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  • Entangled sea turtle ‘pleaded for help’

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    The turtle is taken on board. Right: The turtle is released back into the sea. A large sea turtle entangled in fishing line and entangled in plastic was rescued off Delimara on Friday. The turtle swam up to Miguel Caruana when he was out fishing with friends some six miles off the island. “It swam to the surface at a distance, but we could not tell it was in distress. After some 10 minutes it swam towards me, just as a cat would, as if it was pleading for help,” Mr Caruana said. “We realised its hind feet were wrapped in fishing line and plastic was stuck to her belly. It had scraped its belly, and I don’t know how it could still swim. It was suffering.” The turtle... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Coast Road closure causing traffic chaos – Police advise to avoid area

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    The Police, in a statement this morning, are urging motorists to avoid the area starting from Xemxija (by...

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  • Industrial producer price index went down slightly in June

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    Provisional data indicate that the industrial producer price index in June 2015 decreased by 0.10 per cent over...

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  • Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death over uprising killings

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    A court in the Libyan capital has sentenced a son of Muammar Gaddafi to death in absentia over killings during the country's 2011 uprising. The Tripoli court handed down the sentence today for Saif al-Islam, who is currently being held by a militia that refuses to hand him over to the central government. The court also sentenced eight others to death, including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi. Libya has slid into chaos since the 2011 overthrow and killing of Gaddafi. It is now bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government cornered in the country's east, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the west that has seized Tripoli. Since the end of Libya's 2011 civil war, Saif al-Islam has been held by a militia in Zintan, which is allied with the Tobruk-based internationally-recognised government against the Tripoli one. Saif al-Islam is also wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.

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  • Libyan court gives death sentence to Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam

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    A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, for suppressing peaceful protests during the country's 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule. The court also handed down in a televised session a death sentence by firing squad to Gaddafi's former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, and his former prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi. The verdict on al-Islam was passed in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan region that opposes the Tripoli government, which is not recognised by world powers.

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  • Gaddafi’s son Saif al Islam sentenced to death in absentia

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    A Libyan court has given the death sentence to Gaddafi's son Saif al Islam in absentia. More soon.  

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  • The ‘gift’ of stuttering

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    Bernice Gauci, who is a stutterer. Photos: Chris Sant Fournier A few years ago Bernice Gauci was in class when her lecturer asked the students to introduce themselves to one another – but when her turn arrived, she could not say her name. “I went home and started crying. I thought: ‘It can’t be that I can’t say my... name. I have to do something... about it’.” So she went to speech language pathologist Joseph Agius who started by telling her: stuttering is a gift. “I remember thinking: he has no clue what he’s saying,” the 24-year-old says. After her first meeting with Dr Agius, she went home and thought about it. What she realised changed her outlook... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Libyan VIP jets at centre of legal row will stay in Malta

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    Two Libyan VIP jets, which are normally used to fly top government officials, have been ordered to stay in Malta until a legal battle between two Libyan rival companies is settled. The court, presided over by Madam Justice Miriam Hayman, turned down a request by Executive Authority for Air Cargo and Special Flights (EACS) of Libya to reverse an arrest warrant issued at the request of United Aviation Company (UAC) Instead, the court ordered that the two jets, worth over €70 million, should stay grounded in Malta until the court decides a new case over who owns the two jets. The issue is part of a struggle between the two governments in Libya over the control of the country’s assets abroad. Read more in the Times of Malta.

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  • Coast Road closure mayhem; police appeal for calm

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    The complete closure of the Coast Road due to the ongoing works caused mayhem this morning as traffic came to a complete standstill especially in Qawra, Buġibba, St Paul’s Bay and Burmarrad. As hundreds of motorists were stuck in traffic, photos and complaints from irate drivers went viral on the social media. In some places the situation was so desperate, that drivers switched off the engine and walked out of the car to get some shade at the side of the road. This busy arterial road which is being rebuilt from scratch was closed yesterday morning and is expected to re-open on Friday at 5am, Transport Malta said. Though, motorists were urged to avoid the area, residents living in St Paul’s Bay, Buġibba and Qawra had no option but to use the only available thoroughfare through Burmarrad and it-Telgħa t’Alla u Ommu in Naxxar. However, those who followed the instructions of the transport watchdog, still got stuck in traffic especially in Mġarr where traffic stretched from Chadwick Lakes to the village core. As people took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustrations, the police also issued a notice on Facebook appealing to people to avoid the area from Xemxija (by Beach...

