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Migrant says he stole handbag because he was hungry

A migrant was today sentenced to one year in jail suspended for two years after pleading guilty to stealing a woman's handbag from Paceville on Saturday night.  Abdiaziz Hassan Ibrahim, 37, admitted to stealing the handbag because he was hungry...

  • Tribunal slams transport authority over ‘substandard’ post-VRT checks on cars

    Tribunal slams transport authority over ‘substandard’ post-VRT checks on cars

    Transport Malta has been slammed for making “substandard” random checks on cars that have passed the VRT. “If Transport Malta expects a certain level of seriousness in the way VRT tests are conducted, it cannot then conduct post-VRT checks in such...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. The Times of Malta reports how all of Malta’s diplomats have been pulled out of Libya. The Malta Independent says Air Malta is to fill two high-end positions - those of chief...

  • Faithful thank Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona during Christ the King Mass

    Faithful thank Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona during Christ the King Mass

    Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona was given a rapturous applause this evening, during Christ the King Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral, which also served to pay tribute to the bishop, who resigned on October 18. Thanking all those who helped him...

  • Eurovision trumps porn searches

    Maltese are no strangers to online pornography, but it turns out the phenomenon may have some serious competition from the Eurovision. Figures provided by the world’s largest porn search engine, Pornhub.com, showed that last May’s edition of the...

  • Maltese diplomats in Libya recalled

    Maltese diplomats in Libya recalled

    The two remaining diplomats who were still manning Malta’s Embassy in Tripoli have been recalled and arrived in Malta afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. The diplomats, the ministry said, have been subjected to “ever increasing political...

  • Circus brings Ziguzajg Arts Festival to an end

    Circus brings Ziguzajg Arts Festival to an end

    A circus performance by the artists of Violeta was given in St George’s Square, Valletta today as part of the Żigużajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People. The circus followed a parade from City Gate.

  • Two men arrested after cannabis find

    Two men arrested after cannabis find

    Two men were arrested yesterday afternoon after they were found in possession of two kilograms of what the police believe is cannabis resin. The police said that the men, aged 31 and 32, are from Paola and Tarxien, respectively. The cannabis was...

  • Families enjoy Christmas market at San Anton school

    Families enjoy Christmas market at San Anton school

    The annual Christmas Market at San Anton School is currently in full swing. Hundreds of people are visiting the various stalls which boast wares such as traditional decorations, gift-wrapping, home-accessories, giftware, jewellery, wooden toys,...

  • Commonwealth ‘is no toothless organisation’

    Commonwealth ‘is no toothless organisation’

    Far from being a relic from colonial times and a toothless organisation, the Commonwealth can play an important part in global issues, such as climate change, according to its Secretary General. The summit in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 was one...

  • Authorities had address of fraudster Patrick Spiteri

    Medical certificates presented by fraudster Patrick Spiteri to Maltese courts claiming he is unable to travel listed his correct UK address, but the police failed to act on it and instead issued an open warrant for his arrest, The Sunday Times of...

  • Smuggled birds are back in quarantine

    Smuggled birds are back in quarantine

    The few smuggled wild finches that survived as hundreds died while being held in quarantine were released earlier in the week, but the operation was far from successful. This newspaper revealed earlier this month that close to 500 protected wild...

  • MP advised council while representing client

    Labour MP Luciano Busuttil was still actively representing a client in court at the same time he was advising the Cospicua council on a tender involving the same client, in breach of the law, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. Dr Busuttil has...

  • Hermann Schiavone back on PN list

    Hermann Schiavone back on PN list

    Hermann Schiavone’s persistent loyalty to the Nationalists has won him a place back in the party’s good books after he was approved as a candidate for the general and council elections. Dr Schiavone had been unceremoniously stopped from presenting...

  • President leads thousands in solidarity walk/run

    President leads thousands in solidarity walk/run

    Some 16,000 people this morning united to take part in the annual President's Fun Run in aid of the Community Chest Fund. While the run proper left from San Anton Palace, walkers were given a choice of three routes - from Paola square, from Sta...

  • Update 3 - Shooting incident: Opposition leader appointed himself prosecutor, judge and jury - PM

    Update 3 - Shooting incident: Opposition leader appointed himself prosecutor, judge and jury - PM

    The Opposition leader appointed himself prosecutor, judge and jury, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this evening in a statement replying to a letter sent to him by Simon Busuttil earlier today, declining his offer to appoint a retired member of...

  • ‘€1bn bridge for Gozo would take four years’

    ‘€1bn bridge for Gozo would take four years’

    A bridge linking Malta and Gozo will cost some €1 billion (including taxes) and take four years to complete, according to a feasibility study by China Communications Construction Company. The study is proposing to complete the project by 2020 with...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. The Sunday Times of Malta says the Malta-Gozo bridge would cost €1billion and take four years to build. The Malta Independent on Sunday says the police have remained silent about...

  • Amber clean sweep at Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Warrior

    Amber clean sweep at Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Warrior

    Amber will be representing Malta at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May after winning the national contest held at Malta Shipbuilding. Amber sung the song Warrior which obtained maximum points from all five judges and televoting. The...

  • Punter scoops Quaterno+Jackpot

    The Quaterno+Jackpot of €340,000 has been won by one winner, Maltco said this evening. The ticket was purchased from Qormi, it said.

  • Eurovision: 'Sit back and enjoy the moment' is Conchita Wurst's advice to tonight's winner

    Eurovision: 'Sit back and enjoy the moment' is Conchita Wurst's advice to tonight's winner

    Conchita Wurst’s advice to Malta’s Eurovision winner tonight is simple: “Sit back and enjoy the moment,” she said this afternoon when addressing a press conference soon after her arrival. Last year’s winner in the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita...