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Preview The Kiev authorities should be held responsible for the bloodshed that has gripped eastern Ukraine, as they failed to reach out to the people in the Donbass region, opting for full-fledged war instead, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:19 am
Preview The government in the German federal state of Bavaria has put forward a bill proposing a ban on full face veils from some public places and for civil servants. The plan has left social media polarized.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:53 am
Preview In the final hours of a 24-hour Twitch livestream marathon, a popular gamer walked off screen, only to be discovered inexplicably dead by police the following morning.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:41 am
Preview Town halls with politicians have grown tense as constituents around the country continue to hammer their elected representatives about various policies. Both Democrats and Republicans have been forced to answer angry voters.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 4:26 am
Preview Two prominent Muslim activists banded together to raise more than $30,000 for repairs of a toppled Jewish cemetery. Vandals damaged over 150 tombstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 4:02 am
Preview Maryland’s ban on semiautomatic and military-style weapons has been upheld by the 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals in a 10-4 ruling. The decision not only protects the state’s gun control laws, but also similar ones in California, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 3:44 am
Preview Nine months after Utah passed the nation’s first law requiring abortion providers to administer anesthesia to fetuses, the only licensed clinic in the state says that the state is not enforcing the law.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 3:40 am
Preview Top executives from 16 major companies joined together in a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, strongly recommending tax reforms and a controversial border tax to stimulate growth for US companies and taxpayers.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 2:28 am
Preview Maine and Seattle, Washington are taking two different approaches to sodas and fighting obesity. The Pine Tree State wants to ban the purchase of sugary drinks and candy with food stamps, while the Emerald City seeks a tax on sodas to help education.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 1:08 am
Preview US Park Police are looking for suspects in connection to a “Refugees Welcome” banner being tied to the base of the Statue of Liberty. The message went viral after it was uploaded by Alt Statue of Liberty social media accounts.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 1:02 am
Preview A revolutionary unmanned, autonomous helicopter that is invisible to radar has been unveiled at Abu Dhabi’s International Defense Exhibition (IDEX).
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:55 am
Preview A 56-year-old woman is being honored as a good Samaritan after putting herself at risk to defend a police officer under assault. The Baton Rouge Police Department has thanked her for her bravery.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:53 am
Preview Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described the measures taken by the EU to settle the economic crisis in Greece as a “terrible job.” The comment comes as Greece agrees to new reforms that are set to help the country qualify for cheaper loans.
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Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:53 am
Preview A poll finds that eight out of 10 American voters want local law enforcement to turn in illegal immigrants who break the law to federal agents. That’s at odds with city officials pledging to offer a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:28 pm
Preview British troops set to arrive in Estonia as part of NATO's mission to deter an alleged Russian aggression should be prepared to face such threats as "Russian honeytraps" and "staged pub brawls," Estonia's spy chief has warned.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:02 pm
Preview A French waitress showed off the dexterity and know-how of Crocodile Dundee when she confidently dragged a giant goanna lizard by the neck out of the restaurant where she worked.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:59 pm
Preview The moment a charter plane plummeted into a shopping mall in Melbourne was captured by a dashboard camera from a car approaching the crash site.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:57 pm
Preview A casual stroll in Brazil almost turned to tragedy in the most unusual of circumstances when a wheel, jettisoned from a passing vehicle, careened across a road and smashed into a pedestrian, hitting him in the head.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:56 pm
Preview US President Donald Trump has issued condolences over the death of Russia UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, saying the diplomat played a “crucial” role in working with the US to tackle global security challenges.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:08 pm
Preview Supreme Court justices are likely split over a case in which a US border agent killed a Mexican teen just feet away from American territory. Conservative justices suggested that allowing the lawsuit to advance could allow similar claims by drone victims.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:47 pm
Preview Germany has announced its plans to increase its army by 5,000 troops, with 500 extra reserves and 1,000 civilian posts, aiming to have a total manpower of 198,000 by 2024.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:10 pm
Preview New research suggests that Mars has begun building Saturn-like rings using the destroyed fragments of two of its moons.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:00 pm
Preview The Russian defense minister has warned against telling “a bear what to do,” as he was commenting on his British counterpart, describing Russia as “a bear” and saying the West does not need it “sticking its paws in” Libya.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:55 pm
Preview A bull rampaged through New York streets, leading police on an hours-long chase before being recaptured.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:49 pm
Preview NASA is sending superbug bacteria into space to study why it proliferates in microgravity. Longer term, the space agency wants to keep astronauts healthy during long voyages to asteroids or Mars.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:44 pm
Preview Police in Houston, Texas responded to reports of an active shooter at Ben Taub Hospital. The hospital was placed on lockdown, and some patients were evacuated. No suspect or evidence of the shooting have been found, HPD Chief Art Acevedo told reporters.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:43 pm
Preview The removal of a painting that depicted cops as pigs from a US Capitol violated the free speech rights of a high school student, according to the Missouri congressman who has filed a federal lawsuit over the matter.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:31 pm
Preview Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta, has claimed that “forces within the FBI” may have tried to help President Donald Trump win the US election.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:16 pm
Preview Senior Breitbart editor and alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News following a scathing backlash after he apparently defended pedophilia.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:11 pm
Preview The Anne Frank Center has responded to Donald Trump’s first public condemnation of anti-semitic threats with a scathing statement blasting the president’s remarks as “a pathetic asterisk of condescension.”
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:49 pm
Preview The President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov says that the national anti-doping program will be ready to be presented in the nearest future.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:44 pm
Preview A controversial book that teaches children about the dangers of masturbation has been pulled from shelves by the Indonesian government.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:36 pm
Preview In a landmark decision, the lower house of the Dutch parliament has voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that would decriminalize the supply aspect of the coffee shop industry.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:28 pm
Preview Fossil fuel guzzlers are being drawn into the wonderful world of art by a team of designers intent on capturing pollution invisible to the naked eye and turning it into useable ink.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:26 pm
