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

Are you inspired to write a winning travel story?

To your keyboards! It's time to enter this year's Independent on Sunday/Bradt Travel-Writing Competition. And to help get those creative juices flowing, we publish extracts from previous years' prize-winning stories to show you how it's done
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

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Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform