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  • Martin Galea says he was mistreated and threatened by Libyan captors

    Martin Galea says he was mistreated and threatened by Libyan captors

    Martin Galea, the Maltese worker held in Libya for 11 days, said in comments to a section of the media today that he heard his captors plot his execution. He said that shots were fired close to his head as ‘a joke’ and he was forced to use a...

  • Bonnici: Postponing local elections would require a change in the law

    Bonnici: Postponing local elections would require a change in the law

    Postponing local council elections would breach the Local Councils Act that states the next ones are set for 2015, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici confirmed yesterday. Though no formal proposal has yet been made, the government has floated the idea...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta and In-Nazzjon report how a Maltese man was hurt in bombing near his home in Tripoli. The Malta Independent carries comments by kidnapped Maltese oil worker Martin...

  • Bidder's surprise as minister announces talks with rival bidder for bus service

    Bidder's surprise as minister announces talks with rival bidder for bus service

    Updated 7.40pm - One of the bidders for the bus service contract said this evening that it could not understand how the Transport Minister had said talks were being held with the preferred bidder when no such preferred bidder had been formally...

  • New Zabbar mayor

    Marc Vella Bonnici has been appointed Mayor of Zabbar. He succeeds Quinton Scerri who resigned after a critical report of his performance by the Board of Governance of the Local Councils Department. Mr Scerri is contesting the findings of the report.

  • MAM: Casualties from Libya 'must be contained'

    MAM, the doctors' union, said today that while it was generally not against Malta treating a limited number of casualties from Libya, numbers must be contained not to comprise the local service. It said that handling a limited number of...

  • Pictures - German swimmer rescued in Xwejni Bay

    Pictures - German swimmer rescued in Xwejni Bay

    A German girl was rescued by helicopter this afternoon after she found herself in difficulties while swimming off Xwjeni Bay in Gozo. The teenager was unable to return to shore but was able to seek shelter in a cave  below a low cliff. A rescuer...

  • Maltese injured in Libya explosion, flown home

    Maltese injured in Libya explosion, flown home

    A Maltese who was injured in a blast in Libya has been flown to Malta and is recovering at Mater Dei Hospital. He suffered leg fractures when a bomb exploded close to his house, and was flown back to Malta yesterday, Mario Cutajar, head of the...

  • Libyan claims he was assaulted by police during arrest, escape

    A Libyan man claimed in court today that he was assaulted by police at St Julian's police station when he asked them why they had arrested him. Eihab Ahmed Elsadi, 31, from Gzira, was arrested yesterday evening after the police found him drunk. He...

  • Ukrainian sailor had gun in his suitcase

    A 36-year-old sailor who was caught with a pistol in his suitcase at the airport has been fined €750 and conditionally discharged for six months. Oleksander Halkin, a Ukrainian, was stopped on Tuesday after security officers found the pistol in a...

  • Msida shooting: Victim and the accused had tea together a few days previously

    Msida shooting: Victim and the accused had tea together a few days previously

    A man who was shot twice in the head in Msida in April, this afternoon turned on the man who stands accused of shooting him and asked 'Why did you do this to me, what did I do to you?" Vince Muscat, bearing the scars of his injuries, shouted his...

  • Van catches fire in Luqa

    Van catches fire in Luqa

    A refrigerator van was destroyed in a fierce fire in Council of Europe Road near Luqa this afternoon. No one appears to have been injured but the road, leading to Marsa, was closed.  People on the scene said they had heard an explosion before the...

  • The Philippines charters ship to evacuate workers to Malta

    The Philippines charters ship to evacuate workers to Malta

    The Philippines has chartered a ship to evacuate Filipino workers in Libya to Malta. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told the media this morning that a ship that can carry up to 1,000 is being readied to evacuate the workers as the situation...

  • Convicted thief jailed another 2.5 years

    Convicted thief jailed another 2.5 years

    A convicted thief stopped by the police who saw him wearing a long sleeved jacket in the middle of summer before he tried to run away told a magistrate he was jogging to lose weight. Jonathan Felice, 25, of Qormi, told Magistrate Marseann Farrugia...

  • New Air Malta policy supports breastfeeding on airline's aircraft

    New Air Malta policy supports breastfeeding on airline's aircraft

    Mothers will be allowed to breastfeed on Air Malta flights as the airline launches a policy to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week. The international week dedicated to breastfeeding, between Friday and August 7, raises global awareness to...

  • Editor's choice of your photos - July 30

    Editor's choice of your photos - July 30

    Email your photos to [email protected] and, should the editor select any of them, they will be published in a gallery like the one above. Preferably the photos should be landscape and at least 620 pixels wide. The photos will then be cropped...

  • Maximilian Ciantar gets bail

    Maximilian Ciantar gets bail

    Road menace Maximilian Ciantar was this morning granted bail against a deposit of €1,000 and a personal guarantee of €10,000. Mr Ciantar was arrested earlier this month accused of violating a driving ban, causing an accident and threatening the...

  • Higher outlay on social security benefits

    The outlay on social security benefits increased by €6.7 million in the first half of the year, when compared to the same period last year, the National Statistics Office said. It said this was mainly due to an increase in expenditure on...

  • Isle of MTV Malta Special programme on Friday

    Isle of MTV Malta Special programme on Friday

    A 60-minute programme including highlights of this year’s Isle of MTV Malta Special, featuring Enrique Iglesias, Nicole Scherzinger, Kiesza, Dizzee Rascal and DJ Hardwell, will be broadcast on the MTV Euro on Friday at 9pm. The Malta Special will...

  • Alexander Cachia Zammit passes away

    Alexander Cachia Zammit passes away

    Former Nationalist minister Alexander Cachia Zammit has passed away, 12 days short of turning 90. PN leader Simon Busuttil tweeted this morning: "Farewell to dear Sandy Cachia Zammit, PN Żejtun stalwart and former minister in the Gorg Borg...