Preview Either the wind is too strong or roofs are too weak, but something’s gotta give in China. This time it seems the wind came out on top, after a huge roof was filmed coming away from a building in its entirety.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:13 pm
Preview The Pentagon is deploying hundreds of US military advisers “closer and deeper into the Iraqi formation” in the campaign against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), as the Iraqi forces are seeking to retake the western part of Mosul from the jihadists.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:11 pm
Preview Video-sharing website YouTube briefly went down for many users across parts of Europe on Tuesday, according to online outage reports, prompting panicked social media messages from disappointed users.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:53 pm
Preview Media organizations suing the FBI for information about software used to access the San Bernardino terrorist attacker’s iPhone are saying the Bureau is unreasonably refusing to disclose the identity of the vendor and the cost involved.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:44 pm
Preview The Japanese government is encouraging evacuees from Fukushima to return to the nuclear disaster site despite dangerous levels of radiation, according to a report released by Greenpeace.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:25 pm
Preview Former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his partner at the law firm Covington & Burling have been hired to review sexual harassment allegations made by a former Uber employee against a manager for the ride-hailing service.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:12 pm
Preview Watch Russian powerlifting champion Ivan Savkin has set a potential new world by pulling a 288-ton electric train.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:07 pm
Preview Remembering their decades of friendship and shared diplomatic service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken of how he "walked through life side by side" with the late Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who died on Monday.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:41 pm
Preview Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has backed recent criticism by US President Donald Trump of Sweden’s liberal immigration policy by calling the city of Malmo the “rape capital of Europe.”
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:37 pm
Preview Pope Francis has slammed “populist rhetoric” and “self-centeredness” by some countries towards asylum seekers, adding that those who accept migrants should give them “a dignified welcome” and reject a policy of superimposing one culture over another.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:21 pm
Preview President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife as first vice president – a newly-established position that would see its holder take over as temporary leader if the president were to step down or prove unable to perform his duties.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:20 pm
Preview More than 6,600 spills were reported at fracked oil and gas wells over a 10-year period, according to a new report which casts doubt on figures previously released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:05 pm
Preview A British political party campaigning for the legalization of cannabis has been fined tens of thousands of pounds by an elections watchdog for missing a deadline to report on donations it received.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:03 pm
Preview A racially-motivated attacker spat into the face of a nine-month-old baby, shouting “white people shouldn’t breed” at her mother, a court has heard.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:47 pm
Preview A riot in a Swedish suburb which saw cars burned out and police fire warning shots has prompted a heated online debate over what constitutes a ‘no-go zone.’
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:43 pm
Preview New powers voted in by MPs will allow the government to stop foreign human rights abusers from laundering money through their UK property portfolios.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:42 pm
Preview China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but “opposes” when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext. The statement comes after a US aircraft carrier group began patrols in disputed South China Sea waters.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:24 pm
Preview Cars were set on fire, police were pelted with stones and civilians were beaten up as violent clashes broke out between rioters and law enforcement in the Stockholm district of Rinkeby on Monday night.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:55 pm
Preview The House of Lords has been shamed by a former Lord Speaker, who said some peers contribute “nothing” while claiming their £300 daily personal allowance.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:53 pm
Preview Former English fighter Ian Freeman, who competed in the UFC in the early 2000s, shared his thoughts on the current state of MMA with RT Sport.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:49 pm
Preview Teenage thrill seekers have filmed themselves climbing to the top of Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square, a 770 foot skyscraper, raising questions about security at the famous landmark.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:41 pm
Preview A Japanese zoo has killed 57 snow monkeys, nearly one-third of the species in the facility, for carrying "invasive alien" genes, zoo officials said, adding that the animals were all crossbreeds and culling them is legally allowed.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:26 pm
Preview Two commuter trains collided head-on in Philadelphia on Tuesday, injuring four people. The crash happened near the 69th Street Terminal during the city’s busy morning commute.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:17 pm
Preview Major Russian car producer AvtoVAZ has started selling the new Lada Vesta model in Germany, the company announced on Tuesday.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:54 pm
Preview Sending mercenary forces into Syria to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) would invite failure, according to an expert on modern private militias.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:52 pm
Preview Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:49 pm
Preview Austria's coalition government has approved new labor regulations providing local job applicants an advantage over immigrants. The measure is aimed at halting mounting unemployment.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:42 pm
Preview Newly declassified records reportedly show that Marika Rokk, the incarnation of glamour and coquetry who was one of the brightest stars in the Third Reich and post-war West Germany, played another important role off screen – that of a Soviet agent.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:33 pm
Preview The Russian Ministries of Finance and Economic Development are working on the way to reduce cash payments, business daily Vedomosti reports. The goal is to move away from the shadow economy and corruption that comes from money laundering and tax evasion.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:33 pm
Preview Britain will be paying billions into EU projects until 2023 – four years after it is due to sign a Brexit deal – if the European Commission gets its way.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:13 pm
Preview Despite growing tensions, Washington is unlikely to simply abandon the Iran nuclear deal, but will rather use sanctions and accusations to provoke the Islamic Republic into withdrawing from it, a former member of Iran’s National Security Council told RT.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:08 pm
Preview All the remaining ducks in Landes, a key foie gras-producing region, will be killed to stop the spread of the H5N8 virus, said France’s Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Fol.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:04 pm
Preview The Libyan people are still suffering because Western powers continue to fuel the ongoing conflict there, the cousin of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has said on the sixth anniversary of the Arab Spring, adding that the West should apologize and leave Libya alone.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:04 pm
Preview A heterosexual couple who appealed in court for a civil partnership have lost their case despite judges admitting it may be in “breach of human rights.”
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:50 pm
Preview A gambling investigation was launched against English non-league goalkeeper Wayne Shaw after he was filmed eating a pie on camera during his team’s 2-0 home defeat in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:39 pm
Preview Julian Assange has hit back at Ecuadorian presidential candidate Lenin Moreno for saying that the WikiLeaks founder should reduce his attempts to influence the politics of countries with which Ecuador has friendly relations.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:18 pm
Preview Clashes have broken out at a protest in Rome, as Italian taxi drivers took to the streets to protest as the Italian Chamber of Deputies votes on the ‘Uber amendment,’ which was passed by the Italian Senate earlier in February.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:14 pm
Preview Like an expert pitchman seizing a buyer’s attention, NASA has announced that it has some big news to reveal to the world this week, intriguingly sourced “from beyond our solar system”.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:30 pm
Preview A Muslim school teacher was dumped in Iceland while on a school trip after being denied entry into the United States.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:20 pm
Preview Food chains and restaurants in Japan have begun shutting down 24-hour service as it’s becoming difficult to hire staff to cover overnight shifts and core clientele is fading away.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:03 pm
Preview MPs of all parties called for “disgusting” US President Donald Trump to be barred from making a UK state visit later this year following Prime Minister Theresa May’s “desperate” invitation.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:55 am
Preview Never underestimate the lure of a free holiday as the editor of a far-right publication found out when he offered a paid trip to the “crime-ridden migrant suburbs of Malmo.” Not surprisingly, people were happy to take up his offer of a trip to Sweden.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:36 am
Preview The council of Canada’s second most-populous city has voted to adopt the status of a ‘sanctuary’ for non-status immigrants. The motion means that any undocumented migrant will have full access to local services without fear of being turned in or deported.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:34 am
Preview Oil prices are stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for more definitive data on what comes next. OPEC compliance is helping keep prices afloat, but rising US oil production is acting as a counterweight.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:32 am
Preview Seems it’s time for the EU authorities to start counting… stars, after an inaccurate US flag bearing 51 stars instead of 50 went on display during US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Brussels.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:30 am
Preview Nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from hunger in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children’s agency has warned.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:23 am
Preview Five London teens whom police suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join a terrorist group have been arrested.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:08 am
Preview Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Elor Azaria, who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian assailant, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by a military court.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:02 am
Preview More than 100 headstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in St Louis in an incident Missouri’s governor described as “despicable”. The desecration comes amid reports of bomb threats against several Jewish community centers this week.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:56 am
Preview A source in the Russian Presidential Administration has denied rumors that early elections will be held, adding that the official announcement of the beginning of the election campaign will be made in accordance with the law.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:55 am
Preview At least 65 Chinese companies and individuals have applied to use the name of US President’s oldest daughter Ivanka as a trademark for their products.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:32 am
Preview Climate change protesters have blockaded a motorway tunnel leading to Heathrow Airport in protest against a planned third runway being built. Major delays on the M4 are causing chaos for airport passengers.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:27 am
Preview French right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to wear a headscarf for a meeting with the Lebanese Grand Mufti. In her statement, Le Pen said she would not cover herself up and cancelled the encounter.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:53 am
Preview Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has seen “cognitive dissonance” in the stock market surge after Donald Trump won the US presidency. While the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are posting record highs daily, Goldman is pessimistic about the rally.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:37 am
Preview Police in Sweden were forced to fire warning shots after a group of unidentified persons ran riots in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm late on Monday, setting cars on fire, throwing stones at police and looting local stores.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:33 am
Preview The “charismatic” US president is an “atypical” politician who runs the country like “a large corporation,” Vadim Lobov, executive director at the prestigious Synergy University in Moscow, told RT after visiting a high-profile gathering with Trump.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:28 am
Preview A jury in Dallas has sentenced a neurosurgeon to life in prison after hearing about several cases where he maimed, paralyzed or killed his patients.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:06 am
Preview When it rains, it pours and no one relates to this more than Californians, who after a prolonged drought have been slammed with drenchers and other extreme weather. According to a study, atmospheric rivers in the sky are to blame.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:22 am
Preview Whittier police officer Keith Boyer was killed during a shootout with a “known gang member” suspected in another murder hours earlier in Los Angeles County. A procession and candlelight vigil were held to commemorate his 27-year career and sacrifice.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:13 am
Preview Investigators have raided the headquarters of France’s National Front (FN) as part of a probe into allegations the far-right party and its leader, Marine le Pen, misused EU funds to pay staff listed as EU parliament aides who apparently worked elsewhere.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:49 am
Preview Senior Breitbart editor and alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos has lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster and a speaking gig at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the reemergence of his comments on pedophilia.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:30 am
Preview Eleven people traveling through New York City’s JFK airport had one of the easiest experiences going through security. Unfortunately, that was because the checkpoint had been left completely unattended.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:14 am
Preview The 680 undocumented immigrants recently captured by ICE represent 0.7 percent of all those targeted for deportation, as nearly 940,000 others remain undetained. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has approved hiring more ICE agents.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 2:11 am
Preview Politicians and sex scandals go together like peanut butter and jelly, but one Arizona gubernatorial candidate is trying to break the mold. Noah Dyer, running on a platform of honesty, has revealed all the details of his private life online.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:40 am
Preview Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees clashed with police outside Bangkok’s Buddhist Dhammakaya Temple as authorities tried to find 72-year-old former abbot, Prha Dhammajayo, who is wanted for money laundering.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:34 am
Preview A man with three wives is accused of having plotted with them to kill a 14-year-old girl he sexually abused. Two of the women allegedly dressed up as ninjas and attempted to murder the victim before she could testify against him in court.
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Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:31 am