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  • Coast Road closure causing mayhem; police appeal for calm

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    The complete closure of the Coast Road due to the ongoing works caused mayhem this morning as traffic came to a complete standstill especially in Qawra, Buġibba, St Paul’s Bay and Burmarrad. As hundreds of motorists were stuck in traffic, photos and complaints from irate drivers went viral on the social media. In some places the situation was so desperate, that drivers switched off the engine and walked out of the car to get some shade at the side of the road. This busy arterial road which is being rebuilt from scratch was closed yesterday morning and is expected to re-open on Friday at 5am, Transport Malta said. Though, motorists were urged to avoid the area, residents living in St Paul’s Bay, Buġibba and Qawra had no option but to use the only available thoroughfare through Burmarrad and it-Telgħa t’Alla u Ommu in Naxxar. However, those who followed the instructions of the transport watchdog, still got stuck in traffic especially in Mġarr where traffic stretched from Chadwick Lakes to the village core. As people took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustrations, the police also issued a notice on Facebook appealing to people to avoid the area from Xemxija (by Beach...

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  • Coast Road closure causing mayhem

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    The complete closure of the Coast Road due to the ongoing works caused mayhem this morning as traffic came to a complete standstill especially in Qawra, Buġibba, St Paul’s Bay and Burmarrad. As hundreds of motorists were stuck in traffic, photos and complaints from irate drivers went viral on the social media. In some places the situation was so desperate, that drivers switched off the engine and walked out of the car to get some shade at the side of the road. This busy arterial road which is being rebuilt from scratch was closed yesterday morning and is expected to re-open on Friday at 5am, Transport Malta said. Though, motorists were urged to avoid the area, residents living in St Paul’s Bay, Buġibba and Qawra had no option but to use the only available thoroughfare through Burmarrad and it-Telgħa t’Alla u Ommu in Naxxar. However, those who followed the instructions of the transport watchdog, still got stuck in traffic especially in Mġarr where traffic stretched from Chadwick Lakes to the village core. The police also issued a notice on their Facebook page appealing to people to avoid the area from Xemxija (by Beach Haven) through St Paul's Bypass followed by the roundabout...

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  • EUR and US credit – diverging performance in recent weeks

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    We’re well into the second week post Greek deal and one would rightly think that the Greek crisis is slowly fading, with credit responding to this through a marked tightening over recent weeks. However, we must be aware that we are not completely in the clear. Investment Grade bonds in euros have, on average, tightened by close to 15 basis points since the deal was announced whilst credit indices tightened by 20 basis points since, with the markets now seemingly focused on the lull activity (trading) in the summer months as well as the prospects of high activity (issuance) in the primary markets till September. We would be cautious on this, however, especially on the credit side, as we are of the opinion that corporations would be somewhat reluctant to approach the primary market during the summer months, especially after the turbulent six weeks or so we’ve had of late. Primary market activity has picked up however since the Greek deal was announced two weeks ago, most notably in HY, but we would expect this momentum to abate in the days/weeks ahead, especially given that European earnings season is about to be in the spotlight. This is why we think that volumes will not be as...

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  • Portly puss goes back to his Skinny genes

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    A larger-than-life cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half his weight to become the darling of a Texas vet's surgery. The ginger tom adopted by Dr Brittney Barton in 2013 once weighed 18.6 kilograms, but has now slimmed down to a svelte 8.6 kilograms thanks to exercise and a special diet. Dr Barton calls Skinny the "resident cat" at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital in Dallas. Skinny spends his weekdays roaming the clinic and the weekends are spent at home with Dr Barton and her family. The fat cat was originally found abandoned near Dallas in 2012 and ended up at a shelter. Dr Barton, who says Skinny has just been given a clean bill of health at his annual check-up, says he is living proof that while he is supposed to be a large cat, "he's not supposed to be an obese cat".

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  • ‘Abuse victims are not given right protection’

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    Family lawyer Lara Dimitrijevic. Photo: Jason Borg Malta ratified the Istanbul Convention a year ago but domestic violence victims are still not being given the necessary protection and peace of mind through temporary protection orders until the court hearing. Family lawyer Lara Dimitrijevic, who runs the Women’s Rights Foundation, described the current system as discriminatory and one which was empowering perpetrators instead of victims. The Istanbul Convention stipulates the use of emergency barring orders to provide immediate protection to people at risk of violence until representation can be made before the courts. However, in Malta,... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Safety board to announce cause of Virgin Galactic crash

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    America's National Transportation Safety Board will meet to give its verdict on what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart during a test flight, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. The agency will consider the likely cause of the accident over California's Mojave Desert last October. Investigators have been looking into pilot training, the rocket's design and whether mechanical problems played any role. NTSB officials said early in the investigation that the co-pilot prematurely unlocked equipment designed to slow the descent of the spacecraft during initial re-entry. Simply unlocking the spacecraft's brakes should not have applied them, but investigators say that might have happened anyway and that the resulting stress may have contributed to the spacecraft's destruction. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said the industry would be looking to see if the NTSB went beyond the specific cause of the accident in its findings. "Simply focusing on an immediate cause is usually not enough to understand deeply how to improve safety," he said. Wayne Hale, the former manager for Nasa's space shuttle...

