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Preview Patricia Krenwinkel, a convicted murderer and follower of cult leader Charles Manson, has been denied parole for a fourteenth time. She is California’s longest serving female prisoner.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:39 pm
Preview A federal appeals court has ordered the release of Brendan Dassey, 27, who began serving a life sentence 10 years ago for murder. His confession to police, which was central to a Netflix documentary, was found to be coerced.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:26 pm
Preview A former US government employee with top security clearances is charged with espionage after allegedly passing on top secret documents to a Chinese agent. The suspect said he considered his contacts to be working for a Chinese research organization.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:17 pm
Preview North Korea has reportedly carried out another test of a space rocket engine, which could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially be capable of reaching the US mainland, American officials have told media outlets.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:53 pm
Preview Not every lie told during the naturalization process counts, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, overturning a decision to strip away US citizenship from a Bosnian Serb refugee who lied about her husband’s wartime record.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:43 pm
Preview The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is overseeing the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline, has opened an investigation into the spill of 2 million gallons of toxic drilling fluid on Ohio’s wetlands.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:07 pm
Preview Archaeologists are raving about the “major” discovery of a huge sun altar in China’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:58 pm
Preview The man accused of stabbing a police officer at Flint International Airport in Michigan appeared in court wearing a face mask, after spitting on a US marshal. Amor M. Ftouhi cried out “Allahu akbar” as he attacked the officer, federal authorities said.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:09 pm
Preview Confederations Cup Group B favorites Germany and Chile drew 1-1 in Kazan on a night when Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time top scorer.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:02 pm
Preview Iran is sending 1,100 tons of fruit and vegetables to Qatar on a daily basis as the country endures a blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:56 pm
Preview A group of disabled protesters have been forcibly removed from the office of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell after gathering to demonstrate against the Republican Party’s health care reform bill.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:47 pm
Preview Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has slammed the French president over what he terms inappropriate conduct after Emmanuel Macron criticized Eastern Europe for a ‘lack of solidarity’ and ‘cynicism’ in dealing with the refugee crisis.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:03 pm
Preview Pakistan has slammed US drone strikes on its territory amid reports that the Trump administration may widen such operations in a bid to pin down the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:02 pm
Preview US Prosecutors on Thursday charged Bronx resident Saddam Mohamed Raishani with attempting to provide material support to ISIS (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:56 pm
Preview EU leaders have officially confirmed a decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine for another six months, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced during a European leaders summit in Brussels.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:42 pm
Preview The Ku Klux Klan is active in 33 states and “still poses a threat” to US society, according to a new Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:33 pm
Preview Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics have fascinated historians for over 200 years and now the discovery of the earliest known “monumental” forms of the pictorial writing looks set to offer new insight into its development.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:48 pm
Preview Several CIA contractors were forced to stop working for the agency after they were busted for stealing more than $3,000 worth of snacks from vending machines through an elaborate scheme, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:24 pm
Preview Israeli airline El Al can no longer ask women to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox men object to sitting next to them, a court has ruled, after a case was brought by a Holocaust survivor who said she was humiliated after being asked to move.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:21 pm
Preview African champions Cameroon and Asian Cup winners Australia drew 1-1 in their Confederations Cup Group B match in St. Petersburg – a result that leaves both sides' chances of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:13 pm
Preview President Donald Trump has tweeted that he made no recordings or tapes of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey. Trump had said that Comey “better hope there are no tapes” after firing Comey and hearing there were memos of their talks.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:02 pm
Preview A group of British citizens were detained in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday with a bag filled with 61 flares. The group was allegedly planning to test security arrangements at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in the city.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:43 pm
Preview An interceptor missile fired from a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Hawaii failed to hit the target, the US Missile Defense Agency said. The failure follows last month’s successful test of a ground-based interceptor against an ICBM-like target.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:40 pm
Preview Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has issued a warning to leakers of classified information – that the government will find and prosecute them.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:37 pm
Preview A rare tornado ripped through Hamburg on Thursday, causing travel chaos as many regional and long-distance train services were canceled.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:34 pm
Preview Inventively mangled foreign-language versions of signs and menus have become an iconic feature of China, but the government is imposing a compulsory list of 3,500 common translated phrases for public use in a bid to rid the country of Chinglish.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:34 pm
Preview Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire may been killed by highly toxic gases emitted by the building’s external cladding as it burned, experts suggest.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:31 pm
Preview Makram Ali, the man who died at the scene of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack in the early hours of Monday morning, had suffered multiple injuries, a preliminary post-mortem examination revealed.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:29 pm
Preview World Cup holders Germany face Copa America winners Chile in Kazan on Thursday night in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:12 pm
Preview A French fitness blogger died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest and causing her to go into cardiac arrest.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:10 pm
Preview The population of Britain grew by 538,000 in a single year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), bringing the nation’s total headcount to 65.6 million.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:48 pm
Preview Schoolboys unhappy with their school’s ‘no shorts’ policy have registered their protest in a novel way – by wearing skirts to beat the hot weather.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:46 pm
Preview An Ohio police officer who was caught kicking a handcuffed man in the head should be punished with a 24-hour suspension, the department’s police chief says, in a move which has been dubbed “laughable” by the victim’s attorney.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:41 pm
Preview Law enforcement in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, lists almost 560 people it considers radicalized or at risk of radicalization, its mayor said in the wake of a foiled terrorist attack in Brussels.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:22 pm
