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  • More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    The Austrian government said today that investigators have found more than 70 bodies in a lorry full of refugees discovered abandoned on a motorway yesterday. Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50. The lorry had been driven to...

  • Local council blames fish farms for 'greasy substance' in bays

    Local council blames fish farms for 'greasy substance' in bays

    Update 2 - Birzebbuga local council has blamed fish farms for a greasy substance seen floating off Delimara and Birzebbuga, drawing swimmers' complaints. The council said the substance is composed of the remains of feed used by fish farms and it...

  • ST workers hold second two-hour stoppage in a day

    ST workers hold second two-hour stoppage in a day

    Updated 7.20pm - Workers at ST Microelectronics this evening held their second two-hour stoppage today to press for a resolution of pay talks. The industrial actions were ordered by the GWU. Union General Secretary Tony Zarb called on the company...

  • Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Artist Alfred Camilleri Cauchi has revealed that his winning design of Dom Mintoff’s statue earmarked for Castille Square was made according to the former prime minister's wishes. In an interview with the Times of Malta the artist also reveals the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how naked selfie extortion landed a woman in court. It also reports how the artist who designed the Mintoff statue has blasted a decision by the Office of...

  • 200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    Up to 200 people are feared to have died after a boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya late yesterday. Just over 200 were rescued by the Libyan coast guard. A security official in the western town of...

  • Naked selfie extortion lands woman in court

    A man paid almost €2,000 to a woman who was threatening to show his wife the naked selfies he had sent her, a magistrate heard yesterday. Cospicua resident Rosianne Cassar, 22, a single mother of a five-month-old child, received a suspended jail...

  • Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Up to 80 tons of plastic could enter the sea every year from everyday cosmetics and cleaning products in the UK, according to a study. Research has shown almost 100,000 tiny ‘microbeads’ – each a fraction of a millimetre in diameter – could be...

  • IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the US are planning to open a new front against the group in coordination with insurgents on the ground. The ultra-radical Islamist...

  • ‘They wanted their own idea of Mintoff... not the real one’

    ‘They wanted their own idea of Mintoff... not the real one’

    Artist ALFRED CAMILLERI CAUCHI opens up on the Mintoff monument saga and tells Ivan Camilleri how his design was inspired by the former premier’s own words. Renowned artist Alfred Camilleri Cauchi yesterday revealed that it was Dom Mintoff himself...

  • Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 8cm since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of Nasa scientists said. In 2013, a UN panel predicted sea levels would rise from 0.3 to 0.9 metres by the end of the century. The...

  • Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed yesterday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. The military...

  • Man remanded over domestic violence incident

    A company general manager was remanded in custody after being accused of seriously injuring his wife with a knife in the presence of the couple’s three children The 62-year-old man, whose name cannot be published by court order, denied seriously...

  • ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria yesterday, and another migrant ship sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was...

  • UK immigration hits record high

    UK immigration hits record high

    Long-term net migration to Britain hit a record high yesterday, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island...

  • Truck driver is cleared of injuring toddler

    A driver who slightly injured a 10-month old toddler when his truck’s side mirror hit him in the face was cleared of criminal charges on lack of evidence. Magistrate Neville Camilleri ruled there was not enough evidence to prove that Keith...

  • Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    A grandfather died in the Shoreham air disaster after parking his motorbike on the outskirts to take photographs of the planes, his family revealed. Mark Reeves, 53, had never been to the Shoreham Airshow before tragedy struck when a vintage...

  • Irish couple steal tips to buy alcohol

    An Irish couple stole just over €77 in tips from a bar and a cafeteria, used the money to binge on alcohol and then entered a stranger’s house where they were found asleep, a court heard. Eoin Eamonn Hogan, 31, and his girlfriend Elaine Hurley,...

  • Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was named caretaker prime minister yesterday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned. Vassiliki Thanou, an anti-austerity...

  • Petrol station thief pleads guilty again

    A man from Birżebbuġa who was handed a probation order on Tuesday was back in court yesterday, charged with an identical crime. Police Inspector Josric Mifsud charged Patrick Pullicino, 21, with having stolen €355 from the Lourdes Service Station...