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Income barrier prevents thousands of Britons from bringing their foreign spouse to live in the UK.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:58 am
Lloyds Banking Group, nearly 5% owned by the taxpayer, sees profits rise on lower PPI provisions.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:52 am
The senior embassy official and a state airline worker are wanted over Kim Jong-nam's killing.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:23 am
Prince Harry explains what he thinks the best teachers can do for pupils.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:25 am
An airport in California has released video of a plane, being flown by the actor Harrison Ford, mistakenly flying low over an airliner.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:48 am
A British suicide bomber makes many of the front pages, while others warn of the incoming Storm Doris.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:30 am
Calls in Russia for Matilda, the true story of a future tsar and a ballerina, to be banned over blasphemy.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:20 am
Amnesty International singles out President Trump as an example of a "more divisive politics".
Posted: February 22, 2017, 3:16 am
The pilot involved in a plane crash that killed five was being investigated over a 2015 mid-air incident.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 2:10 am
Artist Joshua Smith's tiny creations replicate real buildings.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 2:07 am
Her widower said the event was a "fitting tribute" to the mother-of-two, who was murdered last June.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 1:52 am
Cities and citizens are increasingly connected - are we creating an urban machine?
Posted: February 22, 2017, 1:48 am
The countdown to the Brit Awards has begun. Who's performing, and who's going to win?
Posted: February 22, 2017, 1:44 am
What has been described as the first transgender doll has gone into production in the US.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:40 am
Leading figures and activists on the alt-right have split over controversial comments made by one of the movement's champions.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:35 am
British businesses could be losing out on a potential £420 million a week by failing to target disabled consumers.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:34 am
Eastern Airlines Flight 980 crashed into a mountain in Bolivia in 1985. Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner spent an unusual holiday trying to work out why.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:24 am
Man City "will be eliminated" if they do not score at Monaco in their Champions League last-16 second leg, says manager Pep Guardiola.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:23 am
The US president condemns the recent threats against Jewish community centres but can't quell the criticism.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:20 am
Importing food is getting more expensive so why don't UK supermarkets get more of their supplies from home?
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:18 am
Women in South Korea will be the first in the world to live an average of 90 years.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:01 am
The resignation of pie-eating goalkeeper Wayne Shaw following Sutton United's FA Cup heroics is devastating, says manager Paul Doswell.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:09 pm
A man who blew himself up in Iraq two days ago was Ronald Fiddler, an ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate, the BBC understands.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:34 pm
Brave Lt BJ Gruber, of Marion, Ohio, offered up his help without realising the subject was maths.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:09 pm
Grime star Stormzy talks to BBC News about his music and global recognition ahead of the Brit Awards.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 10:06 pm
The memos take a much tougher approach towards enforcing existing US immigration measures.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 9:10 pm
What to look out for as President Trump gets closer to signing a new order reviving his controversial immigration ban.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 8:11 pm
Police say two armed men helped killer Shaun Walmsley escape while on a hospital visit.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:52 pm
The 600 tonne bridge across the River Irwell will link Manchester's Victoria and Piccadilly stations.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 7:44 pm
Scottish Conservative MSP Annie Wells tells Holyrood that coming to terms with being gay as a young teenager took her to a "dark and confusing place".
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:21 pm
British Cycling is accused by the chief executive of UK Sport of watering down the findings of an internal review in 2012.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:07 pm
Sutton United have accepted the resignation of reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, who is under investigation for potentially breaching betting rules.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:06 pm
How Guido van Helten is using massive pieces of public art to save small towns in Australia.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:01 pm
'Anna' was trafficked from Albania into the UK last year by someone pretending to be her boyfriend.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:01 pm
Stickers are appearing on egg boxes to clarify that previously free range hens have been kept indoors.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:08 pm
Aggregate figures exclude inflation and an adjustment for successful appeals.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 4:54 pm
The police officers stopped to buy a cup of tea before attending a 999 call to a suicidal woman.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:48 pm
Internet "supervillain" Milo Yiannopoulos is dropped from a conference and has a book deal cancelled.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 1:02 pm
The UK's next top police officer will be chosen on Wednesday - who are the contenders?
Posted: February 21, 2017, 3:25 am
Children's birthday parties are getting expensive in some countries - but how much would you spend keeping up with the Joneses?
Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:08 am
Thousands of people gathered in Seger Beach in Indonesia to catch and eat sea worms, a symbol of prosperity.
Posted: February 20, 2017, 7:59 am
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 5:24 pm
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 3:45 pm
BBC coverage of latest developments
Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:41 am
LensCulture has announced the winners of its annual Exposure Awards, showcasing the best in contemporary photography.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:29 am
Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "Love".
Posted: February 16, 2017, 2:59 pm

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Dallas Police and Fire Pension Backs Cutbacks to Avoid Collapse...


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Clooney vents...


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Cryptic graffiti tagged on Washington monuments...


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UPS Arming Brown-Clad Drivers With Octocopter Drone...


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'Do your job,' Republican-friendly audience demands of McConnell...


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BAD BOY


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Women getting freckles tattooed on faces...


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School Cancels 'High-Five Friday' With Cops To Avoid Upsetting Illegals...


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Democratic Socialists make headway in USA...


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With NAFTA in Trump crosshairs, Mexico border factories brace for unknown...


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School staff could be jailed under aggressive push to fight campus rape...


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Ivanka Perfume Soars to No.1 Bestseller on AMAZON Despite Boycotts...


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Supremes to Decide if Foreigners Have Constitutional Rights...


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LAWMAKERS PROBING $418M ARMS SALE OBAMA MADE TO KENYA ON LAST DAY IN OFFICE...


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Final Predictions: 'LA LA LAND' Sweep, DENZEL, More...


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Trudeau will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition...


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US official: ISIS has 'people in place' to conduct 'steady' attacks...


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UPDATE: More than 200 headstones vandalized at historic Jewish cemetery...


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Warhol's Death: Not So Simple, After All...


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'Radiation spike' sparks fears Putin tested nuke in Arctic...


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2ND ORANGE ALLIGATOR POPS UP IN CAROLINAS...


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MAG: California Has What It Takes to Leave...


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Japan 'pushing Fukushima disaster survivors to move back to radioactive homes'...


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SNAP: Man attacks father with ax over pie...


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Milo backlash latest fault line in conservative civil war...


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WNBA Star Unleashed: Lesbian culture broke spirit...


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Life expectancy to hit 90!


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Trump admin seeks to prevent 'panic' over new immigration enforcement policies...


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Plants Sprout Early In Chicago...


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WIRE: BANNON AND PENCE CLASH ON EU VIEW...


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DC Cherry Blossoms Bloom Sooner...


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timesofmalta.com

General, sporting, and business news for Malta and the surrounding region

Leicester City goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has warned his team that they must avoid defeat in Sevilla in the first leg of their last 16 tie today to have any hope of avoiding a premature exit from the Champions League. Leicester finished top of their European group and conceded just one goal in their first five games, but are struggling in the Premier League, where they sit a point and a place above the relegation zone. Sevilla on the other hand are third in La Liga, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, and also boast a better European pedigree that Leicester, having won the Europa League for the past three years in a row. “It’s a big game,” Zieler told Leicester’s website (www.lcfc.com). “We did really well in the group stages. It’s a very tough game ahead of us. We’re one of only 16 teams left in Europe and Sevilla have done fantastic over the last couple of years. “The first leg is very important. Let’s put it this way – you shouldn’t lose. If we can get a draw, even a win, it would be fantastic for the second leg.” In addition to their Premier League woes, Leicester City were knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier side Millwall on Saturday, and Zieler said he hoped playing in...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 8:01 am

A British Islamic State fighter who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to reports. The bomber, named by the group as Abu Zakariya al-Britani, is said to have detonated an explosives-filled vehicle in a village to the south of Mosul. The 50-year-old, also known as Jamal al Harith or Jamal Udeen, was suspected of terrorism by the Americans but freed from the US detention centre in 2004 after lobbying by the British government. He reportedly alleged torture and received £1 million in compensation from the UK government after his release. According to the BBC, the bomber was a Muslim convert born Ronald Fiddler. Zakariya al-Britani turned to Islam in the 1990s and travelled to the Pakistani city of Quetta in 2001 for what he claimed was a religious holiday. He has insisted he tried to enter Iran when the US invaded neighbouring Afghanistan, but was captured and imprisoned by the Taliban on suspicion of being a UK spy. Around 850 individuals of national security concern have travelled to join the conflict, according to figures published by the Government last year. Of those, just under half have returned to the UK...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 8:01 am

Benjamin Abela (Pete) and his imaginary best friend Splint in Dear Pete. Photo: Samantha Cassar Ellis