Preview An Australian politician has become the first woman to breastfeed while passing a motion in the country’s Senate.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:17 pm
Preview Australian fans visiting Russia for the 2017 Confederations Cup have been impressed by the hospitality and efficient organization that has greeted them.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:15 pm
Preview Senior figures in the Church of England (CoE) have been found guilty of “colluding” with a former bishop jailed for a string of sexual offenses on young men and teenagers over a period of two decades.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:04 pm
Preview Russian regulator Roskomnadzor has removed Google Russia from a list of prohibited information resources in the country.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:46 pm
Preview Senate Republicans released their 142-page draft healthcare bill. It makes deep revisions to the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, by cutting mandatory purchases, cutting taxes and pulling out of Medicaid expansion.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:43 pm
Preview Hate crimes against Muslims have risen 500 percent in Greater Manchester since the bombing that killed 22 people in the city in May.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:42 pm
Preview Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline may get Chinese financing if European companies are forced out of the project by the latest round of US sanctions, business daily Vedomosti reports.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:33 pm
Preview China’s innovative plan to tackle air pollution has come to an abrupt end after local media reported that the test site of the state’s controversial ‘straddling bus’ is being demolished.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:23 pm
Preview The ‘white alone’ population in the US experienced a decrease between 2015 and 2016 while all other races saw an increase, according to newly-released census data. The numbers also showed that the overall population of the US is getting older.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:11 pm
Preview The US-led coalition’s downing of a Syrian Army plane near Raqqa province shows that the group is not fighting Islamic State terrorists but is instead protecting them, the family of the pilot told Ruptly.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:11 pm
Preview Pouring rain did not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, which marks the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against the Nazis.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:05 pm
Preview The deputy speaker of the State Duma called a recent Polish bill ordering the destruction of Red Army monuments in Poland “a crime against their own nation,” and a treacherous move aimed against those who liberated Europe from the Nazis.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:41 pm
Preview Germany’s intelligence agency spied on high-profile US targets, including the White House, the State Department and the military for almost a decade, Spiegel has reported. Even US-based international organizations such as the IMF and HRW were on the watchlist.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:31 pm
Preview The European plane maker Airbus has admitted it fell short of orders to US rival Boeing with the sale of 326 airliners agreed at the Paris Airshow on Thursday.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:30 pm
Preview The US IT giant Google has massive expansion plans. Parent company Alphabet intends to buy a large tract of land from the city of San Jose to build a campus with at least 140 acres (60 hectares) of space for offices and worker housing.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:26 pm
Preview African champions Cameroon and Asian Cup winners Australia will both look to put opening game defeats behind them when they meet in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:09 pm
Preview What could possibly go wrong in a classroom full of kids armed with weapons capable of firing pointy projectiles? Parents are calling for the Chinese government to intervene so they don’t have to find out.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:55 pm
Preview Prince Harry says nobody in the royal household wants to be the next king or queen, but will take on the burden out of public duty. Republicans replied that Britain “does not need [the royals],” and called on them to renounce their titles.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:26 pm
Preview The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it is “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL), was eliminated in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force in Syria earlier in May.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:22 pm
Preview Mexico recorded more than 2,000 murders in May, the highest monthly homicide rate in 20 years and a bloody milestone in the country’s continuing war on drugs.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:18 pm
Preview WikiLeaks’ latest release in its Vault7 series details how the CIA’s alleged ‘Brutal Kangaroo’ program is being used to penetrate the most secure networks in the world.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:47 am
Preview British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Brussels on Thursday afternoon to brief her European counterparts on Britain’s plans for EU citizens after Brexit.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:43 am
Preview The UAE operates a network of ‘black sites’ in war-torn Yemen, where terrorist suspects are abused and tortured, an AP investigation has found. US personnel have been involved in at least some interrogations, agency sources said.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:28 am
Preview The world population is set to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 despite a "nearly universal" drop in fertility rates, the UN estimates. India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country by 2024, and Nigeria is set to overtake the US for third place.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:15 am
Preview Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s competency has yet again been called into question following a botched BBC interview in which the Tory minister failed to answer key questions on the government’s program set out in the Queen’s Speech.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:02 am
Preview Almost half of all Australians believe China will become a military threat for their country in the next 20 years, a new poll shows. It reveals Aussie concerns over China’s activities in the South China Sea.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:48 am
Preview Shutting down Islamic kindergartens where children have little or no command of German would be an efficient way to ensure the integration of migrants, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:43 am
Preview Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has insisted US President Donald Trump’s controversial visit to Britain will still go ahead after claims it had been canned when the Queen’s Speech made no mention of it.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:16 am
Preview A 1913 painting by a Russian master Wassily Kandinsky sold for £33 million ($41.6 million) at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction in London. The record price for a work by Kandinsky was broken twice in less than an hour.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:09 am
Preview Around 600 buildings in the UK have similar "combustible cladding" to Grenfell Tower, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:48 am
Preview People will work much less three decades from now, according to Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:28 am
Preview The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:02 am
Preview The Russian Defense Ministry has declassified and published documents detailing how victorious USSR reflected on the disastrous early days of Nazi Germany’s invasion. Military strategists wanted to know if the Soviet Union was unprepared for war.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:27 am
Preview A Jerusalem synagogue was vandalized with Nazi swastikas spray-painted on the walls, police say, adding that the perpetrators also tried to burn holy books. A mentally unstable Ultra-Orthodox Haredi man was reportedly arrested in connection with the incident.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:24 am
Preview As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:17 am
