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  • UK must use ‘military prowess’ to help stop Islamic State – Cameron

    UK must use ‘military prowess’ to help stop Islamic State – Cameron

    The advance of Islamic State extremists poses a “clear danger” to the future safety of Britain’s streets, David Cameron said as he explained his decision to arm Kurdish fighters. Body armour and counter-explosive equipment are among high-tech...

  • Parents complain over student data

    Parents complain over student data

    The Association of Parents of Children in Church Schools has presented the Data Protection Commissioner with a letter of complaint signed by over 2,000 parents against the controversial legal notice authorising the Education Minister to request...

  • Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe – monitoring group

    Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe – monitoring group

    The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said. The Syrian Observatory for...

  • GWU’s call to Minister Dalli

    The General Workers’ Union has registered an industrial dispute with the consumer authority over its failure to grant it recognition. In a statement, the union said it enjoyed the support of the majority of employees at the Malta Competition and...

  • Kurds advancing towards militants with US air support

    Kurdish fighters are advancing towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents, witnesses and a Kurdish peshmerga commander said yesterday. Islamic State militants have seized a large chunk of northern...

  • Man stable after blaze at his home

    A 47-year-old man is in stable condition after he was hospitalised on Saturday night following a fire at his home in Rock Street, Qormi. The police said they were informed of the fire at around 11.30pm. There were another two people in the house...

  • Heavy fighting in Tripoli ahead of UN envoy’s visit

    Heavy fighting in Tripoli ahead of UN envoy’s visit

    Heavy fighting erupted over the weekend between rival militias in Libya’s capital, hours after the new UN special envoy said he planned to visit Tripoli as early as next week to try to broker a ceasefire. Gunfire and shelling with Grad rockets and...

  • Sergeant hurt in street fight

    A police sergeant was slightly injured during an argument which broke out in St George’s Road, St Julian’s, yesterday at about 2am. Involved in the argument were a 20-year-old man from Fgura and three youths from Tarxien aged beween 17 and 19...

  • Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians

    Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians

    Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said yesterday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of...

  • COLA has brought ‘stability in wages’

    COLA has brought ‘stability in wages’

    The cost-of-living adjustment mechanism brought about stability in wages, according to a recent study, which also confirmed that Malta’s average hourly rate is half that across all EU member states. The study on pay, carried out by the...

  • Netanyahu undeterred by Hamas warnings in talks over Gaza war

    Netanyahu undeterred by Hamas warnings in talks over Gaza war

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday any deal on Gaza’s future had to meet Israel’s security needs, warning Hamas it faced “harsh strikes” if it resumed firing into the Jewish state. With a five-day ceasefire due to expire later today,...

  • Mafia man caught in the act as a ‘tourist’

    An Italian Mafia boss was arrested by the police in Pozzallo as he tried to board the catamaran to Malta posing as a tourist. Aldo Gionta, 42, who has evaded the Italian police since May, had a false identity card and €1,000 in his pocket,...

  • Hunt for driver in container probe

    Immigrants rescued from a shipping container were probably already inside when it was dropped at a European port before setting sail for Britain, Belgian police believe. International agencies are working alongside British Police as they continue...

  • Hornet is ‘not threat to bees’

    Hornet is ‘not threat to bees’

    The sting of the Oriental hornet, spotted nesting in Ħamrun last week, is more painful than that of other wasps but the species is not a threat to local beekeeping. Pictures of wasps, believed to be Oriental hornets nesting on the third floor of...

  • Breakthrough for Ukraine troops in rebel stronghold

    Breakthrough for Ukraine troops in rebel stronghold

    Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said yesterday, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine’s efforts to crush pro-Moscow...

  • Farmers licking lips at a berry good year for fruit

    Farmers licking lips at a berry good year for fruit

    Farmers are this year anticipating a good fruit harvest, set to break the decline of recent years. John Gauci, president of the Farmers’ Central Cooperative, confirmed there was an abundance of locally grown fruit on the market this year. But...

  • Nato would respond militarily to a Crimea-style infiltration

    If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a Nato country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, Nato will respond militarily, the alliance’s top commander said in an interview published...

  • Expert highlights main threats to the business

    A lack of political expertise, widespread use of chemicals, competition from abroad, alien species introduced due to lax controls and dwindling interest within the farming community are the biggest threats facing the fruit-growing industry in...

  • Year of bloodshed in Egypt leaves a thirst for revenge

    Year of bloodshed in Egypt leaves a thirst for revenge

    Egyptian police arrested 29-year-old Sherif Siam while clearing a Cairo protest camp one year ago. Four days later, he and 36 others suffocated in a packed police van on the way to jail. On the same day as Siam’s arrest, policeman Mohamed Abdel...

  • ‘I saw the light with support of Aurora nurses’

    ‘I saw the light with support of Aurora nurses’

    Having gone through the ordeal of being operated on for pan­creatic cancer, Albert Connell felt as if he was being swallowed by a wave of darkness upon being told he still needed to undergo chemotherapy. “I was distraught and completely in the...