EasyJet launches new service to Malta

Budget airline easyJet has begun a new service to Malta.

Britons fattest in European Union

More than half of people in the European Union are overweight or obese and Britons are the fattest, a report said today.

Honor Frost

Further to your obituary of Honor Frost (8 November), for many years Honor had a house in Senglea facing the Royal Navy's Bakery in Vittoriosa that became Malta's new Maritime Museum after 1979, writes David Boswell, Kellogg College, Oxford.

The Sketch: The deficit excuses everything – even this most brazen U-turn

New politics, lesson 52. U-turns don't exist any more, or if they do there is no shame in them.

Superfood: Soaking the middle-classes

Credit card scams which seek to take advantage of the lifestyle aspiration of Britain's more affluent consumers are a growing threat. More than 250 online suppliers were shut down last year after customers complained of trickery

Malta: Plenty of sea with plenty to see

Underwater wrecks and dazzling marine life make Malta a top diving destination.

Malta game is 'important' for German squad, says Low

Germany coach Joachim Low insists today's friendly against Malta is an important part of his World Cup preparations.

Pope blames church's sins for sex scandal

In his strongest statement yet on the global sex abuse scandal sweeping the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI today admitted that church itself should bear the brunt of the blame for failing to tackle paedophile priests.

Sammut signing boosts Crusaders

Crusaders have completed the signing of Jarrod Sammut from the Australian club, Penrith.

Pope will make historic apology for abuse

Vatican hopes unprecedented act of penance at June jamboree will defuse anger over worldwide claims

I feel ashamed, tearful Pope tells victims of clerical abuse

During first face-to-face meeting, pontiff assures Catholics that church will protect youngsters in future

WIN! A weekend for two in Malta

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a weekend break for two in Malta.

Pope ventures out of Rome – but victims of church abuse lie in wait

If Benedict XVI thought Malta would provide a gentle reintroduction to touring, he's wrong, says Michael Day

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