Preview Israel has significantly increased its air superiority in the last decade following Israeli–Lebanese conflict of 2006, its Air Force chief has stated, warning Hezbollah and its allies of dire consequences should another war break out in the future.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:11 am
Preview Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits are going to Mylan, an allergy treatment producer that sparked controversy for hiking the price of its EpiPen. The completely legal financial scheme is based on “clean coal” credits approved by Congress.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:26 am
Preview President Donald Trump addressed supporters twice in Iowa, including a campaign-style rally, where he boasted of plans to regrow American agriculture, winning electoral victories and having rich economic advisers. He also blamed Democrats for stalling the GOP health care bill.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:23 am
Preview Video showing Philando Castile’s girlfriend and their daughter in a police cruiser following the fatal shooting of Castile has been released. Inside the vehicle, the 4-year-old girl makes a heartfelt plea to her mother before promising to “keep you [her mother] safe.”
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:13 am
Preview The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is reportedly finding it difficult to secure booking for a suitable venue to address thousands of his supporters on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, according to local media.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:34 am
Preview Already behind bars for killing a toddler in 1981 and for administering a potentially lethal injection on another young child who survived, former Texas nurse Genene Jones may never walk free, as she now faces two new charges of murder.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:34 am
Preview The inability to remember has long been considered a failure of the brain, but a new study has found that our brains are actively working to forget memories in order to retain the truly important information.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:12 am
Preview A memorial for a murdered Muslim teen was set on fire at Washington’s Dupont Circle and a man was detained shortly afterward. Nabra Hassanen, 17, was killed with a baseball bat Sunday in what police controversially described as a “road rage” incident.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:34 am
Preview Ten-year-old Polina Haeredinova could not stop smiling when her football idol Cristiano Ronaldo rolled the disabled girl onto the pitch ahead of the Russia versus Portugal 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match in Moscow.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:33 am
Preview There is currently no viable alternative to Bashar Assad to prevent Syria from turning into a failed state, the new French president has said, departing from his predecessor’s position that the Syrian leader must be toppled to stabilize the war-torn country.
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Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:50 am
Preview Pennsylvania’s highest court has said the public should have access to police dashcam video unless the footage is proven to be related to an ongoing investigation. Lawmakers, however, are voting to keep the recordings secret.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:59 pm
Preview A jury in Milwaukee has acquitted former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown of a reckless homicide charge over the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith last August. The killing sparked two days of protests on the city’s north side.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:30 pm
Preview A regional leader of Germany’s right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party remains unmoved and has reiterated his ‘Germany for Germans’ call, previously leaked from a party chat, local media report.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:04 pm
Preview The man who fired on GOP lawmakers at baseball practice had a list of six congressmen on him, and kept the modified rifle he used in a storage unit he often visited, the FBI said. James T. Hodgkinson also tried to meet Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:55 pm
Preview Italian police have arrested a suspected human trafficker following allegations that the man tortured, sexually abused and murdered migrants in a refugee camp in Libya.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:42 pm
Preview The magnitude of the deadliest forest fire to strike Portugal has been laid bare in dramatic satellite imagery.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:34 pm
Preview Missouri became the third US state to accuse major drug manufacturers of misrepresenting the risks posed by opioids. About 500 Missourians have died in 2015 from non-heroin opioid overdoses, and thousands of others were hospitalized.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:50 pm
Preview China and the US agree that North Korea’s nuclear program represents a major threat to peace and security and has called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the US secretaries of state and defense said after meeting their Chinese colleagues.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:30 pm
Preview This is the moment a young fan of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo broke through the security line by the hotel where the Portugal team was staying in Moscow to give his hero a hug.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:06 pm
Preview A massive tropical storm is pounding much of the US Gulf Coast, with areas across six states in the southeastern US experiencing potentially life-threatening floods.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:29 pm
Preview Mexico claimed a hard-fought Confederations Cup win over a spirited New Zealand team in Sochi, a result which means the All Whites have no chance of reaching the semifinals and which puts Mexico level with Portugal on four points at the top of Group A.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:19 pm
Preview Researchers have uncovered the fossils of one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk on the Earth – remains which they believe could belong to a previously undiscovered species.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:12 pm
Preview Incredible footage shows the moment an injured giant squid wrapped its tentacles around a paddleboard and knocked the surprised rider into the sea.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:06 pm
Preview The iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq has been blown up by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, news agencies report citing the Iraqi military.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 7:28 pm
Preview UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed seasoned Russian diplomat, Vladimir Voronkov, to head its recently created Counterterrorism Office. Voronkov had served as Moscow’s representative to UN international organizations in Vienna before his new high-level appointment.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 7:15 pm
Preview Renowned US director Oliver Stone has urged the media "not to trivialize" his documentary on Russia's President Vladimir Putin, after allegations emerged online suggesting that Putin showed Stone an American attack video while passing it off as part of Russia's military campaign in Syria.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 7:08 pm
Preview As Europe swelters under the scorching sun, some male employees have taken to an ‘alternate’ dress code in protest at having to wear trousers.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:54 pm
Preview Two people have died after being trapped under a collapsed crane at a building site in Crewe, northern England.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:53 pm
Preview The Pentagon spent $93.81 million over the past decade to provide Afghan troops with uniforms of a “forest” camouflage pattern which is largely unsuitable for Afghanistan’s landscape, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:33 pm
Preview A Bavarian teen is being investigated for attempted grievous bodily harm after shooting at the Thai monarch with a toy gun as the king was cycling by. Another teen, who was also part of the play shooting, is a minor and cannot be prosecuted.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:31 pm
Preview Nearly three years after a white police officer shot and killed an African-American teen, his parents have settled their wrongful death lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown’s death provoked nationwide protests against police brutality.
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Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:23 pm

