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Preview The US has sanctioned some 271 Syrians who Washington believes are involved in the research and production of chemical weapons. The move is yet another retaliatory measure for the Idlib incident which was pinned on Damascus without any investigation.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:16 am
Preview A promotional article for President Donald Trump’s Florida resort that was posted on the State Department’s official website has been taken down after possible ethics violations were raised.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:55 am
Preview Tel Aviv remains so “neutral” in the Syrian conflict that even Islamic State terrorists have on at least one occasion “apologized” to Israel for mistakenly attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights, according to a former Israeli Defense Minister.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:54 am
Preview Two conservative groups have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Berkeley for an alleged ‘secret policy’ which discriminates against outspoken conservative speakers and infringes on First Amendment rights.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:44 am
Preview A ceremonial groundbreaking in the construction of the Flex-N-Gate automotive part plant in Detroit has begun. The plant is expected to become the city’s largest automotive supplier in more than 20 years.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 3:27 am
Preview Mexican officials have issued a nine state alert after a vehicle carrying mobile industrial radiography equipment filled with Iridium-192 was stolen in the city of Tlaquepaque in the state of Jalisco.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:59 am
Preview As a possible government shutdown approaches, President Donald Trump has walked back previous demands that funding for a border wall be included in the upcoming spending bill, saying he can postpone that until September.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:58 am
Preview At least nine people have been injured in the West Bank after Israeli soldiers reportedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters who marched in support of the Palestinian prisoners’ mass hunger strike.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:11 am
Preview The EU would like to revive the “perspective of a strategic partnership” with Moscow, which however would be “surreal” while mutual sanctions remain, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said after meeting with the Russian FM Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:05 am
Preview Arkansas has put to death two men convicted of rape and murder, after their last-ditch efforts appealing to the US Supreme Court failed Monday evening.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:54 pm
Preview The Trump administration’s budget proposal includes cuts of one to two-thirds in funding to the USAID program, the government’s foreign aid agency. If passed, the cuts could threaten missions, jobs and worsen the migrant crisis.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:18 pm
Preview New papers released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and published by The Intercept, reveal that Japan made secret deals with the NSA – with one document noting that the agency's relationship with Tokyo goes back to the 1950s.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:07 pm
Preview Anti-government protesters have shut down main roads and highways across the Venezuelan capital Caracas, leading to confrontations with security forces. Opposition activists claimed they were shot with pellets and have reported injuries.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:53 pm
Preview Whether this is a case of ‘like father, like son’, we’re not sure, but, either way, one young boy learned what can happen when you get distracted by racy images on the side of a van advertising a strip club.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:44 pm
Preview A Swiss group has launched a campaign to legalize cannabis consumption. The aptly titled ‘Legalize It’ campaign calls for cannabis to be legislated for and taxed by the government.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:24 pm
Preview A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off central Chile, some 35 kilometers west of the coastal city of Valparaiso.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:56 pm
Preview President Donald Trump chastised the UN Security Council for underperforming and called on it to “impose additional and stronger sanctions” on North Korea during a meeting with UNSC ambassadors at the White House.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:47 pm
Preview US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said that Washington "will confront Russia" after a top US military commander claimed Moscow is "sending weapons" to the Taliban. No specifics or evidence were provided to support the claims which Moscow has previously denied.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:11 pm
Preview People in Moscow have been treated to a rare, stunning cloud formation of red and gold that seems to have covered the whole city, giving photo enthusiasts a chance to snap most impressive shots and hopefully ushering in a promising start to the spring season.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:08 pm
Preview New allegations of malicious business practices have been levelled against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick which claim that his company tracked iPhone users on a consistent basis and hid what it was doing from Apple.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:02 pm
Preview Israel has indicted an 18-year-old Jewish man with dual American-Israeli citizenship for making bomb threats to Jewish community centers (JCCs) in the United States, among other actions. He was arrested after a joint probe by US and Israeli authorities.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:37 pm
Preview Bill Clinton has trolled US President Donald Trump, poking fun at his claims that his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered wiretapping on his phones during the election campaign.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:37 pm
Preview Nationalizing the land and banks, rumored ties to German intelligence – the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin has sat down with the Russian Telegraph to discuss some of the burning issues in 1917 Russia.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:36 pm
Preview The safety of over 400,000 people in Raqqa, Syria, where US-backed Syrian opposition forces are bombing ISIS, is of "deep concern" to the UN. The offensive has resulted in "an escalating number of civilian deaths” as well as damage to vital civilian infrastructure, the organization added.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:02 pm
Preview Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo’ Guzmán has been protesting against the conditions of his incarceration that are so stressful defense lawyers claim he is hearing voices.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:41 pm
Preview Scientists have made significant progress in finding the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), discovering the presence of a protein in brain tissue that may help lead to a treatment for the disease that affects 2.5 million people worldwide.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:21 pm
Preview The lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was injured while being forcibly dragged from a United Airlines flight, is now representing a mother who was involved in an altercation with an American Airlines flight attendant.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:07 pm
Preview The number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany surged by more than 50 percent last year, interior ministry data has revealed. The figures could potentially boost the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ahead of the federal election.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:04 pm
Preview President Donald Trump has called NASA Commander Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to congratulate her for breaking an American record for total time in space. He and daughter Ivanka asked her about Mars and scientific research.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 6:36 pm
Preview Demand for nuclear bomb shelters and air purifiers has increased significantly among some Japanese against a backdrop of rising tensions with North Korea, which allegedly has the capability of hitting the country with missiles containing sarin.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 6:36 pm
Preview The US Supreme Court has turned down an appeals request from the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to force the CIA to release the full 2014 Senate report about the agency’s use of torture tactics.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:58 pm
