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Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:37 am
Preview Commentators are eager to see how Donald Trump handles his first foreign trip as US President – and judging by the number of memes emerging online, they have not been disappointed. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s most bizarre moments so far.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:22 am
Preview Gunmen have taken a priest and several parishioners at a cathedral hostage, a Philippine Roman Catholic church said, adding that the militants have vowed to kill the captives “if government forces unleashed against them are not recalled.”
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:03 am
Preview Counter-terrorism officers have arrested a man at Stansted airport on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, the Metropolitan Police has said. The suspect was detained before boarding a flight to Turkey.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:02 am
Preview Russia has condemned the recent spike of violence in Libya where over 140 troops and civilians were reportedly slaughtered in an attack on the Brak Al-Shati airbase. Moscow called it a “deliberate provocation” intended to disrupt the peace process.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:31 am
Preview Baltimore police have created an online submission form for people to report sex offenses related to a Netflix documentary series “The Keepers” which deals with widespread sexual abuse at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s and 70s.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:52 am
Preview Newark’s Liberty International Airport was temporarily closed after an engine caught fire and passengers were evacuated. Five minor injuries were reported.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:29 am
Preview Donald Trump told Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month that he is prepared to use force against “madman” Kim Jong-un but hoped the “good guy” Xi Jinping will help solve the North Korean nuclear issue, according to a leaked transcript.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 2:47 am
Preview General Michael Flynn has another chance to release subpoenaed documents before possibly being held in contempt of Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s leadership said as two new subpoenas were announced.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:27 am
Preview For the first time, the number of Venezuelans requesting asylum status in the US have surpassed applicants from China, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Venezuelan applications are expected to continue rising after a 160 percent increase in just one year.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:35 am
Preview The Philippines wants modern Russian weapons to combat ISIS-linked terrorists, the country’s president Rodrigo Duterte told his Russian counterpart after declaring martial law for 60 days in the South and cutting short his trip to Moscow to deal with the crisis.
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Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:28 am
Preview Astronauts have successfully completed an emergency spacewalk to carry out repairs on the International Space Station Tuesday.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:25 pm
Preview The 28 NATO member states have reportedly agreed that military cooperation with non-members can be approved on a country-by-country basis after alliance member Turkey put a veto on Austria’s participation and froze out 40 other partner states in the process.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:05 pm
Preview France, Italy and the US were among many countries to announce additional security measures at concert and sports venues as well as in the streets after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at pop-star Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester, UK.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:47 pm
Preview The Trump administration's $4.1 billion budget proposal calls for increased spending on law enforcement, the military and the US-Mexico wall, but cuts spending for programs for the poor by slashing funding for Medicaid and cutting food stamps.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:47 pm
Preview The Trump administration has unveiled its 2018 budget proposal, which boosts military spending beyond the sequestration cap. It would put total US national security spending, including the Departments of Energy and Justice, at roughly $603 billion.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:02 pm
Preview A mini underwater camera drone designed to look like a fish has reached its $20,000 Kickstarter investment goal in less than 24 hours.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:31 pm
Preview The Defense Intelligence Agency has provided the first official US assessment of North Korea’s latest missile test, telling a Senate committee that the reclusive nation is on a clear trajectory to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile that could hit the US.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:15 pm
Preview An armed police operation has resulted in the arrest of one man suspected of involvement in Monday’s suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:08 pm
Preview The door of an Islamic center in Oldham, outside Manchester, was set alight in an arson attack hours following the suicide bombing at the nearby Manchester Arena in which 22 people died.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:57 pm
Preview A book about Hillary Clinton’s presidential run is being promoted by WikiLeaks, thanks in no small part to a foreword by Julian Assange in which he defends publishing leaked Democratic Party campaign material.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:49 pm
Preview The terror attack threat level in the UK has shifted from severe to critical, Prime Minister Theresa May said following a second emergency Cobra committee meeting. She added that armed forces will be dispatched to assist the police.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:47 pm
Preview While arguing that Russia “brazenly interfered” in the 2016 US presidential election, former CIA Director John Brennan admitted there were “unresolved questions” in his mind as to whether any Trump campaign officials actually colluded with Moscow.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:11 pm
Preview The Syrian conflict must be solved through political means with the country’s unity and territorial integrity maintained, the US and Saudi Arabia has said in a joint statement released by the White House on Tuesday.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:00 pm
Preview Apple has released its biannual transparency report revealing the number of devices subject to customer-data requests from the US government doubled in 2016. Apple also said it received at least one declassified, yet secret National Security Letter.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:40 pm
Preview Lawmakers in Alabama have passed a bill which, if signed into law, would protect any historical monuments in the state, including those honoring members of the Confederacy, from removal. It comes as other Southern states are removing Confederate symbols.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:36 pm
Preview A leading doctors’ group in the US is dismissing the health benefits of juice for children and teens, saying that 100 per cent fruit drinks have “no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children.”
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:35 pm
Preview Most Europeans believe the US would protect its European NATO allies in case of war with Russia despite US President Donald Trump’s criticism of the military alliance, a new poll shows at a time when it is NATO which are amassing its forces on Russia's borders.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:34 pm
Preview European Union ministers have approved plans to force social media companies to combat hate speech on their platforms. It comes a day after Facebook's internal guide for tackling such behavior was leaked.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:15 pm
Preview Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos wants to send people back to the moon – but this time to colonize.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:14 pm
Preview Judges has announced the nominees for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest which draws submissions from young photographers around the world while commemorating the Russian photojournalist who was killed in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:52 pm
Preview Donald Trump is being trolled online after he made another geographical gaffe – this time apparently returning the Mediterranean island of Corsica to Italy.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:21 pm
