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Preview Several major US corporations, such as Qualcomm and Intel have reportedly joined Google in implementing President Donald Trump’s executive order that declared Chinese tech giant Huawei a national security risk.
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Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:18 am
Preview India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the country’s general election by a substantial margin, multiple exit polls suggest.
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Posted: May 20, 2019, 3:36 am
Preview French police have arrested a 27yo ‘assassin’ armed with two hidden blades, a sapper shovel and a pair of pruning shears, who said he was just a cosplay fan taking a stroll during the Yellow Vests protest in Paris.
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Posted: May 20, 2019, 2:27 am
Preview In a national referendum, Switzerland has overwhelmingly voted to approve stricter gun control measures and bring them closer in line with European Union rules toughened following a number of terrorist incidents across Europe.
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Posted: May 20, 2019, 1:01 am
Preview Indian police have raided a home in New Delhi to rescue a wealthy businessman, who was taken hostage by a group of women over alleged sexual abuse. Rape is a major problem in India, as well as growing number of false accusations.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:48 pm
Preview Washington’s war on Venezuela’s economy undermines stability on global markets, the country’s oil minister Manuel Quevedo told OPEC cartel, just days after the US placed him on sanctions list alongside other Caracas officials.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:20 pm
Preview Is Joe Biden the man to end America’s generational and partisan divides? One New York Times writer thinks so, but an avalanche of comments not seeing it put the spotlight on a brewing generation war.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:21 pm
Preview Google has reportedly suspended its licences and product-sharing agreements with Chinese communications giant Huawei, as Washington accuses the company of spying for Beijing.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:12 pm
Preview President Donald Trump has warned Tehran that it would be "the official end" of the Islamic Republic if it threatens the US, just as Washington builds up its military presence near Iran, under national security pretext.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 8:39 pm
Preview Atlanta rapper Future is no stranger to splashing the cash. His video of him gifting his son a gold Rolex watch for his 5th birthday has gone viral with people debating the rapper’s parenting skills.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:30 pm
Preview Austrian prosecutors have examined the scandalous videotape which cost vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache his job and said they couldn’t find any grounds to launch an investigation over its content.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:27 pm
Preview Once tipped to be the next Barcelona boss, Quique Setien has been fired by La Liga side Real Betis just an hour after his side secured a win against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on the last day of the Spanish domestic season.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 6:36 pm
Preview A rocket was fired into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone where the embassies of the US and other countries are located, the Iraqi military said, adding that casualties were avoided in the incident.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 6:03 pm
Preview Italy’s Interior Ministry has hit out at the UN’s criticism of its anti-migrant proposals, suggesting the body focuses on solving the emergency in Venezuela instead of “electoral campaigning in Italy.”
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:41 pm
Preview Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard’s anti-war stance has seen her slammed in the media for over-friendliness to Moscow. After this week’s hit piece the Hawaiian Congresswoman called these accusations “fake news.”
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:36 pm
Preview Afghan legislators brawled over the appointment of a new speaker as the assembly sat for the first time since elections were held in October. One man even brandished a large knife as security chased him through the chamber.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:47 pm
Preview Rafael Nadal has beaten world number one Novak Djokovic to claim the Italian Open in Rome in dominant fashion 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 and dish out some payback for the Australian Open 2019 humiliation at the hands of the Serbian.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:41 pm
Preview A trio of first team players are reportedly on the verge of leaving Juventus after becoming disillusioned with the club's preferential treatment of superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo, per reports from Spanish media.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:12 pm
Preview The Israeli broadcaster of the Eurovision said Iceland could be punished for holding up Palestinian flags during live coverage of the competition’s voting results.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 3:50 pm
Preview The US and its allies began enhanced maritime security patrols in the international waters of the Persian Gulf , amid Washington's tensions with Iran.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 3:31 pm
Preview Igor Makarov, a Russian oligarch whose supposed “niece” was filmed discussing alleged shady deals with the Austrian vice-chancellor, stated he has no family links to that woman as he was “an only child” in his family.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 3:19 pm
Preview Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal is in ruthless form in the Rome Masters final against world number one Novak Djokovic, winning the first set without dropping a game to win 6-0 in Italy, also known as a 'bagel'.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 3:11 pm
Preview OPEC countries and allied producers need to discuss the situation on the market before making proposals for the cartel’s meeting in June, Russia’s energy minister has said amid calls to further extend output cuts under OPEC+ deal.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 2:44 pm
Preview As Europeans prepare to vote in the EU Parliament elections, the European Commission has raised some eyebrows with a tweet extolling the virtues of the union, in true George Orwell style.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 2:35 pm
Preview Volatile tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been described as "not normal" by the uncle and former coach of World #2 Rafael Nadal after the Australian served a volley of insults at the Nadal family during a recent podcast appearance.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 2:27 pm
Preview Joe Biden has been roundly mocked on Twitter after making the unlikely claim to a young activist appealing for a presidential debate on climate change that he kicked-off the whole global warming movement back in the late 1980s.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 2:10 pm
Preview If Washington wants to “get along with Moscow,” the White House will have to refrain from using the sanctions stick, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says after the US extended anti-Russia restrictions.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
Preview An Al Jazeera video which accused Israel of exploiting the Holocaust to carry out a Nazi-like policy of “annihilation” against the Palestinians has been deleted following accusations of anti-Semitism.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 1:45 pm
Preview An explosion targeting a tourist bus near a museum in the Giza pyramid complex has left at least 16 people injured, according to local authorities. There are no reports of deaths.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 12:58 pm
Preview US President Donald Trump has made his first public statement about a controversial new abortion ban in Alabama, describing himself as “strongly pro-life” but is also arguing that abortion is appropriate in some cases.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 12:40 pm
Preview Exxon Mobil’s decision to take its foreign employees out from the West Qurna 1 oilfield was unjustified, according to Iraq’s oil minister. He added that the withdrawal does not pose a threat to the country’s oilfields.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 12:22 pm
Preview Jeremy Corbyn has expressed skepticism at Theresa May successfully passing her Brexit deal through Parliament at the fourth attempt, saying nothing “fundamentally different” has been made from previous versions brought to MPs.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 12:17 pm
Preview Record-breaking Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo had a memorable first year in the colors of Juventus following his big-money move from Madrid last summer, topped off by being named Italian football's 'Most Valuable Player'.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:26 am
