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  • Peacekeepers in 'greatest escape'

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials have said. But 44 Fijian soldiers remain in the hands of the insurgents.

  • Scottish nationalist leader dismisses claim of sinister campaign tactics

    The leader of Scotland's pro-independence campaign Alex Salmond today dismissed an accusation that grassroots supporters had used "organised street mobbery" to try to silence a series of street debates hosted by an opposition lawmaker. The two...

  • Rebel number two to join Ukraine peace talks tomorrow

    The deputy leader of a breakaway east Ukrainian region said he would take part in talks with representatives of Moscow and Kiev tomorrow but did not expect a breakthrough, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported. Andrei Purgin, deputy prime...

  • Putin urges talks over east Ukraine

    Putin urges talks over east Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Mr Putin's comment, made to national TV network Channel 1 and reported by Russian news agencies after they...

  • Iceland raises volcano alert again

    Iceland raises volcano alert again

    Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava...

  • Porn film moratorium lifted after HIV result proves false positive

    A moratorium on US adult sex film productions was lifted on Friday after just 24 hours when a performer's initial HIV test result proved to be a false positive, according to the industry trade group that called for the suspension. The moratorium...

  • Skipper changes tune on 'Bart' boat

    Former America's Cup skipper Terry Hutchinson has backed down from his contention that Artemis Racing was sailing an unsafe boat when it capsized on San Francisco Bay last year, killing British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson. Simpson, 36,of...

  • Suspended jail term for Pole who pushed woman into the sea

    Suspended jail term for Pole who pushed woman into the sea

    A Polish software developer who lives in St Julian’s was this morning given a three-month jail term suspended for one year after he was found guilty of threatening and attacking two women and damaging an iPhone. Wictor Edmund Depta, 31, who...

  • Updated: Two men, woman charged with possession of heroin, cocaine

    Updated: Two men, woman charged with possession of heroin, cocaine

    Two men and a pregnant woman were this morning granted bail after they pleaded not guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine in amounts that denoted it was not for their personal use. Rosario Cortis, 31, of Qormi and Carmel Muscat, 40, of...

  • Migrant boat capsizes off Libya

    A boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early this morning off the shores of al-Qarbouli, some...

  • Arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself "Dark Lord" has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County...

  • Nationalist Party calls for public inquiry on vessel that fled Malta

    Nationalist Party calls for public inquiry on vessel that fled Malta

    The Nationalist Party is calling for a public inquiry on the case of the cargo vessel which fled Malta evading two arrest warrants issued on Tuesday. The Sunday Times of Malta reported today that the Madra, a 100-metre cargo ship, was slapped with...

  • Fatwa declared on UK 'heretics'

    Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning British jihadis. The fatwa, which The Sunday Times (of London) newspaper said had been issued by imams, is the strongest condemnation yet of Britons joining Islamic extremists by the Muslim...

  • Two new parish priests appointed

    Two new parish priests appointed

    Fr Alexander Borg OFM has been appointed parish priest of the Sacro Cuor Parish in Sliema and Fr Marc Andrè Camilleri of Christ the King parish in Paola by Archbishop Paul Cremona. Born in 1955, Fr Borg was ordained priest in 1983 and served in...

  • PL sells Australia Hall to settle debts, keeps Raffles

    PL sells Australia Hall to settle debts, keeps Raffles

    The Labour Party has settled some of its debts – which go back many years – through the sale of Australia Hall in St Andrew’s, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. The deal, which was only possible after the new Labour government instructed the...

  • Updated: Two dead in Paris building collapse

    Updated: Two dead in Paris building collapse

    A four-story apartment building in a north-eastern Paris suburb has partially collapsed after an explosion, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble. Fire department...

  • Friends strike gold with beach find

    Friends strike gold with beach find

    Three friends have struck gold after a German artist buried thousands of pounds worth of the precious metal on a Kent beach. Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of 24-carat gold, worth £10,000, under the sand of the Outer Harbour...

  • Enemalta expenses: Tranter to be charged

    Enemalta expenses: Tranter to be charged

    Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter is to face charges of misappropriation connected with his tenure at the helm of the energy corporation, The Sunday Times of Malta can reveal. Charges were filed this week, a source at the law courts confirmed,...

  • Seaside girl dies in sand collapse

    A nine-year-old girl has died after a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach. Police, firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene in Lincoln City battled to revive Isabel Franks after she was pulled from the hole, but were unable to...

  • Updated: Hospital cannot take weight of new wards

    Updated: Hospital cannot take weight of new wards

    The concrete structures over Mater Dei Hospital’s accident and emergency department are so weak in certain areas they cannot withstand the weight of two planned medical wards, tests have revealed. The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt that even...