla Black after the entertainer died at her home in the south of Spain. The former pop star and television presenter, who lived in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, was 72. Black – who suffered from...

  • Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe’s migrant crisis

    Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe’s migrant crisis

    Swifts darted in and out of nesting holes in the scrubland around an old brick factory in northern Serbia. In the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across...

  • Police force working ‘in silence’

    The police force was working in silence to provide the best service possible to the country, Police Commissioner Michael Cassar told a group of new recruits yesterday. He said the force was undergoing the needed reforms. “Lead by example in the...

  • Climate pressures lead to rise in ‘new-age orphans’ in India’s delta

    Climate pressures lead to rise in ‘new-age orphans’ in India’s delta

    Eleven-year-old Srijita Bhangi sits in the waiting room of the jetty boat that connects her island home in Khulna to the mainland Sundarbans, near India’s border with Bangladesh. After spending a few days with her elderly grandparents – an effort...

  • Fight to save the Indonesian jungle may be key for endangered apes

    Fight to save the Indonesian jungle may be key for endangered apes

    The bushes shook violently and the female orangutan froze. Her baby clutched her tightly before the two quickly disappeared into the Borneo undergrowth. As the bushes parted, a broad-shouldered male orangutan strutted to the feeding...

  • Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answers

    Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answers

    Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say. A...

  • Drought-hit forests store ‘less carbon dioxide than thought’

    Drought-hit forests store ‘less carbon dioxide than thought’

    The world’s forests are taking longer than expected to recover from increasingly frequent droughts, meaning their ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide is smaller than previously thought, Utah University researchers said. If forests are...