Preview Susan Sarandon, Pamela Anderson and Roger Waters are leading questions over why the MSM is ignoring a leaked OPCW report contradicting the claim that Syrian President Bashar Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack in Douma.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:22 am
Preview A funeral home is certainly not a place one would like to frequent, but one such business in Russia apparently thinks otherwise as text on its cashier’s receipt suggests the establishment can’t wait to see their customers again.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:10 am
Preview Iran does not want war with the United States, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards has claimed, adding that Washington lacks the “will” to fight Tehran.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:01 am
Preview Austria’s president has suggested that the snap election take place in early September of this year, while the country’s chancellor stated that setting up the vote was more a “necessity” than a wish.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:45 am
Preview MMA fighter 'Super' Sage Northcutt has posted an update of his injuries following a brutal 29-second knockout on his One Championship debut against Cosmo Alexandre, which included a nine-hour surgery after suffering 8 fractures.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:24 am
Preview A change.org petition posted online by one extremely frustrated Game of Thrones fan has garnered over one million signatures as people clamber to share their despair over how the series’ final season is turning out.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Preview A popular sniper-mission video game encouraging players to assassinate a journalist has been pulled by its developer after media reports exposed the controversial shooting scene.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:04 am
Preview As Game of Thrones fans brace for the much-awaited finale, actor Iwan Rheon recalled his time in the show on RT, and suggested that Daenerys, a central character of the epic, had “lost it in the end.”
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:37 am
Preview Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has announced he will leave the club after 11 trophy-laden seasons, which culminated in winning a 'domestic treble' of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup success.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:25 am
Preview US restrictions won’t hurt Chinese telecom giant Huawei much, as it has long been prepared for it, CEO Ren Zhengfei stated, adding that the firm has no intention of changing its activities on the US’ request.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:17 am
Preview The UK’s Theresa May has promised to make a “bold offer” to MPs in the coming weeks, as part of a final attempt to get her thrice-scuppered Brexit withdrawal deal over the line before she steps down as prime minister.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 8:48 am
Preview EU sanctions targeting Russia don’t work and “all decent people” support removing them, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said ahead of next week’s European Parliamentary elections.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:26 am
Preview Former UFC lightweight world champion Rafael dos Anjos battled toe to toe with divisional newcomer Kevin Lee before eventually submitting 'The Motown Phenom' in the fourth round of their main event bout at UFC Rochester.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:23 am
Preview It took just two minutes, 17 seconds for Deontay Wilder to defend his WBC heavyweight championship as he flattened rival Dominic Breazeale with a vicious first-round knockout in Brooklyn, New York.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:00 am
Preview The UK needs direct investment and bright minds from India, London’s mayor said, slamming the government’s “hostile” immigration policies and calling for “preferential treatment” for former subjects of the British empire.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 3:42 am
Preview Riyadh will confront Tehran with “all strength and determination” if need be, the Kingdom’s FM warned after the crown prince received a call from Washington in which the sides discussed ways to ensure regional “security.”
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 1:54 am
Preview The US will ‘sooner or later’ have to face reality and understand that Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 systems is a done deal, President Erdogan said, noting that the current agreement is just the beginning.
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Posted: May 19, 2019, 1:02 am
Preview The Eurovision song contest in Israel concluded with no serious incidents, even though a crowd of ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police in Jerusalem while supporters of the Palestinian cause were calling for its boycott.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 11:59 pm
Preview Brazilian welterweight Michel 'Demolidor' Pereira had a UFC debut to remember as he stunned British veteran Danny Roberts with a spectacular first-round knockout at UFC Rochester, then said there are even better things to come.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 11:24 pm
Preview German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have rushed to take advantage of the government crisis in neighboring Austria for their own political goals, uniting in a crusade against right-wing forces.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 11:00 pm
Preview Beijing has warned the US against taking the ongoing trade war “too far,” and once again criticized Washington’s unilateralist diplomacy, calling upon it to show “restraint” in the escalating standoff with Tehran.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 10:12 pm
Preview Scuffles between police and protesters broke out in France's Reims as the Yellow Vest movement rallied on its 27th weekend in a row. The six-month anniversary demonstrations were peaceful in Paris and other cities.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:18 pm
Preview Australia’s Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed victory in the federal election in a stunning turnaround as virtually all opinion polls spelled success for the rival Labor Party.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 7:57 pm
Preview The so-called ‘10 commandments of immigration,’ a set of vague rules for migrants tabled by an anti-immigration politician in Lower Austria, has provoked heated debate. RT has heard from both sides.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 6:51 pm
Preview The iconic Hollywood action star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he is fine after the attack in South Africa – and actually hardly noticed it.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 6:42 pm
Preview LA Galaxy's superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has found himself on the wrong end of the disciplinary officials in the MLS after being banned for two games for grabbing New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the throat.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 6:39 pm
Preview Manchester City completed a domestic treble as they put sorry Watford to the sword at Wembley as the showpiece final in English football, the FA Cup Final, was turned into a one-sided rout by Pep Guardiola's all-conquering side.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 6:26 pm
Preview Austria is to face snap elections after a leaked tape scandal led to the resignation of its vice-chancellor who called it “political assassination.” His right-wing party is part of the conservative government coalition.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:55 pm
Preview The head of the German domestic security agency, the BfV, has told the parliament he sees “considerable risks” in intelligence cooperation with neighboring Austria, according to Die Welt. And it is all about Russia again.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 4:41 pm
Preview A Russian farmer accidentally uncovered the 2,500-year-old remains of three elite members of an ancient nomadic tribe and a horse’s skull, hidden for millennia on his land.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 4:30 pm
Preview Scottish police reportedly asked an Edinburgh McDonald’s branch not to sell milkshakes or ice-cream during Nigel Farage’s visit following a spate of attacks from protesters using the dairy products as projectiles.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 4:25 pm
Preview A large tornado was filmed moving across a field in Texas as powerful thunderstorms sweep through the Great Plains. With tornado season in full swing, more than a dozen states have experienced outbursts of severe weather.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 4:08 pm
Preview Fran Lebowitz apologized for people ‘misinterpreting’ her suggestion President Donald Trump be turned “over to the Saudis” so they can “do the same for him” as they did to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:04 pm
