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Preview US President Donald Trump pledged a hefty sum of $6 billion to upgrade America’s M1 Abrams tanks, lauding them as the best tanks ever built. The statement has more PR value than truth to it, military experts have told RT.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:03 pm
Preview Venezuela’s self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido has claimed that his chief of staff has been “kidnapped” by Venezuelan security services. While Caracas has not commented on these claims, the US was quick to react.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:57 pm
Preview MMA bad boy Ben Askren says the public wants him to take down Russian lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov in the name of the USA, as the motormouth American doled out his latest barb at a promotion rival.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:29 pm
Preview The world’s premier dirty joke-telling philosopher celebrates his 70th birthday by giving his unique take on Catholic perversity, on the “racism of political correctness” and on hardcore pornography, in a film by RT.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:29 pm
Preview West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has taken to social media to apologize after statements posted by him as a youngster in support of the IRA were highlighted ahead of his England debut.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:54 pm
Preview The International Skating Union (ISU) has said there is no evidence that US skater Mariah Bell deliberately attempted to injure South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a practice session.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:42 pm
Preview The list of victims of the Christchurch massacre has become shorter, after it was found that one of the women on it is alive. The error will have no impact on the court process, police stressed.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:38 pm
Preview RT’s debate explores whether #MeToo has encouraged women to speak up or has created a platform for false allegations, in light of a new poll that shows men are now less concerned about harassment than before the movement began.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:26 pm
Preview Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an irate stream in response to a Fox show guest who mocked how she pronounces her name and for the media outlet apparently repeatedly getting her surname wrong.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:58 pm
Preview Former The Ultimate Fighter star Bryce Mitchell is set to make the second appearance of his UFC career following a long injury layoff after he ripped his scrotum with a power drill during a DIY day that went badly wrong.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:55 pm
Preview South Korean men secretly filmed about 1,600 guests over a six-month period at multiple motels and live-streamed the footage online for paying customers to watch, according to police.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:48 pm
Preview The EU is poised to agree to Theresa May’s request to delay Brexit, a leaked draft document shows. But it says the extension is possible only until May 22, as the UK “doesn’t intend to hold elections to the EU parliament.”
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:14 pm
Preview US President Donald Trump has said that the time has come for the United States to "fully recognize" Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:13 pm
Preview Calling the ongoing squabbling in the House of Commons “party political hackery,” Speaker John Bercow told an interrupting Tory backbencher to “grow up” and had a sharp exchange with Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Preview Police in Massachusetts are investigating a suspected hate crime in which some 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti including, “Expel the Jew,” and “Heil Hitler.”
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:26 pm
Preview Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, currently on loan at Arsenal, has been accused by Muslims of disrespecting a holy place, after the player was pictured in shorts during a visit to Kuwait's Grand Mosque.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:58 pm
Preview What's a little public backstabbing among close allies? Ukraine's top prosecutor seems to be trying to have a US envoy replaced using corruption allegations and a promise to help Donald Trump combat the Russia collusion narrative.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:58 pm
Preview Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says online trolls who targeted women’s Aussie rules football star Tayla Harris are “cowardly grubs,” after they subjected the player to sickening abuse over a picture of her in action.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:33 pm
Preview Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined €20,000 by UEFA but has escaped a ban for his ‘cojones’ celebration after Juventus’ Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:20 pm
Preview Donald Trump is facing fresh criticism, including from people within his own party, for complaining that he didn’t get a thank you for giving late Senator John McCain “the funeral he wanted.”
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:55 pm
Preview German-owned paper company Wepa has hoarded 600 tons of toilet paper in its UK warehouses to avoid disruption of supplies in the case of a no-deal Brexit scenario.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:55 pm
Preview At least 85 people have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq on Thursday. The majority of the victims were women and children who were unable to swim, according to local officials.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:45 pm
Preview Brazil’s former president Michel Temer has been arrested as part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe, media reports say. Temer took the office in 2016 after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff – also on allegations of corruption.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:41 pm
Preview The EU has slapped tech giant Google with a massive €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) fine for blocking rivals’ ads.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:28 pm
Preview Named after a Russian photographer killed in Ukraine, the Moscow-based international press photo contest saw a surge in popularity as the jury prepares to pick the best shots taken by young professionals across the globe.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:10 pm
Preview A attempted shop heist at gunpoint turned into a farce as the drunk robber couldn’t find his pistol, which he laid on the counter, a CCTV video released by police shows.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:02 pm
Preview The UK will have to leave the EU with “no deal” if the British MPs reject the EU-backed accord once again, the French President Emmanuel Macron has warned.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:53 pm
Preview A judge in the UK has sentenced three men to be jailed for a combined total of 17 years after a four-week trial found them guilty of conspiracy to defraud by illegally streaming Premier League games for profit.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:49 pm
Preview Ahead of the 2020 election cycle, politicians are pulling out all the stops to seem relatable to voters, including joking about smoking weed. However, not everyone is laughing.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:38 pm
