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  • Berlusconi loses ‘his’ spokesman

    The spokesman who shadowed former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for almost two decades quit the centre-right leader’s party yesterday, a statement said, the latest blow to the media magnate ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote in...

  • Solemn Pope leads Palm Sunday service

    Pope Francis yesterday led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes. The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine...

  • Tunisia orders the release of Ben Ali officials

    A Tunisian military court has ordered the release of ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s former interior minister and security chief, who were jailed after the country’s 2011 revolution, the government and lawyers said yesterday. The release...

  • Missing plane: batteries of the black box ‘dead’

    Following four strong under­water signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane’s all-important black boxes may finally have died. Despite having no new...

  • Europe’s top banks cut 80,000 more staff in overhaul

    Europe’s largest banks cut their staff by another 3.5 per cent last year and the prospect of a return to pre-crisis employment levels seems far off, despite the region’s fledgling economic recovery, reports stated yesterday. Spurred into action by...

  • Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fading as Sisi builds power

    In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood. “In the name of God the Merciful,” it reads, “Allah...

  • Why gambling addicts keep trying their luck

    A part of the brain linked to emotion may drive gambling addicts to keep trying their luck, research has shown. Scientists homed in on the insula, a folded area buried deep within the cerebral cortex, by studying patients with damage to different...

  • Sunday blues?

    Protesters scuffle with police during a rally to demonstrate against the government’s decision to allow shops to open for more than two Sundays a year, in the commercial Ermou Street in central Athens, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    The world’s most complete preserved mammoth will go on display at London’s Natural History Museum next month – the first time that the find has been shown in Western Europe. The baby mammoth, found in Siberia by a reindeer herder in 2007, is...

  • Announcements

    SANT. GUIDO (1924 – 2014), passed away peacefully on April 13, at Mater Dei Hospital, comforted by the rites of Holy Catholic Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife Carmen, née Fenech, his children Silvana and her husband Alfred...

  • '36 die' in Mexico bus crash horror

    At least 36 people are reported to have been killed after a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames in southern Mexico. Officials in Veracruz said four people survived the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight...

  • Too late to block hunting referendum, Government spokesman

    It is “too late” to try to change a law which would block a probable referendum on spring hunting, government spokesman Carmelo Abela told The Sunday Times of Malta. He was reacting to an appeal by the hunters’ federation, FKNK, for...

  • Ta’ Bistra catacombs to get new walkway

    An ancient set of catacombs in Mosta dating back almost 1,700 years will become more accessible to visitors as a result of a new walkway and reception centre. A planning commission approved a development application by Heritage Malta to built an...

  • 'Protect investments of the vulnerable elderly'

    A financial adviser has called for a reporting procedure to be introduced to protect vulnerable elderly people from being pressured into cashing in their investments. He made the appeal after describing his sense of helplessness when, over just a...

  • PL appeals to Opposition to vote in favour of civil unions

    The Labour Party this afternoon appealed to the Opposition for a vote in favour of the Civil Unions Bill in Parliament tomorrow. In a statement, it said that having failed to give this minority right in its 25 years in government, the Opposition...

  • Updated - Police: no decision yet on Bonnici accident

    (Adds minister's statement) The police have still not decided whether to issue charges against Justice Minister Owen Bonnici over a car accident in which a man was injured last week. “I have reviewed the case file and we are still in the process...

  • Illegal pigeon loft plan rejected

    A planning tribunal turned down an application for an illegal pigeon loft in a residential area in Birkirkara, on grounds that the structure should not be in an urban area. The loft does not have a place in a residential zone and its design was...

  • Pope poses for 'selfies' with young

    Pope Francis has marked Palm Sunday in a packed St Peter's Square, ignoring his prepared homily and speaking entirely off the cuff. The Pope followed his remarkable departure from practice by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with...

  • 'I was strip-searched after I complained of prison food'

    A Nigerian inmate is claiming he was “humiliated” by a full-body search, accused of being a ringleader and transferred into another division the day after he complained about prison food. Joseph Feilazoo said that the morning after he complained,...

  • PN broadcasting complaints almost match Labour’s for whole of last term

    The Nationalist Party has filed nearly as many complaints to the Broadcasting Authority as Labour did during its last five years in Opposition, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. Figures provided by the authority reveal that the PN has filed 14...

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