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  • Syrian attacks continue

    Syrian attacks continue

    A boy, covered with blood, reacting after sustaining injuries following what activists said was an air strike at a site by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Duma in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, yesterday. The three-year...

  • Jacuzzi recall

    An inflatable jacuzzi is being recalled following reports by the Dutch market surveillance authority that the spa system posed “serious risk of drowning and electric shock”. In a statement yesterday, the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs...

  • Water vapour linked to global warming

    Rising levels of water vapour high above the earth are likely to intensify the effects of global warming in coming decades, say scientists. The increasing amounts of water in the upper troposphere are a direct result of human activity, research...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Humans are eating the scaly anteater to extinction, conservationists warned as a new assessment showed that all species of pangolin are under threat. The update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened...

  • Ebola experts vigilant ­– ‘but no cause for alarm’

    Ebola experts vigilant ­– ‘but no cause for alarm’

    No Ebola cases have been notified in Malta and the health authorities have played down fears the disease may be carried by migrants. The Ebola virus has killed almost 700 people in West Africa since February, making it the deadliest outbreak since...

  • Passengers feel the heat as buses bake

    Commuters had to endure temperatures of up to 35˚C over the past weeks, according to the transport watchdog. On July 6, the thermometer inside one of the buses used by Malta Public Transport Services Limited soared to 34.7˚C, according to...

  • ‘Bianca has a chance to live’

    ‘Bianca has a chance to live’

    Bianca Scott, the Australian teenager diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening disease, will be temporarily receiving subsidised life-saving medicine. “Our beautiful Bianca has a chance to live. With a series of doses being funded we can finally...

  • Blots on the landscape

    Blots on the landscape

    Months before the new Parliament building is due to be opened, the paving near Valletta’s new entrance is already looking worn out, cracked, and heavily stained with oil splatters. The newly opened sloping stairs, leading down from St James...

  • VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

    VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

    Volkswagen is poised to overtake Toyota Motor Corp as the global leader in vehicle sales, with a rapid expansion drive in China - the world's biggest auto market - while Toyota curbs growth to focus on shoring up quality. Toyota, reigning at the...

  • Police called to quell disturbance near Marsa open centre

    Police reinforcements were called to quell a disturbance near Marsa open centre late this evening. Informed sources said a fight had broken out between groups of migrants but the situation was brought under control by the police before anyone was...

  • EU and US. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The European Union and the United States have announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures...

  • Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus today, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows...

  • MTA CEO to step down

    Josef Formosa Gauci, CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, is to step down after six years in the post. His departure will come into force after a new CEO is appointed and a hand-over takes place, informed sources said. A new MTA board was named...

  • Students' Council sees benefits in Smart Card abolition, but calls for monitoring

    Students' Council sees benefits in Smart Card abolition, but calls for monitoring

    The KSU University Students' Council this evening generally praised government plans to remove the Smart Card system but asked for clarifications on checks and balances to be used with the new system. Under the new system, the same amount of...

  • Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi today after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the...

  • Snake intruder

    Police rushed to an Albuquerque home invasion call and found an unusual intruder - a large snake. Officers removed the slithering reptile after a woman called 911. Officials believe the snake slithered its way into her home, possibly through an...

  • More injured Libyans being flown to Malta

    More injured Libyans being flown to Malta

    Two injured Libyans are due to be flown to Malta by air ambulance later today, the fourth and fifth patients to be treated in Malta in the recent upsurge of violence in the North African country. Two were flown to Malta on Saturday and another...

  • More mysterious craters found in Siberia

    More mysterious craters found in Siberia

    Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported. The Siberian Times, an English-language newspaper, published...

  • Busuttil meets KSU, calls for EU funds for education

    Busuttil meets KSU, calls for EU funds for education

    A PN delegation led by Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this afternoon had talks with the University Students' Council (KSU) at party headquarters. Dr Busuttil said education remained a priority of PN policies, and he reiterated the party's call...

  • EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

    EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

    The European Union reached agreement today on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The...