Preview Former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, famously described by RT’s Max Keiser as a “financial terrorist,” is in the clear after being acquitted of all charges in a long-running multi-million euro loans case.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:05 pm
Preview NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus which highlights numerous jagged cracks on its icy surface.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:51 pm
Preview A federal appeals court has revived part of a lawsuit against the National Security Agency filed by the operators of Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation alleged in 2015 that it was the target of NSA spying, but the suit was dismissed later that year.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:36 pm
Preview Racing driver Scott Dixon was robbed at gunpoint at a fast food restaurant in Speedway, Indiana, just hours after claiming pole position for the Indy 500.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:30 pm
Preview Manchester held a special vigil in the city center this evening to remember the victims of Monday’s deadly terror attack.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:21 pm
Preview Freeze-dried mouse sperm has survived nine months on the International Space Station and gone on to produce healthy mice. The breakthrough could help humans live permanently in space.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:01 pm
Preview Hundreds of people took to the streets in Gaza City to protest Donald Trump’s visit to Palestine on Tuesday and express their outrage over the labeling of de facto Gaza Strip rulers Hamas as a terrorist group.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:41 pm
Preview Thousands of people took to social media to defend Britain’s Muslim community, after anti-Muslim comments began pouring in online that blame the terror attack at Manchester Arena on Islam.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:40 pm
Preview As Manchester suffered a deadly bomb attack at a concert in the heart of the city on Monday night, killing 22 people and injuring 59 others, its sporting community expressed its condolences to the victims of the blast.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:33 pm
Preview Militants affiliated with Islamic State are vying for control of the city of Marawi in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte put the island of Mindanao under martial law, ordered in special forces and cut short his state visit to Russia.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:22 pm
Preview Intelligence agencies from the UK and US are looking for anyone who may have been involved in the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people, including an 8-year-old girl.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:07 pm
Preview An Indian Army major who tied a man to a jeep and used him as a human shield against a stone-throwing mob in Kashmir has received a military award for his “sustained” efforts in “counter-insurgency” operations, local media report.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:06 pm
Preview The thinly-veiled accusations in the US that Russia supplied arms to Taliban militants were not based on any physical evidence of weapons or money transfers, a senior US military official told lawmakers.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:57 pm
Preview A white supremacist who converted to Islam killed his two Neo-Nazi roommates because they had offended his new faith, local media reported, citing police, who also found bomb-making materials, radioactive substances, and Nazi-propaganda at the crime scene.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:37 pm
Preview The Russian Health Ministry will not back the idea of so-called ‘baby boxes,’ special containers installed at hospitals where parents can abandon children anonymously and in relatively safe conditions, a representative has said.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:27 pm
Preview Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is “in shock” after it emerged that his wife and their two young daughters were attending the Ariana Grande concert hit by a suicide terrorist attack in Manchester city center on Monday.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:09 pm
Preview A study by executive data firm Equilar for the Associated Press (AP) found a typical chief executive officer of the largest US companies got an 8.5 percent pay raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock, and other compensation.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:55 pm
Preview The ancient Chinese game ‘Go’ was said to be so complex that it would take artificial intelligence a decade to figure it out. Now, a computer has beaten the world’s top player just three years after it was set the task.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:53 pm
Preview The US will scrap many of its sizeable foreign military grants and replace them with loans, the White House’s top finance official has said. Ukraine, which received large shipments of American military equipment, is among the countries affected by the move.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:50 pm
Preview The International Monetary Fund, European finance ministers, and Greek authorities have fallen short of securing more debt relief for Greece, according to EU officials.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:56 pm
Preview No children were brought to the Holiday Inn in Manchester following the Ariana Grande concert, the hotel confirmed. The response comes after false reports circulated online that more than 60 unaccompanied kids sought shelter there following the attack.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:54 pm
Preview The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is likely to extend the deal to cut crude output for another nine months during their meeting in Vienna on Thursday, according to delegates.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:49 pm
Preview Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing British secret agent James Bond, has died at the age of 89.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:45 pm
Preview Women who enjoy beer or wine may want to reconsider ordering a second round – or even their first one – the next time they're at the bar, according to a new report which found that a small alcoholic beverage is all it takes to raise the risk of breast cancer.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:17 pm
Preview Donald Trump’s slip of the tongue at a meeting with the Israeli president has been trolled by Chelsea Clinton. The former first daughter suggested the US commander-in-chief’s geographical knowledge may not be up to scratch.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:15 pm
Preview Seven Al-Qaeda militants have been killed during a US counterterrorism operation in Yemen, according to US Central Command. The operation used small arms fire and precision airstrikes to target one of the group’s compounds.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:12 pm
Preview A witness to the Manchester terrorist attack has told RT how he watched the tragedy unfold and how shocked he was that “something like that could happen right on his doorstep.”
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:19 pm
Preview A UN panel of experts investigating possible violations of North Korean sanctions have fallen victim to a “sustained” hack attack launched by unknown perpetrators who were perfectly aware of what the experts were looking for.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:57 am
Preview Activists in Bahrain said one protester has been killed and dozens of others injured as security forces cracked down on a sit-in by supporters of Shiite cleric Ayatollah Isa Qassim in his home village.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:54 am
Preview Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:51 am
Preview People caught up in the Manchester terrorist attack are complaining that lax security measures were in place ahead of the bombing, which has killed at least 22 people.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:39 am
Preview US President Donald Trump labeled the terrorists behind Monday's concert bombing in Manchester “evil losers” after the attack left at least 22 people dead and scores more injured.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:02 am
Preview Greater Manchester Police have named the suicide bomb suspect as Salman Abedi, 22.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:00 am
Preview The decision of US aerospace giant Boeing to lodge a trade complaint against Canadian rival Bombardier could threaten its sale of F/A-18 warplanes to Ottawa; analysts told Reuters.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:54 am
Preview Moscow will cut its membership fees to the Council of Europe because of the ban on participation at sessions of its parliamentary council, PACE, a popular Russian daily reported, quoting diplomatic sources.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:38 am
Preview The former wife of Russian billionaire and the CEO of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin has filed a new lawsuit against her ex-husband, demanding 849.5 billion rubles ($15 billion), Forbes reports.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:37 am
Preview Manchester’s Arndale shopping center has been re-opened after briefly being evacuated hours after an attack on Manchester Arena killed 22 people who had been attending an Ariana Grande concert.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:28 am
Preview Two men caught having sex in March were subjected to a public caning in the Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday. A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the punishment, many cheering and filming the event.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:23 am
Preview A loud bang rocks the packed venue, people panicking and police arriving – RT looks at the suicide bombing that killed 22 at Manchester Arena as it happened, in successive eyewitness videos.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:16 am
Preview Security services are working to find out whether a terrorist attacker in Manchester acted alone or was part of a wider group, Prime Minister Theresa May says.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:06 am
Preview US President Donald Trump's budget plan envisages selling America’s strategic crude reserves and opening the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling in an attempt to rebalance the budget and boost economic growth.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:39 am
Preview A “beautiful” 8-year-old girl has been named as a victim of the Manchester terrorist attack that left at least 22 people dead and 59 injured.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:30 am
Preview James Corden gave an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester as news broke about the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:26 am
Preview The Manchester Arena terror attack was a carefully planned return to suicide tactics, which was specifically aimed at a “soft” target full of children and young people, a counter terrorism expert has noted.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:24 am
Preview Condolences poured in from world leaders during the early hours of Tuesday, after a terrorist attack at a Manchester concert venue claimed the lives of at least 22 people, many of whom were children.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:53 am
Preview The explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday was a suicide attack, according to the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, who noted that the perpetrator acted alone in detonating an improvised explosive device that killed 22 people, including children, and injured 59 others.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:22 am
Preview American singer and actress, Ariana Grande, says she is devastated and “broken” following the suspected terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, where at least 22 people were killed amid scenes of chaos and panic at the end of her concert.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:53 am
Preview In the wake of the terrible incident that claimed 22 lives and injured dozens more, residents of Manchester have been offering free rides, space to stay overnight and other help to their compatriots affected by the tragedy.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:14 am
Preview US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered a more narrow definition of “sanctuary jurisdiction,” in order to circumvent the court rulings declaring one of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration unconstitutional.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:00 am
Preview The British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency Cobra committee meeting in the wake of the Manchester explosion which killed nearly two dozen people. She also suspended her campaigning ahead of June’s general election.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:54 am
Preview Links to intelligence have been found in 52 genes, 40 of which have been identified for the first time, new research has revealed. However, the discovery does not mean that the genes determine genius.'
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:37 am
Preview A flash of light and a loud bang that rocked the Manchester Arena shortly after an Ariana Grande concert has been recorded by a dashboard camera from a vehicle parked nearby.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:21 am
Preview An Ohio teenager has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for the killing of her allegedly abusive father. She was given a sentence of a year and a day in juvenile jail, but may be released in eight months to relatives who consider her a “hero.”
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:21 am
Preview Tens of thousands of Germans have signed a petition calling on the education authorities of the western German state of North Rhine Westphalia to allow high school students retake their final exam in English – an audio component which many of them called a “catastrophe.”
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:11 am
Preview Legendary crime kingpin, Guiseppe Dainotti, who was released from prison last year, was shot dead in broad daylight in a Palermo street by two killers, according to Italian police.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:11 am
Preview St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire has become the latest elite boarding school to publish a report outlining “substantiated claims” of misconduct by former faculty and staff members and admitting the school failed to protect students.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:47 am
Preview North Korea's new intermediate-range ballistic missile was successfully tested on Sunday and should now be “rapidly” mass-produced, Kim Jong-un, the country’s supreme leader has said, according to state media.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:41 am
Preview Not yet fully operational, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents.
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Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:03 am
Preview Up to 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suspected suicide terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 11:14 pm
Preview Twenty-two people have been confirmed dead and around 50 others injured by police who are now treating the explosion that happened outside the Manchester Arena as a terrorist incident until they “know otherwise”.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 10:16 pm
Preview President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to a Senate request for documents in relation to its Russia probe, with his lawyer saying the request amounted to a fishing expedition.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 10:16 pm
Preview NASA’s Kepler telescope has confirmed crucial details about the orbital pattern of the seven newly discovered exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, as well as providing new insight into the system’s least understood planet, TRAPPIST-1h.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:52 pm
Preview North Carolina’s GOP-led legislature illegally used race to redraw congressional districts, the Supreme Court has ruled. It’s the latest case where justices ruled against race-based redistricting, even after tossing many protections for minority voters.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:50 pm
Preview The European Space Agency (ESA) is using a special ‘colliding drone’ to investigate caves on Earth that are too dangerous for humans to access – research it hopes will one day aid deep space exploration.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:37 pm
Preview Three Baltimore police officers who were involved in the 2015 arrest that led to the death of Freddie Gray face termination and two others brief suspensions, according to a new report. No officers involved in Gray's death have been convicted.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 9:24 pm
Preview Swedish police say that a suspicious bag which prompted the evacuation of an airport near the southern city of Gothenberg on Monday contained no dangerous content. Initially, though it “showed indications” that it contained explosives.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 8:56 pm
Preview Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy process has spread to the territory’s pension system and highway authority, bringing the amount involved to over $120 billion and far exceeding the previous municipal bankruptcy record.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 8:05 pm
Preview At least nine Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and reported live fire as they clashed with the Israeli troops in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on the first day of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel.
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Posted: May 22, 2017, 7:56 pm

