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  • New judge calls for uniformity in decisions, including ban on names

    New judge calls for uniformity in decisions, including ban on names

    In his first sitting as a judge, Mr Justice Wenzu Mintoff called for uniformity in sentencing and made a case for people to be told in layman's terms what was going on. He said the language used in court was difficult for people to understand and...

  • Big comeback for giant tortoise

    Big comeback for giant tortoise

    A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home. In the 1960s only 15 of the tortoises, which can weigh over 500lb, remained on the island of Espanola. They came close...

  • Immigration main issue influencing Maltese vote in EP elections - Eurobarometer

    Immigration was the main issue which influenced Maltese voters’ choice, followed by economic growth and energy, according to a new European Parliament Eurobarometer survey providing insight into the views of Europeans following the MEP elections...

  • EU set to approve Malta Budget

    EU set to approve Malta Budget

    The European Commission said today there was no case of "particularly serious non-compliance" which would oblige it to consider a negative opinion on the draft budgetary plans sent by EU states. Addressing the daily midday briefing, Commission...

  • Update 2: Nationalist Party seriously concerned about Air Malta's future - Simon Busuttil

    Update 2: Nationalist Party seriously concerned about Air Malta's future - Simon Busuttil

    The Nationalist Party is seriously concerned about the future of Air Malta, party leader Simon Busuttil said today during a meeting with the Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. Dr Busuttil said that the losses the airline was making...

  • New Zealanders to vote on flag

    New Zealanders will vote twice over the next two years on whether the country should change its flag, the government has said. Next year, voters will choose their favourite alternative flag from among several options, and in 2016 they will vote on...

  • Lightning strikes

    Lightning strikes

    Last night's lightning inspired reader Andrea Muscat to take the photos in the slide show above. The photos were taken from Msida facing the south-west.

  • Bishop Charles Scicluna to concelebrate All Saints and All Souls masses at St John's

    Apostolic administrator Bishop Charles J. Scicluna is concelebrating mass at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta on All Saints Day, Saturday, at 8.30am, and on All Souls Day, Sunday, at 9.15am. On November 9, Remembrance Day, Bishop Scicluna will...

  • Sharpener’s future is a stab in the dark

    Sharpener’s future is a stab in the dark

    Salvu tas-Skieken stands in the huge doorway of his tiny workshop in St Paul Street, Valletta. A woman comes up to him and from her bag takes out what looks like a parcel wrapped in cloth. He nods, walks up to his work bench and unwraps the...

  • Lotharios 'lower cancer risk'

    Sleeping with numerous women protects a man from prostate cancer, a study has found. Research showed that Lotharios with a lot of notches on their belts are significantly less likely to develop the disease. Compared with men who have had only one...

  • Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town

    Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town

    A small group of Syrian rebels have entered the embattled border town of Kobani to help Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) extremists, according to reports. The group of about 50 armed fighters is from the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella...

  • UK refusal to support migrant rescue 'unsurprising'

    UK refusal to support migrant rescue 'unsurprising'

    Britain has never been at the forefront of search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean so its refusal to help prevent migrants from drowning marks no real change, according to human rights organisations. The UK has decided not to support any...

  • Pacemaker pouch slashes risk of fatal heart infection

    Pacemaker pouch slashes risk of fatal heart infection

    Pacemaker patients in Malta are among the first in Europe to benefit from an antibacterial envelope, a special pouch that shrouds a pacemaker and radically slashes the risk of deadly infection. Cardiologist Robert Xuereb told Times of Malta that...

  • President represents Malta at World War I commemoration

    President represents Malta at World War I commemoration

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca represented Malta in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Belgium’s invasion by Germany and the violation of Belgian neutrality at the invitation of King Philippe. The commemoration consisted of a...

  • Zambian president Sata dies at 77

    Zambian president Sata dies at 77

    Zambian president Michael Sata has died after an illness, the country's government said. Mr Sata died shortly after 11pm yesterday at London's King Edward VII hospital, where he was being treated, Cabinet secretary Roland Msiska said in a...

  • Burnell exhibition at Maritime Museum

    Burnell exhibition at Maritime Museum

    A collection of 25 paintings by widely acclaimed marine artist Thomas J. Burnell are to be exhibited at the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa between November 1 and 14. When he last exhibited at the Maritime Museum in October 2011, Mr Burnell...

  • Drag queens race in high heels

    Drag queens race in high heels

    Thousands turn out to cheer competitors in Washington DC's annual "High Heel Drag Queen Race". Katie Sargent reports.

  • Elton John says Pope Francis is his hero

    Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church. The British star hosted his annual AIDS benefit in New York City. At the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John...

  • Thieves targeting electricity cables for the copper

    Thieves targeting electricity cables for the copper

    Tens of households have ended up without power over the past few weeks, sparking an intensive police investigation into the theft of live overhead electricity cables. The cables have been cut away and stolen from a number of places in the south,...

  • British activist Thai case dropped

    British activist Thai case dropped

    A Thai court has dismissed a criminal defamation case against a British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory. Andy Hall still faces charges in three other cases filed by the company Natural Fruit.