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  • Israel knocks out Gaza power plant

    Israel knocks out Gaza power plant

    Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave yesterday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict. Health...

  • EU agrees broad sanctions against Russia on Ukraine

    EU agrees broad sanctions against Russia on Ukraine

    The European Union agreed for the first time yesterday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The US...

  • US steps up its economic squeeze

    President Barack Obama said last night the US has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier. Speaking at the White...

  • Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from disease

    Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from disease

    The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus yesterday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The demise of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients,...

  • Announcements

    FORMOSA KERR – Fr CHERUBIN, OSA, passed away suddenly on July 26 at Villanova Monastery, Pennsylvania, USA. He leaves to mourn his loss the Augustinian Community, his nephews and nieces, and his many friends in the USA and Malta. Mass for the...

  • Karzai’s cousin killed by holiday suicide bomber

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed in a suicide bomb attack yesterday, officials said, deepening strains over an election marred by fraud and under a UN-monitored...

  • Islamic State video wages mind war on Iraq soldiers

    Islamic State video wages mind war on Iraq soldiers

    Islamic State, the al-Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed. Iraq’s army...

  • Mothers may pass on fears via smell

    Mothers may pass on fears via smell

    Mothers teach newborn babies what to be scared of by literally letting them smell their fear, new research suggests. In a study of rats, scientists showed how a mother’s alarm scent primed her days-old offspring to develop a peppermint...

  • Brain region linked to pessimism

    If your glass is always half empty, it could be because of a tiny brain region that teaches us to expect the worst. Scientists believe the habenula, an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain half the size of a pea, plays an important role in...

  • Smelting, mining ‘caused pollution in Antarctica’

    Smelting, mining ‘caused pollution in Antarctica’

    The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred as a result of industrial emissions more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole, scientists have discovered. Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first man to set foot on the pole in...

  • Syrian attacks continue

    Syrian attacks continue

    A boy, covered with blood, reacting after sustaining injuries following what activists said was an air strike at a site by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Duma in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, yesterday. The three-year...

  • Water vapour linked to global warming

    Rising levels of water vapour high above the earth are likely to intensify the effects of global warming in coming decades, say scientists. The increasing amounts of water in the upper troposphere are a direct result of human activity, research...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Humans are eating the scaly anteater to extinction, conservationists warned as a new assessment showed that all species of pangolin are under threat. The update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened...

  • VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

    VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

    Volkswagen is poised to overtake Toyota Motor Corp as the global leader in vehicle sales, with a rapid expansion drive in China - the world's biggest auto market - while Toyota curbs growth to focus on shoring up quality. Toyota, reigning at the...

  • Police called to quell disturbance near Marsa open centre

    Police reinforcements were called to quell a disturbance near Marsa open centre late this evening. Informed sources said a fight had broken out between groups of migrants but the situation was brought under control by the police before anyone was...

  • EU and US. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The European Union and the United States have announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures...

  • Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus today, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows...

  • MTA CEO to step down

    Josef Formosa Gauci, CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, is to step down after six years in the post. His departure will come into force after a new CEO is appointed and a hand-over takes place, informed sources said. A new MTA board was named...

  • Students' Council sees benefits in Smart Card abolition, but calls for monitoring

    Students' Council sees benefits in Smart Card abolition, but calls for monitoring

    The KSU University Students' Council this evening generally praised government plans to remove the Smart Card system but asked for clarifications on checks and balances to be used with the new system. Under the new system, the same amount of...

  • Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi today after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the...