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  • Only FKNK consulted on exam paper for trappers

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    The hunters’ federation was the only stakeholder invited by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit to discuss the format and syllabus of the trapping exam paper that resulted in an unprecedented pass rate. The Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights, led by Roderick Galdes, confirmed the FKNK was the only stakeholder consulted. The federation, whose members were sitting for the exam, was even given a sample paper. When the exams started, everyone sat for the same paper. Even those who failed faced the same exam paper during the resit. This newspaper revealed last week the success rate for individuals who sat for the exam to acquire trapping licences was almost 100 per cent, an impossible achievement were it not for the fact that they all faced the same exam paper. Read more in the Times of Malta.

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  • US Boy Scouts chiefs end ban on gay adults

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    The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay adult leaders in a move to ease a controversy that has embroiled the movement for years. Church-sponsored Scout units, however, have been allowed to carry on excluding gays for religious reasons. The new policy was approved by the BSA's National Executive Board by a 45-12 vote during a teleconference that was closed to the media. "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us," said the BSA's president, former US defence secretary Robert Gates. "Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good." But initial reactions to the decision from groups on both sides suggested the issue would remain divisive. The Mormon church, which sponsors more Scout units that any other organisation, said it was "deeply troubled" and church officials suggested they would look into the possibility of forming their own group to replace the Boy Scouts. "The admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America," a statement from Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, said. In...

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  • Press digest

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    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says Gasol’s sudden exit from the gas power station project has caught the eye of the National Audit Office, which is assessing the situation. In another story, it says the police are treating the death of a woman found naked in Marsalforn valley on Sunday as “suspicious” but are still trying to establish whether foul play was involved. L-Orizzont says that DNA tests are expected to confirm the woman’s identity as the autopsy was inconclusive. The Malta Independent says Mapfre Middlesea has acquired Allcare Insurance for €1.6 million. In-Nazzjon says the ship Feyza Genc escaped Malta in spite of an arrest warrant over unpaid fuel bills. International news Reuters reports Benghazi has been plunged into darkness as clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist fighters knocked out three of five power stations serving the city. Power has been off for 16 hours a day in the port city where forces loyal to the official government based in the east have been fighting Islamist groups for 15 months in a battle that has turned parts of Benghazi into ruins. AP says President Obama has urged...

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  • Audit Office keeping eye on situation at gas plant

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    Gasol’s sudden exit from the gas power station project has caught the eye of the National Audit Office, which is assessing the situation. A call for investigation into Gasol’s departure from the Electrogas consortium was made on Friday by Labour MP Marlene Farrugia, followed by Opposition leader Simon Busuttil two days later. While hinting it had a lot on its plate, having been recently asked to investigate some “extensive and complex” cases – such as the Gaffarena scandal – the NAO said it was monitoring developments linked to the power station project. “This office is closely monitoring the situation with a view of being in a position to take such a decision in due course,” the NAO said when asked whether it would investigate Gasol’s departure. Read more in the Times of Malta.

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  • Libyan city Benghazi plunges into darkness as fighting hits power plants

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    Libya's eastern city of Benghazi has been plunged into darkness as clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist fighters have knocked out three of five power stations serving the city, the country's second largest, officials said. Power has been off for 16 hours a day in the port city where forces loyal to the official government based in the east have been fighting Islamist groups for 15 months in a battle that has turned parts of Benghazi into ruins. A spokesman at state power firm GECOL in Benghazi said output at the gas-fired main power plant was still stable at 650 megawatts on average a day, but three sub-stations distributing electricity inside the city had been damaged. He said ongoing fighting made it impossible to reach the damaged stations, adding that the state power firm was running out of spare parts. A turbine needed to be repaired but a German firm that used to do the maintenance work had pulled out and was refusing to send any engineers to Benghazi. The closure of the city's port due to the fighting also made it difficult to import spare parts, he said, asking not to be named. The Benghazi fighting highlights the chaos in Libya, where armed groups back two...