Preview NASA's Hubble space telescope marks the 27th anniversary of its launch on April 24, 1990. Here are 27 of the thousands of breathtaking pictures it has taken.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:49 pm
Preview A controversial performance on Turkish Children’s Day, which featured kindergarten kids “clashing” with each other and playing fallen “martyrs” in a re-enactment of the events of the failed 2016 coup, met with mixed reaction from both teachers and officials.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:48 pm
Preview The head of email un-subscription service Unroll.me has said he’s “heartbroken” that users are unhappy to learn that the company was selling their data, but people are not impressed with his non-apology.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:44 pm
Preview Danish armed forces personnel have had their emails hacked over the last two years, Denmark’s security service said. The hack has been attributed to ‘Fancy Bear,’ a hacking group said to have connections to Russia.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:41 pm
Preview The US Supreme Court will not review a case in which lower courts had decided that a Texas cop’s version of events – involving the officer shooting an unarmed man in the back – are “undisputed facts” that effectively block a jury trial.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:37 pm
Preview Fewer US high school students want to build their own business, with figures hitting their lowest level since 2011, a survey has revealed. However, those in grades five to eight are more optimistic, and show more enthusiasm about potential startups.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:31 pm
Preview Supporters of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen wasted no time in canvassing support just a day after the opening round of the presidential election. The Grande Mosque in Paris put out a call to followers to vote “massively” for Macron in May’s run-off.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:21 pm
Preview Jordan scrapped a law on Sunday that protected rapists from prosecution if they married and stayed with their victim for at least five years.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:11 pm
Preview A man has been arrested after police discovered he was living in the attic of a public toilet in a tranquil city park in Usuki, Japan.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:22 pm
Preview The Communist Party of Britain (CP) has confirmed it will not stand its own candidates in the general election, telling its supporters to get behind Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:15 pm
Preview Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Tony Blair after the Iraq War-era PM suggested that people vote Tory or Lib Dem in areas where it could deliver a soft Brexit.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:02 pm
Preview The leader of international terrorist group Al-Qaeda has urged jihadists fighting in Syria to unite for a ‘holy war,’ and to use guerrilla tactics.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:02 pm
Preview ‘Pedophile hunters’ posing as children online to catch potential sexual predators could undermine the effectiveness of police investigations, a senior officer has said.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:00 pm
Preview Fighting in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun will cease when experts arrive to investigate the alleged chemical attack, the Russian Ministry of Defense has said in a statement.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:44 pm
Preview Prime Minister Theresa May would be prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain was not under attack, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:39 pm
Preview A prominent symbol of the confederate legacy in the southern United States was removed Monday morning by masked workers wearing bulletproof vests and under heavy police protection.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:37 pm
Preview Russians have voted on the president’s key achievements in office, with positive feedback seen particularly in the areas of increasing safety and security at home, and a strengthening of Russia’s international footing.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:28 pm
Preview UKIP MEP Nigel Farage has taken to social media to brand EU negotiator Guy Verhofstadt a “raving lunatic” for saying Brits might not be able to holiday in Europe after Brexit.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:49 pm
Preview A woman attacked by a shark on Ascension Island was reportedly rescued by her husband who punched the animal in the head.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:43 pm
Preview The first large Chinese passenger jet, the C919, has passed a crucial test and is expected to make its first flight in May. The plane is part of China’s ambitious plan to become one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:35 pm
Preview Turkey has failed to recognize the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915 as World War I raged across Europe, for over a century but now new evidence has come to light which may prove beyond doubt the slaughter took place.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:29 pm
Preview Dynamo Kiev fans took to wearing outfits of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and masks bearing swastikas to welcome a visiting UEFA inspector in their home match versus fierce rivals Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:25 pm
Preview A royal decree issued on Saturday restored allowances and benefits to civil servants and military personnel in Saudi Arabia. The change ends the unpopular cuts triggered by tumbling oil prices and has boosted the Saudi stock market.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:14 pm
Preview Six young Israeli men in the city of Be’er Sheva have been charged with severely assaulting Arab men over their romantic relationships with Jewish women.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:54 pm
Preview The Chinese president called for all sides to exercise restraint during a phone call with US leader Donald Trump on the issue of Pyongyang. It came as North Korean state media warned the US of “catastrophic consequences” of its deployment of the ‘USS Carl Vinson.’
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:09 pm
Preview At least one teenager was killed and 11 others injured in a blast in Russia's Republic of Dagestan, where an explosion went off at a local computer room. The incident was caused by a grenade brought into the building by one of the teenagers.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:06 pm
Preview US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has admitted he has no idea how to stop homegrown terrorists, despite acknowledging it is the “most common” threat facing the US. Kelly said the threat of an airplane terror attack keeps him “awake at night,” and that it would be like the “Super Bowl” for terrorists.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:03 pm
Preview Attempts by the government to remove the UK from certain human rights laws in battlefield situations have been as branded as an attack on soldier’s rights, lawyers have told an inquiry.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:45 pm
Preview French-Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim has announced the resignation of CEO Eric Olsen following an internal investigation into the company’s activity in Syria before September 2014.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:28 pm
Preview A man convicted of being a member of an Egyptian terrorist organization has had his US citizenship revoked. Khaled Abu al-Dahab was found to have trained budding jihadists to hang glide as part of a plan to bomb targets from the air in Egypt.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:28 pm
Preview Islamic fundamentalism, North Korea’s pseudo-communist ideology and Western liberalism are the triple threats currently facing the civilized world, Senator Konstantin Kosachev has warned.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:22 pm
Preview A Russian-Armenian captive has escaped from Colombian guerrilla fighters in a shootout worthy of an action movie. The man disarmed his guard and seriously injured five of the militants, in the process receiving a gunshot wound himself, the rebels say.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:20 pm
Preview The UK has frozen the assets of a North Korean insurance company in the suburbs of London that may have been generating revenue for Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:10 pm
Preview While US military spending grew for the first time in six years, Russia became the third-largest spender in 2016 due to Saudi Arabia’s drastic fall, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:10 pm
Preview UKIP announced plans for a policy of mandatory annual medical checks for schoolgirls in “at-risk minority” groups for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and prosecutions for parents of anyone who has undergone the procedure.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:06 pm
