October 3, 2013 |
ROME - European and Italian officials were once again struggling Thursday to come up with ways to stop desperate African migrants from perishing in the Mediterranean after at least 114 people drowned when their boat caught fire and capsized. During a frantic rescue operation using fishing boats, helicopters and coast guard vessels, more than 150 people were pulled from the water off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is 70 miles from the African coast and a popular destination for migrant sailings.
March 9, 2003 |
Citizens of Malta voted on whether to join the European Union, the first such referendum among 10 nations invited to join the bloc next year. Opinion polls before the vote showed the Maltese almost evenly divided on the question.
September 12, 1990 |
A Boeing 727 jetliner carrying 18 people apparently crashed southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland, after straying off course over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. A spokesman for Faucett, a carrier based in Lima, Peru, said the airliner was en route from Malta to Miami, with a refueling stop scheduled for Gander, Newfoundland. The crew declared a low-fuel emergency 30 minutes after it was due in Gander.
October 2, 2011 |
Sen. John McCain, who visited Libya with other Republican senators last week, said as the military mission there winds down the U.S. should consider helping the North African country cope with its “horrendous” casualties. The Arizona senator proposed sending some of the injured to the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, or sending a U.S. hospital ship either to Libya, or, if that was too dangerous, to Malta, a European island nation south of Sicily. He said the revolution that toppled Moammar Kadafi had left 25,000 people dead, 3,000 maimed and 60,000 wounded.
November 28, 1989 |
Joe Polidano was thinking of the prawns in garlic butter he would serve for lunch that day, but mostly he was thinking about The Plane. He savored an image of the droop-winged U.S. Air Force Galaxy C5-B transport jet: a monster wrapped in green-and-black camouflage paint. Thirty-six wheels in the landing gear; a reporter for the Malta Times had counted them. Page 1 story. "From one plane they took two 40-foot containers! This whole bar's not 40 feet. One plane!" Joe Polidano marveled.
October 10, 2004 |
I was lost. Again. Signs for Malta's police headquarters in Floriana, which heretofore pointed right, now inexplicably pointed left, meaning that between the sign in front of me and the last one I passed, there should have been a police station. But unless officers hang their laundry from the second-floor balcony and sell fruit and vegetables out front, I had missed it. Help, however, was at hand. "Yoohoo, dearie," a nearby voice called.
November 12, 1989
The latest issue of Traveling in Style magazine, compiled biannually by Travel Editor Jerry Hulse, appeared in the Oct. 22 edition of The Times and brought the usual assortment of "reviews" from readers. Herewith a sampling of their comments: Congratulations on yet another highly enjoyable issue. My wife and I took great pleasure in the article by Nick Clooney ("Memories Are Made of This"); we especially enjoyed Jerry Hulse's story ("Sheer Grace: A Visit to Madewood, Queen of the Bayou")
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December 1, 1985 |
Friends, family and officials gathered here Saturday to bury Scarlett Marie Rogenkamp, the only American killed in the hijacking of an Egyptian airliner last weekend. At a graveside ceremony, an Air Force officer presented Rogenkamp's parents with a posthumous Purple Heart, honoring her service as a civilian Air Force employee. The Purple Heart, said Col. John C. Novak, "recognizes her contribution to world peace . . .
December 3, 1989 |
The gale-force winds and crashing waves that swept over the seaborne summit here Saturday were more than a humbling demonstration that even the mighty are vulnerable to the weather. It was also a symbolic reminder that even the nuclear superpowers are fast losing their ability to control a world that they used to bestride like the Colossus. While President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
May 2, 2004 |
A cabdriver taking us to the ferry at Malta's Cirkewwa Harbor shook his head when we told him we were planning to spend the remaining days of last April's weeklong vacation on Gozo, Malta's tiny sister island and only a third the size of its sibling. "Gozo is slow." He shook his head disapprovingly. "There's nothing there!"