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  • New Greek bailout talks start

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a ruling Syriza party political committee meeting at the party’s headquarters in Athens, Greece, yesterday as talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens. Photo: Reuters Talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens yesterday but the lenders want to see more reforms turned into law before they disburse the first loans to keep the near-bankrupt country afloat. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed two packages of measures through parliament this month as conditions for starting negotiations on a three-year loan programme worth up to €86 billion to keep Greece in the eurozone. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said teams from the creditor institutions were now in Athens. “Work has started, meaning that the institutions are talking to the Greek authorities,” she said. The talks had been due to start last Friday, but were delayed because of organisational and security issues. “Negotiations on a Memorandum of Understanding should now progress as swiftly as possible,” Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a news briefing. Both sides say they want a deal concluded before August 20. Greece came close to the brink during a long stand off between the government and its creditors, with Athens missing a debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund and forced to close the...

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  • Britain, France see ‘win-win’ in euro reform

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    George Osborne (right) and Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France, yesterday. Photo: Reuters Britain and France agreed yesterday that efforts by eurozone nations to shore up the single currency after the Greek crisis could go hand-in-hand with wider reforms the UK needs to stay in the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron wants assurances that non-eurozone EU members such as Britain will not see their influence wane in the wider 28-country bloc as the eurozone integrates more, before he puts British membership of the EU to a landmark referendum by 2017. With the prospect of near-bankrupt Greece’s exit from the zone narrowly averted for now, France and Germany have floated ideas to strengthen the 19-member currency union, for example with its own budget, “government” and Parliament. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, hosting British finance minister George Osborne, said a “fair set of rules” were needed to protect the interests of those outside the euro. “We need a fair treatment of the ‘out’ countries,” Macron told a joint news conference with Osborne after the two visited a so-called “incubator” of French high-tech start-ups in Paris’ trendy Marais district. “It is the right moment to reform a lot of things,” he said, adding that he believed that agreement...

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  • Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels, fighting goes on

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    Engineers stand on a fuel storage tank damaged by a recent Saudi-led air strike, in a cement factory in Yemen’s northwestern city of Amran yesterday. Photos: Reuters Yemen’s Houthi group carried on fighting across Yemen yesterday despite a ceasefire announcement by its Saudi-led foes, and media controlled by the Iran-allied movement acknowledged that its forces had shelled targets inside Saudi Arabia. The violence prolongs a four-month-old conflict rooted in political strains that spread across the Arabian Peninsula country last year, when the Houthis seized Sanaa and pushed aside President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a US ally. This angered the Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab States led by Riyadh, which regards the once obscure Houthis, who hail from Yemen’s northern highlands, as terrorists. The turmoil has made Yemen a front in Saudi Arabia’s region-wide rivalry with Shi’ite Muslim power Iran, sometimes contested along sectarian lines, by creating an ally for Tehran in its backyard. The Arab coalition fighting the Houthis had announced a five-day truce from 11.59pm on Sunday to allow in emergency aid amid severe shortages of fuel, food and medicine. But the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported Houthi forces shelled the northerly al-Tawal region on the Saudi border hours after the truce was meant to have started, and that Saudi forces had...

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  • Turkey wants a buffer zone against Islamic State in Syria

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    Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the Nato member’s security and providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the US-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria. Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a “no-fly zone” in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish militants from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross. While no such formal arrangement has been struck with Washington, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday the two allies saw eye to eye on the need to provide air cover for moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State. “What we have now is air coverage to clear a region from Daesh [Islamic State] and support the moderate opposition so they can gain control of that region,” Davutoglu told Turkey’s ATV. “We do not want to see Daesh on Turkey’s borders.” In Washington, US officials said...

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  • Government must justify trapping season by today

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    European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella. The government has until today to submit to the European Commission its justification for reintroducing finch trapping. The deadline comes a few days after Italy banned the practice to avoid facing the European Court of Justice. Last Sunday this newspaper reported that the Italian government had decided to outlaw the practice following the second warning it received from the Commission. Malta, which is in a similar situation, has not relented on its intention to reopen a trapping season this year – from October 20 to December 31 – despite a clear statement by Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella that Malta should put an end to finch trapping. “We have already started legal procedures … and Malta should abide by the regulations,” Mr Vella said last month. While the government has not yet announced its position, a ‘notice for trappers’ posted on the hunters’ federation online forum informed members that the application process for trapping licences was open, Birdlife said in a statement. The organisation urged the government to ban the practice rather than risk Malta facing the European court. “Trapping wild birds and keeping them in tiny cages no bigger than a shoebox, just...