Preview Hollywood action star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was suddenly felled by a flying kick to the back while attending an event in South Africa.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:02 pm
Preview Armed conflict will not break out because nobody has any “illusions” about seriously going against Iran, the nation’s foreign minister said amid the recent escalation with Washington and its regional allies.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 2:59 pm
Preview The last blue moon of this decade will rise into the sky Saturday night, not to be seen again until 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about the exciting celestial event.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 2:40 pm
Preview Khabib Nurmagomedov's teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov are set to face the Nevada State Athletic Commission to have their cases reheard in Las Vegas on Wednesday following the UFC 229 melee in Las Vegas.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 2:38 pm
Preview A new poll found that the French are divided on whether a war can break out among EU members, while over half of them believe that the bloc may collapse in two decades or less. RT asked people in Paris what they think.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 2:24 pm
Preview Pyongyang has urged the UN to act after North Korea's bulk carrier, the Wise Honest, was captured by US forces. It was seized a year after being detained in Indonesia.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 2:17 pm
Preview Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will be on the ticket for the presidential election in Argentina, which will be held in October, the former president of the country announced, confirming long-running speculation.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 1:52 pm
Preview NBA champion and 2004 Olympian Lamar Odom has revealed that he needed to cheat the system to pass a drug test and book his place on Team USA for the Olympics.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:45 pm
Preview In a chilling reminder of the downing of Iran Air flight 655 by a US missile, an FAA notice said civilian aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are currently at risk of “miscalculation or misidentification.”
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:42 pm
Preview Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:33 pm
Preview US politicians and lobbyists applied pressure on the Irish government before it passed a bill banning goods from illegal Israel settlements, including threatening the immigration status of Irish people in the US.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:07 pm
Preview Jose Mourinho is planning a return to management, and hinted that he could be back in the mix before the start of next season.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 11:42 am
Preview The Trump administration wants to redefine the poverty level, which would kick hundreds of thousands with marginal incomes off welfare, while simultaneously reducing poverty rates in America.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 11:28 am
Preview Sailors aboard a US submarine created a “rape list,” ranking female crewmembers and detailing sexual acts they wanted to perform on them, a report says. The boat’s commander was sacked following a probe into the case.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 10:59 am
Preview Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned as Austria’s vice chancellor a day after German media reported that he and a close aide discussed potentially illegal quid pro quo arrangements with a suspected Russian business woman.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 10:26 am
Preview Democratic Presidential hopeful and Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a plan for combating climate change through an oft-before cited transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 10:01 am
Preview A Pepe the Frog copyright infringement claim filed against Infowars will proceed to trial, a California federal judge ruled Thursday after being unconvinced by motions argued by either side.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 10:01 am
Preview Austria's ruling coalition party is under fire after a leaked video showed the vice chancellor discussing alleged quid pro quo arrangements with a "Russian oligarch niece" … and some pundits quickly had their Russiagate meltdowns.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 9:44 am
Preview Lasers are commonly seen as a 'weapon of the future' – and that future is already here as they are making it into the military. Laser systems have unique properties, opening new ways of waging warfare, RT's military analyst says.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:35 am
Preview This month, HBO has launched its new historical drama ‘Chernobyl’, looking back at one of the worst nuclear disasters in history – but for Ukrainians, it’s also a chilling reminder that history could repeat itself.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:34 am
Preview The Oxford English Dictionary decided to step in amidst the Indian election and set the record straight after the leading opposition party chief claimed that it had listed a new word for ‘lying’.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 8:08 am
Preview Products made in Russia, such as wine, vodka and chocolate, could be in high demand on the shelves of Argentinean shops, said a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Argentina, Carlos Gaston Roma.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:31 am
Preview The Indian Navy has successfully tested a Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) developed by the national military research agency in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:39 am
Preview The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that will force schools to allow biological males who identify as females to compete on women’s sports teams. What could go wrong?
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:38 am
Preview French journalists are being threatened with jail time for reporting on leaked documents revealing the country’s complicity in the Saudi-led war in Yemen after they refused to answer questions from anti-terror police.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 1:20 am
Preview A leaked report by OPCW engineers contradicts the chemical watchdog’s official report on the April 2018 incident in Syria, and raises questions about political pressure by US, UK and France on the UN body.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 1:13 am
Preview Restrictions on Huawei Technologies may temporarily be scaled back, the US Commerce Department noted on Friday after blacklisting the Chinese tech giant under President Donald Trump’s ‘national emergency’ declaration.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 1:07 am
Preview Conservative gadfly Candace Owens caught the wrong end of Facebook’s ban hammer for questioning the threat posed by white supremacy compared to liberal policies. Though the ban was quickly reversed, reactions online were fiery.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:37 am
Preview A blockbuster high-quality video showing a Northrop B-2 Spirit stealth bomber dropping massive, precision-guided ‘bunker buster’ bombs was shared online by the US Air Force even as US rallies its forces in the Persian Gulf.
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Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:24 am
Preview Four protesters arrested inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC have been released pending hearing – but could face up to a year in jail for trying to prevent a takeover of the building by the US-backed opposition.
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Posted: May 17, 2019, 11:08 pm
Preview Citing newly leaked OPCW documents casting doubt on the April 2018 ‘chemical attack’ that triggered a bombing of Syria, rock star Roger Waters is calling out everyone who believed in the ‘murderous fairytale’ of the White Helmets.
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Posted: May 17, 2019, 10:56 pm
Preview After BuzzFeed published a scathing article accusing Tony Robbins of insulting rape victims and even sexual assault, the self-help superstar hit back by denying the claims and attacking the notorious outlet as peddling falsehoods.
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Posted: May 17, 2019, 9:14 pm
Preview As the ‘Indiana Jones of Lost Art’, Arthur Brand often finds himself at the crossroads of the illicit art trade and a shadowy criminal underground. The art detective joined RT’s SophieCo to reveal the secrets of his trade.
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Posted: May 17, 2019, 8:26 pm
Preview A politician from India’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has sparked outrage with comments praising the assassin of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘patriot.’ Some have called for her expulsion from the party.
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Posted: May 17, 2019, 7:45 pm

