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  • Teenager survived flight in jet wheel well

    A teenaged boy has survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner, an airline said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, who was not identified, was spotted by airline personnel after Hawaiian Airlines flight 45 landed in Maui...

  • Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad’s opponents

    Syria yesterday announced a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Western and Gulf Arab...

  • ‘Conduct of crew tantamount to murder’

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday said the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old video transcript showed the captain promoting the safety of the same...

  • Japan shrine offering angers China, S. Korea

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. The...

  • Europe: battle begins

    European issues were far from the messages that the party leaders pitched to voters yesterday as they addressed rallies marking the official start of their respective European election campaigns. Both Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil appealed for...

  • Clock ticking for Thai PM

    A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict. The fate...

  • Gonzi: gay adoption in unions Bill wrong

    The Civil Unions Bill should not have included gay adoption, former PN leader Lawrence Gonzi says today in an opinion piece that breaks the silence which has characterised his political retirement. Dr Gonzi says he felt compelled to write because...

  • Anger grows as families cremate Everest victims

    Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas yesterday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain. The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered...

  • Supermarket owner denies extortion from 70-year-old woman

    A supermarket owner was yesterday charged with extorting €1,000 from a 70-year-old woman after threatening to report her to the police for stealing a packet of Weetabix and a bag of small Easter eggs. Raymond Borg, the 45-year-old owner of V and F...

  • Brown steps up his bid to keep Scotland in UK

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. Brown, a Scot, will make his first speech today in support of the cross-party...

  • Italian tourist hit by car mirror

    An Italian tourist yesterday recounted how she was thrown to the ground when a passing car hit her with its side mirror, catching her jacket and ripping it. Camilla Righi was testifying in the case against 39-year-old Frankie Cutajar, from...

  • Queen turns 88

    Traditional gun salutes yesterday marked the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who decided to spend the day privately at Windsor Castle. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun royal salute from Green Park in central London at...

  • Probe after officer allegedly insulted Birdlife members

    A police officer is being investigated over a claim he called Birdlife Malta members “faggots”. The police said Internal Affairs had been called in on the case and environment organisation Birdlife had been asked to produce the evidence. Birdlife...

  • Sex symbols ‘have fat legs’

    They are sex symbols idolised by millions but Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have fallen foul of famously catty actor Rupert Everett – who says they have fat legs. The stage and screen star, 54, singled out the women as representative of a...

  • Ħamrun shooting: arraignment expected today

    Police are expected to arraign a man today in connection with a shooting in a Ħamrun bar that left two men injured. The shooting, in which the men were not badly hurt, took place after an argument broke out in Zonerz Pub in St Joseph High Street...

  • World briefs

    A mother has described the “dilemma” she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure. Helen Clements was visiting Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her nine-year-old son George and daughter Charlie, 12,...

  • Ban on surrogacy to stay in place

    Malta will not be removing its ban on surrogacy but would be obliged to comply with a European Court of Human Rights decision should this be contested in the court, according to Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli. Asked yesterday whether the...

  • ‘Go back to the drawing board’ says green NGO

    Environmental organisation Din l-Art Ħelwa has called on the government to go back to the drawing board and publish a proper holistic strategic plan for the environment and development. On March 18, the government launched the strategic plan for...

  • Risky travel charger has been recalled

    A travel charger branded DC Casa poses a serious risk to consumers and has been recalled. The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority said it had tested a number of electronic and IT battery chargers on the market and found that the...

  • Help the PL make history, buoyant Muscat tells rally

    A buoyant Prime Minister yesterday said next month’s European elections would be a good opportunity for the electorate to give a vote of confidence to the Labour government, to bring about more change and secure a historic victory. Addressing a...