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  • More political openness will strengthen Ethiopia – Obama

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    US President Barack Obama (left) speaks as he and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday. Photo: Reuters US President Barack Obama told Ethiopia’s leaders yesterday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine. Obama was speaking after talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the first trip by a US president to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, which is often criticised for its rights record. He gave a similar message in Kenya last week at the start of his Africa tour, stressing the importance of human rights amid economic progress. Ethiopia’s Opposition failed to secure a single seat in a May parliamentary election, drawing scepticism from Washington, which has also criticised Ethiopia’s detention of bloggers and journalists. The government insists that those detained have committed crimes. “The governing party has significant breadth and popularity and, as a consequence, making sure to open additional space for journalists or media or opposition voices will strengthen rather than inhibit the agenda that the prime minister and the ruling party have put forward,” Obama told a news conference. Hailemariam, speaking at the same briefing,...

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  • IMF paints dim picture for eurozone prospects

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    The IMF is urging the European Central Bank to keep its money presses rolling, perhaps beyond the target late next year. Photo: Reuters The International Monetary Fund warned yesterday that the eurozone’s prospects were modest and that more money printing than planned may be needed. Contrasting the IMF’s relative gloom, however, German think tank Ifo reported improving confidence the 19-country bloc’s largest economy. The IMF, saying medium-term growth would be subdued, urged the European Central Bank to keep its money presses rolling, perhaps beyond the target late next year. “The important thing is that the ECB intends to stay the course until September 2016 and that, we think, will be necessary,” said Mahmood Pradhan, deputy director of the IMF’s European department, referring to quantitative easing (QE). Letting the one trillion euro plus scheme to buy chiefly government bonds run longer could be better still, he suggested. “It may need to go beyond that,” he said. Worries about the global economy, prompted by a slowdown in China where shares slid more than eight per cent yesterday, are weighing on many countries in Europe. Manufacturing confidence in the Netherlands, with huge exposure to international trade though several of Europe’s largest ports, slipped back in July, reflecting pessimism among companies...

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  • Al Shabaab attack hotel in Somalia – at least 13 dead

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    Somali government soldiers stand outside the ruins of the Jazeera hotel after an attack in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu yesterday. Photo: Reuters The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel late on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said yesterday. A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast targeting the Jazeera hotel. Nearby was the wreckage of four cars. “We have carried 13 dead people and 21 others who were injured, some seriously,” an ambulance worker Abdikadir Abdirahman told Reuters yesterday. China’s Foreign Ministry said that a Chinese national who worked doing security at its embassy in the country, which is located in the hotel, was among the dead, and that three others received minor injuries. A police officer, Major Nur Osoble, said a suicide car bomb had rammed the gates of the hotel, damaging the facade. Al Shabaab, which said it was behind the blast, frequently stages bomb and gun attacks in the capital in its bid to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government. The nation is trying to rebuild after two decades of conflict and chaos. “It is a response to attacks and helicopter bombing against al Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali...

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  • Maltese asked to fork out €40,000 to rig match – reports

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    Dirty Soccer... Italian police are looking to identify a Maltese national who was allegedly approached to finance a plot to rig the result of last season’s Lega Pro match between Vigor Lamezia and Casertana. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi Police in Catanzaro are in the process of identifying a Maltese person who was allegedly approached to fork out €40,000 in order to finance a match-fixing operation in Italy last April. According to information obtained by Times of Malta, the latest update on the Dirty Soccer probe reveals that an Italian national, who is well-known in local football circles after working for a few Maltese clubs in the past, asked a Maltese contact to give him €40,000 so that he could rig the Lega Pro match between Vigor Lamezia and Casertana, played on April 25 this year. At the time, the Italian suspect... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Nine killed in Indian gun battle near Pakistani border

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    Indian police overcame a group of gunmen dressed in military fatigues yesterday after a 12-hour battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan, and at least nine people were killed. Police in the frontier state of Punjab killed three unidentified assailants who had pulled up at the police complex in a stolen car, automatic weapons blazing, at about 5am yesterday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his top ministers have not made detailed statements on the attack, which came weeks after he met Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif in an attempt to revive stalled relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan issued a statement condemning the assault and extending condolences to the government and people of India, pushing back against suggestions by some Indian security sources that the assailants had crossed from Pakistani territory. In the first such attack in Indian Punjab in more than a decade, the gunmen shot dead a barber and tried to hijack a bus before rushing the police station, witnesses said. Shoe shop owner Amit Sharma, 43, was woken by the sound of gunfire at dawn. “I thought someone was setting off firecrackers,” Sharma said.

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