December 2018

The Times of Malta chronicles the major news stories of the year on its website. Last year’s top online stories ranged from horrific accidents to major political exposés. Ivan Martin looks back at the top 10 online stories in 2018. Assistance being given to double-decker sightseeing bus tourists involved in an accident in Żurrieq. Photo: Jonathan […]

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Internews/Islamabad The year 2018 will be marked as the toughest one for politicians in the Supreme Court, which has emerged as the most powerful institution due to judicial activism led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar. The apex court has not only disqualified several lawmakers on different charges but also expended its jurisdiction to […]

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Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption Monday, state media reported, the latest conviction in a series of allegations which saw him ousted from power last year. Sharif, a three-time prime minister of Pakistan, has denied all the charges against him and claims he is being targeted by […]

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Deutsche Bank is strong and its turnaround strategy is bearing fruit, chairman Paul Achleitner has said, ruling out the need for state aid and playing down speculation that the loss-making German bank should merge. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Mr Achleitner added that he would not step down after a tough year […]

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Pakistan today, is in the hands of a new government, a government with no political baggage. A government with intentions to introduce broader changes in Pakistani society has completed more than four months in twilight days of Year 2018 after Pakistan completed another five-year tenure of a political dispensation in a row. The trend of […]

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Malta’s economy continued to grow beyond expectations in 2018, marking its longest run since independence with real growth in excess of 4%. Public finances remained on the surest footing in decades and new jobs continued being created unabated. Valletta also celebrated its title as European Capital of Culture and Malta successfully hosted two blockchain summits. […]

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Panamanian firm helped dictators, drug lords and the ultra-wealthy hide their cash. WASHINGTON — Nearly three years after the publication of a massive leak of secret offshore shell-company documents known as the Panama Papers, U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges Tuesday against four people, including a former top lawyer for Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian firm that helped […]

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Frankfurt prosecutors have launched a probe against a former anti-money laundering official of Deutsche Bank on suspicion of money laundering, German public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk reported on Monday. The public prosecutor is accusing the former official of failing to report suspicious transactions, despite sufficient indications of money laundering, Hessischer Rundfunk reported, without […]

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have charged four people with taking part in a decades-long scheme to evade U.S. taxes that came to light after a massive leak of offshore financial data known as the “Panama Papers.” Three of the four people have already been arrested, prosecutors said, in the […]

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday took a jibe at the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that the Joint Investigation Teams’ (JIT) reports on Panama Papers and fake accounts cases were “case studies in how states fail.” Khan’s comments come a day after former Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Media captionWatch Lord Ashcroft try to avoid Richard Bilton’s questions about his offshore trust Tory donor Lord Ashcroft ignored rules around the management of his offshore investments, leaked documents suggest. The peer gave assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Punta Gorda Trust in Bermuda in 2000. The Paradise Papers suggests he sometimes […]

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News is a funny thing. Stories go from being on the front page one week, to being completely forgotten the week after. It’s normal. Current events are constantly changing and the so-called hierarchy is a fluid, ever-changing list of relevance, timeliness and relative vs absolute importance. That doesn’t mean stories we haven’t heard of in […]

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