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The two leaders greeted each other cordially, after clashing on issues from migration to climate change.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:35 am
Arsenal defender Gabriel is ruled out of Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea, after Laurent Koscielny's appeal against a red card is dismissed.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:33 am
A suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 64 at Manchester Arena. Here is what we know.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:32 am
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the Manchester bomber was known to the security services.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:31 am
An eight-year-old and a 15-year-old girl are among five victims of the suicide bombing to be named.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:13 am
Man Utd legend Eric Cantona gives an emotional message to the people of Manchester after 22 people were killed in an attack in the city.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:12 am
Tony "Longfella" Walsh delivered defiant words at the vigil for the Manchester attack victims.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:05 am
The driver and four passengers in the car were killed between junctions 15 and 14 in Staffordshire.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:01 am
The decision paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriages.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:50 am
The motorist followed the cyclist and hit him before fleeing, police say.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:47 am
People of Manchester talk of their shock and determination to unite together through their grief.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:38 am
Man Utd fans and officials say Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax is secondary to the "pain and suffering" in the city.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:37 am
A gay couple with twins in Taiwan explains why they hope they will eventually be allowed to marry.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:31 am
Charges for closing stores and revamping the pension scheme hit the bottom line at the retailer.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:02 am
Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan honour Sir Roger Moore after the actor's death at the age of 89.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:56 am
Police should have stormed the cafe as soon as the gunman began shooting, an inquest finds.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:46 am
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal expects a new deal with Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny to "be done by the end of this week".
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:37 am
China dismisses the one-notch cut by Moody's, accusing it of using "inappropriate methodology".
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:22 am
The girls killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena feature heavily in Wednesday's papers.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:57 am
Marc Kasowitz will represent the US president in a justice department inquiry, US media report.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:55 am
Dr Brooke Rogers gives advice on what to do if you are caught up in a dangerous situation.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:42 am
Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists confirm.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:28 am
Concertgoers return to venues as Simple Minds say cancelling their show would have felt "cowardly".
Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:27 am
More than 100 constituencies across the UK have no female candidates standing, BBC research says.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:38 am
The life and times of Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:37 am
Its owner claims his customers helped him correctly call Brexit and the 2015 election result.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:49 pm
As the political crisis in Venezuela deepens, more parents choose not to send their children to school.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:26 pm
A new dating app lets people search for sperm and egg donors, surrogate mothers and lovers.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:15 pm
Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones swaps his smartphone for the retro Nokia 3310 for a day.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:10 pm
Mexico is the world's fourth largest car exporter, but could Donald Trump bring this to an end?
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:00 pm
John Brennan says he was aware of contact between Russians and "US persons in the Trump campaign".
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:14 pm
Tom Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia lead is cut to 31 seconds after the Dutchman stops for a toilet break on a controversial stage 16.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:05 pm
Manchester comes together in a sombre but defiant mood to remember the victims of the concert attack.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:10 pm
In an emotional interview, a blood donor in Manchester says nothing will divide the city.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:53 pm
Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured in the explosion at Manchester Arena.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:15 pm
Witness who helped children to safety says hundreds of parents are desperate for information.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:54 pm
President Trump will visit Europe this week, highlighting his own history of varied and contradictory views.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:42 pm
What is the best approach for parents when the news is frightening?
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:30 pm
Mistake or fake? The pictures and stories trending on social following the Manchester attack.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:50 pm
A look back at the James Bond actor's most memorable roles, after his death at the age of 89.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:47 pm
People in Manchester rushed to help others after the attack at the Ariana Grande concert.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:34 pm
In the hours after the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena came an online show of unity by Mancunians.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:34 pm
From a coach restoring the Ajax tradition to a side brimming with youth - the threat posed by Manchester United's Europa League final opponents.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:43 pm
The life of the debonair actor who brought a lighter touch to the role of James Bond.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:34 pm
The city reacts in the wake of the Manchester Arena suicide attack.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:24 am
The life and times of Jeremy Corbyn, the man bidding to be the next Labour prime minister.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:10 am
If the Conservatives are to pick up seats in Scotland, they will want to start on the Scottish borders.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:08 am
As a warming climate threatens traditional food supplies in the Arctic, one rural Alaskan village is flying in hundreds of reindeer by cargo plane. James Cook went to find out why.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:16 am
A man abandoned as a baby 61 years ago traced his family using a DNA detective. But what do they do?
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:14 am
What's it like to grow up with a parent who drinks? Four women share their stories.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 1:04 am
More and more women in the UK are setting up their own firms as a way of reconciling the demands of work and family.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 11:29 pm
Who are the 'hard-working' and 'ordinary' people that politicians love to appeal to?
Posted: May 22, 2017, 11:27 pm
Issue by issue, what the parties are pledging, presented in easy-to-scan bullet points.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:19 pm
Footage from east Mosul, Iraq, reveals the legacy of horror left by so-called Islamic State, but also suggests some of life is returning to normal.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 3:01 pm
Areas of London, Birmingham and Leeds have the highest proportions of adults not registered to vote.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 1:51 pm
The Green Party has pledged to write off all existing debt as well as scrapping tuition fees.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 1:35 pm
Who is on course to win the 2017 general election? Use our tracker to see the latest analysis.
Posted: May 22, 2017, 8:56 am
The leaders of the parties are well-known - but who's advising them?
Posted: May 22, 2017, 1:00 am
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Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:41 am