Preview Renowned figure skating coach Rafael Arutyunyan has denied allegations that one of his charges, Mariah Bell, deliberately slashed South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during an official practice session at the world championships.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:14 pm
Preview A petition to revoke Article 50 and prevent the UK from leaving the European Union crashed the UK government’s website on Thursday morning, after hundreds of thousands people swarmed to add their signatures.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:09 pm
Preview John McAfee has been ordered to pay $25 million for the wrongful death of his former neighbour Gregory Faull in Belize, however – much like several other lawsuits against him in the past 11 years – he is refusing to pay.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:05 pm
Preview Independent investors have been raising questions about the future of Volkswagen’s (VW) chief executive Herbert Diess after he evoked a Nazi phrase in a management meeting last week.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:33 pm
Preview Ethiopian Airlines was one of the few companies that actually got their hands on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 simulator but the captain flying the crashed plane failed to do any training on it, a recent report suggests.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:29 pm
Preview The Russian military deployed a pair of Su-27 fighter jets to shadow a US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, they said after releasing a short clip of the intercept.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:27 pm
Preview The world's leading diamond mining company Alrosa has sold more than a hundred of its rough and polished diamonds in Hong Kong. Total sales from the auction reached $10.5 million, according to the Russian miner.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:26 pm
Preview Russian figure skating ace Alina Zagitova was forced to spend a sleepless night in Saitama, Japan, after doping officers kept her back for more than five hours after she won the World Championships short program on Wednesday.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:11 pm
Preview Jeremy Hunt, the British foreign secretary, has revealed that the UK will oppose the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) permanent agenda item on human rights abuses in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:05 pm
Preview One of Spain’s leading matadors was left seriously injured after he was viciously gored in the behind and tossed in the air by a bull during a festival in Valencia.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:58 am
Preview The 'male slapping championships', an eye-watering new sport originating in Siberia, Russia, which sees men open-palm striking each other into submission, has proved a huge hit online - and has to be seen to be believed.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:45 am
Preview Former US President George W. Bush celebrated his first-ever hole-in-one on Wednesday, but was immediately trolled by tweeters for the photo he took to commemorate the achievement.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:24 am
Preview The UK Home Office has refused asylum to an Iranian convert, saying that Christianity is not as ‘peaceful’ as he claims. It even cited Bible verses to support its position. Now the Church of England is stepping in.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:23 am
Preview A peregrine falcon family, which used to nest at the spire of the main building of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, has finally returned home after a year of maintenance works on the roof.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:19 am
Preview Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will not travel to the US for the pre-season International Champions Cup in the summer, avoiding fears the star forward could be arrested over rape claims in the country.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:04 am
Preview Mosques have been targeted in overnight attacks in Birmingham, police have confirmed. Counter-terrorism officers are investigating the incidents, but no motive has been attributed.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:58 am
Preview The World Figure Skating Championships in Japan has been rocked by claims that US star Mariah Bell deliberately injured rival and training partner Lim Eun-soo of South Korea during a practice session.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:47 am
Preview Emmanuel Macron has ordered the closure of four organizations accused by officials of promoting jihad and anti-Semitism. Earlier, the French president pledged to fight an unprecedented surge of anti-Semitism in the country.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:42 am
Preview Angry residents held sporadic rallies and trashed migrant-operated shops in Siberia after a man from Central Asia allegedly raped a local woman. The high-profile case prompted authorities to vow crack down on illegal immigration.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:42 am
Preview A former Australian football league star and TV presenter faced a stinging backlash online after he derided New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s accent in her speech to parliament following the Christchurch attacks.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:08 am
Preview The first cross-border railway bridge between China and Russia over the Amur River has been connected from both sides. The bridge, which will be operational this year, is expected to take bilateral trade to new highs.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:02 am
Preview The United States became the world’s top oil producer in February, and now it may use its leverage to reinforce its position as a geopolitical force.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:46 am
Preview Conor McGregor is targeting a summer return to the UFC and, despite reports to the contrary, he IS prepared to compete in a co-main event bout on a UFC fight card this summer.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:35 am
Preview Firefighters are on the scene of a huge explosion at a Chinese chemical plant in Yancheng, in east China’s Jiangsu province.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:46 am
Preview A young British woman who was tried under terrorism laws entered a beauty contest called ‘Miss Hitler’ as “Princess Buchenwald,” prosecutors say. The pageant was allegedly launched by a banned neo-Nazi group to boost recruitment.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:32 am
Preview Euroskeptic party, Forum for Democracy, is set to become one of the two largest groups in the Dutch Senate, stripping the ruling coalition of its majority after winning provincial elections on Wednesday.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:07 am
Preview A grenade attack has injured three Indian police troops in Kashmir, including an officer. A riot reportedly erupted following the explosion.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:35 am
Preview A near-naked man has baffled visitors at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. While the gold-painted man distracted museum-goers, his co-conspirator snuck his own “art pieces” on display.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:29 am