Preview Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff have resigned following a deadly Taliban attack on a military base in the north of the country. The resignations come just ahead of a visit by US Defense Secretary James Mattis.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:52 am
Preview A 12-year-old boy was caught trying to drive 4,000km (2,500 miles) across Australia on Saturday, when police pulled him over for a damaged bumper in the remote mining city of Broken Hill.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:54 am
Preview Following the first round of voting in the French presidential election the euro briefly rose to a five-month peak, and the country's main stock index surged nearly four percent in early trading Monday.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:40 am
Preview The UK has one of the highest rates of anti-Semitic offenses in the world, a new report by an Israel–based watchdog has revealed.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:33 am
Preview Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is urging her party to “work, work, and work some more,” as polls show they are on course for an election breakthrough that would be a major blow to the SNP and its quest for a 2nd independence referendum.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:31 am
Preview Airstrikes should be suspended and all parties should get back to the negotiating table in a bid to end the Syrian war, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:26 am
Preview Here’s one of the hottest things you’ll ever see on snow: 1,500 bikini-clad winter sports enthusiasts taking to the slopes in Russia’s Kemerovo Region.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:26 am
Preview A fitness tracker didn’t take kindly to a Wisconsin woman avoiding exercise as it exploded on her arm while she sat and read. The FitBit fail burned more than calories off of Dina Mitchell – it left her with second degree burns.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:16 am
Preview Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has warned people should prepare for decades of social upheaval and pain as the internet disrupts the global economy.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:12 am
Preview Russia strongly backs Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), now that UN Security Council sanctions have been lifted from the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:33 am
Preview Daniel Delomez, the mayor of Annezin in the Pas-de-Calais commune of northern France, vented his anger over Marine Le Pen gaining 38 percent of the votes in the region, warning he may resign because he “doesn’t want to dedicate life to as*holes.”
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:27 am
Preview Suspected Taliban insurgents set off a car bomb at a US-operated base in Afghanistan, according to officials. At least four people were reportedly killed and six others wounded. It occurred shortly after US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the country.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:25 am
Preview An investigation by Washington into steel price dumping by China and other exporters to the United States could trigger retaliatory measures against American finance and high-tech, reports the China Daily.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:18 am
Preview Answering an open-ended question, 31 percent of Americans said Russia currently represents the “greatest danger” to the US, according to a new poll. It is the highest percentage of Americans expressing this sentiment in nearly three decades.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:38 am
Preview The so-called Dutch ‘abortion ship’ has arrived off the coast of Mexico, having been expelled from Guatemala in late February. The Women On Waves crew will now operate a women’s health clinic in international waters.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:54 am
Preview A fur coat worn by a stewardess when she was rescued from the Titanic sold on Sunday for £150,000 ($192,000) – almost twice its original valuation.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:39 am
Preview Minsk played host to an epic, post-apocalyptic themed destruction derby on Saturday, involving swashbuckling teams of daredevil drivers from Belarus, Norway, and Russia.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 7:22 am
Preview A new study claims that medical marijuana use directly correlates with a decline in prescription drug use, which could save the US taxpayer up to $1.1 billion a year on Medicaid prescriptions.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 6:23 am
Preview Protests, violence and vandalism flared up in Paris as results of the first round of the tight presidential race were being counted, footage captured by RT’s Ruptly agency shows. Disillusioned French youth protested what many of them see as a political “masquerade.”
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:23 am
Preview Saudi Arabia's King Salman has appointed his son, Prince Khaled bin Salman, as the country’s ambassador to the US, in a move said to point to strengthening ties to President Donald Trump.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:04 am
Preview Moscow has called the explosion of a car belonging to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), in which a US citizen was killed and several others injured, a provocation aimed at disrupting peace efforts and reigniting the smoldering conflict.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:26 am
Preview The shameful legacy left by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is proving hard to overcome for the company, which is already embroiled in multiple sex scandals. Now, several employees are adding a racial discrimination suit to the litany of alleged abuses.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:20 am
Preview The French establishment and leading EU politicians, including Francois Hollande and Federica Mogherini, have rushed to praise Emmanuel Macron ahead of the presidential runoff vote. Some have openly called for the defeat of his rival, Marine Le Pen.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:40 am
Preview The Philippines’ tough-talking president, Rodrigo Duterte, appears eager to maintain his reputation, as he warned Islamist extremists he could be “50 times” more brutal than those beheading people and go as far as to eat the terrorists’ internal organs.
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Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:44 am
Preview UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), citing Riyadh’s poor women’s rights record and widespread gender inequality.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 8:55 pm
Preview RT correspondent Charlotte Dubenskij and her crew were tear-gassed while reporting on the violent protests that erupted just minutes after polling stations closed at the Place de la Bastille in central Paris.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 8:49 pm
Preview Activists set up a symbolic exhibition on Beirut’s seaside promenade to call on the country’s MPs to abolish a controversial law that allows rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victim.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 8:33 pm
Preview Fights have broken out between Israeli soldiers and protesters outside the city of Ramallah in the West Bank as a small procession marched in support of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike across Israeli jails.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 6:57 pm
Preview French riot police have deployed tear gas on protesters who gathered at the Place de la Bastille in central Paris after preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election were announced.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 6:42 pm
Preview RT was not allowed into the headquarters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, despite earlier being promised accreditation by his team.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 6:32 pm
Preview As President Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day benchmark in the White House, his approval rating has hit a historical low of 42 percent. Twelve of his predecessors averaged 61-percent at this point, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 6:17 pm
Preview Emmanuel Macron of the centrist En Marche! movement and Marine Le Pen of the National Front have advanced to the second round of the presidential elections in France, preliminary Interior Ministry data shows.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 6:03 pm
Preview Amaiya Zafar, a Muslim teen boxer from Minnesota, has won the right to compete in the ring in the US while also adhering to her religious beliefs that require her to cover her arms and legs.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 5:49 pm
Preview A prosecutor in Sicily has made the extraordinary claim that NGO migrant rescue boats are in direct communication and collusion with human traffickers in Libya.
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Posted: April 23, 2017, 5:48 pm