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Times of Malta

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

A woman was hospitalised after the car in which she was travelling with a man and baby rolled over the verge at Wied Ghomor and rolled down into the fields below. The police said that the man and baby were not injured.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:35 am
Lille have announced the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager. The 61-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and will replace interim boss Franck Passi. Passi took over from Patrick Collot in February but will step aside for Bielsa, with Luis Campos also joining the Ligue 1 club as sporting director. Bielsa has been without a club since he controversially resigned as Lazio manager just two days after signing a 12-month contract in July 2016. Lille owner Gerard Lopez, former president of the Lotus Formula One team, said at a press conference: “Marcelo Bielsa is the new coach of Lille. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Marcelo Bielsa, who is an integral part to the mentality of the project. We started with Marcelo’s motions. Luis (Campos) has built a list of players that match these needs.” Bielsa said: “I am happy to be here, I feel an immense responsibility in relation to the task. I’m coming to Lille with great enthusiasm. “Football is a little bit of industry and a lot of passion, I found it here, it fits my vision.”
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:30 am
French anti-corruption police searched the homes of Paris Saint-Germain footballers Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore as well as the club’s offices yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged financial offences, a source close to the probe said. The police operations were conducted as part of an investigation opened last December by the national financial prosecutors’ office into alleged laundering of money acquired by fraud, the source said. According to the Mediapart internet site, the searches of the Argentinians’ homes and Paris SG offices in Paris and Boulogne-Billancourt stemmed from media reports last December of large-scale tax evasion by football stars. That same month, a group of 12 European news outlets began publishing the results of months of investigations into millions of financial documents obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed the “Football Leaks”.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:01 am

