World Rugby scraps plans for global Nations Championship

World Rugby has abandoned plans for a new Nations Championship after failing to gain the required support. The governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 unions that make up the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship and Europe’s Six Nations. World Rugby says there was a ‘lack of consensus on key issues’ including the tournament’s format. […]

Qatar Airways announces flights from Sydney to Malta via Doha

Qatar Airways is making it even easier for Aussies to come on holiday to Malta. Traditionally, Australian passengers wanting to visit Malta would need to do so via London. But now, that’s all changed. Qatar Airways can fly you directly from Sydney to Malta via Doha. Flights leave daily during the summer months and range […]

Maltese travelling to New Zealand warned of new taxes

Thousands of Maltese tourists make the long journey to New Zealand each year to experience the Commonwealth nation’s stunning scenery. But from October, holidaymakers from Malta visiting New Zealand will have to pay for a new visa waiver known as an Electronic Travel Authority. The change in the rules means that Maltese passport holders visiting […]

Australia among the first finalists at Eurovision 2019

Australia will take part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth year in row after making it through this year’s first semi-final. Singer Kate Miller-Heidke qualified with Zero Gravity, a pop-opera combo she performed in Tel Aviv while suspended in mid-air on a bendy pole. But there was no happy ending […]

Three-eyed snake found on roadside in Australia

A three-eyed snake has been found by the road in Australia. Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the reptile near the small town of Humpty Doo. Sharing the snaps on their Facebook page, they said: ‘The three-eyed snake warns The Dry is coming!’ Rangers say the snake measured around 40cm and was a juvenile. X-rays […]

Robbie Fowler named Brisbane Roar manager

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says his lack of managerial experience ‘doesn’t matter’ after being appointed as the new boss of Brisbane Roar. The 44-year-old – who won 26 caps for England – has signed a two-year contract with the Australian club. Fowler, who scored 183 goals in 369 matches for the English Premier League […]

Rugby Australia to terminate Israel Folau’s contract

Rugby Australia and New South Wales are to terminate Israel Folau’s contract over his anti-gay social media posts. The Wallabies star was warned last year, but avoided any disciplinary action, for making homophobic comments on Instagram. In a statement, Rugby Australia said: ‘As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly […]

Meet the man who created his own Mosta Dome

There’s no stopping Maltese pensioner Charlie Camilleri. At the age of 95, the retired carpenter now lives in Australia but his passion for Malta is still as strong as ever. So much so that since his retirement, Charlie has spent hundreds of hours creating stunning wooden models of some of Malta’s most famous landmarks, including […]

New Zealand holds remembrance service for Christchurch victims

A national remembrance service has been held in New Zealand to commemorate those who died in two mosque shootings in Christchurch two weeks ago. A man who survived the mosque attacks told a crowd of about 20,000 people on Friday that he forgives the gunman. ‘I don’t want to have a heart that is boiling […]

Australians can now add emojis to their number plates

Want to add a smile to your Skoda or some hearts to your Honda? It’s time to head Down Under. Personalised number plates featuring emojis are being launched in Australia from next month. The decorative faces can be added to number plates in Queensland, with drivers having the choice between a winking, smiling or laughing […]

Can you spot what’s wrong with this world map?

If you’re going to spend €30 on a map of the world, you want it to be accurate at the very least. But one poor country has been wiped from the face of the Earth in this map on sale at Ikea. Can you spot the mistake? The photo was uploaded to Reddit, where people […]

The Queen celebrates 67 years on the throne

The Queen is marking 67 years on the throne this week. Princess Elizabeth was just 25 and thousands of miles from home on a Commonwealth tour of Africa when she became Queen. She took over the throne on February 6 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, who awarded the George Cross […]

Australia bakes as temperatures approach 50°C

Australia’s summer continues to break records, with parts of the country sweltering in extreme heatwave temperatures approaching 50°C. The country already experienced the world’s top 15 temperatures earlier this week. The highest of these was 49.1°C in Tarcoola, a town in South Australia. Bushfires have ravaged parts of Victoria and Tasmania as weather forecasters warned that […]

WATCH: Worldwide party kicks off as 2019 arrives

People across the world are gearing up to see in the New Year as the final hours of 2018 pass by. New Zealand, 12 hours ahead of Malta, has already welcomed in 2019 with an impressive fireworks display in Auckland, before standout displays in Sydney, Hong Kong and Taipai. Valletta, Berlin, London, Rome and New […]

Prime Ministers of Malta and Australia hold talks

Malta’s prime minister has held talks with his Australian counterpart in Canberra. Joseph Muscat and Malcolm Turnbull discussed the Commonwealth, Brexit and Malta’s close ties with Australia. Mr Turnbull said Maltese-Australians played a huge contribution to Australian society. He also thanked Dr Muscat for supporting a possible trade deal between the EU and Australia. Earlier, […]