Explaining the harder parts of life to a young child can be particularly difficult. In a collaborative effort between the youth Creative Lab, with music by Francesco Grech and St James Cavalier, Studio 18 created a whimsical piece of theatre aimed at young children aged six to 10. Dear Pete seeks to explore the manner in which young Pete, aged 10, deals with his lonely life after his father leaves home “to become a rockstar” and his mother passes away. Running this weekend at St James Cavalier, and directed by Jean-Marc Cafà, this often light-hearted, sometimes poignant, highly-visual piece deals with the idea of stories within stories. Pete (Ben Abela) is a character in a book read by Harriet (Laura Buhagiar), Olivia (Francesca Fenech) and Colin (Andrew Micallef), who also function as puppeteers throughout the piece. His life as a quirky, sweet-natured boy with a positive attitude belies a much sadder reality where he feels completely alone without his mother and relies on his imaginary dog Splint and the kindness of friends and neighbours to get by. His only solace is a plant (puppeteered by Nick Gambin) which he talks to and connects him to his mother, giving him nightly...
Author: André Delicata
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:55 am

The UK is not about to "suddenly shut the door" on low-skilled EU migrants, UK Brexit Secretary David Davis has said. He warned it would take "years and years" for British workers to be in a position to take jobs now done by people from other member states. "In the hospitality sector, hotels and restaurants, in the social care sector, working in agriculture, it will take time - it will be years and years before we get British citizens to do those jobs," he said. "Don't expect just because we're changing who makes the decision on the policy, the door will suddenly shut: it won't," Bloomberg quoted Mr Davis as saying in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Mr Davis said migrants had helped make the UK a strong economy. "We're a successful economy, largely or partly at least because we have clever people, talented people come to Britain," he said. "Even on the wider area, where we've got less well-paid people who have come to live and work in Britain, that will take time." The remarks look likely to provoke questions from some hardline Leave supporters after Prime Minister Theresa May insisted that taking back control of immigration would be a key change after Brexit. The Government says...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:48 am
Drones are unmanned aircraft systems operated remotely. Initially drones were intended mainly for military purposes but their civil deployment is rising. Drones are increasingly being used commercially, including for transportation, monitoring, aerial mapping, farming and scientific research. To achieve their purpose, drones are installed with cameras, sensors and GPS, having the ability to move around and record images. Drones remain largely unregulated at EU level. Remotely piloted aircraft weighing more than 150 kilos fall within the remit of the European Aviation Safety Agency... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.
Author: Josette Grech
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:25 am

Wayne Shaw eating a meat pie during the match against Arsenal.

The Sutton United goalkeeper filmed eating a pie while on the substitutes bench during his side’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Arsenal quit the club in tears yesterday after admitting a “costly error of judgment”, Sutton’s manager said. Wayne Shaw resigned within hours of the Gambling Commission and the Football Association announcing investigations into his actions after it emerged that a betting company had offered odds against any Sutton player tucking into a pie during the TV game. Sutton manager Paul Doswell announced Shaw’s fate on live television: “This decision was taken at board level,” he said. “We felt we had to take very strong actions. The chairman spoke to him this afternoon and Wayne offered his resignation.” “I’m devastated, the chairman is devastated. I have spoken to Wayne and the guy is in tears, crying down the phone. It is a very sad situation.” The news capped a surreal few hours in the history of the world’s oldest cup competition. Shaw, 46, who weighs 20 stone, was caught on camera tucking into the pie minutes from the end of Monday’s game against Sutton, who were trailing 2-0 having used their regulation three substitutes. The keeper had featured on promotion...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:10 am

Updated February 22, 8am - New video has emerged showing how Harrison Ford came within metres of crashing his small aircraft into a passenger jet in an incident on January 30. The well-known actor, 74, was about to land his single-engine Husky at John Wayne Airport, California. He was instructed to land on runway 20L but mistakenly made for a  taxiway, flying low over an American Airlines 737 carrying more than 100 passengers and a six-person crew. The passenger aircraft departed for Dallas a few minutes later.  NBC said that Ford was heard on air traffic control recordings asking, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”
Posted: February 22, 2017, 7:00 am

Customs officers have seized 65.9 kilograms of Snus (chewing tobacco) at the express freight section.   The items were found in a package addressed to a private individual, the Customs Department said. "The recipient is a Maltese resident, and it is suspected that he was importing the prohibited item for resale." The department said it has been actively working on reducing the increasing importation of Snus, which is popular among Scandinavian nationals. Smokeless tobacco is prohibited in Malta and most EU countries. READ: Snus: an export ban and EU tobacco rules
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:58 am

A worker at the foundry at the Areva Creusot Forge site in France. Photo: Reuters

