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  • New Gozo diocese appointments

    Sannat archpriest Tarcisio Camilleri has been appointed Gozo Bishop Mario Grech’s vicar general. Fr Michael Curmi will take his place as archpriest of Sannat. Fr Camilleri will continue to administer the Sannat parish until the end of May.

  • Court rules Competition Act provisions breach Constitution

    Court rules Competition Act provisions breach Constitution

    A court today ruled that provisions in the Competition Act introduced in 2011 were in breach of the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Federation of Estate Agents filed a case against the Director of Competition and the...

  • Half baked decisions will not solve humanitarian crisis in Mediterranean - AD

    Yesterday's European summit, that was supposed to solve the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, ended up being just a collection of half-baked measures, Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola said today. He said in a statement that...

  • Paceville stripped of clothed entertainment

    Paceville stripped of clothed entertainment

    The proliferation of adult strip clubs in Paceville dominated an academic debate about the future of Malta’s entertainment mecca organised by the University of Malta. Gentlemen clubs – a more politically correct term for strip clubs – have...

  • Driver jailed for driving recklessly cleared on appeal

    Driver jailed for driving recklessly cleared on appeal

    A man, who had been jailed for a year for driving recklessly when his licence had been suspended by the courts, was cleared on appeal. Mr Justice David Scicluna noted that police had not proven that they had cautioned Josef Borg before taking his...

  • Update 2: Italian judge confirms arrest of migrant boat accused

    Update 2: Italian judge confirms arrest of migrant boat accused

    An Italian judge ordered that the presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank with the loss of more than 700 lives should remain in custody after prosecutors asked for him to be charged with homicide and people-trafficking. Mohammed Alì Malek,...

  • Former Arriva bus driver jailed for misappropriation of company money

    Former Arriva bus driver jailed for misappropriation of company money

    A former Arriva bus driver has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for the misappropriation of over €3,000 from the company during the three months he worked there. Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera heard how Kevin Cassar, 45, admitted to the...

  • Deficit drops to €85.3 million

    A deficit of €85.3 million was registered in the consolidated fund in the first quarter this year, the National Statistics Office said. It said recurrent revenue registered an increase of €136.9 million while expenditure went down by €3.3 million,...

  • PN claims censorship by PBS

    The Nationalist Party this morning accused Public Broadcasting Services of censoring it repeatedly, most recently by not publishing its statement referring to government “lies” on the Cafe Premier. In a letter to editor Reno Bugeja (see pdf link...

  • No request from Britain to station military assets in Malta - Prime Minister

    No request from Britain to station military assets in Malta - Prime Minister

    The government has received no request from Britain to station in Malta military assets it will be deploying in the Mediterranean to help fight the migration problem, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today. Closing a special Parliamentary debate...

  • 15 Ta' Qali tenants have workshops sealed

    15 Ta' Qali tenants have workshops sealed

    A number of tenants at Ta’ Qali Crafts Village were left fuming after government officials and police, acting on an order to evict them, swooped down early yesterday and sealed the entrances to their workshops. The tenants complained the eviction...

  • Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

    Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

    Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says the EU has made a U-turn on migrant rescues and increased funding and resources. The Malta Independent quotes the prime minister saying the EU is going after...

  • EU in U-turn on migrant rescues, tripling budget

    EU in U-turn on migrant rescues, tripling budget

    EU leaders last night agreed to reverse a cutback in rescue operations in the Mediterranean and insisted they would go after human traffickers to try to stem the shocking number of migrant deaths. The budget of the EU’s border control operation...

  • Final rest for 24 nameless victims of tragedy in Med.

    Final rest for 24 nameless victims of tragedy in Med.

    The wailing of mourning refugees set a sombre tone at an interfaith funeral ceremony yesterday, held for the 24 unnamed migrants who lost their lives in Sunday’s tragedy. “These men could have been my son or my husband. Yes, I cry. I cry because I...

  • On behalf of Europe, ‘we won’t stand idle’

    On behalf of Europe, ‘we won’t stand idle’

    European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos yesterday expressed his deepest sorrow “on behalf of Europeans” for the lives lost at sea in the recent tragic events, saying he was in Malta to honour their memory but also to give a...

  • House to reconvene today over Med crisis

    Parliament will reconvene today, despite being in recess, to discuss the migration crisis, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday. In a statement, the government said Dr Muscat had written to House Speaker Anġlu Farrugia asking him to...

  • Casa: ‘We have aided in misery’

    Inaction has contributed to the recent migrant tragedies, by institutionalising their “suicidal journeys”, according to David Casa, the head of the Nationalist Party delegation at the European Parliament. “We have aided a network of criminals to...

  • Victim’s heirs demand compensation after his gold chain goes missing

    The heirs of murdered taxi driver Matthew Zahra have filed a judicial letter asking the Police Commissioner to explain how a €25,000 gold chain he was wearing when he was killed went missing from the police strongroom. Krystal Grixti, Mr Zahra’s...

  • Air Malta jet forced to abort landing to avoid a collision

    Air Malta jet forced to abort landing to avoid a collision

    An Air Malta plane was forced to abort its landing at Vienna International Airport yesterday to avoid colliding with another aircraft on the runway. According to passengers, Flight KM514 was within the airport perimeter and just metres away from...