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"When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" the star asks fans at Glastonbury.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:10 pm
Fears that many flats are clad in the same material as Grenfell Tower dominate Friday's front pages.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:55 pm
Three million EU citizens in the UK would get the right to stay after Brexit, under PM's proposals.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:24 pm
President Trump had earlier hinted he had secretly taped a sensitive conversation with James Comey.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:02 pm
Cladding on about 600 high rises in England is being tested, as Premier Inn admits concerns about three of its hotels.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:51 pm
Former US diplomatic officer Kevin Mallory could face life in prison under the Espionage Act.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:37 pm
England reach the semi-finals of a European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009 by comfortably beating 10-man Poland.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:23 pm
New footage shows girl, four, trying to calm her mother after the shooting of Philando Castile.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:19 pm
The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the de-facto IS capital Raqqa.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:01 pm
Several Republican senators have raised concern about a new health plan to repeal Obamacare.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:42 pm
Liverpool complete the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who joins on a five-year deal.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:18 pm
British number one Johanna Konta is knocked out of the Aegon Classic in the second round by American Coco Vandeweghe.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:38 pm
India will get almost a quarter of the total cash handed out by the ICC after challenging attempts to reduce their share.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:33 pm
The death of the US student has raised tensions, with North Korea calling Donald Trump a psychopath.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:52 pm
Latest figures put the number of people in the UK at 65,648,000, the Office for National Statistics says.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:23 pm
The bullet travelled 3,540m and took almost 10 seconds to reach its target, military sources say.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:44 pm
Newspapers at war: The Daily Mail launches attack on the Guardian after cartoon depiction
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:17 pm
The home secretary says terror attacks over the past three months have left resources "very tight".
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:13 pm
The singer is not the first oversize, celebrity-themed cake to be tackled by its baker.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:01 pm
McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will start Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the back of the grid.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:38 pm
John gave his boots to Akbar Badshah, who was turned away from a restaurant for wearing sandals.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:53 pm
Former bishop Peter Ball was jailed for sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:16 pm
As Germany's political elite grieves unity chancellor Helmut Kohl, a private war divides his family.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
Celebrity weddings appear to be everyone's business, but what if those involved don't want the world to watch?
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:25 pm
A group of Russian motor enthusiasts found the handheld fidget spinner wasn't doing it for them, so they have tried to make a version out of cars.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:10 pm
The struggle to talk about losing a child after 38 weeks of pregnancy
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:59 am
Genoa airport in northern Italy now allows pesto in hand luggage in exchange for a charity donation.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:30 am
And how pop and hip hop megastars are threatening guitar music's monopoly.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:03 am
Conor McGregor's career began at Crumlin ABC but BBC Radio 5 live asks if a puncher's chance is enough to shock the world?
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:17 am
Kevin Spacey lauds British director Edgar Wright for his unique use of music during the film-making process in their latest movie.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:45 am
Losing everything in a house fire can be devastating. How do you rebuild your life?
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:46 am
The show's set designer on the new-look Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval zones.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:30 am
Josh felt he had to leave Northern Ireland because of homophobia.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:27 am
There is little that is more synonymous with British summertime than Glastonbury music festival. Julian Ridgway, the senior photo editor at Getty Images, talks us through some of his favourite moments from past festivals.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:24 pm
The new generation of dance workouts aiming to be less formal and more enjoyable.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:04 pm
Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care - care for the dying - in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to Odontuya Davaasuren.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:40 pm
BBC coverage of latest developments
Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:41 am