Preview Citigroup is reportedly preparing to sell gold bullion – which the Venezuelan Central Bank swapped for cash back in 2015 to keep the economy afloat and has now missed the deadline to buy back – and it wants to keep the change.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:14 am
Preview New Zealand has rolled out a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles following last week’s massacre in Christchurch, which saw 50 people killed at two mosques in the worst mass shooting in the country’s history.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:10 am
Preview Italy’s desire to build trade ties with China isn’t a move against the US, but an effort to “maximise” its own interests, Italy’s former Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told RT, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Rome visit.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:03 am
Preview For those who find trans-racialism too pedestrian, a Finnish researcher has attempted to outline a moral case for “trans-ageism,” publishing a paper in support of those who would legally change their age to match their “identity.”
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:54 am
Preview Influential progressive activist group MoveOn.org has a favor to ask 2020’s army of Democratic presidential candidates: steer clear of the AIPAC conference. Do not pass Go; do not collect hefty campaign checks.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:32 am
Preview Warsaw seeks to maintain dialogue with Israel but only with politicians and organizations able of talking “constructively,” a top Polish diplomat has said, referring to fallout from remarks by the Israeli interim foreign minister.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:59 am
Preview India has welcomed the arrest in the UK of fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi, who has been denied bail and will be in custody until a preliminary hearing later this month, which will examine New Delhi’s extradition request.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:23 am
Preview US economic pressure only contributes to Venezuela’s woes and will likely further affect the people’s “basic rights,” the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has warned, as the US threatens even tougher sanctions.
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Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:41 am
Preview The Pentagon wants $300 million to experiment with a space-based direct energy weapon for intercepting ballistic missiles – but the request may be deliberate misinformation, in the spirit of the Reagan-era ‘Star Wars’ program.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 11:30 pm
Preview The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined a multi-agency criminal probe into the certification of the Boeing 737 Max 8, following reports that regulators had delegated much of the troubled plane’s testing to Boeing itself.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 11:23 pm
Preview Despite two parliament defeats of her Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May has pressed on with the EU-backed offer, urging MPs to vote for the deal and, in an address to the nation, vowing to “get on with” exiting the union.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 9:45 pm
Preview A teacher at a reputable college in Pakistan’s Punjab province was stabbed to death by a student for organizing a co-ed party. Reports say the attacker believed the inclusion of females at the event was vulgar and blasphemous.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 9:16 pm
Preview In a tribute to the late US senator – and ardent warhawk – John McCain, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested renaming one of the Senate buildings after him, in a move which may be surprisingly fitting.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 9:08 pm
Preview US President Donald Trump has confirmed that 400 US soldiers will remain in Syria indefinitely while once again promising a complete defeat of Islamic State terrorists there, specifying that it would be “by tonight.”
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 8:14 pm
Preview Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has come under intense fire online for saying he is “grateful” to the US Army for naming one of their “sexy AF” military tanks after him.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 6:17 pm
Preview Sophie Turner, who is world-famous for her role as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, made a big-screen appearance of a different kind on Tuesday when she attended a New York Rangers NHL game.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 6:10 pm
Preview Hungary’s ruling right-wing party Fidesz has been suspended from the center-right 'European People’s Party' bloc (EPP), as growing confrontation between Viktor Orban and EU leadership comes to a head in the European Parliament.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:38 pm
Preview As news broke of TJ Dillashaw's failed drug test and subsequent decision to relinquish his UFC bantamweight title, a host of figures in the MMA community delivered their reaction on social media.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:36 pm
Preview An Afghan asylum seeker, who has been accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Germany, could be set free as his lawyer maintains the refugee was younger than 14 at the time of the incident and cannot be tried.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:35 pm
Preview JK Rowling has revealed that her Harry Potter books have just what every parent wants their kids reading about: a “passionate sexual relationship” between adult men. Some fans are now skeptical of the author’s odd additions.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:33 pm
Preview The office of France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau has denied that she named her changeable cat “Brexit” despite reports in numerous international news organizations.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:13 pm
Preview As British politicians and journalists continue to see Russia’s nefarious hand around every corner and warn daily of the dangers of Russian influence in the UK, there is one thing about Russia that they still seem to like: money.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:08 pm
Preview OSIRIS-REx, the NASA spacecraft analysing the asteroid Bennu, has made a remarkable discovery which upends our existing knowledge of space rock behavior and environment by blasting out inexplicable plumes of dust.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:00 pm
Preview Former four-weight world boxing champion Adrien Broner has launched an astonishing homophobic social media rant in which he threatens to shoot gay men “in the f*cking face” if they “try to touch him.”
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:54 pm
Preview Muslims born and raised in the West are more likely to support extremist ideas than those who are born elsewhere and who later emigrate to the West, a new study by researchers at a Swedish university has found.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:52 pm
Preview Downing Street officials have declined to rule out Theresa May resigning as PM in the event of her deal not being ratified by the EU by June 30 and a longer Brexit delay being implemented.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:34 pm
Preview Women’s Aussie rules football star Tayla Harris says she was “sexually abused” by online trolls making repulsive comments about a picture of the 21-year-old in action.
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Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:19 pm

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Individuals who worked for the East German intelligence service have been questioned as part of the ongoing inquiry.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:51 pm
Police say a body recovered from the Humber Estuary is that of the missing 21-year-old student.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:51 pm
The art institution joins the National Portrait Gallery in shunning donations due to opioid links.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:40 pm
Israel has occupied the strategic plateau since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:38 pm
Knuckledusters, knives and drugs are found on a coach taking PSG fans to a women's cup match.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:35 pm
A call to revoke Article 50 generates the fastest ever rate of signatures on Parliament's website.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:59 pm
EU leaders remain locked in discussions amid reports that they may offer a delay until 7 May.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:55 pm
As the real-life US political drama nears its finale, here's a reminder of the saga's main characters.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:36 pm
Defence officials say the preparations at their Whitehall HQ are part of wider cross government action.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:17 pm
Stuart Levy is jailed for five years for killing Shantelle Kirkup, who propelled her son to safety.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:59 pm
MPs are urged to take taxis home and not travel alone as tensions rise over crunch Brexit votes.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:00 pm
As its glaciers melt, they reveal the bodies of those who have perished on the mountain - but how deadly is Mount Everest?
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:49 pm
After failing twice to get her Brexit deal through Parliament, Theresa May is now requesting an extension.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:36 pm
England and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice apologises after a social media post emerges in which he made an apparent reference to the IRA.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:36 pm
Brendan McCarthy, who is known as Dr Evil, also carried out consensual ear and nipple removals.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:05 pm
Hapless Scotland suffer one of the most abject defeats in their history in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against world-ranked 117 Kazakhstan.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:51 pm
Durham appoint Australian opener Cameron Bancroft as captain for the County Championship and One-Day Cup in 2019.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:32 pm
The university continues to profit off of photos that belong to descendants of slaves, a lawsuit claims.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:59 pm
The "unusual" 1936 Bentley was locked away for three decades at the home of an ex-RAF pilot.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:28 pm
Aaron Campbell told a psychologist he was "quite satisfied" with the opportunistic murder of Alesha MacPhail.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:13 pm
From £3m investments to designer handbags - the ways a lucky few have chosen to spend the payouts.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:01 pm
Parts of southern Africa have been left devastated after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying towns and villages in its path.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:57 pm
He hid his phone and called for help after the driver allegedly threatened to kill 51 children.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:28 pm
The toys have been replaced toys with cardboard, tins and train tickets in an attempt to encourage play.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:51 pm
It is the last supermoon to occur this year.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:42 pm
Even though, as a judge has ruled, "she may not like the guest she interviews or the food she eats".
Posted: March 21, 2019, 1:40 pm
Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? over a fat suit row, the actor claims.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:44 am
Bryony Frost will miss next month's Grand National meeting after it emerged she broke her collarbone in a fall just four days after making history at the Cheltenham Festival.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:16 am
Who has been the best overseas player to feature in the Premier League? Read our experts' views and vote for your choice.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:01 am
The grime artist gets a small role in the BBC's adaptation of Malorie Blackman's novel.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:04 am
A lead campaigner against LGBT lessons in Birmingham schools says morally, homosexuality is not "a valid sexual relationship".
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:23 am
George the Poet says social media propelled his career and made poetry more accessible.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:56 am
A recent power cut caused major water shortages, but for many Venezuelans, dry taps are nothing new.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:41 am
Fishermen initially mistook the flat fish's unusual appearance for a piece of driftwood.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:50 am
Anya suffers from a one-in-a-million condition that is like having seven serious diseases all at once.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:43 am
On Thursday, millions of people celebrate Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz. Here's how.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:17 am
Beaches on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are covered in plastic - and some of it is being dumped there by local businesses.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:14 am
Kenya's Lake Victoria fishermen are struggling to compete with cheap Chinese fish imports.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:09 am
The NZ prime minister has been held up as an example of good leadership after the Christchurch attack.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:03 am
It's the first election since the coup of 2014 and seven million young people are voting for the first time.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 12:01 am
We spoke to families with quintuplets and sextuplets to find out what it's like to raise multiple babies at once.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 7:22 pm
Few landing strips in the Amazon have been registered, so pilots have to file fake flight plans - making it hard to find them if they go missing.
Posted: March 18, 2019, 12:26 am
It is said to be biggest university admissions scam in US history. How did it all unfold?
Posted: March 15, 2019, 10:49 pm
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Kidnapper made woman pose for selfies, read Bible...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Eternal shell: Sacred turtle embalmed in Hanoi...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Robots enable BEES and FISH to talk to each other...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Biker gangs guard NZ mosques during Friday prayer...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Labrador Retriever Top Dog Breed For 28th Straight Year!


