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  • Updated: Hospital cannot take weight of new wards

    Updated: Hospital cannot take weight of new wards

    The concrete structures over Mater Dei Hospital’s accident and emergency department are so weak in certain areas they cannot withstand the weight of two planned medical wards, tests have revealed. The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt that even...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. The Sunday Times of Malta says concrete structures over Mater Dei Hospital’s accident and emergency department are so weak in certain areas they cannot withstand the...

  • MOAS rescue mission saves its first migrants

    MOAS rescue mission saves its first migrants

    The private migrant rescue mission launched from Malta this week has saved the first migrants, a group of 250 Syrians and Palestinians, which includes 40 children. The group were on a wooden fishing boat when they ran into trouble in a stretch of...

  • Malta proposes setting up of International Commission for National Reconciliation in Libya

    Malta proposes setting up of International Commission for National Reconciliation in Libya

    Malta has proposed the setting up of an International Commission for National Reconciliation in Libya. The proposal was made by Foreign Minister George Vella during meetings of European Foreign Ministers in Milan. The meetings also discussed...

  • Updated: Migrants opt for Naxxar counting hall instead of detention centre

    Updated: Migrants opt for Naxxar counting hall instead of detention centre

    Migrant families brought to Malta last Thursday after they were rescued from a sinking ship by a cargo vessel protested against conditions at the Naxxar counting as they help two placards reading "Freedom" and "Thank you Malta". The migrants, who...

  • Scientists warn of pollution in Malta’s seas

    Scientists warn of pollution in Malta’s seas

    Scientists studying the effect of plastic contamination in the Mediterranean have noticed considerable pollution hotspots not far from Malta. “On our way here from the East we observed spots of concentrated floating plastic. Several times we also...

  • MEP Miriam Dalli calls for Frontex Plus to be based on 'defined and realistic' regulations

    Frontex Plus should be based on defined and realistic regulations while the European Union should focus on long term solutions involving all member states, MEP Miriam Dalli said. She was speaking in view of the arrival of 257 migrants saved by the...

  • Study on quail, turtle dove migration patterns to start Monday

    The government has commissioned Ecoserv to observe quail and turtle dove migration patterns during the hunting season, which starts on Monday, the hunters federation said. It said in a statement this study was similar to others held in the past...

  • Agreement signed with World Health Organisation

    Agreement signed with World Health Organisation

    A biennial collaborative agreement in the health sector has been signed between Malta and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The agreement allows for WHO to provide technical and financial help in implementing some of Malta's health...

  • Government using economic figures to deceive people - Nationalist Party

    Malta’s unemployment rate has been among the lowest in the European Union for a number of years and it remained stable only because the government employed 2,000 people in the civil service in the past year, the Nationalist Party said. It said in...

  • Woman critical after accident

    Woman critical after accident

    A 79-year-old woman from Marsaxlokk is in a critical condition following a traffic accident in Triq iż-Żejtun, Marsaxlokk at 8.30am. The woman was driving a Fiat towards Marsaxlokk when she crashed into a parked Toyota. She was taken to Mater Dei...

  • Valletta International Visual Arts Festival inaugurated

    Valletta International Visual Arts Festival inaugurated

    Viva - the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival 2014 was inaugurated today with the unveiling of Żieme by Austin Camilleri, Power Exchange by JP Azzopardi and Michael Camilleri, and Genesis by Victor Agius. Opening the festival, Culture...

  • Photos of the week - Times of Malta

    Photos of the week - Times of Malta

    From the traditional 'gostra' game to the world's first privately-funded migrant rescue mission, as well as the ice bucket challenge and action from football's Premier League - A selection of some of the best photos taken over the past week by...

  • Updated: Cancellation of local elections 'playing around with democracy' - Nationalist Party

    Updated: Cancellation of local elections 'playing around with democracy' - Nationalist Party

    The 2015 and 2017 elections should go ahead as scheduled while a consultation process on how local councils could be strengthened and improved should get underway, the Nationalist Party said this morning. General secretary Chris Said told a news...

  • Blood drive in aid of Lifecycle Challenge

    Blood drive in aid of Lifecycle Challenge

    Blood is being donated at the Blood Donation Centre in Guardamangia up to 6pm today in aid of the Lifecycle Challenge. During the event, cakes and pastries are being sold to collect funds for the challenge. One can also register to become an organ...

  • Angelina Jolie spotted in Gozo working on new film

    Angelina Jolie spotted in Gozo working on new film

    Angelina Jolie was spotted in Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo, yesterday, just days after she tied the knot with Brad Pitt in France. Ms Jolie is in Gozo for the filming of By The Sea, her first film with her husband since they starred together in Mr and Mrs...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a court heard yesterday that the death of a vegetable hawker from a heart attack while having sex with a prostitute led to the discovery of a...

  • 'Bikini woman' produces shirt to raise funds for Stella Maris church

    'Bikini woman' produces shirt to raise funds for Stella Maris church

    Christina Betke, the woman who was controversially taken to court for dancing in a bikini during a Sliema band march, has produced a shirt highlighting the episode and its coverage on Times of Malta. Betke, a fashion designer, was kept overnight...

  • Two vehicles overturn near Manikata

    Two vehicles overturn near Manikata

    A couple and a family escaped uninjured when their vehicles overturned in separate incidents near Manikata this afternoon. In the first incident, a  woman and three children were not hurt other than a few bruises when their van left the road,...

  • The mystery of Valletta's three-legged horse

    The mystery of Valletta's three-legged horse

    Many raised questions this morning as to why a statue of a horse, installed at City Gate last night, only has three legs, and it is called Zieme, not Ziemel (horse). The 4m work Austin Camilleri is meant to convey a message on power and politics,...