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  • Malaysia declares MH370 an ‘accident’

    Malaysia declares MH370 an ‘accident’

    Malaysia declared yesterday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims’ relatives while the search for the plane goes on. The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on...

  • Key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in the story of humanity

    Key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in the story of humanity

    A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the...

  • Laser’s co-inventor Charles Townes dies

    Laser’s co-inventor Charles Townes dies

    Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionised science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley...

  • Thorn Birds author dies

    Thorn Birds author dies

    Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 bestselling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77. McCullough turned to writing after working for more than a decade as a neuroscientist in...

  • Fidel Castro ‘in good health’

    Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met him told official Cuban media. Castro, 88, who stepped down from power in 2008, has not been seen in public in a year and his...

  • Announcements

    BALZAN. On January 28, at Boffa Hospital, MARY of Ħamrun, widow of Ġużeppi, aged 85, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her son, Fr Henry Balzan, parish priest of St Cajetan’s, Ħamrun, her...

  • Starting young...

    Starting young...

    A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps in Gaza City yesterday. Hamas's armed wing organised “Liberation Youths...

  • Icy refuge

    Icy refuge

    A church made entirely of ice is seen during the night at Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains, Romania, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Dippy the Diplodocus has become a monster trending hit on Twitter as supporters rally to stop him being put out to pasture by the Natural History Museum. News that the 26-metre-long plaster dinosaur skeleton is to be moved out of the museum’s main...

  • 7-second delay cost lottery jackpot

    A Quebec man who bought a lottery ticket seven seconds too late to be declared the winner has lost his court bid to appeal over a decision denying him half of the 27 million dollar prize. The Supreme Court of Canada refused today to accept Joel...

  • 25 killed in spate of Sinai attacks

    At least 25 people, including civilians, have been killed in a spate of attacks by militants on more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The simultaneous attacks involved a car bomb and mortar rounds,officials...

  • Passport scheme boosting building industry - Sandro Chetcuti

    Passport scheme boosting building industry - Sandro Chetcuti

    The citizenship programme was boosting the building industry with a good number of foreigners wanting to buy property in Malta, Malta Developers Association (MDA) president Sandro Chetcuti said tonight. Speaking at the MDA annual general meeting...

  • Updated: TV gunman 'claimed to be hacker'

    Updated: TV gunman 'claimed to be hacker'

    A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime today claimed to be from a "hackers' collective", according to a reporter who spoke to him. NOS was off air for around an hour. When it came back, it...

  • Toni Abela concludes plenary session of Labour Party's general conference

    International events, particularly the developments in Libya, affected Malta, Labour Party deputy leader Toni Abela said this evening. Dr Abela was closing the plenary session of the party’s annual general conference. He said that what former...

  • EU extends sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has decided to extend a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russian separatist officials which were due to expire in March by six months because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. Dutch foreign minister...

  • Government reiterates offer to help in Libya dialogue

    Government reiterates offer to help in Libya dialogue

    The government has reiterated its offer to make available, as far as possible, all services and facilities at its disposal to UN special envoy Bernardino Leon and the present and prospective participants in the dialogue efforts to broker a...

  • Carmelo Abela highlights need for integrated European approach to combat terrorism

    Carmelo Abela highlights need for integrated European approach to combat terrorism

    The need for an integrated European approach to counter terrorism was highlighted today by Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela during the Informal Justice and Home Affairs council in Riga. The minister referred to the recent terrorist attack on...

  • Five-year interconnector deal between Enemalta, Enel, signed

    Five-year interconnector deal between Enemalta, Enel, signed

    Enemalta and Enel Trade today signed a five-year framework agreement to use the Malta-Sicily interconnector for the importation of electricity from Italy. The agreement was signed by Enemalta’s executive chairman Fredrick Azzopardi, deputy...

  • Eight EU countries increase price of petrol, Labour Party says

    Official European Commission figures published today showed that eight European countries increased their price of petrol over last week. Seven increased the price of diesel, the Labour Party said. It said in a statement these countries included...

  • Nationalist Party insists on immediate revision of fuel prices

    Nationalist Party insists on immediate revision of fuel prices

    The Nationalist Party this afternoon again called onto the government to immediately revise petrol and diesel prices insisting people were being robbed at the petrol pump with every day that passed. Energy shadow minister Marthese Portelli told a...