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  • Finance Minister welcomes Fitch assessment

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna this morning welcomed Fitch Ratings assessment on Malta. He said it followed two others in the same vein in the same week, one by the European Commission and the other by the International Monetary Fund and said...

  • Victoria monti hawkers fight move to square

    The Victoria monti hawkers have filed an injunction against the local council to prevent their move to Savina Square following paving works at Independence Square. A group of 30 frustrated hawkers complained they were never consulted by the local...

  • Anġlu Xuereb ‘offered same deal as the government' to buy Cafe’ Premier

    Anġlu Xuereb ‘offered same deal as the government' to buy Cafe’ Premier

    Entrepreneur Anġlu Xuereb tabled an identical offer to that made by the government to pay €4.2 million of taxpayers’ money to buy back its public lease of Valletta’s iconic Cafe Premier, Times of Malta can reveal. Mr Xuereb said the offer fell...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. The local media is dominated by the official announcement that Mgr Charles Scicluna will be the new Archbishop of Malta. Times of Malta says new Archbishop Charles Scicluna will...

  • Russian airline to start Moscow-Malta service

    Russian airline to start Moscow-Malta service

    Transaero Airlines will launch scheduled flights between Moscow and Malta on April 26, Russian media have reported. Flights UN385/386 will be operated on Sundays, departing from Moscow Domodedovo airport 2.25 pm arriving at Malta International...

  • Fitch Affirms Malta at 'A'; outlook stable

    Fitch Affirms Malta at 'A'; outlook stable

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malta's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default rating (IDRs) at 'A'. The Outlooks are Stable. The issue ratings on Malta's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at...

  • Price of 12 kilogram gas cylinder to go down to €17

    Price of 12 kilogram gas cylinder to go down to €17

    The price of a 12 kilogram gas cylinder will go down to €17 from €18 in March and April, the government said. It said this was the cheapest price in the past three years for this period with the price in April in the last year of the previous...

  • Editor's choice of your photos - February 27

    Editor's choice of your photos - February 27

    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...

  • Woman forced to inspect own faeces claims inhuman and degrading treatment

    Woman forced to inspect own faeces claims inhuman and degrading treatment

    A Dutch woman who had to inspect her own excrement after suspicions she was carrying drugs has taken the matter to court claiming she was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The story about the humiliation felt by 36-year old Jennifer...

  • Updated: Hunters call for yes vote

    Updated: Hunters call for yes vote

    The hunting lobby is urging voters to head to the polls and vote Yes to retain spring hunting, Times of Malta has learnt. The official campaign will be launched tomorrow but lawyer Kathleen Grima confirmed this evening on TVM programme Xarabank...

  • UHM requests MCESD meeting to discuss mobile phones policy

    The Union Haddiema Maghqudin has requested an urgent meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development to discuss a policy disallowing mobile phones during official meetings with ministers. The union said it was informed of this...

  • Judge turns down Floriana FC garnishee revocation request

    Judge turns down Floriana FC garnishee revocation request

    A judge has turned down a request by the Floriana Football Club to revoke a garnishee order filed against them by its former president, Johann Said, who is claiming moneys he is owed.   Despite claims by the club that Mr Said had filed the...

  • Newborns should be screened for hearing problems - Health Commissioner

    The Health Commissioner for Health is recommending that all new born children should be screened to detect hearing problems at an early stage. In an own initiative investigation on difficulties faced by people with hearing problems, Commissioner...

  • Couple jailed seven years over heroin possession

    Couple jailed seven years over heroin possession

    A couple caught red-handed in a hotel room with 10 sachets of heroin and weighing scales during a Drug Squad raid have been jailed for seven years between them.  Magistrate Marseann Farrugia found Ivan Bajada, 39, from Msida and Clare Borg, 35,...

  • Surplus in consolidated fund

    The government’s consolidated fund registered a surplus of €12.1 million in January 2015, according to government finance data published by the National Statistics Office. The NSO said recurrent revenue registered an increase of €78.3 million...

  • Reform of Curia high on new Archbishop's agenda

    Reform of Curia high on new Archbishop's agenda

    A reform of the Curia is high on Archbishop-elect Charles Scicluna's to do list, and he is not excluding a change in personnel. Speaking during a news conference at the Curia in Floriana during which he was officially named Malta’s next...

  • Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Mohammed Kouruma, 36, from the Ivory Coast, pleaded not guilty to the aggravated possession of four different drugs found in his apartment in St Paul's Bay. Magistrate Antonio Micallef Trigona heard how the Drug Squad found around 380 grams of...

  • Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Susan Mendus, a Morrell Professor Emerita in political philosophy at the University of York is to deliver this year's Mabel Strickland's Memorial Lecture “Politics and Morality” at the Phoenicia Hotel on Thursday at 6.30pm. The lecture will look...

  • European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    The European Court of Human Rights has declared as inadmissible a case filed by owners of land in Gozo against the government. The land owners, Gozitan residents Michael Borg, Olympia Borg and Andrew Vella and Lorena Vella argued that land they...

  • Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Maria Sciberras, a catalyst for raising significant awareness of the drug problem in Malta, has passed away, aged 75. Dr Sciberras helped set up the Detox Centre at St Luke’s Hospital. She organised and set up services for drug dependants in Malta...