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The boss of British Gas owner Centrica hits back as the Tories propose a cap on energy bills.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:50 am
Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase's comments about her unborn child are "racist" and backs an International Tennis Federation investigation.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:38 am
The party says it would prioritise jobs and workers' rights, and guarantee the status of EU citizens.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:32 am
A call for graduates to take time off before work and fears Brexit talks could be hit by a customs fraud row are among Tuesday's headlines.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:09 am
Your morning briefing for 25 April 2017.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:33 am
The BBC meets volunteers in the biggest ever convoy to transport medical vehicles from the UK to Syria.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:32 am
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua surprises his former coach, Sean Murphy, with a car to say thank you for introducing him to boxing.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:21 am
It comes amid worries of a North Korean missile test as Pyongyang marks its army's anniversary.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:59 am
Marine Le Pen says she will be above "partisan considerations" as she seeks the French presidency.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:42 am
A cross-party group of MPs and peers calls for the creation of a new minister for refugees.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:30 am
James Casling tried to kill himself multiple times from the age of 15. But football has given him a reason to live.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:33 am
Mihai Nistor was the last fighter to knock out Anthony Joshua - but while Joshua earns millions, Nistor remains an amateur on a modest income. Why?
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:13 am
A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:11 am
Rushed off your feet? Not enough hours in the day? Here are some apps to help you take control.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:00 am
The brain is fed with more oxygen and nutrients, boosting thinking and memory skills.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:00 am
Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:54 pm
Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:52 pm
Wikitribune will be written by professional journalists and edited by volunteers.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:50 pm
Syrians living in camps in Lebanon say waste is not being collected and is attracting vermin.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:47 pm
He is recovering after falling violently ill on tour and spending two nights in intensive care.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:14 pm
The tale of Donald Trump's first three months as president - using 100 of his own words.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:14 pm
Marco Fu edges past 2010 champion Neil Robertson 13-11 to reach his fourth World Championship quarter-final.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:09 pm
Women are breaking with tradition and helping rebuild Nepal after the earthquake two years ago.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:27 pm
Newcastle United secure an immediate return to the Premier League with a convincing home win over 10-man Preston.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 8:50 pm
Maria Sharapova's first opponent following her 15-month doping ban questions the decision to give the Russian wildcards on the WTA Tour.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 6:25 pm
A relaxed-looking Barack Obama soon felt his age at his first public event since leaving the White House.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:40 pm
Emmanuel Macron could become the youngest ever president of France at just 39. Who else has achieved at such a young age?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:21 pm
Who is joining George Osborne in stepping down as an MP, and who plans to return?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:17 pm
'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:13 pm
What will snap election mean for a host of government bills yet to be approved by Parliament?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:46 pm
UKIP searches for a new unique selling point after Theresa May steals a march on Brexit.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:30 pm
Britain's Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to an Olympic bronze medal for the second time in five months after retrospective drug tests.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:16 pm
Official figures suggest that the number of children in poverty in Scotland has jumped to 260,000.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:16 pm
The issue of Brexit looms large over the general election - here's where the parties stand.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:15 pm
Why do some runners experience "jelly legs" at the end of a marathon?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:37 pm
Leader Tim Farron says the party is the only one opposing Theresa May's "hard Brexit".
Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:25 pm
Where do the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems have to fight hardest to win the general election?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:36 pm
Viewers and critics react positively to the latest series, fronted by the former Friends actor.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:18 am
As Jenson Button prepares for a one-race appearance in Monaco next month, we look at some of the best and worst F1 cameos.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:47 am
David Wyeth and Matthew Rees recall their inspiring encounter at the London Marathon finish line.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:38 am
The 98-year-old grandmother from India's Tamil Nadu state who leads a yoga dynasty.
Posted: April 23, 2017, 11:18 pm
Researchers have so far named nearly five million victims, but now they are in a race against time.
Posted: April 23, 2017, 11:01 pm
UKIP's manifesto will include plans to ban the burka, sparking strong reactions on both sides of the debate.
Posted: April 23, 2017, 2:56 pm
The UK will have a general election on 8 June. Here's what you need to know.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 4:38 pm
Government figures show it is young people dominating registrations ahead of the election on 8 June.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
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Times of Malta

