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  • Police make arrests after hunters' protest

    Police make arrests after hunters' protest

    A man who brandished a fake shotgun during yesterday's unofficial protest by hunters in Valletta has been arrested by the police, informed sources told Times of Malta this morning. A number of people involved in yesterday's incidents in Valletta...

  • Injured protected bird crashes on Bugibba home

    Injured protected bird crashes on Bugibba home

    This bird, a protected Grey Heron, crashed into the porch of a house in Bugibba at 7.45 this morning. The  bird had a broken leg and a gunshot wound under one of its wings. The police are investigating the case. The government on Saturday closed...

  • Queen planning historic trip to Malta with her three heirs - Mail

    Queen planning historic trip to Malta with her three heirs - Mail

    The Queen is planning a unique family trip to Malta with her three heirs, the Daily Mail reports today. She plans to bring Princes Charles, William and baby George to Malta for the Commonwealth summit in November, the newspaper claims.  It will be...

  • 25,531 children return to classrooms today

    25,531 children return to classrooms today

    25,531 children return to classrooms in state primary and secondary schools this morning. Welcoming them will be a total of 3,476 teachers, 1,832 LSAs and 455 members of the senior management teams, the Ministry of Education said. "The beginning...

  • Updated - Fresh tug of war on National Day

    Updated - Fresh tug of war on National Day

    Updated - Adds government reaction and PN reply Opposition leader Simon Busuttil yesterday capped off the celebrations of Malta’s 50th anniversary of Independence with a controversial proposition: to make September 21 Malta’s only national...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and international press. Times of Malta reports how a protest by hunters in Valletta became an ambush against birdwatchers in Buskett. In-Nazzjon quotes Simon Busuttil saying Independence Day should...

  • Reactions - Hunters attack birdwatchers in Buskett - FKNK condemns incidents, but "understands hunters' frustrations"

    Reactions - Hunters attack birdwatchers in Buskett - FKNK condemns incidents, but "understands hunters' frustrations"

    The Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FKNK) this evening condemned incidents involving hunters this afternoon. It added, however that it "understands the Maltese hunters’ frustration at being prevented from practising their hunting passions...

  • Relaxed Prince William plays, jokes with young people - says time with George is 'hectic'

    Relaxed Prince William plays, jokes with young people - says time with George is 'hectic'

      A relaxed Prince William proved a whizz at table football when he joined a group of teenagers for a lunchtime match at Centru Access in Vittoriosa - and scored the winning goal. William showed off the skills of a misspent youth when he visited...

  • Dom Mintoff, George Borg Olivier posthumously awarded the Independence 50th Anniversary Medal

    Dom Mintoff, George Borg Olivier posthumously awarded the Independence 50th Anniversary Medal

    All of Malta's Presidents and the Prime Ministers who served since Independence were awarded the Independence 50th Anniversary medal today.  The medals were presented by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca in a ceremony at the Palace in Valletta.

  • We never doubted Malta could go it alone - Fenech Adami

    We never doubted Malta could go it alone - Fenech Adami

    Former President and Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami speaks about the role he played in campaigning for Malta's independence in 1964 in an interview published today to mark the 50the anniversary since the island's split from Britain. Dr Fenech...

  • Archbishop calls for effective action to help migrants, those in poverty

    Archbishop calls for effective action to help migrants, those in poverty

    Archbishop Paul Cremona underlined the importance of unity, the preservation of the faith and the need for effective help to migrants and the poor when he delivered homily during thanksgiving Mass at St John's today to mark Independence. “Two...

  • Prince William at St John's for thanksgiving Mass

    Prince William at St John's for thanksgiving Mass

    Prince William this morning joined local dignitaries for Thanksgiving Mass at  St John's Co-Cathedral  to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Independence. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca led the congregation, which included the prime minister,...

  • Malta is 50 today

    Malta is 50 today

    Malta marks 50 years of Independence today - five largely successful decades which saw the Maltese economy grow and its society develop in parallel with those of much larger countries. Kurt Sansone looks back in the video above on the most...

  • Skiving prison warders suspended for up to five days

    Skiving prison warders suspended for up to five days

    The prison warders found absent during a surprise ministerial visit last year which led to the resignation of the prison director were suspended for between three and five days, a Home Affairs Ministry spokeswoman has confirmed. The incident dates...

  • Government explains as former President, prime minister, kept out of VVIP area

    Government explains as former President, prime minister, kept out of VVIP area

    Former President Eddie Fenech Adami and former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi were kept out of a VVIP area at a reception in the Upper Barrakka yesterday. Several hundred guests were invited to the reception, hosted by the Office of the Prime...

  • Mgr Mercieca reveals 1980s strife in memoirs - Police had wanted home helper to admit planting bomb

    Mgr Mercieca reveals 1980s strife in memoirs - Police had wanted home helper to admit planting bomb

    The police wanted former Archbishop Giuseppe Mercieca’s home-help to admit planting a bomb outside his residence in 1984, a new book will reveal. Details of Joyce Tabone’s ordeal are being published in the former archbishop’s memoirs, which will...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the local and overseas press. The Sunday Times of Malta reports how Prince William charmed Malta as it celebrated Independence.  It also reports that in the 1980s the police had wanted the maid of Archbishop...

  • Fiery festivities for 50 years of independence

    Calls for national unity peppered with veiled political references characterised the speeches delivered yesterday by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. Recalling the controversy that split the country 50 years ago, Prime Minister...

  • Mercieca reveals 1980s strife in memoirs

    The police wanted former archbishop Giuseppe Mercieca’s home-help to admit planting a bomb outside his residence in 1984, a new book will reveal. Details of Joyce Tabone’s ordeal are being published in the former archbishop’s memoirs, which will...

  • Prince charms as Malta celebrates

    Prince charms as Malta celebrates

    Malta was born a nation State 50 years ago today when on the stroke of midnight the Maltese flag was hoisted at the Floriana parade grounds. Large crowds followed that historic moment in 1964 as the festive atmosphere that ushered in a new era was...