David Zahra has been appointed president of the Malta Business Bureau (MBB), taking over from John Vassallo. Dr Zahra founded David Zahra & Associates Advocates in 2011, after a number of years practising with one of Malta’s leading law firms. He is actively involved in corporate M&A, financial services and corporate finance transactions, both locally and internationally. The MBB also announced the rest of the new board as follows: Kyle Borg as Vice-President, and Charles A. Zahra, Mario Spiteri, Reginald Fava and Malcolm Jones as directors.  
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:01 am

Former Barcelona supremo Sandro Rosell arrives in court yesterday.

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested in Spain as part of a multi-national investigation into alleged money-laundering. In a joint operation, Spain’s national police and civil guard raided several addresses in Andorra and Catalonia, arresting five people, including Rosell and his wife. The 53-year-old businessman was Barcelona’s president between 2010 and 2014, when he resigned following a Spanish court’s decision to investigate the 2013 transfer of Brazilian star Neymar from Santos. This new operation, dubbed ‘Rimet’ after FIFA’s longest-serving president Jules Rimet, is related to the sale of image rights for the Brazilian national team to a company based in Qatar. According to Spanish reports, confirmed to Press Association Sport by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior, €15 million (£12.9million) was diverted to a bank in Andorra. In a joint statement, the national police and civil guard said among those arrested were people “allegedly part of a criminal organisation linked to the world of football and the organisation of sporting events”. It is understood the Spanish authorities were acting on information received from the United States-led investigation...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:45 am
Brazilian police yesterday said that they arrested a presidential aide and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup’s most expensive stadium, another black eye for the country’s political establishment that adds pressure on beleaguered President Michel Temer. Tadeu Filippelli, a special adviser in Temer’s Cabinet, and former Federal District governors José Roberto Arruda and Agnelo Queiroz were arrested early yesterday. The presidential palace did not reply to requests for comments and Reuters could not immediately reach representatives of Arruda and Queiroz. The Federal District encompasses the capital Brasilia. Renovation of the Brasilia stadium for the 2014 World Cup cost about 1.5 billion reais ($459.38 million), prosecutors and police said in a statement, and an auditing court has said the construction included rampant overbilling. It was the second-most expensive soccer arena in the world after the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium in London, according to the local World Cup committee’s documents on spending. Temer has resisted growing calls for his resignation after the disclosure of a recorded conversation in which he appears to condone the...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:30 am
Referee Matthew De Gabriele, and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic, are in in Nyon to take part in UEFA’s CORE educational programme. The course, now in its seventh edition, is aimed at young officials with potential international prospects in the coming years. Among the participants are officials from Andorra, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Sweden, and Wales as well as a trio from the Confederation of African Football. During this course, the Maltese officials are being closely monitored by referees’ coach Radan Miryanov (Bulgaria), assistant referee coach Leif Lindberg (Sweden) and physical fitness coaches Werner Helsen (Belgium) and Lluis Cortés Cava (Andorra). Participants are being given physical training on football pitches and surrounding tracks, technical training and on social topics in conference halls, and have to undergo physical tests – everything under the general guidance of David Elleray (CORE Senior Course Leader), Kyros Vassaras (CORE Instructor) and with the contribution of ten specialists in their specific fields: six referee coaches, two assistant referee coaches and two fitness coaches. Apart from these theoretical and practical training...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:01 am

Updated 11.09am Malta's Security Services services have been alerted to possible Russian interference in the local general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning.  The Prime Minister was reacting to a report published on Intelligence Online which said that the UK's MI6 and the US CIA were concerned about "possible interference" in Malta's election process. The report suggested the Egrant whistleblower was part of a Russian power play.  Dr Muscat said the government had no evidence that the whistleblower, a Russian national known as Maria E., was linked to the Kremlin. He however added that allied security services had warned their Maltese counterparts to expect retaliation for Malta's decision to refuse to refuel Russian warships heading to Syria as well as the government's push accelerate the visa waiver programme for Ukraine. Read: Muscat asks inquiring magistrate to investigate Egrant claims The Intelligence Online report claims that Maria E. shares an apartment with another Russian, which it named as Alex Zaslavsky, and that she now worked for a recently-incorporated firm, MTACC Ltd, which Mr Zaslavsky was involved in. The online report claims that "MI6 and...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:55 am

Xewkija goalkeeper Steve Sultana receives the player of the year award from GFA president Samuel Azzopardi.