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

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said his team is going through a rebuilding phase and the best is yet to come despite reaching the FA Cup final and leading the Premier League title race in his first season at the club. Chelsea last secured a league and FA Cup double in 2010 under Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti’s first season at the club, although Conte dismissed comparisons, saying he had inherited a squad in a difficult period, having finished 10th in the league last season. With defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder John Obi Mikel leaving Stamford Bridge earlier this year and captain John Terry set to leave at the end of the campaign, Conte said his side needs suitable replacements heading into the next season. “I think that now at Chelsea we are in a period of transition,” the 47-year-old Italian boss told reporters following his side’s 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. “In this season, we have lost Ivanovic, Mikel and next season we lose John Terry. We are talking about players who wrote the history of this club,” he said. “Now we have to find the right substitutes for these players and then work to put these players at the same...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:57 am

An employee walks past columns of steel at a steel production factory in Wuhan, China. Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Twenty-nine Chinese steel firms have had their licences revoked as Beijing kept up its campaign to tackle overcapacity in the sector – just days after US President Donald Trump said he would open a probe into cheap steel exports from China and elsewhere. Analysts say the revocations were unlikely to be a direct response to Trump’s plan, but rather a part of China’s reform measures aimed at reducing surplus steel capacity that many estimate at around 300 million tonnes, about three times Japan’s annual output. The official China Daily said Washington’s move to investigate steel imports could trigger a trade dispute between the United States and its trading partners. In Japan, the world’s second-biggest steel producer after China, the head of its steelmakers’ group expressed concern over Trump’s protectionist policy. “We are greatly concerned over Trump’s protectionism, although we hear he has softened his tone on some issues with a grasp of reality,” Japan Iron and Steel Federation chairman Kosei Shindo told a news conference yesterday. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a list yesterday of 29 firms that will be removed from its official register of...
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:46 am

Balzan’s Bojan Kaljevic is tackled by Sacha Borg, of Tarxien Rainbows. Photo: Jonathan Borg

The 2016-17 Premier League title race will be going down to the wire as Hibernians’ 0-2 upset by Birkirkara on Sunday left the Paolites leading the standings just two points clear of second-placed Balzan with only two matches to go. Prior to last weekend’s matches, the general feeling among the local football enthusiasts was that the BOV league trophy was heading to Paola as Mark Miller’s team was enjoying a comfortable-looking five-point lead over Balzan. However, any thoughts of early Hibs celebrations were all but dashed on Sunday as Birkirkara scored a goal in each half to secure the win that keeps alive their hopes of a top-three finish. Valletta are now within striking distance of the Stripes even though the misfiring Citizens are not mathematically ruled out of the championship honours as they lag six points behind Hibs. Hibs’ slip-up revived Balzan’s aspirations. On Saturday, they had piled up the pressure on the league leaders with a clinical 3-0 win over Tarxien Rainbows. Not the same can be said of champions Valletta. They look set to forfeit the crown they won last year after slumping to a shock 3-1 defeat to St Andrews. Oliver Spiteri, the Balzan coach, conceded...
Author: Valhmor Camilleri
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:29 am

