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India's 'instant divorce' law declared unconstitutional

India's Supreme Court today ruled a controversial Muslim quick divorce law "unconstitutional", a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq" three times. Muslim ...

Disturbance leads to St Paul's Bay drug find

An argument between flatmates landed a Sicilian man in court charged with drug trafficking after the police allegedly discovered an undisclosed amount of cocaine and cannabis resin at a flat in St Paul's Bay. Antonino Tuzza, 43, from Sicily, appeared before Magistrate Audrey Demicoli charged with ...

Total boosts North Sea business with $7.5bn Maersk Oil deal

Total is buying Maersk's oil and gas business in a $7.45 billion deal which the French energy major said would strengthen its operations in the North Sea and boost earnings and cash flow. For Danish company A.P. Moller Maersk, the sale of Maersk Oil, with reserves equivalent to around one ...

Team spirit the key behind Senglea's bright start

After an absence of over 35 years from Malta's top-flight, Senglea Athletic graced the Premier League's field when they shared four goals with FA Trophy finalists Sliema Wanderers at the Centenary Stadium. Facing one of the most established sides in the Premier League division, the odds were heavily ...

Can women choose politics?

Renee Laiviera, Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, discusses the barriers that keep women from entering the political sphere. She maintains that gender quotas are one of the most effective ways to spur real change. The current national debate on gender quotas in ...

Bar turns away Danish prince due to lack of ID

The Crown Prince of Denmark was denied entry into a Queensland bar after failing to produce photo identification upon entry.  Prince Frederik was forced to quench his thirst elsewhere after falling foul of tough alcohol laws in Brisbane, which make it a requirement for patrons to scan their ID to ...

One dead as earthquake hits Italian island of Ischia

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, last night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said. Residents and tourists on the island ran out onto the streets from homes and hotels. ...

Hong Kong property investors go trophy hunting in London

Chinese investment in London commercial property has more than trebled since before Britain voted to leave the European Union, most of it channelled through Hong Kong at a time of heightened political uncertainty in the former British colony. While others have pulled back from British property ...

Prince leads by example

Considerable national concern was expressed when news broke in January that the fabric of St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta was in dire need of restoration and that severe problems had been identified which threatened the stability of the tower, the spire and the external stonework. The ...

Stripes striving to leave a good impression – Bajada

Birkirkara will represent Malta in the UEFA Women's Champions League for the fifth time in their history when this week they will be in action in the preliminary round tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia.   The Stripes were drawn in Group Six and will kick off their commitments when they face FC ...

Sisters died in the same spot, 24 years apart

Janie Turner, who on Sunday died metres away from the memorial plaque of her younger sister, will be remembered for her bubbly character and generosity. Janie, 45, lost her 17-year-old sister Carmen in a traffic accident on the same road in Mġarr 24 years ago. The tragic accident had also happened ...

Marlene's PN talk is undermining PD

The coalition deal between the Nationalist Party and the Democratic Party can only be described as being a historical milestone in local politics. For the first time since independence in 1964, a major political party formed a coalition with a smaller party. The move, even if by all accounts and ...

Trump commits to open-ended war in Afghanistan

Reversing course from his campaign pledges, President Donald Trump last night committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win." In a speech offering few specifics, Trump promised a ...

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler

China's Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a company official said yesterday, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands. There has been speculation over Chinese interest in FCA since Automotive News ...

Announcements

CARUANA. On August 20, at Mater Dei Hospital, EDWARD, former teacher and tourist guide, aged 78, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife May, his only daughter Anna, his sisters, his in-laws, other relatives and friends. Mass præsente ...

Today's front pages

Good morning. Here is a brief summary of what's making the front pages of today's local newspapers.  The Times of Malta leads with news that an investigation has been launched to understand what caused an Air Malta flight to brake suddenly and abort take-off last Friday.  In  a secondary story, ...

Stuffed full of stuffed birds

I recently spent a morning in the ornithology section of the Natural History Museum, in Mdina. Basically, it is a room full of stuffed birds. Visiting was both a great joy and a great sadness. It was a joy because one could see in one room the extraordinary variety of birdlife that Malta is blessed ...

