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  • Greece secures a four-month extension of its financial rescue

    Greece secures a four-month extension of its financial rescue

    Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue yesterday when its eurozone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its...

  • Index says Malta lacks in crucial digital skills

    Malta needs to address its “severe digital skills gap” as almost half the population do not possess at least basic skills, according to an EU index. Seventy per cent of the Maltese are internet users, which is below the EU average of 75 per cent.

  • IS in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians

    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said yesterday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried...

  • Missing UK schoolgirls ‘have crossed into Syria’

    British police yesterday said they believed that three London schoolgirls who travelled to Turkey and are thought to be trying to join militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State, have now crossed into Syria. Friends Amira Abase, 15, Shamima...

  • Announcements

    BRUNO. On February 24, at Mater Dei Hospital, CARMELO, of Valletta, aged 91, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his beloved wife Polly, née Pizzuto, his children John and his wife Grace,...

  • Gunman kills eight in Czech restaurant

    Gunman kills eight in Czech restaurant

    A man shot dead eight people in a restaurant in an eastern Czech town yesterday and then killed himself, in the worst peacetime shooting in the country’s history, officials said. The interior minister said the attack was done by an “insane...

  • 28 people injured in LA train crash

    28 people injured in LA train crash

    Authorities are questioning a truck driver involved in a crash with a commuter train that injured 28 people northwest of Los Angeles. Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the Metrolink system whose train struck the truck at around 5.44am local time,...

  • Libyan PM criticises US, UK and EU for failing to supply weapons

    Libya’s official Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni yesterday criticised the US, UK and EU for failing to supply arms to his forces as they battle those of a rival government. The tough comments come a day after Libya's elected parliament, allied...

  • Rifkind to step down

    Rifkind to step down

    One of the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s most senior lawmakers yesterday said he would quit parliament and resign as head of a powerful security committee after becoming embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal. The decision by Malcolm...

  • Arrested for promoting terrorism on social media

    Arrested for promoting terrorism on social media

    Spanish police yesterday arrested four people suspected of using social media to brainwash and recruit people to violent groups like the Islamic State, the interior ministry said. Two of those were arrested in the Spanish North African enclave...

  • Government terminates contract with home for the elderly after complaints

    Government terminates contract with home for the elderly after complaints

    The government has terminated its contract with the Casa Francesco Home for the Elderly in Sta Venera with immediate effect, the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Care of the Elderly said this evening. It said in a statement it was determined to...

  • Call for 'pro-life clinic'

    Government backbencher Deo Debattista this evening urged the government to set up a “pro-life” clinic to help expectant mothers thinking of aborting their unborn children. Speaking during the adjournment, Dr Debattista said many women were not...

  • Mystery tunnel baffles Toronto police

    Mystery tunnel baffles Toronto police

    Toronto police are digging for clues as they search for the brains behind a mystery tunnel, found near the site of this year's Pan American Games. Rob Muir reports.

  • Gunmen kidnap Frenchwoman and Yemeni driver in Sanaa

    Gunmen kidnap Frenchwoman and Yemeni driver in Sanaa

    Gunmen kidnap a Frenchwoman and her Yemeni driver in Yemen's capital as she was on her way to work. Nathan Frandino reports.

  • Four localities affected by carob pest

    Report of infected carob trees have been received from four localities, Environment Minister Leo Brincat said this evening. He told opposition MP Ćensu Galea in reply to a parliamentary question two infected trees had been reported in Fontana, of...

  • Hospital tracking system reduces emergency waits

    A recently-introduced tracking system at Mater Dei Hospital’s Emergency Department has helped reduce patients’ waiting times “very satisfactorily” down to an average of four hours from the erstwhile times which could drag on much longer,...

  • PN administrative council backs Simon Busuttil on Swissleaks decision

    PN administrative council backs Simon Busuttil on Swissleaks decision

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil this evening received unanimous backing from his party for his stand over the Swissleaks revelations. In a statement, the PN said, the administrative council unanimously confirmed Dr Busuttil’s decision last...

  • Possibility of extremists arriving as migrants 'far fetched' - Carmelo Abela

    Possibility of extremists arriving as migrants 'far fetched' - Carmelo Abela

    Although the possibility of extremists arriving in Malta as irregular immigrants by boat could not be excluded, the possibility was somewhat farfetched as these people had means to get to their destination without risking their life in the...

  • Increase in summer passport renewal fee reduced

    The government has reduced the planned increase in the passport renewal fees in summer, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said this evening. Speaking during the debate on the Budget Measures Bill, Mr Abela said that the fee to renew a passport...

  • EY to open Management Services Development Centre in Malta

    EY to open Management Services Development Centre in Malta

    EY Malta will be opening a Management Services Development Centre in Malta in the coming months. This was announced by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when addressing a seminar in London"Malta: Open for business", organised by EY Malta, a provider of...