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  • Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Six scientists are locking themselves inside a 100 square-foot dome in Mauna Loa, Hawaii for the next year. The team will be under constant surveillance via cameras and body movement trackers, and they can only leave the solar-powered dome in a...

  • Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    The Kremlin has released video of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt,...

  • Bus company seeking unions' backing for changes to improve efficiency

    Bus company seeking unions' backing for changes to improve efficiency

    Malta Public Transport is seeking the backing of trade unions for proposals which will make its workforce more flexible, in a bid to improve the service. Despite expanding its fleet of buses MPT is still having problems servicing certain routes.

  • Tourist arrivals up in June, but five and four-star hotels see drops

    Tourist arrivals up in June, but five and four-star hotels see drops

    Five and four-star hotels saw a decrease in guests in June compared to the same month last year, but there were increases in lower category hotels, official figures issued today show. The National Statistics Office said guests in five star hotels...

  • 13,300 low income families to receive supplementary benefit this week

    13,300 low income families to receive supplementary benefit this week

    More than 13,300 low income families will this Saturday receive a supplementary benefit for every child. The allowance, announced last year, will be granted on September 5 to families earning less than €10,830. Social Policy Minister...

  • Autumn hunting season opens tomorrow - hours unchanged from last year

    Autumn hunting season opens tomorrow - hours unchanged from last year

    The Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Welfare this morning formally announced the autumn hunting season hours, which are unchanged from last year. They include a reduction in the hours of the mid-season curfew, as announced last year amid...

  • Rescue training for the AFM

    Rescue training for the AFM

    Annalise Psaila sent in these pictures of a team from the Armed Forces of Malta and the Italian Military Mission on rescue training at Ghar Lapsi this morning. An Italian AB212 helicopter was deployed, with the focus of the training being on...

  • Bus operator backs ban on heavy vehicles in rush hour

    Bus operator backs ban on heavy vehicles in rush hour

    Banning garbage collection and delivery vans during the morning rush hour could help ease “complicated” traffic problems, according to Spanish-owned Malta Public Transport, the company running the bus service. “There is no European city like Malta...

  • ECHR judges dissent on embryo comments - 'embryos cannot be reduced to constituent parts of anyone else’s identity'

    ECHR judges dissent on embryo comments - 'embryos cannot be reduced to constituent parts of anyone else’s identity'

    European Court of Human Rights comments on private life were deemed an “unacceptable pronouncement on the status of the human embryo” by five of its judges, including Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano. In a joint partly dissenting opinion,...

  • MUT disappointed by proposal for early school hours to ease traffic - Minister says classes will start as usual

    MUT disappointed by proposal for early school hours to ease traffic - Minister says classes will start as usual

    Updated - Adds reaction by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo below - The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) said today it was very disappointed with a White Paper proposal for schools to open earlier as a means to reduce traffic congestion. "The MUT...

  • Hunting contributes €32.4 million to the economy

    Hunting contributes €32.4 million to the economy

    Hunting may be a controversial pastime but it contributes at least €32.4 million a year to the economy, according to economist Mark Bonello. The figure, based on the average annual expenditure to maintain the hobby, equates to almost €2,300 per...

  • Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

    The evidence seized by police investigating Thailand's deadliest bombing includes an apparently damning trove of explosives, fertiliser, and piles of fake passports, but the shabby-looking foreigner they arrested on Saturday remains a...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports that hunting contributes €32 million to the economy.  l-orizzont says the former government dragged its feet on a scheme to promote waste recycling. The...

  • Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State has blown up part of the Temple of Bel - a Roman-era structure in the center of the desert city of Palmyra. Last week, Islamic State detonated explosives in the Baal Shamin temple. The extent of the damage to the World Heritage site...

  • Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Italian energy company Eni has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, it revealed yesterday. A company statement is calling it the “largest-ever” natural gas field found in the Mediterranean Sea. Eni said after full development,...

  • Libya tries to woo oil majors in London

    Libya’s National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen over the weekend engaged in another round of blitz meetings with oil majors in London in a renewed effort to stop its rival wooing its clients. The head of the Tripoli-based NOC, Mustafa...

  • Blair warns against Corbyn

    Blair warns against Corbyn

    Tony Blair yesterday warned Labour supporters to reject the “Alice in Wonderland” appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss. In defiance of appeals from the left-winger’s leadership rivals to resist further interventions, he...

  • Air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians

    Air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians

    An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah yesterday, residents said. In another air raid on the...

  • More migrants die at sea

    More migrants die at sea

    Seven people died when a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya’s coast yesterday, the second such fatal accident at sea within days, while European leaders struggled to find a coherent policy on the refugee crisis. The Italian coastguard said some...

  • Hunting spin-off leaves €30 million in economy

    Hunting spin-off leaves €30 million in economy

    Hunting may be a controversial pastime but it contributes at least €32.4 million a year to the economy, according to economist Mark Bonello. The figure, based on the average annual expenditure to maintain the hobby, equates to almost €2,300 per...