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New US restrictions were placed on the Chinese tech giant last week over cyber-security fears.
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Manchester Airport says a "power issue", which caused 87 flight cancellations, has been resolved.
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Filmmaker Asif Kapadia gets closer to Diego Maradona than any England defender ever could.
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The home secretary will warn UK nationals who are there without good reason they are "on notice".
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Political novice Volodymyr Zelensky, elected by a landslide last month, will start his new job.
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The US president issues a stern warning as tensions rise between Washington and Tehran.
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis enjoy playing at the Chelsea Flower Show.
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Brooks Koepka holds off Dustin Johnson's challenge to defend his US PGA Championship and win a fourth major after a dramatic day at Bethpage Black.
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The Royal College of Nursing wants tougher safe staffing rules as 40,000 posts are vacant.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:49 pm
Unregulated accommodation for children aged 16 and over has increased by 70% in a decade, Newsnight learns.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:40 pm
Many of Monday's papers feature the royals, while a row has broken out over cannabis prescriptions.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:37 pm
EU officials say Russian disinformation could help boost the vote for anti-EU parties. Is the threat being exaggerated?
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:25 pm
Hailey wanted to travel the world as a doctor, until a mystery condition left her shaking uncontrollably.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:23 pm
Visual artist Ruth Sutoye explores the experiences of bald black women – sexual harassment was a clear theme.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:19 pm
Two friends set up a "girl group" to save other women from "toxic friendships" and loneliness in Middlesbrough.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:17 pm
Europe heads to the polls and the fate of the Iron Throne is finally decided.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:16 pm
Europe is preparing for a key test of democracy with elections to the European parliament this week.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:14 pm
Vincent Lambert's case has been central to a national debate about artificial life support.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:12 pm
The child art prodigy makes his first trip abroad as he follows in the footsteps of his favourite painters.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:11 pm
How a troubled childhood gave investor Guy Hands the drive to succeed in life.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:07 pm
About 80 trains a day were significantly late and another 660 trains per day were cancelled.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:02 pm
Family and friends of Emiliano Sala say they want someone to be held accountable for his death.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 11:00 pm
Manchester City will ultimately be judged on how they fare in Europe despite their historic treble, says manager Pep Guardiola.
Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:54 pm
Ireland's deputy prime minister says "the personality might change" but the Brexit deal will not.
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Times of Malta