Aaron Camilleri can finally lie on his back, more than a decade since he started developing severe scoliosis. The curve in his back is nearly all gone, replaced by long scars, which for the 21-year-old act as a reminder that “everything is possible”. He told this newspaper that he now feels reborn following the third attempt at a “life-changing” operation. Born with spina bifida, Mr Camilleri has had to undergo several operations. He started developing scoliosis when he was around 10, but some six years ago, he was told that an operation was needed to treat his serious scoliosis. In 2013, together with his father, Pierre, he left for the Royal National Ortho­paedic Hospital in Stanmore, UK. But on the day of the operation, they were informed the surgery could not take place because of Aaron’s high blood pressure. A year later, his mother, Doreen, went public with his story on Facebook, as she felt that the family “was going around in circles”. Her son’s scoliosis had worsened to the extent that he sometimes had to sleep sitting down because he had difficulty breathing. After the young man’s story was picked up by the media, the government asked Mater Dei Hospital to look into...
Author: Sarah Carabott
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:10 am
Melita 0Senglea Athletic 3 Senglea Athletic ended a 35-year wait when they were promoted to the Premier League following a comfortable victory over Melita. Steve D’Amato’s men needed just 45 minutes to wrap up the points and remain just one point behind joint-leaders Lija Athletic and Naxxar who were also promoted last weekend. Senglea made their intentions known right from the outset and Augustin Obaje-Smith was denied by a fine one-handed save by Grima. The Cottonera side took the lead on 25 minutes. From a Juninho Cabral corner, the ball fell into the path of Terrence Vella who blasted the ball into the roof of the net. Senglea made it-2-0 on 33 minutes. Pablo Doffo’s inswinger came off the post and in came Beppe Muscat who slotted the ball home. More woes followed for the Amateurs as on 42 minutes Vella fed Cabral who turned past a defender before hitting past Grima. Melita tried to fight back in the second half with Senglea goalkeeper Timmy Aquilina alert to keep out efforts from Michael Borg Olivier and Toriano Singleton. Melita came out attacking the Senglea defence with Timmy Aquilina twice saving well from a corner and conclusions by Borg Olivier and Singleton. Cabral...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:52 am
Eurozone money markets yesterday priced in a higher chance of a rise in European Central Bank interest rates after Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election. Forward Eonia bank-to-bank rates dated for the ECB policy meeting on March 8 next year stand at around minus 30 basis points, about six bps above the Eonia spot rate of minus 36 bps. Such a gap indicates markets are pricing in roughly a 60 per cent chance of a 10 bps hike in the ECB’s minus 0.4 per cent deposit rate by next March. Late last week, the gap suggested just a 20 per cent chance of such a hike.
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:49 am

BalzanKaljevic 23 (4 pens); Da Silva Souza 8; Piciollo 7; Effiong 6; Nafti 5, Micallef 5 (1 pen); Fenech 3; Serrano 2; Agius, Arab, Bruno, Anderson. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs Floriana); Effiong (vs Hibs); Grima (vs Ħamrun); Anderson (vs Valletta); Janjusevic (vs Hibs); Arab (vs Gżira); R. Fenech (vs St Andrews); Bruno (St Andrews). BirkirkaraPlut 11 (1 pen), Dimitrov 10; Temile 5, Alba 5 (1 pen); Malan 4, Herrera 4 (1 pen); Vukanac 3; Bubalovic 3; Brincat 2, Attard 2, Andelkovic 2, Scicluna 2, Sciberras 2, Guillaumier, Desira Buttigieg, Jovic. Own goals: Bezzina (vs Balzan); Tabone (vs Tar-xien Rainbows); Farrugia (vs Mosta).Red cards: Jovic (vs Valletta); Vukanac (vs Ħamrun); Scicluna (vs St Andrews); Alba (vs Hibs). FlorianaFontanella 12 (2 pens); Varela 9; Chiesa 8 (3 pens), Samb 5; Ruiz 3, Camenzuli 3; J. Pisani, S. Pisani, Nayar (pen), Vella, Cini, Monticelli. Own goals: B. Muscat (vs Pembroke ); L. Grech (vs Ħamrun).Red cards: Clyde Borg (vs Tarxien); Fontanella (vs Pembroke); Samb (vs Hibs); Ruiz (vs Sliema); Haber (vs Valletta), Camenzuli (vs Sliema). Gżira UnitedReyna 6; Corbalan 5; Cohen 3 (3 pens), Conti 3,...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:33 am

Guernica after series of bombings by the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War in April 1937.

Eighty years ago tomorrow, Guernica in Spain was heavily bombed during the Spanish Civil War. The attack gained infamy because it involved the deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force. Charles Debono says that the aircraft being used during this war were known, as evident from a lecture given in Malta at the time, but the tactics were not. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July 1936, right-wing forces rose up against the Republican government. However, Republican resistance was stronger than expected and the country was dragged into a civil war. Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sent help to the right-wing forces or, as were commonly known, the Nationalists, in the form of the Condor Legion and the Corpo Truppe Volontarie respectively. In April 1937, Oberstleutnant Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, commander of the Condor Legion, received orders to conduct raids in support of the Nationalist advance on Bilbao. To back Nationalist efforts, the Condor Legion began planning a strike on a key bridge and railroad station in the Basque town of Guernica. Though Guernica had a population of around 5,000, the raid was scheduled for a Monday which was market day in...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:28 am