The eurozone’s economy improved sharply this month and enjoyed some rare positive news about jobs, with French business activity unexpectedly matching that in big beast Germany just as its presidential race heats up. Preliminary purchasing manager surveys yesterday for both countries and the whole 19-member eurozone were nearly all better than anyone polled by Reuters had expected and suggested the economy will be increasingly robust in the near-term. The eurozone’s jobs component grew at its fastest since August 2007, propelled by strong demand and rising optimism. Employment is one of the eurozone’s primary weaknesses, with joblessnessrunning just below 10 per cent, double the rate in the US. Overall, eurozone private sector and manufacturing growth accelerated to near a six-year high in February, according to IHS Markit’s monthly Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs), which gauge businesses’ expectations of how the economy will perform. “With domestic demand strengthening and a weaker euro boosting orders from abroad, the eurozone economy is seeing robust growth for the moment,” ING economists said in a note. There was also evidence within the reports of rising inflation,...
Author: Reuters
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:45 am
Leicester City have complained to the English FA about “abuse, provocation and intimidation” aimed at their players, staff and fans during Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by third-tier Millwall. Millwall supporters ran onto the pitch after their team’s 1-0 victory over Leicester, and mounted police were forced to intervene to keep some fans away from Leicester’s supporters. The BBC quoted a Leicester City spokesman as saying that while they had congratulated Millwall on their victory, the behaviour of their fans was unacceptable. ‘Tottenham can fight on three fronts’ Tottenham can sustain their challenge in the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup over the rest of the season, according to defender Jan Vertonghen. Tottenham bounced back from a tough week with a 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win at Fulham on Sunday. They need to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Gent in the return leg at Wembley tomorrow before meeting Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday. “We want to win both (the Europa League and FA Cup) and compete in the league as well, and I think our team is fit enough to cope with these things,” Vertonghen told British media. Blackburn partcompany with Coyle Championship side...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:31 am

Amnesty International has issued its annual global report (see pdf below) on the state of human rights. In its section on Malta it focuses mostly on the treatment of migrants, noting concerns regarding the detention of migrants while also noting progress in some aspects. Amnesty also highlights that abortion remains prohibited in Malta in all circumstances, with women being denied access to it even when their life is at risk. When discussing the treatment of migrants, Amnesty noted that the implementation of a new reception regime for asylum-seekers and migrants had started, which moved away from automatic and mandatory detention of people entering Malta irregularly. "However, there were concerns that safeguards against arbitrary and unlawful detention remained insufficient."   It said concerns remained as to the interpretation of the legal grounds for detention, a lack of clarity on when alternatives to detention might apply, and the lack of safeguards to ensure the proportionate use of detention.  
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:29 am

The Renault RS17 car was unveiled yesterday in London.

Renault unveiled their 2017 Formula One car yesterday and said it targetted fifth place in the championship and possible podium finishes after struggling among the backmarkers last season. The former world champions, who returned as full constructors in 2016 after taking over the failing Lotus team, finished ninth out of 11 last year with drivers Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and Briton Jolyon Palmer. Magnussen has since left for US-owned rivals Haas F1 and been replaced by experienced German Nico Hulkenburg from Force India. Russian Sergey Sirotkin retains the role of development driver. The team, whose engine plant is in France and main factory in England, have invested heavily in adding headcount and infrastructure over the past year with the aim of returning to the top by 2020. “We expect to be fifth in the championship,” Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll told the audience in a central London hall before the black and yellow RS17 car was presented to pounding music and strobe lights. “We are hungry for the podium, hungry for success,” said Stoll. Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul, who has effectively been running the team since the departure of...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:22 am

China has nearly finished building structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that could house missiles, in what may be an early political test of US President Donald Trump. Some 20 structures have been built, capable of housing long-range surface-to-air missiles. That would expand China's air defence umbrella over the islands.  The United States calls this island building illegal.  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson angered China last month after he said it should be stopped from building on the South China Sea islands. He compared Beijing's island claims to Russia taking Crimea from Ukraine. Since then both Tillerson and Trump have walked back their language with Trump even pledging to honour the US "One China" policy this month in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Officials said the new structures don't pose a significant threat to American forces in the region- given how visible and vulnerable they are. They say instead, it appears to be a political test of the waters to see how far Trump will go.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:17 am
Smertin: Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin has been appointed as the Russian Football Union’s anti-racism and discrimination inspector. The 41-year-old, who also played for Portsmouth, Charlton and Fulham, previously denied racism was a problem in Russian football. Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup. Shaw: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s squad for the Europa League clash at St Etienne, raising more questions about the left-back’s Old Trafford future. The 21-year-old has been overlooked for the squad heading to France for the last-32 second leg, with captain Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian also missing. Abraham: On-loan Bristol City striker Tammy Abraham has returned to parent club Chelsea to undergo treatment on a thigh injury. The 19-year-old sustained the injury in the defeat at Leeds last Tuesday. Abraham had immediately returned to the Blues for scans and City boss Lee Johnson has confirmed that is where he will remain for the immediate future. Nestorovski: Everton will make a move for Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski this summer if Romelu Lukaku leaves the clubs, reports said. The Toffees are understood to have sent scouts to watch the 26-year-old...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:12 am
When, on Monday, the Prime Minister stood up in Parliament to say he had passed through Msida only minutes before a car bomb exploded there, a few hundred metres away inside Valletta, a different bomb was being ignited: the Panama committee was giving its initial reaction to its fact-finding mission in Malta. Committee chair and German MEP Werner Langen did not mince words on what he thought of the Panama company opened by the Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi: “The facts and the situation… would point to a potential case of money laundering but we do not have documentary evidence… We have to dig deeper into this.” It was anything but an endorsement of the government’s year-long defence of Dr Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, who also has a Panama company. Despite the long-awaited release of audited accounts by Dr Mizzi and Mr Schembri, despite accountants Nexia BT bravely stepping forward on Sunday to claim ownership of the third Panama company, Egrant, and despite the months of preparation the government had to clean up its act in anticipation of the Pana committee visit, the outcome on Monday was messy at best. Nexia BT...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:02 am

