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  • Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi to delist from New York exchange 3 December 2021
    Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Friday it would start the process of delisting its shares from the New York stock exchange and prepare a Hong Kong listing, shortly after US regulators adopted a rule that would allow them to remove foreign firms. Didi’s move comes in the wake of a sweeping Chinese regulatory […]
  • Hamilton fastest in opening practice in Saudi Arabia 3 December 2021
    Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton made the early running on the new track in Jeddah as he clocked the fastest time in the opening practice session on Friday for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Hamilton posted a quickest time of 1min 29.786secs on the new street circuit with its series of high-speed swerves that appeared […]
  • Injury setback hits New Orleans Pelicans’ Williamson 3 December 2021
    The New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson’s return to NBA action will likely be delayed after what the team hopes is a small setback in his recovery from foot surgery. The 21-year-old had surgery in July and was aiming for a return to the court in December. But he was held out of practice on […]
  • After 246 years, Grand Master is laid to rest at St John's Co-Cathedral 3 December 2021
    Fra Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Knights of St John was laid to rest at the capital's co-cathedral on Friday. Carried on the shoulders of his sovereign brothers, Festing’s coffin was draped in the crimson embrace of the flag of the Order, as he was marched by his mourners to the altar […]
  • Joseph Muscat to reopen libel suit on Daphne post after court strikes off case 3 December 2021
    Joseph Muscat will be filing an application to ask court to reopen his libel case against lawyer Christan Grima, after it was struck off on Thursday when the former prime minister failed to turn up.  The dispute revolves around a Facebook post on May 2 when, reacting to a video clip of Muscat’s wife Michelle, Grima […]
  • Possible 'tragedy' if England won Euro 2020 final: study concludes 3 December 2021
    Crowd trouble at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley could have led to tragedy if England had won the game, the stark findings of an independent review suggested on Friday. A 128-page report into the chaos at the showpiece game on July 11 concluded there were real fears thousands of ticketless fans could have stormed […]
  • Man tries to dodge COVID jab using fake arm in Italy 3 December 2021
    An Italian man who wanted a coronavirus vaccine certificate without actually having the jab tried to play the system by presenting health workers with a fake arm, an official said Friday. Despite the realistic skin colour, nobody was fooled by the silicone limb, and the man -- in his 50s -- was reported to local […]
  • WHO has no reports yet of Omicron COVID deaths 3 December 2021
    The World Health Organization said on Friday it had not seen any reports of deaths relating to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. The WHO said it was collecting evidence about the variant of concern (VOC), as countries around the world scramble to stop it from spreading. But despite a growing number of countries registering […]
  • The Last Duel review – the frustrating fall of Scott’s epic 3 December 2021
    A story in three parts, The Last Duel is a subjective narration from all those involved in France’s final official duel. Ridley Scott seems to be going through the motions as he tells the same story from several different eyes, repetition bogging down what could have been a simpler history.     Almost a year […]
  • European stocks waver on caution over Omicron 3 December 2021
    European equities wavered on Friday as dealers tracked Omicron news and awaited key US data, while oil prices surged after OPEC and other producers hinted at lowering output. London stocks added 0.2 per cent in late morning deals after gains in Asia, while Frankfurt and Paris fell 0.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively […]
  • Spartans’ El Bakhtaoui ban reduced after appeal 3 December 2021
    Ħamrun Spartans’ attacking midfielder Fayssal El Bakhtaoui will only be suspended for one match, instead of the original three-match ban imposed previously by the Malta Football Association disciplinary Board after his dismissal on November 21 against Hibernians.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta
  • Police train young domestic violence victims in self-defence 3 December 2021
    Young victims of domestic violence are being given self-defence called by trained police officers.   Officers from the police’s special intervention unit are offering hands-on training to children aged eight and over.  The classes, being offered free of charge, were organised in collaboration with the police’s victim support unit. The initiative was launched as part […]
  • Dead body found off Filfla identified as missing diver 3 December 2021
    A dead body found at sea last week has been identified as a diver who had been reported missing.  On November 26 police said a dead body had been found off Filfla but were unable to identify it.   Photo: Police. In a statement on Friday, the police said the cadaver had been identified as […]
  • 133 new COVID cases with 15 patients in hospital 3 December 2021
    A total of 133 people tested positive for COVID overnight, while a further 75 recovered, according to data published on Thursday. No COVID-linked death was reported between Thursday and Friday, meaning the number of known active cases in Malta now stands at 1,348. Of these, 15 are being treated at Mater Dei Hospital, two of […]
  • Grizzlies destroy Thunder by record-setting 73 points 3 December 2021
    The Memphis Grizzlies clobbered the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79 on Thursday, as nine players reached double figures to give them the largest margin of victory in National Basketball Association history. “Man, it feels great,” said reserve De’Anthony Melton. “It feels great to be in the history books, especially in front of our home crowd. […]
  • Teachers free to show graphic abortion video, ministry says after complaints 3 December 2021
    Teachers are free to show graphic videos about abortion to 15-year-old pupils, the Education Ministry has said after receiving complaints from a pro-choice parents organisation. 'Parents for Choice' wrote to Education Minister Justyne Caruana after Sidestreet Malta reported that students in a state school in Pembroke were shown a graphic video of 'mangled fetuses' in […]
  • Chinese people dodge censors to discuss Peng Shuai case online 3 December 2021
    With coded references to “eating melons” and “that person”, Chinese social media users are getting creative to discuss tennis star Peng Shuai online as censors race to scrub all mentions of her sexual assault allegations. When Peng last month posted that former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex, censors were quick to […]
  • Police ask public for information on man wanted in court 3 December 2021
    The police on Friday asked the public for information on a man who is wanted to appear in court. In a post on their Facebook page, the police have asked for information on the whereabouts of Merwar Elfetori Abdullah Ellafi.  Anyone with any information is urged to call police headquarters on 21224001 and quote number […]
  • Should the Mercedes-Benz EQA be top of your electric family car shopping list? 3 December 2021
    The Mercedes-Benz EQA matches stylish looks with a decent electric range. Darren Cassey finds out if it’s a worthy contender in this bustling segment.   Electric vehicles are fast becoming the norm, and it seems there are two ways established manufacturers are going about electrifying their fleets. One way is to create electric vehicle platforms […]
  • Probation and treatment order for diamond thief with crippling drug addiction 3 December 2021
    A man who stole over €10,000 worth of diamonds to cover his crippling drug debts has been placed under probation and treatment orders after committing to turning his life around. Carmel Azzopardi, a 55-year-old Msida resident, was arrested in June after stealing the valuables from a local jeweller. He later handed them over to a […]