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

Few politicians, if any, do not profess that they believe in social mobility. It sounds fair and just to encourage people to follow their dreams and to see their children better off than themselves.  However, the evidence on the ground in most European countries is that in the last decade social mobility has stagnated, and most societies are no fairer than they were a decade ago. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has increased, and frustration of those in the lower rungs of society is giving rise to populism. The debate on social mobility is often confusing as no silver bullet will resolve this phenomenon that threatens to destabilise democratic political systems. The UK’s Social Mobility Commission in its latest State of the Nation Report comes up with some worrying trends about why social mobility is stagnating in the UK. Their arguments could well apply to many other European countries.  Class privilege remains entrenched as social mobility stagnates. Irrespective of whether class consciousness is acknowledged or not, it is hypocritical to claim that in any particular country the less well-off have the same chances of succeeding to climb the social ladder as those...
Author: John Cassar White
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:41 am
The following ships are expected in Malta:  The Gesina Schepers from Sousse to Tripoli, the Contship Gin from Tripoli to Bizerte and the APL Oregon from Aliaga to Valencia (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) today. The JSP Skirner from Livorno to Misurata, the APL Vanda from Le Harve to Jeddah, the CMA CGM Aristote from Algiers to Mersin, the Jan to Catania, the Contship Max from Trapani to Salerno, the Okee August from Annaba to Piraeus and the Stellar Wakamatsu from Algiers to Algiers (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) tomorrow. The Sealand Michigan from Hamburg to Alexandria (Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the Atlantic Silver from Ambarli to Annaba, the Hansa Cloppenburg from Edekhelia to Algiers (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) on Wednesday. The MV Pauline Russ from Catania to Genoa (SMS Shipping) on Thursday.
Author: Thomas Smith
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:31 am
Whenever I alight from the bus at the bus terminus in Valletta I wonder why the dead pine trees (seven) in number have not been replanted. They have been dead for years now.  The answer is simple: we Maltese do not love trees, the environment and things beautiful! We like to tear down nice buildings and build brick and concrete buildings instead. The most important thing is to have money in the banks. The environment? Who cares about the environment? The environment ministry and all its agencies are a joke.  If they had replaced a single sapling every year for the last six years, Valletta would not have had this eyesore at its entrance.  Talk about the environment is cheap. The least said, the better.
Author: Carmelo Grima, Msida
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:31 am