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

More whales under Golden Gate Bridge spark starvation worries...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm
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Floating billboards turn Miami waterfront into Times Square...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

1 In 5 Not Familiar With Bill Of Rights...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Model with Down syndrome breaks stereotypes...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Ex-President arrested...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Wingsuit Stunt Lights Up LA...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Canned air and water-spraying drones: Smog remedies...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

The naked populist: Baudet stuns Netherlands...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

TRUMP BATTLES GHOST OF MCCAIN...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

WEEKEND: Military to be deployed for next round of Yellow Vest protests...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

BOOKER: President 'Literally' Could 'Cause People's Death'...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm
Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

3 STRIKES: Macron says deal off if UK rejects accord AGAIN...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Harvard investigates student 'trauma' after prof agrees to represent Weinstein...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

MAG: Inside Unlikely Rise...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Dukakis rips 'draft-dodger'...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

BREXIT: Military steps up preparations in case of no deal...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Dem socialists on brink of transforming Chicago...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Bolsonaro 'turned me into a pariah', says gay lawmaker who fled Brazil...


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Ex-President arrested...

Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Police calm residents...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Biden advisers debate Stacey Abrams as out-of-the-gate VP choice...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Venezuelan forces detain key aide to opposition leader...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

'EMPIRE' Ratings Sink to All-Time Low...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

USA to recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Priest Accused Of Groping Woman During Last Rites...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Marines practice seizing islands...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

ADHD drugs lead to psychosis...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

LA bans ROUNDUP...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Possible China fight looms in Pacific...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Kale now one of most pesticide-contaminated vegetables...


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Judge halts hundreds of drilling projects over 'climate change'...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

When Ancient Societies Hit Million People, Vengeful Gods Appeared...


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Moralizing deities...

Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

LIST: Fastest-shrinking cities in USA...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

41% say can't afford to live in NYC; Plan to leave...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Tax Reform Causing Freakouts in Rich New York Towns...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Revolutionary group that raided NKorean Embassy in contact with FBI...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

GOOGLE Bans Ads That Help Chinese Circumvent Censorship...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Used fake firearms!


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Moralizing deities...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

ANTICIPOINTMENT?


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

MUELLER GETS READY


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

REPORT: ISIS caliphate officially crumbled...


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Last stronghold liberated...


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Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:10 pm

Times of Malta

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

China's new head coach Fabio Cannavaro (left) gestures during the 2019 China Cup football match between China and Thailand.

Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro is set to face more criticism after his first outing as China coach on Thursday ended with a 1-0 loss at home to Thailand. His stint in charge got off to an inauspicious start before a 4,000-strong crowd as the loss meant the team will miss the final of the four-nation China Cup. Chanathip Songkrasin, known as the "Thai Messi", slotted a pass into the net 33 minutes into the game at the Guangxi Sports Centre in the southern city of Nanning. The Warrior Elephants even came close to widening their lead in the second half but were denied by great saves by goalkeeper Yan Gunling while China's forwards missed several chances to equalise. Cannavaro's appointment as China coach last week was met with criticism and even anger. The Chinese Football Association has not made it clear if it was a permanent or temporary role for the Italian, who will remain in charge of Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande. The 45-year-old's ascension to the post -- with mentor and predecessor Marcello Lippi remaining as an adviser -- was widely predicted in Chinese media. But sceptics said the former Juventus and Real Madrid centre-back has done little to prove he...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:01 pm

Reigning champions Croatia will open the inaugural Davis Cup finals in Madrid against Russia on November 18, the International Tennis Federation announced on Thursday. The new 18-team format has replaced the former World Group, with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique's Kosmos investment company pouring $3 billion into a 25-year deal with the 119-year-old tournament. The nations have been split into six three-team groups, with the winners and two best runners-up to reach the quarter-finals. Marin Cilic's Croatia, who beat previous winners France in last year's final, play the first match on Centre Court against a Russian outfit who came through qualifying. The semi-finals will both be held on Saturday, November 23, with the final the following day. The ITF said the four semi-finalists would automatically qualify for the 2020 finals, the worst two teams in the group stage will drop into the Zone Group competition, with the other 12 sides to play in the qualifiers. Group-stage programme for the 2019 Davis Cup finals: Monday, November 18 Croatia v Russia (Group B) Italy v Canada (F) Belgium v Colombia (D) Tuesday, November 19 Argentina v Chile (C) France v Japan (A) Kazakhstan v...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:35 pm

Disgruntled Inter striker Mauro Icardi returned to training with the club on Thursday after a month on the sidelines amid a protracted contract dispute. The 26-year-old Argentine has been absent since February 13 after being stripped of the captain's armband. He had complained of a knee injury but the club insisted a scan has not revealed any new injury. But he returned to the fold at the team's Appiano Gentile training centre, north of Milan, training separately in a reduced squad as many of his teammates are on international duty. The strained relationship had thawed in recent days with Icardi missing the team's 3-2 derby win over city rivals Milan which moved them third in Serie A, two points ahead of their rivals. Inter are 22 points behind leaders Juventus, and 13 adrift of second-placed Napoli. Luciano Spalletti's side have crashed out of the Europa league and are now looking to consolidate next year's Champions League place. Icardi -- joint top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 goals -- has scored 15 goals in all competitions for the club this term. He has not scored in the league since December 15, with his last game against Parma on February 9. Inter next play Lazio...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:33 pm

Jimmy Butler led a fourth quarter comeback as the Philadelphia 76ers overpowered the Boston Celtics 118-115 in a stormy Eastern Conference duel on Wednesday. Butler scored 15 points in the final period as the Sixers overturned a nine-point deficit to seal their first win of the season against Boston while extending their winning streak to six games. Butler, who was slow to settle in Philadelphia following his acrimonious move from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November, finished with 22 points including a decisive jump shot late in the fourth quarter. Centre Joel Embiid also delivered a towering performance for the Sixers, finishing with 37 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and four assists. Embiid was also at the center of the bruising encounter's flashpoint in the third quarter which led to Celtics star Marcus Smart being ejected. Replays appeared to show Embiid obstruct Smart with an elbow, prompting a furious reaction from the Celtics guard. Smart shoved Embiid forcefully to the floor after their collision, triggering a melee. Embiid refused to react, and officials wasted no time in tossing Smart from the contest. Boston meanwhile were left to reflect on a frustrating...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 8:18 pm