Ten countries – including Malta – in the European Union registered a surplus in 2016, Eurostat reported yesterday. Luxembourg (+1.6%), Malta (+1.0%), Sweden (+0.9%), Germany (+0.8%), Greece (+0.7%), the Czech Republic (+0.6%), Cyprus and the Netherlands (both +0.4%), Estonia and Lithuania (both +0.3%) registered a government surplus, while Bulgaria and Latvia reported a government balance. The lowest government deficits as a percentage of GDP were recorded in Ireland (-0.6%), Croatia (-0.8%) and Denmark (-0.9%). Four member states had deficits equal to or higher than 3.0 per cent of GDP: Spain (-4.5%), France (-3.4%), Romania and the United Kingdom (both 3.0%). The EU’s statistical office said that government deficit and debt of both the eurozone and the EU28 decreased in relative terms compared with 2015. In the eurozone, the government deficit to GDP ratio fell from 2.1 per cent in 2015 to 1.5 per cent in 2016, and in the EU28 from 2.4 per cent to 1.7 per cent. In the eurozone the government debt to GDP ratio declined from 90.3 per cent at the end of 2015 to 89.2 per cent at the end of 2016, and in the EU28 from 84.9 per cent to 83.5 per cent. Sixteen member states had...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:27 am

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had private meetings with the President yesterday over the political situation prompted by the Egrant allegations. In another story, the newspaper says EU figures released yesterday shows that a surplus last year equivalent to one per cent of GDP put Malta in second place after Luxembourg. The Malta Independent says former Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Michael Briguglio, who last Sunday addressed a national protest against corruption organised by the Nationalist Party, has no intention of contesting the election with the PN. L-Orizzont says that a historic agreement on the minimum wage is expected to be reached soon. In-Nazzjon quotes Dr Busuttil saying that a Prime Minister who is under investigation should resign.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:26 am
Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is keen to score more goals in the club’s four remaining Premier League games and help them avoid relegation, the Spaniard has said. Llorente, who is Swansea’s leading goalscorer with 12 strikes, opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Stoke City. “It was nice to score early on in the game because it helped the team. It gave us all some confidence,” Llorente said. “But now I have to continue to score to help us avoid relegation. We have four games left and I hope to score a few more.” Ibra vows to return stronger Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in Europa League last week. Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries. “First of all, thank you for all the support and love,” Ibrahimovic wrote on his Instagram account. “It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:21 am

Well-known actor Alan Montanaro, principal of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Malta has been invited to join the academy's international training and development team. A number of new branches are expected to open in several new territories, including Moscow, Turkey, Croatia, Asia and South America. The concept and philosophy behind the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is to provide children with a drama programme that has been specifically designed to increase their confidence, self-esteem, communicative ability and creative talents. “This is a time of unprecedented growth for the academy,” said Nigel Le Page, CEO of the academy. ”We are confident that Alan's passion and experience will inspire and contribute to the successes of new academies as well as existing ones.” Training and accreditation in the unique teaching techniques is an integral part of the academy’s success and are an ongoing process to ensure that all teachers remain at the very top of their game. "Our curriculum is a winner, but it's only as good as the teacher that implements it," international training director Alison Mazanec added.    
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:13 am

Fernando Alonso has no plans to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in the near future.

Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sees next month’s Indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race as he seeks to win motorsport’s famed ‘Triple Crown’. “The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula One driver,” the Spaniard told reporters on a visit to Barber Motorsport Park. “I think it’s quite different. It’s challenging ... the level of downforce, the feeling with the car, running with a car that is not symmetric on the straights, on braking. Traffic I think is a big thing...” Alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to win the Formula One championship, Indy and Le Mans. The McLaren driver, who will miss the showcase Monaco Grand Prix to race at the famed Brickyard on May 28 for the first time, has no experience of Le Mans either but indicated that would have to wait until after Formula One. The 35-year-old felt that the French race, won by current Renault F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg with Porsche in 2015, would be an easier leap because the cars were more similar. “Some of the F1 drivers that jump into the Le Mans car, they have no difficulties in terms of...
Author: Lewis Franck
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:12 am

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The Investment Bank of Greece is seeking legal advice on Lombard Bank’s intention to bid for the 49.01 per cent of its shares held by Cyprus Popular Bank before deciding how to vote during Thursday’s annual general meeting. IBG is handling the sale of CPB’s overseas investments following the national bailout of the Cypriot bank. “CPB could vote for or against, or it could abstain,” the spokesman said. “But until we have received legal advice, there is nothing we can add.” A spokesman for IBG said that the sale of CPB’s shares was being closely monitored by the Cyprus Resolution Authority, responsible for recouping the money given during the bailout, and other entities to ensure that the sale was “transparent and competitive” and in the best interest of Cypriot taxpayers. Sources expressed concern over the announcement by Lombard Bank that it would seek approval from its 1,300 shareholders – some of whom hold a chunk of shares – to buy the shares itself, although it gave little information on how it would do so. While sources originally assumed the purchase could be financed through the bank’s own retained shares, others delved into the wording of the company announcement and...
Author: Vanessa Macdonald
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:11 am
What Magistrate Aaron Bugeja is conducting is an inquiry under the Criminal Code, not an inquiry under the Inquiries Act. Apart from the fact that such an inquiry can in practice only commence if the police decide to act – and, in this case, they acted much too late – such inquiries were originally intended only to preserve the material traces of an offence, the assumption being that the police would be doing their duty and investigating any reasonable suspicion of an offence ‘without fear or favour’. Regrettably, history, even very recent, has shown that assumption to be entirely chimerical. Through a series of (sometimes haphazard) changes to the Criminal Code, over the years, magistrates were granted powers which, if used judiciously, enable them to get out of the straitjacket of the ‘parallel’ police investigation (or lack of it). In the late 1980s, for instance, two magistrates (later judges) for the first time in history combined two separate inquiries – one into the discovery of a weapon in a Safi farmhouse and the other into a shooting incident – and, defying convention, continued to investigate jointly even after a suspect had been arraigned on trumped up charges. The...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:10 am