The six years she spent homeless are back to haunt a 36-year-old who was given one week to vacate the place she has been renting for 10 years. “I don’t want to end up on the street again. When you don’t have your own home you don’t feel safe and secure, you’re all the time guarding your few possessions,” Lara* told the Times of Malta in between packing her bags and frantically looking for a place she could rent within her budget. “Your mind is never at peace when there’s nowhere to go to after a day at work,” she added. The young woman first experienced homelessness when she left her parents’ house aged 18.  She had been suffering depression and anxiety for a couple of years but did not receive any understanding or support from her family. Things got so bad that apart from being prescribed medical treatment she was even advised to leave her parents’ home. Lara eventually spent six years in shelters for the homeless, where she was helped to find a job and start renting her own place. But 12 years on, she feels as if everything is coming undone. It started with the landlord doubling her monthly rent without a contract. He refused to draw up a rental agreement and asked her to...
Author: Sarah Carabott
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:30 am
In 1998 I was attending a training course in Israel and happened to visit Jaffa, the port area whose name we associate with oranges. When I say ‘we’, I am referring to those of us who savoured the sweetness of Jaffa oranges in the 1960s and 1970s. Jaffa was synonymous with oranges.  We spoke to our guide about this matter and he consulted with the locals who came back with a very surprising answer – “we do not export them any more because our country would, thus, be exporting its precious and scarce water supply! Instead, nowadays, we export seeds”. Unbelievable but also true to some extent. The point I want to make here is that we have recently heard on the news of entrepreneurs in Malta who are planning to export bottled water to foreign countries. The way it was presented made it sound like a super great idea.  I think not. Actually, I think it is a bad idea. A very bad one indeed. Worse still if this water is coming from our water table. The same argument can also be made for the export of bottled beverages.  On a barren rock like ours, where water is so rare, we need to save every single drop, not have it exported.
Author: Stephen Farrugia, Kalkara
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:21 am

These are the stories which made it to the front pages of Monday's newspapers: The arraignment of two soldiers charged with the drive-by shooting of a migrant was the main story in the Times of Malta, along with a story about a 36-year-old who has ended up homeless again after 12 years. In-Nazzjon also featured the court arraignment, as well as a reference to its implications by Opposition leader Adrian Delia. L-Orizzont also leads with the court story, adding another about a €19 million investment by Playmobil. The 'racially-motivated' murder was also the lead story on The Malta Independent, which also carried excerpts of an interview with Carmel Cacopardo, the head of Alternattiva Demokratika.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:16 am
The shameful reaction of Simon Busuttil and David Casa, following the constitutional court’s decision to deny Adrian Delia a copy of the Egrant inquiry report by former magistrate, now Judge Aaron Bugeja, was to expected. These two extremely bitter people only believe in the ‘rule of law’ when the court’s decisions are in line with their wishes. If not, as was this case, they vent their frustration by casting doubts on the judge or magistrate who hands down a sentence which does not grant them their expectations. While Casa interpreted the court’s decision as proof that the government had somehow hijacked Malta’s institutions (in this case even the court), Busuttil vented his political vitriol against the Prime Minister by asking Joseph Muscat “to stop playing the role of the victim” in the Egrant frame-up attempt, in which the same Busuttil had played such an important part. And yet, the PM’s reaction, especially to Busuttil’s shameless comment, was that he wished the best of health and happiness to Busuttil and his family, while also wishing that Busuttil “will never go through half of what I have been through”, ended Dr Muscat. May the PM’s words serve asan example to all...
Author: Eddy Privitera, Mosta
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:11 am
As a frequent visitor to Malta, I have shared a love hate relationship with the public transport system.  In the Times of Malta of May 16, I expressed my confusion over missing timetables on bus stop no. 0916 at Chalet in Sliema. Diane Oswald of Transport Malta was kind enough to respond on May 24, confirming that the issue had been caused by damage to the bus stop pole, which had been rectified. This week, almost a year to the day, the initial problem still exists. Although 12 services are listed from the stop only eight services are timetabled with services 13,14,16 and 110 missing. However, the issue is further compounded by the fact that services 212, 222 and 225 show two separate timetables. One set with a blue heading shows an effective date of June 10, 2018 and another on a green shows an effective date of September 30, 2018. Confusing, yes, and certainly no clarity for the tourist. Perhaps the out-of-date timetables could be removed and the space created used to display the missing service timetables.
Author: Tom Donaldson, Wishaw, UK
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:06 am

In the age of Facebook, Instagram and Tinder it might be hard to believe that there was a time when people would actually assert and boast that they are married, even if they were not. This was – surprisingly – a fairly common occurrence. This oddity had led to the creation of an action under Canon Law, commonly known as the action against the ‘jactitation of marriage’ (derived from the Latin word jactare, which means ‘to throw about or boast of in public, to the detriment of someone else’) – mostly prevalent in common law jurisdictions.  A person could ask the ecclesiastical courts (and later, the common courts) to declare that a marriage being attributed to him or her never existed, and that the boaster be enjoined to refrain from making that claim any further in the future. This was (ironically, one could say) an action tantamount to defamation against slanderous accusations. A famous action against the jactitation of marriage was brought in an English court in spring of 1819 by Edward Lord Hawke against a Lady named Elizabeth Augusta Corri. He lamented that she had been falsely styling herself as his wife, and therefore unfairly assuming the title of Lady Hawke. The...
Author: Carlos Bugeja
Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:01 pm

David Beckham leaves Bromley Magistrates Court after being disqualified from driving for six months for driving while using a mobile phone. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

