The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press.

The Times leads with the breakthrough in the treatment of prostate cancer achieved by a team in London led by Maltese doctor Johann Debono.

The Malta Independent says the Bugeja family is still at odds with the AFM over the way the search for the missing fishermen was conducted.

Malta Today Midweek says the person responsible for the Vessel Monitoring System at the Fisheries Department – which plots the location of fishing boats - was away on leave, and no one replaced him.

l-orizzont reports that fishermen have stopped their search for Theo Bugeja because of rough seas. A patrol boat is still on station.

In-Nazzjon says that the government will today publish a document on the proposed reform of public transport, and talks with the operators open tomorrow.

The Press in Britain

The Independent promises in-depth analysis of the capture of Radovan Karadzic, who was on the run for 12 years. The former Bosnian Serb leader was allegedly working as a doctor in a Belgrade suburb under a false identity.

The Guardian says that Serbia has vowed to hunt down Radovan Karadzic's army chief Ratko Mladic, who is also wanted over alleged war crimes.

The Times says all of Britain's practising doctors will undergo annual tests of competence as part of what it calls the biggest reform of medical regulation in 150 years.

The Daily Telegraph says that GPs have been told not to prescribe antibiotics to sufferers of colds, coughs and ear infections in an attempt to halt the spread of superbugs.

Metro says that pubs and clubs have been ordered to help clamp down on binge drinking… and could face new legislation against happy hours and large measures if they fail to do their bit.

The Daily Mail leads on the three-day walkout by passport staff that threatens to disrupt the plans of British holidaymakers.

The Daily Express warns of the dangers of detox diets following the case of a dehydrated mother who was left brain-damaged after an epileptic fit

The Daily Star has a picture of a television star it says shared a romantic dinner with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo – and who may entice him away from Manchester United to Spain.

And elsewhere…

De Standaard says EU foreign ministers have agreed to strengthen sanctions against President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a means of pressuring him to agree to share power with the opposition.

Bereliner Zeitung reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Berlin, focused mainly on strengthening economic ties between the two countries.

The International Herald Tribune says US presidential candidate Barack Obama has arrived in Israel on the latest leg of his fact-finding tour of the Middle East and Europe.

The Jerusalem Post quotes Israeli police saying a Palestinian bulldozer driver was shot dead in Jerusalem after he rammed his vehicle into cars, injuring more than a dozen people.

Meanwhile, Al Quds Al Arabi reports that Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, in yet another round of talks, have called for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was abducted by Hamas two years ago.

The Times of Central Asia reports British forces in Afghanistan have killed their third senior Taliban leader in little more than three weeks. The death of Abdul Rasaq - also known as Mullah Sheikh - was described by troops as “a shattering blow" to the insurgent group.

Il Tempo reports that the Italian police have arrested seven people in a crackdown on an organised crime group that allegedly tried to buy Lazio football club with laundered money coming from the illicit activities of the Casalesi clan.

Variety reports that death of Estelle Getty, who starred as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia in TV's “The Golden Girls”. She was 84. The diminutive actress spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 in the much-loved sitcom.

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