A Jimmy Choo shoe in a shop in downtown Rome. Photo: Max Rossi/Reuters

British luxury retailer Jimmy Choo was seeking offers for the company as part of a review of its strategic options to maximise shareholder value, it said yesterday. The firm, which specialises in shoes and accessories, said it had discussed the strategic review process with its majority shareholder, JAB Luxury, which has confirmed it is supportive of the process. JAB Luxury holds 67.7 per cent of Jimmy Choo, which trades from over 150 stores globally. Shares in Jimmy Choo, which floated on the London Stock Exchange at 140 pence in 2014, have increased 35 per cent over the last year. They closed Friday at 168.5 pence, valuing the business at £657 million. Jimmy Choo said Britain’s Takeover Panel has agreed that any talks with third parties may be conducted within the context of a “formal sale process” to enable conversations with parties interested in making a proposal to take place on a confidential basis. Jimmy Choo said it was currently not in receipt of any approaches. It is being advised by BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. Last month Jimmy Choo reported a 15.7 per cent rise in core earnings to £59 million.
Author: Reuters
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:03 am
Rajtoral: Frantisek Rajtoral, a Czech footballer playing for Turkish top tier club Gaziantepspor was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide. The club’s president Ibrahim Kizil told reporters that the 31-year-old former international had hanged himself in his house in Gaziantep. Cole: Former England international Ashley Cole scored an own goal as Los Angeles Galaxy’s tough start to the MLS campaign continued with a 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey put the Sounders ahead in the 29th minute before Cole put through his own goal six minutes later. Jordan Morris rounded off the scoring on the brink of half-time. Adams: Granada head coach Tony Adams have revealed that former Premier League duo Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson will be offered contracts in the summer. The pair, who Adams brought in on trial, have been training since the former England captain took charge of the first team two weeks ago and have impressed enough to earn permanent deals. Championship: Newcastle vs Preston 4-1.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:02 am

A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military amid fears of a new nuclear test. Envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, with a senior Chinese official due to arrive later in the day. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying its military capability and has conducted five nuclear tests. Pyongyang launched a missile one day after the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. However the morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches, and all that was publicly scheduled for the day were gatherings for mass dancing, a common celebration on major North Korean holidays. A "national meeting" of thousands of senior military and civilian officials was held the day before, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend. His minister of defence General Pak Yong Sik told the event that the country is ready to use pre-emptive strikes or any other measures it deems necessary to defend itself against the "US imperialists". He said: "The situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war...
Author: PA
Posted: April 25, 2017, 5:00 am
I must admit that the sudden news of a fiscal surplus on the government’s accounts after 35 years of successive deficits has stunned, in a big way, a small section of the people who still live in the past, pre-election, foolish illusion that a Labour government would be unable to deliver on its promise of good fiscal and economic governance. The resulting state of denial, normally associated with such psychological traumas, has expressed itself in various ways. Indeed the reactions to the surplus from the Opposition has had various responses. One version was that this was a planned scoop, timed to coincide with the European People’s Party annual convention in Malta. While admitting that the coincidence could not be more timely, since the rug was pulled out from under those who wanted to denigrate their country with our European visitors and their plans came to nought in the face of a collective admiration for a small country’s financial feat. But it was definitely not planned. The NSO calendar, as its website indicates, announces, a year ahead, the exact date on which each national economic statistic has to be scrupulously published. Another version was the government produced a...
Author: Edward Scicluna
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:59 am
On April 13, 2017, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on April 18 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €14.75 billion, €1.52 billion higher than the bid amount of the previous week. The amount was allotted in full at a fixed rate equivalent to the prevailing MRO rate of zero per cent, in accordance with current ECB policy. On April 19, the ECB conducted a seven-day US dollar funding operation through collateralised lending in conjunction with the US Federal Reserve. This operation attracted bids of $0.08 billion, which was allotted in full at a fixed rate of 1.41 per cent. Domestic Treasury bill market In the domestic primary market for Treasury bills, the Treasury invited tenders for 91-day and 182-day bills for settlement value April 20, maturing on July 20 and October 19 respectively. Bids of €20 million were submitted for the 91-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €15 million, while no bids were submitted for the 182-day bills. Since €13.20 million worth of bills matured during the week, the outstanding balance of Treasury bills increased by €1.80 million, to stand at €227...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:48 am