Minister Within the Office of the Prime Minister Konrad Mizzi. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Konrad Mizzi told the Pana Committee that in their e-mails, Nexia BT must have attributed to him things attributable to OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri. During the closed-door session at the Parliament building in Valletta on Monday, the visiting MEPs sitting on the committee asked why Nexia BT e-mails showed he had set up his Panama company to extract profits from waste recycling in China, India and the Middle East. Dr Mizzi, Minister Within the Office of the Prime Minister, replied it was the result of confusion on the part of his advisers, the Times of Malta is informed. He suggested that, in their e-mails, Nexia BT must have attributed to him things that should have been attributed to Mr Schembri. MIZZI INSISTED HE HAD NO BUSINESSES An MEP asked whether it meant that Nexia BT had invented things about him without his authorisation, and Dr Mizzi insisted that it was Mr Schembri who owned such businesses, because he had no businesses whatsoever. He said the MEPs should ask Nexia BT and not him about what they wrote in their e-mails. The minister complained that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists had refused his request to give him copies of all the...
Author: Ivan Camilleri
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:01 am

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. Times of Malta reports that migrants who risked losing their benefits unless they procured a passport from their country of origin will continue to enjoy the same rights after the government made a U-turn. The Malta Independent says Nexia BT refused to answer many questions put by MEPs who form part of the European Parliament's Pana Committee investigating the Panama Papers. Nexia cited legal reasons for refusing to reply.  In-Nazzjon quotes a comment by the deputy chairperson of the Pana Committee saying that Keith Schembri, the prime minister's chief of staff, did not explain anything about the allegations made against him regarding the Panama Papers. MaltaToday leads with a question by German MEP Sven Glegold: Where's the Panamagate police investigation?  l-orizzont, in what is described as the 'Beppe Fenech Adami case' says Europol will investigate a case of alleged money laundering by Capital One, a company in which Dr Fenech Adami served as a director. 
Posted: February 22, 2017, 6:00 am

Activists of the Momentum Movement collect signatures to force a referendum on the country's Olympic plans for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The Hungarian capital has likely lost its chance to organise the Summer Olympic Games in 2024, the bid’s chief told local radio after a nascent political movement collected a quarter million signaturesto force a national referendum on the bid. Budapest was considered a long-shot candidate next to powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris but the eastern European city pinned high hopes on the International Olympic Committee’s new frugal bid concept, known as Agenda 2020. A political accord behind the bid once included most parties, the government and Parliament, which voted to support the candidacy in 2015. That broad unity evaporated as the new political group, called Momentum, tapped into popular dissent. Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos flagged he might withdraw from the 2024 race but rejected responsibility for allowing the bid to fall apart, saying it was always a national matter in Hungary. Balazs Furjes, a government commissioner for special projects and the chief organiser of the 2024 bid, told Inforadio yesterday that he saw no chance for a Hungarian Games in 2024. “The Mayor is right, this issue belongs to all of us,” he said. “The Hungarian Olympic family, the capital, Parliament,...
Author: Marton Dunai
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:59 am

Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal look like Terracotta Army warriors in The Great Wall.

The Great Wall (2016)Genre: ActionCertification: 12ADuration: 103 minutesDirected by: Yimou ZhangStarring: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro PascalKRS Releasing Ltd The action adventure film stars Matt Damon as a mercenary from the West who is captured by a military organisation called the Nameless Order that is headquartered in a fortress on the Great Wall. Over time, he and fellow mercenary (Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame) get caught up in a battle between the Chinese warriors and supernatural menace – ravenous beasts that rise locust-like from the nearby Jade Mountain every 60 years to devour humans and everything else in their wake. As they overcome mutual distrust to fight alongside the defending Chinese soldiers, the warriors realise the world's only hope for survival is the Great Wall. Directed by one of the most popular visual stylists, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the film is also his first English language production and the largest film ever shot in China.  Unfortunately, however, the film has not gained favourable reviews. Helen Roxburgh of The Guardian called the film “a monster movie with a muddled message – but plenty of...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:53 am
The contemporary period presents extra-ordinary challenges for economic, religious and social issues, law and order, extremism and of rapid changes in global politics. The religious and political divisions are increasing. Traditional politics is being replaced with new populist slogans, anti-establishment ideology and with the idea of bringing extensive and overall changes to the current system of governance. Regrettably, the world is divided into blocks, vested interests and social classes, and this division is further highlighted and sustained with slogans of building walls and adopting divisive policies. In many parts of the world, far greater priority is being given, either directly or indirectly, to asserting dominance and supremacy over others and satisfying a craving for power and authority. The world stands in great need of peace, tolerance, mutual understanding, harmony, love and brotherhood. The world needs an end to wars and conflicts. Instead of walls of hatred being erected, we need peace to prevail, and for this to happen, people of all faiths, creeds, colours and political affiliations must join together. How rightly it has been said that “united we stand, divided...
Author: Laiq Ahmed Atif
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:48 am