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  • Birds killed by ‘amateur hunters’ on man’s farm

    Birds killed by ‘amateur hunters’ on man’s farm

    Several birds were shot dead by two “amateur hunters” who broke into a farm in Rabat on Saturday, leaving behind blood spatters and empty cartridges. “I left the farm at 9.30am and went home to have a shower. Soon after, a neighbour called telling...

  • 3,840 industrial disputes in the past four years

    There were 3,840 cases registered at the Industrial Tribunal during the past four years, parliament was told today. Social Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli said that there were 995 cases in 2013, 956 in 2014, 922 in 2015 and 967 in 2016.Of these,...

  • Traffic is costing Malta €200 million a year - Transport Minister

    Traffic is costing Malta €200 million a year - Transport Minister

    Traffic is costing the Maltese economy €200 million in GDP a year and this will increase to €1.2 billion by 2050 unless current policies were changed, Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said today.  Speaking during the parliamentary debate on the second...

  • Vast majority of suicides last year were male

    There were 21 suicides last year, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told Nationalist MP Clyde Puli in parliament this evening. Mr Abela said 18 were men. Seventeen were Maltese citizens. Their ages varied between 25 and 83. 

  • Tourism police project a success - Home Affairs Minister

    Tourism police assigned to the St Julian's and Sliema area last year had proven a success and government officials were in the process of seeing how the pilot project could be extended, parliament was told this evening.  Answering a question by...

  • Watch: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

    Watch: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

    People gathered in Valletta on Saturday for the start of China’s most important traditional festival, the start of the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year celebrations last one full week, beginning seven days before the actual date marking the new...

  • Promise to reduce social housing rents was all talk - PN

    Promise to reduce social housing rents was all talk - PN

    Despite the government's Budget 2017 pledge to reduce social housing rents, tenants were still paying as much in rent as they were last year, Nationalist Party shadow minister Paula Mifsud Bonnici said today.  Dr Mifsud Bonnici accused the...

  • Star Wars breakfast set is toxic, health authorities warn

    Star Wars breakfast set is toxic, health authorities warn

    A Star Wars-themed breakfast set being sold locally contains a high level of cadmium metal and should not be used, health authorities have warned.  The three-piece Disney branded set features a depiction of Star Wars warrior Kylo Ren and includes...

  • Valletta council can’t pay for capital city’s upkeep

    Valletta council can’t pay for capital city’s upkeep

    Valletta local council cannot finance the city’s upkeep due to a debilitating lack of funds, mayor Alexiei Dingli said. “We have to foot a very high cleaning bill which doesn’t give us any respite to carry out capital projects,” Prof. Dingli...

  • Witness claims intimidation as Gozo NGO libel suit gets sidetracked

    Witness claims intimidation as Gozo NGO libel suit gets sidetracked

    A court hearing in a libel case involving Gozitan civil society activists ended acrimoniously today after a witness claimed that he had been threatened outside the courtroom.  Gozo NGOs Association treasurer Joseph Camilleri was testifying in...

  • 'If children are vulnerable, they deserve protection' - President's Foundation

    'If children are vulnerable, they deserve protection'  - President's Foundation

    Asylum-seeking children who go missing are falling prey to trafficking and sex slavery and policymakers have a duty to protect them, the director general of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society has said.  Ruth Farrugia said that...

  • Labour continues to push for Azzopardi's resignation

    Labour continues to push for Azzopardi's resignation

    Updated 6.50pm The Labour Party today maintained the pressure on shadow minister Jason Azzopardi to resign in the wake of an Auditor General report which found serious shortcomings in a transfer of land in Qormi. Addressing a press conference,...

  • Economy grows strongly during Q3 2016 - Central Bank

    Economy grows strongly during Q3 2016 - Central Bank

    Malta's economy continued to grow at a much faster rate than the eurozone average in the third quarter of last year, the Central Bank said today.  GDP growth during that quarter, at 3 per cent, was almost double the eurozone average, with...

  • Grocery store robbery suspect denied bail

    Grocery store robbery suspect denied bail

    A tile-layer accused of an attempted armed robbery at a grocery store in Sliema last Saturday was denied bail by a court today. Mitko Georgiev, 24, of Bulgarian nationality and living in St Paul's Bay, pleaded not guilty to charges made against...

  • Police unsure of real identity of man accused of hiding murdered woman

    Police unsure of real identity of man accused of hiding murdered woman

    The man facing criminal proceedings for having allegedly helped hide the body of Eleanor Mangion Walker after her murder in Swieqi on July 3, was today charged separately with having falsified official documents. Kristjan Zekic, 34, Russian-born...

  • Valletta foodbank risks closure as supplies dry out

    Valletta foodbank risks closure as supplies dry out

    The foodbank in Old Bakery Street, Valletta risks closure as its supplies are drying out, and the volunteers that run it are appealing for help. Run by the St Andrews' Scots Church, the foodbank provides supplies for a few weeks for families...

  • Church initiates saint process for ‘holy’ priest

    Church initiates saint process for ‘holy’ priest

    His meek voice prevented him from being a prolific preacher but Avertan Fenech’s life of virtue and prayer have not gone unnoticed, 74 years after his death. The Carmelite friar has just been put on the long path to sainthood after Archbishop...

  • PN publishes Vassallo loan repayment cheque

    PN publishes Vassallo loan repayment cheque

    The Nationalist Party has backed up its claims that a controversial €250,000 loan from a construction magnate was paid last year, by releasing scans of the cheque and an official notice. The Times of Malta had reported earlier this month that the...

  • Inflation creeps up

    Inflation creeps up

    The annual rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index went up to 1.06 per cent in December, from 0.68 per cent in November. On a monthly basis, a rate of 0.67 per cent was registered in December 2016, up from 0.39 per cent registered...

  • 'Friends don't punish friends', UK minister says as Brexit talks loom

    'Friends don't punish friends', UK minister says as Brexit talks loom

    The UK's minister for Brexit, David Jones, said today that "friends don't punish friends" and the UK therefore did not expect friends to punish it. The remarks of Mr Jones, who is in Malta to attend a meeting of the EU general affairs council,...