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  • Cancer responsible for quarter of deaths

    Cancer responsible for quarter of deaths

    One in every four deaths in Malta was caused by cancer in 2011, according to the latest statistics published by Eurostat. When considering the five prevailing types of fatal cancers registered, deaths only increased in the case of breast cancer...

  • Extreme El Niño weather stunted growth of Peruvian children – study

    Extreme El Niño weather stunted growth of Peruvian children – study

    Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997 and 1998 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said yesterday. The study of 2,095 children born...

  • Yemeni security frees eight al-Qaeda hostages

    Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner in a raid in which seven al-Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country’s supreme security committee said. The committee did not disclose the nationality of the foreign...

  • Mepa policy to end ‘modern slums’

    Mepa policy to end ‘modern slums’

    The planning authority wants to do away with “modern-day slums” through a new policy that will increase minimum dwelling sizes, ban basement accommodation and alter height limitations on new developments. The draft design policy, released for...

  • ‘Split sexual abuse cases between magistrates’

    Sexual abuse cases should not always be heard by the same magistrate since “familiarity breeds contempt”, a lawyer told a court yesterday. Tonio Azzopardi was making the closing arguments in a constitutional case in which Emanuel Camilleri is...

  • Girls missing

    Two teenage girls were reported missing from Ħamrun on Monday. Sephora Camilleri, 15, was last seen in a white hoody top, while Donna Edris, 16, was wearing a black hooded jacket and dark blue jeans. The police are appealing for any information...

  • Awarded for diver rescue

    Godwin Farrugia, a boatman who risked his life to save 13 Italian divers caught in rough seas off Wied iż-Żurrieq last month, has been awarded a memento for bravery by the Malta Tourism Authority.

  • Troops boost after riots in Ferguson

    Troops boost after riots in Ferguson

    Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri’s governor yesterday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal...

  • ‘Investment in Gozo better than a bridge’

    ‘Investment in Gozo better than a bridge’

    Gozitans have long clamoured for a permanent link to Malta but not everyone there agrees a bridge or tunnel will be of benefit. Veteran hotelier Victor Borg admits he is not too keen on either of the options that have caught popular imagination...

  • ‘Stop Mediterranean from becoming a vast cemetery’

    ‘Stop Mediterranean from becoming a vast cemetery’

    Pope Francis told Europe’s leaders yesterday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming “a vast cemetery”. Addressing the European Parliament...

  • New units planned for Danes’ hideaway

    The popular ‘Danish Village’ complex in Mellieħa plans to add 150 small holiday homes. A project description report submitted to the planning authority proposes 30 new bungalow units: 25 will be built along the northern edge of the resort and five...

  • Pope orders investigation into sexual abuse in Spain

    Pope Francis yesterday said he had personally ordered an investigation into a case of sexual abuse of a minor by priests in Spain because he felt the Church should not hide the truth. Three Spanish Catholic priests and a lay person were arrested...

  • ‘Shaving and grooming, the ultimate experience’

    ‘Shaving and grooming, the ultimate experience’

    What do George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Joseph Calleja, Luke Dimech and Xandru Grech have in common? Not the acting, not the voice, not the football or the fitness skills. It’s the facial hair. They all, at one point or other, followed the continental...

  • Iranian hardliners round on Rouhani

    Hardliners rounded on President Hassan Rouhani yesterday after negotiators failed to end the Iranian nuclear dispute but the man who ultimately matters, the country’s supreme leader, tacitly backed a renewed push for a deal. Iranians faced the...

  • ‘University must cut red tape to stay competitive’

    ‘University must cut red tape to stay competitive’

    A newly graduated Ph.D. student has called on the university to cut down on red tape and continue striving to remain competitive. The university should “take stock of unnecessary bureaucratic exercises hampering progress and dampening the...

  • Sierra Leone burial workers dumping bodies in pay protest

    Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims, in the latest strike to hamper the fight against the worst known outbreak of the...

  • PBS boss did not know of Vella move

    PBS boss did not know of Vella move

    PBS chief executive Anton Attard yesterday said he never heard anyone mention that Home Affairs Ministry chief of staff Silvio Scerri wanted to get rid of presenter Norman Vella. He was replying to questions put to him by Mr Vella’s lawyer, Andrew...

  • Italy’s first Ebola patient stable and being treated

    Italy’s first Ebola patient stable and being treated

    Italy’s first Ebola patient is in stable condition in Rome after arriving yesterday from Sierra Leone where he contracted the disease while treating the sick there, his doctor said. The man, a 50-year-old Sicilian doctor whose name was not given,...

  • Mallia ‘not consulted’ over initial statement

    Mallia ‘not consulted’ over initial statement

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia said he had not been consulted about, nor seen, the statement on the shooting incident involving his security driver before it was issued. Speaking heatedly, he told Parliament last night that nobody could...

  • Hollywood memorabilia fetch over $6m

    Hollywood memorabilia fetch over $6m

    The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz and the piano from Casablanca have each sold for more than $3 million at a New York City auction. The items were among a treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia sold at Bonhams on...