In Malta one sees motorists using mobile phones while driving all day long, endangering their life and also the life of others. It is such a common occurrence and it’s an absolute shame on the authorities who do not want to clamp down on such abuse. Why do we never learn from other countries?  In the UK, David Beckham has just been banned from driving for six months for driving while using his mobile phone!
Author: Anthony Gouder, Senglea
Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:01 pm

Atalanta moved into third place in Serie A and within touching distance of Champions League qualification on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Juventus in what was Massimiliano Allegri’s last home game in charge of the champions. Josip Ilicic profited from some dozy defending to tap in the opener for the visitors during the first half, but Juve substitute Mario Mandzukic equalised with 10 minutes remaining. The victory elevated the Bergamo side to third, level on 66 points with Inter but ahead on head-to-head record. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will be assured of a top four finish if they beat Sassuolo in their final game of the season next weekend. Juventus, who clinched the an eighth successive Serie A title almost a month ago, announced this week that Allegri would leave the club at the end of the season. The home crowd bid farewell to the coach after five trophy-laden years, while veteran defender Andrea Barzagli also took to the Allianz Stadium pitch for the final time. Inter’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were left hanging in the balance after they slumped to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Napoli on Sunday. Piotr Zielinski fired Napoli in front with a rasping...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:30 pm

Fernando Alonso's latest bid for Indianapolis 500 glory ended in failure on Sunday after the two-time Formula One world champion failed to qualify for the US motorsport showpiece. The 37-year-old Spaniard was eliminated by young US driver Kyle Kaiser on the final run of the rain-delayed "Last Row Shootout" qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. McLaren driver Alonso had been chasing a victory at the Brickyard in a bid to become only the second driver after Britain's Graham Hill to claim the Triple Crown of motorsport, with wins in the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance and Indy 500. But Alonso's attempt to add the last remaining piece of the Triple Crown to his trophy cabinet was snuffed out in a dramatic qualifying session. McLaren engineers had worked feverishly on the Spaniard's car in an effort to give him a fighting chance of qualifying for next week's race, overhauling the setup after a troubled week in Indianapolis. The tweaks looked to have given Alonso a shot as he took to the track and posted an average time of 227.353mph for his four laps, putting him second behind Canada's James Hinchcliffe. However Alonso was left sweating after Sage...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 9:11 pm

Sunday was already a day of joy and pride for the graduating class at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia - and then it got a whole lot better. Robert F. Smith, an African-American businessman with a fortune estimated at $4.4 billion, told the new graduating class that he plans to pay off the entirety of their student debt: an estimated $40 million. Of course, Smith received a thunderous round of applause from the 400 graduates - and from their parents. "My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans," Smith told the assemblage, according to the college's Twitter account. "This is my class," said Smith, who was at the ceremony to receive an honorary degree. "I know my class will pay this forward" and help improve the lives of other black Americans. Smith had earlier this year announced a $1.5 million donation to the school, but Sunday's news came as a surprise even to staff at Morehouse, according to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. A spokesman said it was the biggest gift in the history of the school, whose graduates include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson. "If I could do...
Author: AFP
Posted: May 19, 2019, 7:41 pm

A group of Gozitan developers, who are among the largest on the two islands, have categorically denied a claim of “antagonism” made against them by Planning Authority chairman Johann Buttigieg. The developers are from the companies DTX, J. Portelli Projects and Agius Properties. The case goes back to earlier this year, when Mr Buttigieg declared he was not taking part in the PA vote over a controversial application to build a new hotel in Mellieħa. He cited a conflict of interest “in view of allegations made towards him by the applicant”. Asked by Times of Malta to clarify his assertion, Mr Buttigieg said “there was antagonism against me personally from one of the developers involved in the project”. His move, he said, was intended to make sure none of the developers could accuse him of trying to put spokes in the wheels of their application. He declined to elaborate. However, a PA source revealed that during a closed meeting of the planning board on the application, Mr Buttigieg had told the board of an allegation made by one of the developers: that he was working against them because his wife was a silent business partner in a competing Mellieħa hotel. Mr Buttigieg, the...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:47 pm

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34rd Masters crown on Sunday. World number one Djokovic, winner at the Madrid Open last week, produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, who claimed the 81st title of his career. Nadal overtakes Djokovic at the top of the list for Masters wins—the pair were level at 33 each before Sunday’s final—in a timely boost ahead of his assault on a 12th French Open crown in a week’s time. After three semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal has returned to his best form ahead of Roland Garros and lifted his first title of the season.  The Spaniard dominated early with Djokovic losing a set 6-0 for the first time to a player he describes as his “greatest rival”. But Nadal missed four break chances in the second set, dropping his first set this week after losing serve at 4-5, to throw the Serb a lifeline. The fightback was brief as the 31-year-old Djokovic dropped his serve immediately in the third set, smashing his racket in frustration. Nadal broke his opponent twice more to seal a third win over Djokovic in their five Rome finals,...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:46 pm