The Gozo FA honoued its leading performers throughout the 2016/17 season during a gala night earlier this month. The governing body presented 21 awards that catered for all competitions organised by the governing body including the GFA women’s league and the youth competitions. The voting process involved a panel that included sports journalists who cover Gozitan football along with the captains and coaches of all the teams. The most prestigious honour of the night was the GFA Player of the Year. The winner this year was Xewkija Tigers goalkeeper Steve Sultana. The 26-year-old enjoyed an excellent season as he not only helped his club win the Division One championship but he was also recently named in Pietro Ghedin’s provisional squad for the upcoming international friendly against Ukraine and the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. Xewkija striker Thiago Melo Dos Santos and Henrique Maciel, of Victoria Hotspurs, won the top scorer award. Melo Dos Santos was also named as the top foreign player in the GFA league. Mario Bonello, of Oratory Youths, won the best coach award while Ghajnsielem’s Stefan Cassar was voted as the most promising player of the GFA. GFA Treasurer, George...
Author: Mark Cini
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:30 am

Moody's Investors Service downgraded China's credit ratings today for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy will erode in coming years as growth slows and debt continues to rise. The one-notch downgrade in long-term local and foreign currency issuer ratings, to A1 from Aa3, comes as the Chinese government grapples with the challenges of rising financial risks stemming from years of credit-fuelled stimulus. "The downgrade reflects Moody's expectation that China's financial strength will erode somewhat over the coming years, with economy-wide debt continuing to rise as potential growth slows," the rating agency said in a statement, changing its outlook for China to stable from negative. China's Finance Ministry said the downgrade, Moody's first for the country since 1989, overestimated the risks to the economy and was based on "inappropriate methodology". “Moody’s views that China’s non-financial debt will rise rapidly and the government would continue to maintain growth via stimulus measures are exaggerating difficulties facing the Chinese economy, and underestimating the Chinese government’s ability to deepen supply-side...
Author: John Ruwitch and Yawen Chen
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:29 am

A garden inspired by a Maltese quarry has been named the best show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.  The M&G Garden, designed by award-winning gardener James Basson, features exposed limestone walls as well as endemic Maltese plant species hitherto never seen before on UK shores.  Two Maltese limestone pillars form the centrepiece of the garden, with the remaining space separated into a series of unique microclimates.  Six articulated trucks full of Maltese limestone were used to build the garden, with Halmann Vella experts used to help with the build.  Carob and mastic trees, Maltese sea lavender and Maltese spurge all feature alongside species such as myrtle, bay, buckthorn and olive, fig and pomegranate trees. Some of the species used have never before been seen on British shores.  Mr Basson, who has dominated the Chelsea Flower Show winners' tables in recent years, was inspired by the Maltese landscape after coming across a quarry in Gozo, the Telegraph reported.  "When I had the chance of coming to Malta for a design job, I came to see it and was blown away,” he said.  Botanist Stephen Mifsud and the local Gaia Foundation nursery helped Mr Basson identify and source the...
Author: Bertrand Borg
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:25 am

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says the “hearts and minds” of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected by the horrific attack that killed 22 people and injured many more. An explosion rocked the city on Monday evening when a bomb was let off at the end of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester Police has confirmed 22 people were killed and 59 injured in an attack that has shocked the world. In the wake of the incident, UEFA accepted United’s formal request to cancel their press conference ahead of the Europa League final, while the team held a minute’s silence at training before flying to Sweden. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a bombing that United manager Mourinho says dominates their thoughts ahead of facing Ajax in Stockholm. “We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families,” the Portuguese said. “We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game. “I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:01 am

A new Labour government would not increase the retirement age or national insurance but would come up with incentives to encourage people to save, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this mornng. Addressing a news conference at Mdina, he said that to encourage future generations to save, the government would give parents €300 if they saved up to €2,000 for their children. In another initiative, it would increase by €40 a week the income of an average family with two children of exam age attending non-state schools. A new Labour government would also help families become homeowners - not by increasing the subsidy on rentals or building new property - but by helping them with guarantees to ensure they were able to afford their repayments. The government was looking to extend the agreement it had with APS Bank on this system to include other banks. People could also be exempted from the payment of withholding tax on property, as long as this went towards certain types of investments. Labour, Dr Muscat said, did not agree with the idea of free childcare for all. This would mean an enormous explosion in the cost of the programme, raising this to some €50 million, and it was unaffordable.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:45 am