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HOUSE OF FILTH: Kids saved from bug-ridden, feces-filled apt...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Reno Starting to Look More Like Silicon Valley...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

RITZ-CARLTON to launch luxury cruise line...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Sheep gives birth to 'half-human, half-beast sent by the devil'...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

UPDATE: Ron Howard to Take Over Han Solo Movie...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Growing number seeking recognition of third gender...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Whites slowest growing group...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Median age rises to 38...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Census: USA growing older, more racially diverse...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Political Consultants Plan Gold Rush After GA Blockbuster...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

GREAT AGAIN: FOXCONN, SHARP looking at six states for plant...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Special election sweep boosts Trump agenda...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Allies circulate talking points as pressure builds...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

PELOSI STRIKES BACK: I'M WORTH THE TROUBLE!


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Athens garbage piles up as Greeks protest contracts...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Lone Star tick bites causing rare meat allergy rise...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Radio powered by sweat hints at future of wearables...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Antarctica's Deepest Dive Reveals Vibrant World...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Earth's close shave as asteroid swoops this week...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Desperate Venezuelans set sights on Colombia as worry mounts...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Americans Back in Love With SUVs and Pickups...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

FCC Proposes $120M Fine Against Robodialer...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Psychopaths drink coffee black...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Cannibal killer finds love in prison...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Millennial Men Bolstering Plastic Surgery Industry...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

REVEALED: Cyberattack 'World Isn't Ready For'...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

'Happening Right Under Noses'...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Socks and sandals bring whiff of scandal to Paris catwalk...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

SPIEGEL: Germany spied on White House...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Rowdy World of Rap's New Underground...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Air Force drone crashes in California...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Murders hit record high in Mexico...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Kim tests rocket engine in suspected ICBM development...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

NAVY MISSILE INTERCEPT TEST FAILS OVER HAWAII...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

TRUMP: No Comey tapes...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

THE MYTH...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

FEC Dem eyes widening Russia probe to DRUDGE?


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Bikini contest competitor clobbers contestant with high-heeled shoes...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Teen fires shots as man who 'catfished' him charges with car...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Fashion Sellers Reel as AMAZON Aims at Next Retail Target...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

School pulls conservative summer reading list after backlash...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Coal king sues John Oliver, HBO for 'character assassination'...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

New 'STAR TREK' star breaks silence on diversity criticism...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

White ex-employee sues tech company for favoring workers from India...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

mORe CaR cRAShEs iN leGAl poT sTATez...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Bedbugs at BUZZFEED...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Hugh Hewitt Gets MSNBC Show...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Bill Cosby planning motivational speaking tour...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Proposal Calls for Dissolving Illinois!


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

LA paving way for Obama Boulevard...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

FBI: No 'wider plot' suspected in Michigan airport stabbing...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

1.4 million illegals working under stolen SSN...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

UPDATE: JANE SANDERS LAWYERS UP FOR FEDERAL PROBE...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

MCCONNELL PLAYING TO KEEP?


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

RAND STANDS: DIDN'T RUN ON OBAMACARE LITE


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Stolen NSA malware used to take over traffic cameras...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Former CIA Officer Charged With Passing Top Secret Info to China...


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:22 pm

Times of Malta

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

No EU national currently living lawfully in the UK will be made to leave on the day of Brexit under proposals outlined by Theresa May to her European Union counterparts. The Prime Minister told a European Council summit in Brussels that she wanted to offer "certainty" to the estimated three million EU expats in the UK and ensure that families are not split up by Brexit. But she made clear that the proposals would be adopted only if the same rights are granted to UK citizens living in the remaining 27 EU states in a reciprocal settlement. And she set up a series of probable clashes with the European Union by suggesting she could set an early cut-off date for residency rights and rejecting a Brussels demand for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to retain powers to enforce rights following Brexit. Under Mrs May's plans, unveiled on the eve of the anniversary of the Brexit referendum, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years by a specific cut-off date will be given the chance to take up "settled status", granting them rights to stay in the country and receive healthcare, education, welfare and pensions as if they were British citizens. Those resident for a shorter...
Author: PA
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:06 pm
George Galea, the 59-year-old man who had been reported missing, has been found, the police said.  
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:01 pm

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the media in Brussels today that economic indicators in Europe were improving. Dr Muscat, who is in Brussels for the first sitting of the European Council said that Malta had been doing well for the past years but there were countries which were only finding their ground now. And if Malta had done well when other countries did not, it could only do better when the economies on which the county depended improved their situation. Difficulties, he said, would continue to exist and there were decisions on which the EU had no control on, such as Brexit and the fluid situation this had brought with it. The clock was ticking and the council was discussing how to protect the interests of European citizens, including the Maltese in the UK, as well as of the Britons who lived in the EU. On immigration, the Prime Minister said that Malta’s declaration was already bearing fruit with Libyan coastguards receiving training. Without the declaration, the situation would have been much worse. The major problem remained that there were still countries which did not want to accept migrants. The Maltese presidency managed to move some of them but one or two were...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 6:40 pm