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca met Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace. During the meeting, they touched upon a variety of issues of mutual interest currently affecting the Euro-Mediterranean region.President Coleiro Preca said that both Malta and Italy enjoyed excellent bilateral relations on a diplomatic and political level and added that these relations developed further over the years thanks to increased people-to-people contact at all levels of society, with a strong Maltese diaspora in Italy and an even stronger Italian diaspora in Malta.President Coleiro Preca and President Mattarella also spoke on the future of Europe in light of the upcoming European Parliament elections in May; the phenomenon of migration and how sustainable direct investment in Africa could be part of the solution to this phenomenon; and of the Arraiolos Group of non-executive EU Presidents, which provides the non-executive presidents with a platform to bring forward their peoples’ feelings, concerns, suggestions, and aspirations.At the end of the meeting, President Coleiro Preca thanked President Mattarella for his ooperation at various moments during her tenure,...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:12 pm

A dogged but isolated Prime Minister Theresa May headed back to Brussels on Thursday to beg for more time to deliver her Brexit plan, but EU leaders are likely to refuse her request for a three-month postponement. Instead, as the 28 heads of government meet for their spring summit, they will tell her that if she can win over British lawmakers to back her withdrawal agreement next week, she can have until May 22 to get Britain's house in order. And if the withdrawal agreement is rejected again, an emergency summit could be called next week to agree a longer extension until at least the end of 2019 - otherwise Britain's four-decade-year-old European adventure will come to an abrupt end on March 29. Time is tight, but there will be no final decision on a Brexit date in Brussels on Thursday, and May seemed only to have hurt her own efforts to persuade more MPs to back the withdrawal agreement when she blamed them for the impasse in an eve-of-summit speech. "All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want," she complained, in a televised address that sought to reach over the heads of parliament to the British people and infuriated lawmakers on both sides of the House of...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:06 pm

As a violent storm swept across Malta a few weeks ago, Doris Doublet, 85, recalled a similar tempest during her childhood, when she spent three days anxiously awaiting news of her father, trapped by huge waves in the Ricasoli lighthouse. Toni Spiteri, who resided in Valletta, tended to lighthouses during the war and the years that followed and his daughter spent her early years growing up in one such structure at Tigné, narrowly escaping its destruction in a wartime air raid. It was some years later, in February 1949, that tragedy nearly struck again. Her father, then aged 48, had spent a normal night of work manning the Ricasoli lighthouse but, early the next morning, strong winds and huge waves smashed the glass on the upper level and broke through the doors below, flooding the entire building. With waves relentlessly crashing over the breakwater that connects the lighthouse to the mainland, he and a co-worker, Salvu Micallef, 54, of Mosta, were cut off and trapped inside. When he did not return home, Ms Doublet and her family feared the worst. “I remember my mother crying. We all thought he was dead, everyone was going around saying he had died,” she said. In an interview...
Author: Philip Leone Ganado
Posted: March 21, 2019, 6:35 pm

IVF cycles carried out in Malta last year will lead to the birth of 58 children, official figures show.There were 246 IVF cycles at Mater Dei Hospital and private clinics in 2018, according to the Embryo Protection Authority’s annual report, resulting in 56 pregnancies, a success rate of around 23%.Around 4% of these pregnancies failed, meaning the number of children born from the procedure (referred to as the ‘take-home baby rate’) was 18.7%, which is 1.9% higher than the previous year.Health minister Chris Fearne said that, following the introduction of the new IVF law in October 2018, the vast majority of couples had opted to make use of the new provisions, fertilising the new maximum of five eggs.Just seven out of the 34 couples who used IVF since the introduction of the new law opted against it.The changes to the Embryo Protection Act included increasing the amount of eggs that could be fertilised, as well as opening eligibility up to same-sex couples and single parents.The amendments proved controversial particularly in respect of the introduction of embryo freezing, which opponents said would undermine the protection of ‘life from conception’.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:36 pm

At least one million people are expected to flock to a "once in a generation" exhibition about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opens in Paris this weekend. More than 150 treasures from the boy king's tomb - including 60 which have never left Egypt before - have been assembled for the blockbuster show. The Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities said this is the largest number of Tutankhamun artefacts ever to have left Cairo, and may never happen again. Ticket sales for "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" topped 130,000 last week as curators began the delicate task of installing the spectacular 3,400-year-old exhibits. Almost all come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and are never likely to leave the country again. Its unparalleled collection is being transferred to the enormous new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza, which is due to open next year. The Louvre in Paris has also loaned one of its top Tutankhamun pieces to the show, a statue of Amon, the king of the gods, protecting the pharaoh. Mostafa Waziry, the Egyptian ministry's secretary general, said the touring show - which will open in London in November before moving on to...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:33 pm

Kazakhstan's Yan Vorogovskiy celebrates scoring their second goal.

Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign got off to the worst possible start with an embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Kazakhstan in Nursultan on Thursday. The Kazakhs, ranked 117th in the world, struck twice inside 10 minutes through Yuriy Pertsukh and Yan Vorogovskiy to leave an under-strength Scotland shell-shocked. Alex McLeish's men secured the safety net of a playoff to qualify via the Nations League in November and already that looks like their only realistic route to a first major tournament in 22 years as Baktiyar Zainutdinov's terrific header made it 3-0 six minutes into the second half. Without captain Andy Robertson and the highly-rated Kieran Tierney, McLeish was forced to name Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie in an unfamiliar role at left-back and he was exposed for both the first two goals. Scotland looked longingly for an offside flag that never came as Pertsukh ran onto a long ball over the top and fired high past the helpless Scott Bain. The visitors never recovered and Shinnie was caught ball-watching as Vorogovskiy was picked out by Islambek Kuat's pass to slot past Bain again. But for the Celtic goalkeeper, one of Scotland's worst ever nights could have been more...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:11 pm

An alleged rapist’s efforts to obtain bail may have gone to waste when he allegedly chose to dance the night away, well beyond court-imposed curfew hours. The 39-year old Portuguese national, whose name cannot be published under a court ban issued by another magistrate presiding over the rape proceedings, had been targeted by criminal prosecution in November after a report filed by his former partner alleging that she had been the victim of his harassment. The woman had also claimed that two years ago she had been raped by the accused. Following his arraignment four months ago, the man had been remanded in custody before a fresh request for bail was acceded to by the Magistrates’ Court. However, that grant was later revoked by the Criminal Court upon an application by the Attorney General. Bail was granted a second time by the Magistrates’ Court, presiding over the compilation of evidence, later in the proceedings and after civilian witnesses had deposed. However, the accused’s bail conditions had been rendered stricter by the Criminal Court last month by fixing the curfew at 9pm instead of the former 11pm and also upping the bail deposit to €10,000 instead of the original...
Author: Edwina Brincat
Posted: March 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

Facebook on Thursday admitted that millions of passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers, a security slip that left them readable by the social networking giant's employees. "To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them," vice president of engineering, security, and privacy Pedro Canahuati said in a blog post. The blunder was uncovered during a routine security review early this year, according to Canahuati. He said that the Silicon Valley company expected to notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users; tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users whose passwords may have be vulnerable to prying eyes. The basic security shortcoming was revealed on the heels of a series of controversies centered on whether Facebook properly safeguards the privacy and data of its users. The basic data defense mistake would also appear contrary to the "Hacker Way" mantra that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has espoused at the social network. "One Hacker Way" is the main address of Facebook's vast campus...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:55 pm

"He let us on to the bus and immediately barricaded us in," a teaching assistant said, recounting how the school bus hijacking in Italy unfolded before 51 children escaped as the driver torched the vehicle. "I was a second away from death," Tiziana Magarini told AFPTV on Thursday, her eyes still red and her voice unsteady a day after the harrowing incident. On Wednesday, a 10-minute bus trip turned into a 40-minute nightmare for schoolchildren in Crema, east of Milan, after their driver hijacked the vehicle and tried to drive it to a Milan airport. Driver Ousseynou Sy was usually "very well behaved, normal," Magarini said. But on Wednesday, the Italian bus driver of Senegalese origin came to work with a knife and cans of petrol. Seeking to draw attention to migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Sy tied the two teachers to the door and told Magarini to tie up the children, using electric cable. She said she "tied them up badly", so they could get free. When Sy collected everyone's mobile phone, "I managed to let some of the children know with my eyes to keep them," she added. Sy then asked her to finish pouring the petrol over seats and curtains, as the children panicked. "The...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:23 pm

The public has not been provided with the details it needs to make an informed decision on the planned Malta-Gozo tunnel, the Church environment commission warned on Thursday.The commission urged the government to publish all studies and research carried out on the alternative options for better accessibility between Malta and Gozo, indicating which offered the best environmental, social and economic sustainability.It also called for the publication of studies on the new jobs and investment that could be created by the different options, and the facts that may still deter investors from Gozo once accessibility was improved.“The Kummissjoni Ambjent (KA) believes there exists no sound and reliable information in the public domain which could help one make an informed analysis of the possible alternatives which would truly improve accessibility between the two islands,” the commission said.“The public is currently being fed information and assertions that are not backed by readily available evidence. Past promises of a fast ferry service and that of a fourth ship in the Gozo Channel fleet are as yet, unfulfilled. Moreover, the helicopter emergency service operating between the Gozo...
Author: Philip Leone Ganado
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:59 pm

Nusa Aquilina's video makes you wonder how anyone would be able to cross the road.