President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Mr Trump arrived on Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his nine-day international trip. The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Mr Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees. Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts.
Author: PA
Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Vodafone Malta and Melita Ltd are to merge, their respective shareholders announced this morning.  The combined company, which will be 51 per cent owned by existing Melita shareholders Apax Partners and Fortino Capital, will consolidate the two companies' mobile phone, cable TV and broadband internet services.  The deal must be approved by the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority before it can be finalised, with a statement saying the transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year.  Times of Malta had first reported on the intended merger last March, citing industry sources. The merged company will operate under the Vodafone brand, with shareholders saying the deal would allow the company to operate cost synergies and put it in a stronger position to compete with GO.  Vodafone Malta has been valued at €208 million and Melita at €298 million as part of the deal, with the combined company assuming net debt of approximately €345 million.  Vodafone will receive an estimated cash payment of €120 million while Melita’s shareholders will receive an estimated cash payment of €33 million, representatives for the newly-formed company said in a statement...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:39 am

With the general election race entering its home stretch, Simon Busuttil is convinced he can lead the Nationalist Party to victory and will not entertain talk of what will happen if he doesn't.  "What happens to me is of secondary importance," the PN leader said when pressed as to whether he would step aside in the event of defeat. "I am irrelevant in the larger scheme of things."  In this Times Talk interview, the PN leader said he had "nothing to hide" and would happily publish documents he had handed to magistrate Aaron Bugeja alleging money laundering by the Prime Minister's chief of staff Keith Schembri.  The PN leader was clear he would follow through on his pledge to return Gozo general hospital to the public sector "come what may" and insisted other private investors would not be spooked by the move.  Dr Busuttil insisted it was time for PBS to be freed from political control and suggested looking at models such as the UK's BBC or Italy's RAI to see how best to do this.  He also brushed aside concerns about EU funding drying up within the next legislature, claiming that Malta still had €1.2 billion in EU funding to tap and that a PN government would be able to...
Author: Bertrand Borg
Posted: May 24, 2017, 6:30 am

A number of billboards belonging to the Nationalist and Labour Parties were sprayed over last night with the phrase "PLPN Qażżistu 'l Alla". The "sprayers", describing themselves as Billboard Guerillas, said in a statement this morning that the way every inch of the country had been filled with stupid and hollow slogans was emblematic of the PL and PN's total occupation of the political, mental and social spaces. Since the June 3 election date was announced, the Labour and Nationalist parties have covered miles of roads, railings and walls with political slogans and messages. This, they said, was "a symbolic attack on this occupation amidst a suffocating electoral campaign which is posing a challenge to the sanity of many". The Billboard Guerillas said the two main parties had taken over all of Malta's institutions so that they, together with their unelected friends in high positions, continued exercising unchecked power. "Whilst every so often the colour of those in government changes, power remains in the hands of the same people who carry out the same kind of policies - they feed the fat cats and cheat on the rest. "Clearly, they like to put on a show and accuse each other...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:42 am

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says a group of Maltese nationals caught up in Monday’s Manchester suicide bombing, which left at least 22 people dead, returned home safely yesterday. In another story, it says dozens of Air Malta part-time ground-handling workers were given an indefinite contract two weeks before the election. MaltaToday says that 43.3 per cent of floating voters are undecided. L-Orizzont says Malta is among the favourite states being names to host the European Medicines Agency. The Malta Independent says Playmobil Malta’s cheap payments lead to precarious work. In-Nazzjon quotes Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil saying that the Egrant inquiry would not be concluded before the election.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:02 am

A group of Maltese nationals caught up in Monday’s Manchester suicide bombing, which left at least 22 people dead, returned home safely yesterday. A lone bomber detonated a homemade device packed with nuts and bolts in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm on Monday as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande. An eight-year-old girl was among those killed in the bombing, which injured at least 59 people, including 12 children. The UK police named the bomber as Salman Abedi, 22, and terrorist group Isis claimed responsibility. Read: Girl aged 8 among Manchester bombing victims - Suspect named, IS claims responsibility No Maltese are believed to be among the casualties, according to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who expressed his solidarity with the victims of the “brutal” attack. Luanne Galea, who was part of the only group of Maltese people believed to have been present, told One News she had only become aware of what had happened when she heard someone shouting to get out of the building as quickly as possible. “There was blood on the floor, loose shoes and a lot of children screaming. Many of the people there were children...
Author: Philip Leone Ganado
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:46 am

Britain has increased its security threat level to "critical" from "severe" following a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children, Prime Minister Theresa May said. Read: Girl aged 8 among Manchester bombing victims - Suspect named, IS claims responsibility May also said members of the armed forces would boost security at key sites and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and sports events. She said the independent body which sets the threat level had recommended it be raised after a man named by police as Salman Abedi set off an improvised bomb on Monday night as crowds streamed out of a concert. "It is now concluded on the basis of today's investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical," she said in a televised statement following a meeting of the government's crisis response committee.
Author: Reuters
Posted: May 24, 2017, 4:33 am