A woman who rescued a dog after it was run over by a car in 2007 is now caring for 70 strays in a makeshift shelter at her home in a poor part of Peru's capital. All the dogs being cared for by Sara Moran come from the large population of abandoned canines that roam Lima's streets. "Sometimes I think God has given me this mission," said Ms Moran, 48, as she changes a nappy for a dog named Pecas, one of eight that she has recently rescued and which gets around on a canine wheelchair. Feeding the large pack 365 days of the year is the hardest part for Ms Moran. She relies on donations from neighbours and strangers touched by her labour of love. But she also makes sure they receive plenty of psychological nourishment as well. In winter, when most Peruvians avoid the beach, she takes the dogs on frequent runs across the hard, black sand. Seeing them happy is her reward. "They are completely pure," she says. "Their souls have no perversions."
Author: PA
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:34 pm

The Frenchman killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a Paris police convoy in a failed attack had pledged allegiance to the leader of Islamic State and asked his family to remember him as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has said. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, citing a letter resembling a will that was dated on Monday, the day of the attack on the Champs-Elysees Avenue, said the man had pledged his allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and practised shooting "to prepare for jihad". The letter to his loved ones asked that his plan be treated not as a suicide attack but as a "martyrdom operation", Mr Molins said. The man, whom the prosecutor identified only as Adam D, had been on the radar of French authorities for Islamic extremism. Mr Molins said Tunisian authorities put out a search warrant for him in 2014 on suspicion of ties to a terrorist group. The prosecutor confirmed that, nevertheless, he had authorisation to carry various arms. The operator of a shooting club told French TV that Adam D practised his aim there. Such contradictions appear perplexing in a country that has been in a state of emergency since 2015 after multiple...
Author: PA
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:17 pm

European Affairs Minister Helena Dalli and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna today submitted their nominations for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party. Their nominations follow that of Health Minister Chris Fearne submitted yesterday. The post, vacated by Louis Grech after he quit politics on turning 70, could present a route to becoming Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s eventual successor. After being re-elected earlier this month, Dr Muscat declared that the Labour Party will contest the next election with a new leader. Voting will take place during the party’s extraordinary general conference on July 13 and 14. If there are more than two candidates and no one candidate receives 50 per cent +1 of the votes, a run-off election will he held between the top two candidates on July 15.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:58 pm

Finance Minister Edward Scicluna. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

MEP Sven Giegold accused Finance Minister Edward Scicluna of trying to find scapegoats when asking whether reports by the government’s anti-money laundering agency had been written to be leaked. Mr Giegold, the European Green’s spokesman on financial affairs, told the Times of Malta Prof. Scicluna’s remarks were beside the point. He said the priority was to investigate whether the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit’s findings could be substantiated or not. “If they are substantiated, then prosecution should follow. If they are not, then, of course, consequences should follow as well”, Mr Giegold said. He insisted the minister seemed to be more interested in finding scapegoats than doing his job, adding that Malta’s reputation was at stake given the revelations made. When referring to Prof. Scicluna’s accusations that Germany was bullying Malta because it was a small country, Mr Giegold said he did not like making distinctions based on nationality. He said German journalists, who had been critical of Malta’s tax regime also hit out at what was happening in their own country. He said that, as far as he was concerned, when dealing with financial crime there were “no borders,...
Author: Jacob Borg
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:41 pm

The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to develop a new service for the settlement of instant payments. The new service, TARGET instant payment settlement (TIPS), will enable citizens and firms to transfer money between each other in real time and will be available around the clock, 365 days a year. The ECB is responsible for the smooth and effective functioning of payment systems in the eurozone. It already developed TARGET2 to process large-value payments in euro in real time. TIPS, as part of TARGET2, will help facilitate instant money transfers, offered via banks, so that citizens and firms can make instant retail payments across Europe. The service will be developed in close cooperation with the banking industry in Europe and will be offered to banks at the low price of a maximum of 0.20 cent per payment for at least the first two years of operation. TIPS is scheduled to start operating in November 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:40 pm

A total of 34 new film releases, including 15 blockbusters will hit cinema screens over a three-month period from Wednesday. KRS Releasing Limited’s line-up includes thrillers, dramas, animations, comedies, action and bio-historical. The new film roll-out comes ­hot on the heels of a 26-week period during which KRS serviced local cinemas with 70 new feature film releases, 16 of which were exhibited in 3D format. Fourteen of the film releases played seven weeks or more with the longest performers being Beauty and the Beast (13 weeks) followed by Boss Baby (10 weeks) and La La Land (nine weeks). Other long players were Sing, Lion, Fifty Shades Darker, Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Fast and Furious (eight weeks). Eight films topped the weekly box-office charts of the films released by KRS. Beauty and the Beast, released on March 18, topped the charts for four consecutive weeks. Beauty and the Beast also placed fourth in the All Time Box-Office films behind Titanic, Passion of the Christ and Avatar. The films being released over the next three months are: All Eyez on Me, All Saints, American Assassin, American Made, Animal Crackers, Annabelle: Creation,...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:36 pm

