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  • Police want media ban on rape claim challenge

    Police want media ban on rape claim challenge

    A court case by a Dutch man challenging the police to arraign his former girlfriend for falsely accusing him of rape could continue behind closed doors as the police fear details could offend public morality. Police Inspector Yvonne Farrugia told...

  • Liberia finds two Ebola cases

    Liberia finds two Ebola cases

    Liberia confirmed yesterday it had at least two cases of Ebola, nearly two months after the West African country worst hit by the disease had been declared free of it. More than 11,200 people have died since last year in the worst ever outbreak of...

  • ‘Grexit would spell yet more misery for Greeks’

    ‘Grexit would spell yet more misery for Greeks’

    A Greek exit from the eurozone would only serve to inflict more misery on its people as the country would still have to pay back its huge debts which have soared to a staggering €243 billion, according to observers. Consequently, it is in its own...

  • Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in US ballet

    Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in US ballet

    Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the...

  • Council’s power supply cut off over unpaid bill

    Council’s power supply cut off over unpaid bill

    The power supply at the Swieqi local council office and the police station, located in the same building, was cut over a week ago because of an unpaid bill exceeding €20,000, deputy mayor Justin Fenech said. The council moved into the civic centre...

  • Katy Perry’s unholy row over sale of convent

    Singer Katy Perry is embroiled in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. Perry is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los...

  • New university ‘must get it right’ for licence

    New university ‘must get it right’ for licence

    The National Commission for Further and Higher Education has met the investors behind the American University of Malta to spell out what is expected of them. There was no deadline for the commission to make its decision on whether to grant the AUM...

  • ‘Some very difficult issues’

    ‘Some very difficult issues’

    US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures with his crutches while recovering from a broken leg and answers journalists questions in front of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, yesterday. Major powers and Iran are making...

  • Inquiry to investigate former inspector

    The Prime Minister has appoin­ted an inquiry to investigate the involvement of former inspector Daniel Zammit in the investigation and prosecution of the murder of Neville Baldacchino in December 2008. In a statement yesterday, the government said...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The RSPCA has released video showing fire crews hosing down angry bulls during efforts to free a heifer stuck fast between two tree trunks. Firefighters were forced to direct water jets at four large limousin bulls to ensure rescuers’ safety...

  • Jobless reach new low

    May had the lowest number of registered unemployed in almost 20 years, Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo said. Referring to data issued by the National Statistics Office, Mr Bartolo said just over 5,300 people registered last May – a decrease of...

  • ‘Plan places too much stress on development’

    ‘Plan places too much stress on development’

    Opposition deputy leader Mario de Marco yesterday told Parliament that the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development (SPED), as presented by the government, put more emphasis on development than on environment. He said the notion that one...

  • Adopted transgender can change identities

    Lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved through all stages an amendment to the civil union and gender identity law ensuring adopted transgender persons are given the right to change their identity. Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli said it...

  • Green light for new market in Valletta

    The House National Audit Office Accounts Committee has unanimously approved a resolution on the granting on emphyteusis of the Valletta market structure to Arkadia Ltd for 65 years, subject to changes suggested by Opposition Deputy Leader Mario de...

  • Poisonous cycads

    Poisonous cycads

    Cycads are small to large plants which are often mistaken for palms or ferns. A typical cycad is characterised by a thick wooden trunk and a crown of hard leaves at the top. Their size can vary from a few centimetres to several metres high. They...

  • ‘Storm in tea cup’ on teenager’s sole share

    Parliamentary Secretary Josè Herrera yesterday accused the Opposition of kicking up “a storm in a teacup” over the one share in Fort Security Services Ltd held by 18-year-old Karl Cutajar, who had since relinquished his holding. To repeated...

  • Babbler birds can ‘convey meaning’

    Babbler birds can ‘convey meaning’

    Babbler birds do more than babble – they appear to communicate like humans, scientists have revealed. The chestnut-crowned babbler, from Australia, rearranges apparently random sounds to produce calls that convey meaning, researchers found. Such...

  • Announcements

    CATANIA. On July 1, at Mater Dei Hospital, ANTHONY, of Naxxar aged 79, went to meet the Risen Lord, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Evelyn, his sons Patrick, Kevin and his wife Joanna, grandchildren...

  • The cost of MIC

    The two entities that took care of informing the public about the European Union – MIC and Forum Malta in Europe – cost the Exchequer some €7.8 million between 2000 and 2008, Foreign Minister George Vella informed Parliament yesterday. Answering a...

  • Moody's lowers Greece's ratings after default

    Moody's cut its rating on Greece to 'Caa3' from 'Caa2' as the country became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. The ratings agency said it expects Greece to default on its privately held debt...