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  • European Commission vice-president calls for ‘fair’ asylum policy

    European Commission vice-president calls for ‘fair’ asylum policy

    European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen has called for a “fair” asylum policy to speed up the process of people who deserve refugee status and repatriate those who did not. Mr Katainen made this appeal when addressing a joint news...

  • 60 per cent of elderly have tallinja card

    More than 60 per cent of the population aged over 60 were in possession of tallinja card, Malta Public Transport said today. This, it said, amounted to 63,000 senior citizens. The company said this was a major milestone that formed an integral...

  • Maltese cyclist raises €7000 of €10,000 target

    Maltese cyclist raises €7000 of €10,000 target

    Fifty year old Hilary Galea Lauri is currently in the UK attempting to cover a 1,600km bike ride in aid of Inspire. Mr Galea embarked on his challenge on from Land’s End in the farthest south-westerly point of Great Britain and is now in...

  • Maltese MP's assistance on flight prevents unplanned landing

    Maltese MP's assistance on flight prevents unplanned landing

    Medical assistance given to a patient by a Maltese doctor, MP Deo Debattista, on a flight from New York to Munich saved the plane from having to land in Greenland, the Department of Information said in a statement. The DOI said that Dr Debattista...

  • It’s not only about bread

    It’s not only about bread

    Qormi’s annual two-day wine festival is all set to kick off this evening. Keith Micallef met the organisers to ask about the historical roots of viticulture in this locality, which is rather more famous for its bakers. Paul Zammit has been...

  • Gross Domestic Product shoots up

    The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter this year amounted to €2,116.1 million, an increase of 7.3 per cent over the same period last year, according to provisional figures published by the National Statistics Office. The NSO said...

  • A night with bats and moths

    A night with bats and moths

    A presentation on bats and moths followed by a bat walk is being organised by Heritage Malta on September 12 at 7.30pm. Those attending the walk will be able to hear different species of bats by means of a bat detector and visit a moth trapping...

  • Children should not end up victims of Transport Minister’s incompetence - PN

    Children should not end up victims of Transport Minister’s incompetence - PN

    The Nationalist Party this morning criticised a proposal for children to be taken to school an hour earlier to mitigate the traffic problem. Addressing a news conference, transport and education shadow ministers Marthese Portelli and Therese...

  • Proposed amendments to environment and planning law significant step backwards - Environment Commissioner

    Proposed amendments to environment and planning law significant step backwards - Environment Commissioner

    The planning and environment law amendments being proposed by the government are a significant step backwards with regards to transparency, accountability and access to public scrutiny, the Environment and Planning Commissioner within the Office...

  • A little boy and the cruel sea

    A little boy and the cruel sea

    The picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed ashore on a Turkish beach, as if in deep sleep, has sent ripples of anger across the globe and inspired artists everywhere to pay their tributes. Like fellow social media users worldwide who saw...

  • Earthquake preparedness exercise in full swing

    Earthquake preparedness exercise in full swing

    An exercise to test the preparedness of the Civil Protection Department should an earthquake hit Malta is currently in full swing. The exercise is being held in partnership with Sicilian rescue forces, who would be expected to support the Maltese...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how Prime Minister Muscat and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi yesterday called for a European solution to the migration crisis. The Malta Independent...

  • Updated: One man dies, another critically hurt in separate incidents

    Updated: One man dies, another critically hurt in separate incidents

    Updated - A 61-year-old man died this afternoon after falling a height of two storeys in Qormi this morning. The police said the accident took place at about 7am in Triq it-Tin, Qormi. The man was carrying out works on the façade of his residence...

  • Updated: Maltese man arrested in Libya back in Malta

    Updated: Maltese man arrested in Libya back in Malta

    Carmelo Grech, the man who was arrested by the Libyan authorities last month, was brought back to Malta at around midnight. Mr Grech was arrested almost three weeks ago at Labrak airport in Al Bayda, an area controlled by the...

  • Air Malta confirms Manchester flight returned for stranded passengers, incident cost airline €2,000

    Air Malta confirms Manchester flight returned for stranded passengers, incident cost airline €2,000

    Air Malta confirmed today that its flight to Manchester last Friday returned to base to pick two passengers who had been left at the gate. The incident cost the airline €2,000. The airline had originally said the flight turned back as “a security...

  • Chilli powder recalled

    Country’s Hot Chilli Powder has been recalled, the Environmental Health Directorate said. It said the recalled product comes in 25g and 250g plastic bottles and all carry the lot number 150.260.

  • Former Police Commissioner resigns from CHOGM task force

    Former Police Commissioner Peter Paul Zammit has resigned from his post on the CHOGM task force and is returning to private practice.  

  • Updated: Government decisions leading to success in employment - PL

    (Adds PN's reply) Malta had the second lowest unemployment rate in Europe as a result of the decisions the government was taking, PL deputy leader Toni Abela said this afternoon. Addressing a news conference, Dr Abela said that Malta also had the...

  • Former Police Commissioner joins accused's defence team

    Former Police Commissioner joins accused's defence team

    A magistrate today turned down a request by former police commissioner Peter Paul Zammit's to be allowed to represent himself in a criminal case involving a man against whom he had ordered charges to be dropped. Upon delivery of his decree,...

  • Updated: Maltese EU official investigated over anti-Semitic assault

    Updated: Maltese EU official investigated over anti-Semitic assault

    A Maltese EU official is being investigated for allegedly beating an Italian woman with a Mussolini plaque during an “anti-Semitic rant” outside the Brussels headquarters, the Times of Malta has learnt. Stefan Grech, 45, a European Commission...