Out of the way grandma, Malta is for clubbers

Where can you find the most exciting nightspots in 2010? From techno to dubstep, Sarah Barrell has got it covered

Europol arrests 115 suspects in child sex raids

European police agency Europol said today it had arrested 115 alleged child sex offenders, some of them teachers or caretakers, in raids across 19 countries in an operation against child pornography.

Your Questions: 'How do I get rid of the stains under my maltese puppy's eyes?

Q. I have a beautiful eight-month-old female maltese. We're not having much trouble with her in terms of the usual puppy issues. However, the thing that we cannot seem to get right is the stains under her eyes. They are spoiling the look of her and making her face look dirty. Any suggestions about how to get rid of them? Nikki, via e-mail

Man admits preventing burial of 'wheelie bin' wife's body

A man charged with murder admitted today that he prevented the lawful burial of his wife whose body was found in a wheelie bin.

Political infighting threatens survival of the bluefin tuna

The bluefin tuna is one of the ocean's most magnificent creatures, a half-tonne predator that swims at 40mph. But political scheming in Brussels may condemn it to death

'Abortion ship' sails into Christian storm

Vessel that made waves by offering termination services in pro-life countries may be sunk by new Dutch law

Hamish McRae: At last, shafts of light are shining in the windows of the housing market

Might the housing market be on the turn? It is a tantalising possibility and something that hardly anyone was predicting even a couple of months ago. The majority view would on balance be that there are further falls in sight, perhaps another 10 per cent on average, and that the ultimate floor will not be reached for another couple of years. But minority views are always more interesting than majority ones and in this case they are supported by the latest data, which seems to show at least a bounce taking place right now.

Seven arrested in £28m fraud inquiry

Seven people were arrested in the south of England in connection with a £28m share fraud investigation, the City watchdog said.

Charles Camilleri: Composer who progressed from light music to austere, abstract, modernist works

Charles Camilleri was one of the few native Maltese composers to have succeeded in making a significant impression in international musical circles. He was largely self-taught, and his ability to draw on diverse cultural traditions and marry them in an eclectic yet highly individual style proved particularly persuasive.

Jobless total nears two million

A record number of people are being made redundant and job vacancies are falling as unemployment hurtles towards two million, official figures showed today.

Something To Declare: Christmas in Bali; Copenhagen; Malta

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

70 migrants feared missing off Malta

Some 70 African migrants are feared missing in the central Mediterranean after a large rubber dinghy taking them to Europe capsized, the Malta representative of the UN refugee agency said yesterday.

George Cross for the soldier who threw himself on a grenade

When Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher flung himself on a live grenade, he wondered just how long it would be before it detonated and what it would feel like to die. The explosion came just five seconds later.

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