The fifth anniversary of the setting up of the Malta office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will be marked by a talk on the realities of living the Christian faith today to be delivered by the ACN UK’s national director Neville Kyrke-Smith. This will be held on May  29 at 5.30pm at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema. He will be sharing his personal testimony of Christians who have been under attack and persecuted in their homes for years by the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. Kyrke-Smith was the keynote speaker at ACN Malta’s inaugural event on May 13. It consisted of a major conference entitled ‘Can Christianity survive persecution?’ and focused on realities in the Middle East and Africa.  ACN in Malta is led by Stephen Axisa, who has worked tirelessly with volunteers, family, friends, priests, sisters and co-workers to tell the story of persecuted Christians in today’s world. Mr Axisa said: “We sincerely hope that over these past five years ACN Malta has created an awareness that Christians today are once again being persecuted in the same cruel manner – if not worse – than they were in the first centuries of Christianity under the Romans or the barbarians.” Kyrke-Smith...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 5:01 pm

I enjoyed Giovanni Bonello’s article in The Sunday Times of Malta of February 10, and its accompanying illustrations, on the very first photographs taken in Malta in 1841, and on Francesco Galea, the first Maltese photographer who preceded Leandro Preziosi (1820-1869) by about 17 years. I was pleased to note that the account he gave tallies with what Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez and myself wrote in the Encyclopedia of Artists with a Malta Connection published in March last year. The main protagonists of the 1841 photographs were the renowned French painter and lithographer Émile Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863) and his companion Frédéric Auguste-Antoine Goupil-Fesquet (who died in 1878). Vernet came to Malta for the first time in 1839 when he painted Fort Manoel. On his second visit in 1840 both he and Goupil-Fesquet stayed from March 6 to 29, partly spent in quarantine. He executed at least two paintings, one of which, now hanging at the Union Club, Sliema, shows HMS Barham entering the Grand Harbour. According to various issues of the contemporary Portofoglio Maltese, Vernet and Fesquet made a demonstration of the Daguerreotype process of photography that had just been invented,...
Author: Albert Ganado
Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:39 pm

Inadequate re-homing facilities at Għammieri and an outdated ambulance have often turned the animal welfare authorities into unwitting perpetrators of cruelty, according to the Commissioner for Animal Welfare. When retired magistrate Denis Montebello took on the role in October last year, he immediately started looking into whether the two directorates he was meant to monitor were well-equipped enough to do the work expected of them by the law. While he found goodwill throughout the Animal Welfare and the Veterinary Regulation directorates, their resources are not sufficient, he said. “There are shortcomings that need to be tackled so that they can function properly: there cannot be surveillance without enough human resources and there cannot be proper enforcement without well-equipped ambulances that ensure animals don’t suffer more when they are taken away from their owners. “When an animal is rescued it needs to be taken to a place where it can be properly cared for. However, there is no adequate re-homing centre in Malta.”  Seized animals, most often dogs, are kept at Għammieri, the government farm, while their owners are charged with animal cruelty. But lack of space at...
Author: Sarah Carabott
Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:38 pm

Made up of more than 1,000 coral islands floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this unique tropical nation is home to some of the best hotels and marine life in the world, says Alannah Eames. “Go to the Maldives before they sink. By 2050, the Maldives will be under water.” The media hype is that this island paradise – whose highest point is 1.5 metres – will be swallowed by the sea within the next 50 years, thanks to global warming and climate change. Are the locals sitting around waiting for doomsday to hit? Far from it! The Maldives has shifted from playing the sustainability card and its pledge to be CO2 neutral by 2020, to opening up for development to benefit its people. They are busy luring more tourists to their unique country, dredging sand to create new (higher) islands and developing more robust infrastructure. Despite all the ‘doomsday’ scenarios, there is still a steady flow of foreign investment into the country. Just one example is the Saudi royal family which reportedly invested $10 billion in a group of islands. An additional 20 to 30 resorts are expected to open in 2019 including a Hard Rock Hotel. My first trip to the Maldives was in 2005 when it was a...
Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:14 pm

The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc. Final results showed that voters overwhelmingly supported reforming Swiss gun laws, with a full 63.7% casting their ballot in favour. A majority of voters in all but one of Switzerland's 26 cantons backed the reform, with the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland the only outlier. A demand from the neighbouring European Union that the Swiss toughen their gun laws prompted a rare national debate over firearm ownership in the wealthy Alpine nation, which has a deeply-rooted gun culture. While the government cautioned that the new legislation was crucial to the non-EU country maintaining its treaties with the bloc, the proposal sparked a fierce pushback from the gun lobby and shooting enthusiasts, who gathered enough signatures to trigger a vote under Switzerland's famous direct democratic system. Brussels changed its own weapons laws two years ago following a wave of deadly terrorist attacks across Europe, slapping bans on certain types of semi-automatic firearms. While not an EU...
Author: AFP
Posted: May 19, 2019, 4:07 pm