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  • Doctors ‘won’t be held responsible’ if patients harmed over union directive

    Doctors say they will refuse to be held responsible for any harm that might come to patients following a union directive issued to hospital nurses not to fill in ‘covering letters’ which are necessary for the administration of certain...

  • Kalkara murder accused gets bail

    The man accused of murdering his former partner’s father was yesterday granted bail against a deposit of €30,000 and a personal guarantee of €30,000. Gregorio Scicluna, 52, stands accused of killing Joseph Caruana, 61, who was shot dead in front...

  • ‘Egg-theft sacking’ contested

    A man who was sacked from a catering company after he was accused of stealing a carton of eggs yesterday filed a case before the Industrial Tribunal. Jonathan Micallef, 31, from Valletta, accused his former employer, Mannarinu Limited, of firing...

  • Hong Kong government and students stand their ground

    Hong Kong government and students stand their ground

    Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground yesterday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough...

  • Msida works set to be in top gear

    Msida works set to be in top gear

    The transport watchdog and the ministry are in talks to speed up roadworks in Msida to ease congestion, but no target date has yet been set. “I’m insisting the work is done in the shortest possible time. I’m insisting on more manpower, and if...

  • Prince William, wife Kate expecting baby next April

    Prince William, wife Kate expecting baby next April

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their baby is due in April next year, Kensington Palace has said. Kate, who is expecting her second child, has been suffering from another bout of the illness hyperemesis gravidarum which she...

  • Smoother passage to temples

    Smoother passage to temples

    Some 60 rural roads across Malta and Gozo will be upgraded in the coming months, including the neglected one leading to Ħaġar Qim temples. Triq il-Panorama, limits of Qrendi and Siġġiewi, will be improved at an estimated cost of €636,000. This...

  • First battle won as Nigeria declared free from Ebola

    First battle won as Nigeria declared free from Ebola

    Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught...

  • Schools target substance abuse

    Caritas and Sedqa are to cooperate in a joint programme on substance abuse prevention with students of State schools. Youths would be invited to weekend seminars organised jointly by Sedqa, Caritas and the Youth Agency. The information was given...

  • Fear of deadly infection ends for dozens on watch lists in US

    Fear of deadly infection ends for dozens on watch lists in US

    Weeks of worry about Ebola infection ended yesterday for several dozen people who came off watch lists in the United States, but 120 others were still being monitored for symptoms as the US government ramped up its response to the...

  • Sant’ Antnin increases recycling

    Sant’ Antnin increases recycling

    Figures provided by Environment Minister Leo Brincat showed that the amount of recycling by the Sant’ Antnin plant at Marsascala increased from 16,001 tons in 2012 to 21,760 tons in 2013. Mr Brincat was answering a parliamentary question by...

  • Swedish thriller exposes nerves on Putin’s Russia

    Swedish thriller exposes nerves on Putin’s Russia

    It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller – an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad...

  • Old people waiting for a room

    There are currently 1,950 applications by senior citizens to enter old people’s homes owned by the government or in which it is renting beds, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia told Clyde Puli (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question...

  • Turkey ready to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani

    Turkey ready to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani

    Turkey said yesterday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. US Secretary of...

  • Ex-inmates work for government

    In the past five years three former prison inmates have found employment with the government or other public entity. Answering a PQ by Labour MP Deo Debattista yesterday, Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo pointed out that this did not mean that...

  • Fish reproduced like humans

    Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armoured fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. In an important discovery in the...

  • Lighting the land for San Dimitri

    Lighting the land for San Dimitri

    A bonfire blazing behind the 15th century chapel on the outskirts of Għarb, on Sunday, to mark the feast of San Dimitri. One of its legends tells of an old woman who was at home when Barbary corsairs broke into her house and made off with her son.

  • Announcements

    AGIUS. On October 19, CARMELO of Qormi (ex-foreman at TM), aged 61, passed away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife Margaret, née Borg, his daughters Pamela and her husband David L. Grima, and Elaine...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has launched a bid for chart success with a song singing the praises of Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage. The broadcaster’s Ukip Calypso, which includes the lyrics “when we take charge and the new prime minister is...

  • Correction

    With reference to the story published yesterday titled ‘Parliament contractor is pursued for €375,000’, the owner of Godwin’s Garage is Godwin Mifsud and not Micallef as erroneously reported. Any inconvenience is regretted.