Just housing policy

As is so evident from his writings , Nicky Bianchi, too, can now be placed in the ranks of those property owners who, judging by their reactions, have long vacant and unutilised property who simply continue to insist that they allow their, again, long vacant and unutilised property, to continue to ...

Final weeks for De Valette's dagger exhibition

There are just two more weeks to visit De Valette's dagger exhibition, being held by Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Louvre Museum of Paris. The dagger was returned to Malta for the first time since 1798. The exhibition forms part of the events marking Malta's 2017 EU presidency and ...

Foreign affairs and trade promotion: why?

Integrating trade promotion into our country's foreign affairs ministry for the very first time, after the last general election victory, was logical. The last term in government saw our missions overseas, plus non-resident ambassadors build on their solid diplomatic relationships and increase ...

Money market report for the week ending August 18

On August 11, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation . The operation was conducted on August 14 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €4.81 billion, €0.22 billion higher than the bid amount of the previous week. The amount was allotted in ...

PN 'civil war'

It is total 'civil-war' within the Nationalist Party. This 'civil-war' is being waged by the conservative faction led by the likes of Simon Mercieca, Mario Galea, Frank Portelli and Edwin Vassallo against the liberal faction led by the clique that still controls the party headquarters. As if what ...

Bring your own poetry

Inizjamed will tomorrow be organising the 16th Open Mic at Maori, just a stone's throw-away from Fort St Elmo, the location of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. Attendees are invited to read a poem or a story, a mixture of both, perform a stand-up sketch, play or sing something ...

Anton Mercieca and John Ellis

John Consiglio writes: The Maltese word is ever so beautiful, manswetudini. Kindness, gentleness of character and personality and, above all, good in all deeds done to anyone. Within the space of a week, two personalities endowed with this God-given attribute left this human vale of tears and no ...

Photos: City held by Everton as Rooney marks 200th Premier League goal

Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal but Raheem Sterling came off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw for Manchester City against Everton. In a frantic contest that saw both sides reduced to 10 men, Rooney's second goal since rejoining the Toffees looked to have earned victory after Kyle ...

Rocket strikes downtown Kabul

A rocket struck the heart of Kabul's government and diplomatic area tonight, setting off alarms and sirens at foreign embassies, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Police said the rocket landed on a secure road just outside the presidential palace and near an area housing other ...

Largest ever audience across world watches eclipse

The moon blacked out the sun today as the first total solar eclipse in a century marched from the US Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Coast, while millions of Americans looked skyward in wonder through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras. After weeks of anticipation, onlookers experienced an ...

Watch: Jean Paul Farrugia's third goal for FC Chiasso

Malta international forward Jean Paul Farrugia has grabbed the headlines once again as he helped FC Chiasso to earn a well-deserved 3-0 victory over FC Wil 1900 in the Challenge League of Switzerland, on Saturday. Farrugia scored on minute 59 with a towering header, emulating his first goal with the ...

St Paul's Bay 'a dumping ground for bulky refuse' - mayor

The St Paul's Bay council was being forced to remove the bulky refuse that was dumped illegally by residents, said mayor Graziella Galea. She noted that, despite the council offering free bulky refuse collection, many were still resorting to simply disposing of waste by placing it on the pavement. ...

Could 'social architecture' help people out of the poverty trap?

Social housing should not just be about putting a roof over people's heads but also equipping them with basic skills to manage their lives better, according to experts who have the pulse of the poor in different towns and villages. While it seems that the housing issue is being taken seriously, we ...

Twelve writers for literature festival

Twelve writers from different countries will read at the 12th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, which opens on Thursday. Event organisers Inizjamed said the festival would also feature Maltese and foreign poetry, films, music and a well-stocked book stall. A book-binding ...

Social housing must be matched with social programmes - campaigners

Social housing should not just be about putting a roof over people's heads but also equipping them with basic skills to manage their lives better, according to experts who have the pulse of the poor in different towns and villages. While it seems that the housing issue is being taken seriously, we ...

V18 moves into new premises

The Valletta 2018 Foundation has moved into new headquarters to accommodate its growing organising team before the city assumes its role as European Capital of Culture in January. Culture minister Owen Bonnici, together with parliamentary secretary for V18 Deo Debattista and Foundation chairman ...

Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya

An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said. The revelation throws new light on the sharp reduction ...

Acupuncture makes its point for cats and dogs in China

Pet owners in China are turning to acupuncture to help soothe the aches and pains of their beloved cats and dogs. "China is famous for acupuncture. I took the cat here immediately to have a try," said Wang Xijuan, 74, holding the paw of her feline friend during a session at a Shanghai clinic. After ...

Publicity brochure reveals rental rates

Rental prices for residential dwellings have gone up significantly over the past four years, spurred by a booming economy. Unwittingly, it was government's own publicity material as part of the bid to attract the European Medicines Agency to Malta that laid bare the average rental prices in ...

New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria

Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in nine countries across Africa and Asia. The Swiss drugmaker, which is working on the mid-stage Phase IIb trial program with the group ...

MSE Share Index marginally higher

The MSE Share Index closed today's session marginally higher at 4,692.754 points as the positive performances in BOV, HSBC and Tigné Mall were mostly offset by declines in another six equities including IHI and PG. Meanwhile, a further four equities ended the session unchanged. Most of today's ...

Pope says migrants' rights should override national security concerns

Pope Francis today urged political leaders to defend migrants, saying their safety should take precedence over national security concerns and that they should not be subjected to collective deportations. His challenge to politicians, made in a comprehensive position paper on migrants and refugees, ...

Goods, services must be treated together in Brexit talks - UK

Britain urged the European Union today not to separate goods from their services in Brexit talks, further outlining its negotiating stance to try to nudge discussions forward to a second phase on future relations. In two position papers - one on goods and the other on confidentiality - the ...

Freeport generates €107m for economy

Birżebbuġa's container port is a noisy neighbour but its direct impact on the economy will hit the €107 million mark this year, according to new research. The study, by economist Gordon Cordina's firm E-Cubed Consultants, found that the economic injection increased to €171 million when ...

Barcelona attack suspect shot dead - Spanish media

Updated 5.30pm The main suspect in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people last week, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, was shot dead by police this afternoon, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia said. READ: Suspect fled on foot and then stabbed van driver to death Spanish police declined to ...

Nasa to livestream solar eclipse

The total solar eclipse which starts in just over one and a half hours can be followed live through Nasa's online stream, filmed from the vantage point of 50 helium-filled balloons at a height of 24,384 meters. Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses have been taking positions along a ...

Drugs in Gozo are 'not out of control'

Drug trafficking in Gozo is not getting out of hand, according to a senior police officer, who downplayed Gozo Bishop Mario Grech's claim that drug abuse at village feasts has become rampant. Mgr Grech made a direct appeal to the authorities during his homily in Victoria on Tuesday, the feast of the ...

Architect proposes pedestrian bridge linking Sliema to Valletta

Commuting between Valletta and Sliema is a relative breeze, thanks to the regular ferry service shuttling people from one to the other. But what if you could leave your sea legs at home and walk across the water instead?  A Maltese architect has proposed building a 300m pedestrian bridge linking ...

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler

China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , a company official said today, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands. There has been speculation over Chinese interest in FCA since Automotive News reported ...

Watch: A generation in search of identity

  Through his series of polaroids, Ali Kazemi captures a generation in search of identity, torn between the ultra-rigid norms of the religious society in which they grew up, and their irrepressible desire for freedom. Is there a future for this "lost generation"? Instagram: @kaazaw     

Have you ever tried toe wrestling?

A small British village hosts odd Toe Wrestling World Championship where competitors battle until the last foot is standing. See the video above.

Belgian biscuit maker recalls products amid contaminated eggs scare - TV

Belgian biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries has recalled some of its products as they could contain eggs that were contaminated with insecticide fipronil, broadcaster VTM said today. VTM said Lotus had withdrawn products such as Madeleine cakes and frangipane waffles from supermarket shelves in Belgium as ...

Big Ben falls silent for four years of renovation work

The "Big Ben" bell in the British parliament's famous clock tower tolled for the last time at noon today before it ceased its regular bongs for four years while renovation work is carried out. The bongs will sound for events such as New Year's Eve celebrations but the four-year length of the outage ...