A new medicine for bladder cancer has been added to the government formulary in line with the promise to continue increasing cancer medicine available to patients free of charge, Health Minister Chris Fearne said. The medicine, mitomycin C, will be given from hospital. It reduces the risk of cancer reappearing after it would have been removed. Some 300 people a year would be benefitting from this new treatment. Read: The bladder cancer facts you need to know
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:57 pm

A former drug addict who had been found guilty of various drug-related charges and sentenced to a jail term of two years and a fine of €6,000, had his punishment reduced on appeal. Richard Alistair Cranston, 50, of British origin, had been convicted of cocaine and cannabis grass possession that was not for his personal use. He was also accused of simple possession of cannabis resin. An appeal against the November 2013 judgment was filed by the accused. The court of appeal heard how it all began in May 2009 when members of the drug squad made a drug discovery on board Mr Cranston’s yacht, which was berthed at Manoel Island. Upon the man’s person the police found a packet of cigarette rolling paper almost 5g of cannabis resin. The search also yielded cannabis grass and two blocks of heroin weighing some 28 grams and 30 grams respectively. The Court of Appeal, presided over by Mr Justice David Scicluna, noted that at the time of his arrest, the accused used to share drugs with his former girlfriend. Friends of the accused had, in fact, testified how they had witnessed episodes of drug-taking by the couple. On one occasion, after dinner on board the accused's yacht, one guest...
Author: Edwina Brincat
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:15 pm

The European Commission has today proposed tough new transparency rules for intermediaries – such as tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers – who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. Recent media leaks such as the Panama Papers have exposed how some intermediaries actively assist companies and individuals to escape taxation, usually through complex cross-border schemes. Today's proposal aims to tackle such aggressive tax planning by increasing scrutiny around the previously-unseen activities of tax planners and advisers. European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said: "The EU has become the frontrunner when it comes to bringing more transparency to the world of aggressive tax planning. This work is already reaping results. Today we are proposing to hold responsible the go-betweens who create and sell tax avoidance schemes. Ultimately, this will result in greater tax revenues for member states." Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “Today, we are setting our sights on the professionals who promote tax abuse. Tax administrations should have the information they need to thwart...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:03 pm

Maltese-owned EC English Language Centres has won two awards for its work in corporate and social responsibility, claiming gold and silver in two main categories at the International CSR Excellence Awards in London. The awards ceremony took place at the Houses of Parliament, welcoming top names from all areas of industry. EC was nominated for the Partnerships and Employee Engagement awards, alongside companies like Coca-Cola, Aldi, British Gas, Network Rail, and SAP software. The international language school claimed gold in the Partnerships category for its recent work with United World Schools (UWS) to build a school for marginalised children in Cambodia. The family-owned company also won silver in the Employee Engagement category. EC officially partnered with UWS in early 2016 to bring fresh water and education to the 85-family village. his was part of a wider CSR initiative to improve the prospects of Cambodian children who would not otherwise have access to the resources they need to get the education they deserve. During a recent 10-day mission in Cambodia, a group of volunteers from EC spent their time teaching, talking to the families about education, encouraging student...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:02 pm

Almost half of Maltese investors were primarily seeking an additional source of income – although a good proportion also want to increase their capital, according to a survey. Almost half of the 300 investors surveyed by Misco held or had held government stocks, also noting that over the past five years, investors were becoming younger. Its representative Lawrence Zammit noted that most investors use an intermediary – whether a financial institution or a consultant – with only 10 per cent having the confidence to invest without seeking advice. Although the Maltese investor shows a strong preference for local investment – thanks to their predominantly conservative risk appetite – they do not generally speaking feel very positive about the current market, he explained, adding that there was, however, a more upbeat feeling about the returns they could get over the coming year. The survey was carried out by Misco for BOV Asset Management, which used it to compile an Investor Sentiment Index. The head of business and marketing at BOV Asset Management, Mark Vella, said that the intention was to conduct the research on a semi-annual basis.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:00 pm

Following the minimal changes in the previous three trading sessions, the MSE Share Index gained 0.28% today to reach an over six-week high of 4,679.665 points. Five equities closed higher, three closed unchanged whilst only GO plc performed negatively with a drop of 0.3% to the €3.46 level on just two deals totalling 2,000 shares. Most of today’s trading activity took place in RS2 Software plc which advanced by 1.9% to an over four-month high of €1.59 on strong volumes totalling 172,500 shares. The company paid the recently approved final net dividend of €0.01 per share today. Trading in the newly issued shares following a 1-for-12 bonus share issue was possible as from today. Also among the large companies by market capitalisation, Bank of Valletta plc added 0.3% to the €2.195 level across 42,016 shares while HSBC Bank Malta plc gained 0.5% to recapture the €2.08 level on a total of 10,598 shares. HSBC is due to publish its 2017 half-year results on July 31. The directors will also consider the declaration of an interim dividend. In the property segment, Malta Properties Company plc and Midi plc trended 1.8% and 1.6% higher to the €0.52 and €0.31 levels respectively, albeit on...
Author: Edward Rizzo
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:54 pm

The legal alcohol limit for those getting behind the wheel in Malta is 0.5g.