Updated with new clips 6pm Last year, a downpour on the first day of summer caused chaos: this year, it was the first day of spring... Heavy rains brought traffic to a standstill in various areas of Malta as roads were flooded, including a car park in Mrieħel close to the Forestals showroom, which lies below the level of the adjacent bypass. Commuters were trapped in heavy traffic, with up to a third of a metre of water in many places, just minutes after the sudden downpour around 4pm.  "Water is pouring down all the side streets to the Strand in Gżira but it gets trapped on one side of the street and cannot drain into the sea," one driver said. A Kalkara resident said water was gushing out of a manhole, adding to the water already on the roads.  The Swieqi mayor also reported that some stone slabs were dislodged in the corner Triq il Ħemel/Spiera in his locality and that they were waiting for the Civil Protection Department to remove the danger. Another driver said that the bottom end of Telgħa t'Alla u Ommu was also flooded with several vehicles stalled there. Water pouring down steep stairs in Marsascala added to the already flooded roads, as can be seen in this FB video...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:51 pm

The MSE Equity Price Index trended lower for the first time in four days as it slipped by 0.57% to 4,715.012 points. The main driver of Thursday's drop was the decline in BOV which, coupled with the losses in RS2 and Main Street Complex, outweighed the gains in five other shares. Meanwhile, BMIT, MIA and Plaza closed the day flat. The total value of equities traded remained virtually unchanged from Wednesday at €0.51 million. Following the strong gains registered in the previous three trading sessions, the equity of Bank of Valletta plc retracted by 5.2% back to the €1.38 level on activity totalling 77,144 shares. Shareholders as at close of trading on June 6 will be entitled to one bonus share for every 10 shares held. Also among the large companies, RS2 Software plc slipped by 1.4% to the €1.40 level across 54,000 shares. In the property segment, Main Street Complex plc lost 1.6% to close the day at the €0.63 level on 44,400 shares. In contrast, Malta Properties Company plc surged by 4.9% to the €0.64 level (the highest since end of November 2015) across 42,250 shares. On Wednesday, MPC published its 2018 financial results revealing a significant improvement in profitability...
Author: Edward Rizzo
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:51 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €20,000 by UEFA on Thursday for mimicking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing celebration in Juventus' Champions League last-16 win last week. The 34-year-old scored a second-leg hat-trick as the Italian champions overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the quarter-finals. He replicated Simeone's gesture after the first game by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin following his tie-winning penalty. Argentinian Simeone was also fined €20,000 by UEFA for his celebration, with European football's governing body following suit in Ronaldo's case. "He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character," Simeone said after the match. Ronaldo, who returns to Portugal international duty after a nine-month absence later on Thursday, has scored 24 goals for Juventus since signing from Real Madrid for €100 million last year.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:48 pm

Updated 9.30pm EU leaders were poised Thursday to offer Britain a short delay to Brexit, but only if MPs back Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal next week. And they warn that the alternative is a cliff-edge exit in eight days' time. Brexit talks at the European summit overran, spilling into a working dinner that had been supposed to cover relations with China, as the other 27 EU powers debated how much more time to offer May beyond next week's scheduled March 29 departure date. A draft copy of their conclusions suggested they would allow Brexit to be pushed back to May 22, the day before European parliamentary elections, but European sources told AFP that France was pushing for an earlier May 7 deadline and talks continued. The text also warned that any offer only applies "provided the withdrawal agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week". MPs have already rejected the text twice, most recently last week, plunging Britain into crisis. But both May and the EU insist the draft withdrawal deal is the only option, warning that the alternative is that Britain ends its 46-year-old relationship with the bloc with no plan next Friday. "In the case of a negative...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:26 pm

A sledgehammer-wielding man was seen smashing windows at two mosques in Britain's second city Birmingham and three more have been similarly vandalised overnight, the police said Thursday. Counter-terrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in different areas in the central English city, West Midlands Police said in a statement. The force added the incidents were "being treated as linked". "We don't know the motive for last night's attacks," said Chief Constable Dave Thompson in a statement. "The force and the counter terrorism unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible." Officers were first alerted in the early hours of Thursday to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer at one of the places of worship, police said. Following reports of a similar attack at another mosque in a nearby neighbourhood, officers launched targeted patrols and discovered "further damage" at two other sites. A fifth mosque later reported that windows had been smashed. "Forensic officers are working to identify evidence, and CCTV is being examined," the West Midlands force added. Some 22% of the Birmingham population described themselves as Muslim in the...
Author: AFP
Posted: March 21, 2019, 3:12 pm

The Malta Water Association (MWA) has decided to cease operations on World Water Day 2019, exactly eight years after it was set up, saying it was giving up in the face of apathy. The MWA is Malta’s only NGO focused exclusively on water. It was founded in March 2011 “to make water everybody’s business”, communicating, educating, developing knowledge and raising public awareness on the sustainable management of Malta’s scarce and fast-depleting natural water resources. It lobbied extensively for the protection of Malta’s water reserves, particularly groundwater, under threat from over-pumping and contamination. It produced and issued a number of position papers on various aspects of the subject, participated in meetings with government and EU officials and on TV and radio programmes. It met ministers and politicians to discuss policy, gave talks to interested groups, and submitted proposals to political parties’ electoral manifestos. However, it was increasingly being felt among the executive and the membership base of the association that it was fighting a losing battle, with sustainability only being given lip service by the political classes. Six years after the Labour and...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 2:59 pm