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  • Melita bonds redemption announcement

    The Melita Capital plc 7.15 per cent bonds 2014 – 2016 will be redeemed in full on September 30, the company said. The bond was successfully issued and oversubscribed in 2009 and raised funds aimed at further growth in mobile services and...

  • PN backs a speedy probe of hospital

    PN backs a speedy probe of hospital

    A police investigation to be ordered by the government into reports of structural weaknesses at Mater Dei Hospital’s accident and emergency department has the backing of the Nationalist Party. “We urge the government to conclude this investigation...

  • Assad appoints new cabinet

    Assad appoints new cabinet

    A new Syrian cabinet was sworn in yesterday in the presence of President Bashar al-Assad after it was formed last week. The new ministers as well as those who were reappointed for a new term met Assad after the oath. Assad urged them to be...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta reports the CEO of MSV Live saying Maltese people were saving less, spending more and not planning for their pension, risking a retirement during which...

  • Long queue for Gozo ferries as shutdowns end

    Long queue for Gozo ferries as shutdowns end

    A huge queue of cars for the Gozo ferries formed up tonight as hundreds of Maltese returned home at the end of their summer shutdown. The queue formed at 4.30pm and by the evening extended well into Xewkija as the Gozo Channel’s three ferries...

  • Putin now wants talks on east Ukraine ‘statehood’

    Putin now wants talks on east Ukraine ‘statehood’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday called for immediate talks on the “statehood” of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have...

  • China rules out full democracy in Hong Kong

    China rules out full democracy in Hong Kong

    Pro-democracy activists vowed yesterday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s Parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of...

  • Peacekeepers on Golan Heights are moved to safe area

    Peacekeepers on Golan Heights are moved to safe area

    All the Philippine UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were moved to a secure place, the UN and the Philippines said yesterday. The UN said the 40 peacekeepers left during a ceasefire agreed with...

  • Iraqi forces end 6-week IS siege

    Iraqi forces end 6-week IS siege

    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen yesterday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli following US airstrikes against the Sunni militants’ positions, officials...

  • Iceland cuts its ash aviation alert to orange

    Iceland cuts its ash aviation alert to orange

    Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red yesterday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland’s largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190-kilometres long and up...

  • British police defend search tactics over ‘missing’ boy

    British police defend search tactics over ‘missing’ boy

    British police yesterday defended their decision to launch an international search after a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour was taken out of hospital by his family without doctors’ consent. Ashya King’s parents took him from Southampton...

  • Israel appropriates land in occupied West Bank

    Israel appropriates land in occupied West Bank

    Israel announced yesterday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank – that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years – and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Some 400 hectares in the...

  • Two die in building blast outside Paris

    Two die in building blast outside Paris

    A four-storey building in a Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion early yesterday, killing a child and an elderly woman, and late yesterday emergency teams were searching the rubble for others who were still missing. About 150 emergency...

  • Ukrainians make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter

    Ukrainians make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter

    For those living on the front line between pro-Russian separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine, the difference between life and death is often making it to the bomb shelter before the doors close. The separatist territory of...

  • Announcements

    AMATO. On August 31, JOSETTE née Muscat, aged 56, passed away peacefully comforted by the rights of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her great loss her husband Edward and her children Michael and Angie, her mother Ethel and her mother-in-law...

  • Doll hospital restores childhood memories

    Doll hospital restores childhood memories

    101-year-old Australian institution is one of few surviving places around the world where specialists can completely fix dolls from hair to heads to eyes Making customers cry may not be most shopkeepers’ goal, but at Sydney’s 101-year-old Doll...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Prince Harry will receive a £10 million birthday present when he turns 30, the Sunday Times reported. The prince has been able to access only the interest on his late mother Diana’s fortune for the past five years, but he will obtain his full...

  • Beslan school siege 10 years on

    Beslan school siege 10 years on

    As Russia prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the deadly Beslan school siege, which left 333 hostages dead, local residents remain fearful and say nothing has been done to prevent another attack. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • Increases in cargo handling fees suspended

    Increases in cargo handling fees suspended

    Increases in cargo handling fees, known as terminal operator charges, due to come into effect tomorrow have been suspended following a meeting between Transport Minister Joe Mizzi, Transport Malta chairman James Piscopo and Valletta Gateway...

  • Two die in wedding fireworks blast

    Two die in wedding fireworks blast

    A man and woman have died following an explosion at a lakeside wedding celebration. It is thought the two casualties may be firework technicians who had been booked to stage an evening display at a luxury property in Ecclerigg, Cumbria, off the...