Distributing breathalyser kits freely could risk giving the wrong impression that excessive drinking is condoned, insurance association head, Adrian Galea, has warned. The director general of the Malta Insurance Association was commenting to this newspaper after Social Policy Minister Michael Falzon announced on Monday that about 3,000 self-administered kits would be distributed across the island. The move is part of efforts to curb excessive drinking during village feasts. Read: Band clubs to get breathalysers in bid to curb binge drinking While welcoming the decision to address the issue and introduce new measures to discourage excessive drinking, Mr Galea pointed out that handing out breathalysers in such a way could have the opposite impact. “The good intentions may be defeated if such kits are loosely distributed, conveying the wrong impression that excessive drinking is condoned,” he remarked. The association has, in recent months, been very vocal about the need for more safety on the roads, even making a series of proposals to the government. Mr Galea said breathalyser kits, while useful to further emphasise the hazards of drink-driving and to help raise awareness on...
Author: Claire Caruana
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:53 pm

Airbus conceded defeat to rival Boeing in the race for new business at the Paris Airshow today, as a late haul of almost 100 aircraft failed to close a gap opened up by the launch of the American firm's new 737 model. The European planemaker said it won 326 net new orders and commitments against its estimate of a comparable Boeing tally of 443, excluding conversions from other models to support the launch of the Boeing 737 MAX 10. Airbus today signed deals with AirAsia, and privately-owned Iranian carriers Zagros Airlines and Iran Airtour. As Airbus was unveiling its numbers, Boeing topped up its tally by announcing a firm order for 125 737 MAX 8 airplanes with an undisclosed customer and another deal with AerCap to convert 15 of its MAX 8 orders into the larger MAX 10. "Is this a slower show than previous years? Yes, it is. Are we conceding that Boeing sold a few more airplanes than we did? Yes," Airbus sales chief John Leahy told a news conference. Leahy said he had expected the new Boeing plane to make more of a splash. "We had expected they would have had a bigger launch on the 737 MAX 10, not quite as many conversions, more incremental orders." While he did not expect the...
Author: Reuters
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:15 pm

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) today ruled that member states were prohibited from taking enforcement action against EU licensed online gaming operators who were unlawfully excluded from national licensing processes. The Court confirmed the obligation on member states to organise transparent licensing processes and rejected EU countries’ discretion to impose enforcement measures. “This ruling comes at a crucial time for countries like the Netherlands, where national legislation is being enforced that was found to be incompatible with the Treaties,” the European Gaming and Betting Association commented. The Budapest-Capital Administrative and Labour Court had asked the CJEU whether Hungary violated the freedom to provide for imposing administrative fines and temporary ISP blocking measures against an EU licensed and regulated operator, Unibet International, while it failed to publish a call for tenders and did not enable the operator to submit an application for the purposes of obtaining a Hungarian license. The court found that Hungary violated the fundamental freedom to provide services guaranteed under Art. 56 of the EU Treaty, by failing to organise a licensing tender...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:05 pm

A former drug addict facing a three-year jail term for cocaine trafficking had his sentence reduced to a fine after a court of appeal cast doubt upon the reasoning of the first court. Paul Philip Caruana, 47, from Mosta, had been handed the jail term and a fine of €2,000 after being found guilty of possessing cocaine in quantities which did not appear to be solely for his personal use. Mr Caruana had allegedly met his supplier in August 2004 intending to buy 15g of cocaine. Some Lm1,097 in cash had also been discovered during the search in Qormi. He claimed that he had purchased the drug – which was 40 per cent pure – to get him through a two-week trip to Gozo with his girlfriend. However, the magistrate presiding over the first court did not find this credible, as she doubted whether he could withstand the effect of this dose over a relatively short period. The first court had also commented on the fact that the absence of any drug-related equipment found during the arrest also indicated that the drug was not intended for personal use. However, the defence lawyer had countered that “to consume cocaine you require no tools....All that you need is a nose and a surface”. In its...
Author: Edwina Brincat
Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:39 pm

An estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on a London tower block which caught fire, killing at least 79 people, officials said today. Flames spread rapidly up the 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower last week, trapping people inside, in what was Britain's worst blaze since World War Two. Exterior cladding added during a refurbishment may have played a part, residents have said. The disaster in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, already fighting for her political survival after her party lost its parliamentary majority is this month's snap election. The Grenfell tragedy has acted as a focal point for anger at local authority funding cuts. There has been accusations of criminal negligence and the government faces an uphill task to rehome people within the country's stretched social housing scheme. "The estimate provided to us by councils is that there are approximately 600 high-rise buildings with similar cladding," May's spokeswoman told reporters. Government had no estimates yet for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, she said. "In terms of the people who are living in those...
Author: Reuters
Posted: June 22, 2017, 1:13 pm