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  • Super 5 jackpot hits a record of €1.35m

    Super 5 jackpot hits a record of €1.35m

    Tonight’s Super 5 jackpot has hit an all-time record of €1.35 million and one lucky winner may be in for a life-changing Christmas. The jackpot has been gradually ballooning since last August as nobody has guessed the correct five numbers from one...

  • EU regulators extend tax probe - ask Malta for info on 'patent boxes'

    European Union competition regulators have asked all the 28 countries in the bloc to provide details of tax deals made with companies between 2010 to 2013 as they broaden their investigation into corporate tax avoidance. "We need a full picture of...

  • MEPs calls for EU strategy against terrorism, action on migration

    Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola has called for a dynamic EU security strategy following terrorist attacks in Australia and Pakistan. "We need to continue to tackle rising extremism and radicalisation with renewed vigour," she said during a debate...

  • Divers start exploration of sunken WWII submarine

    Divers start exploration of sunken WWII submarine

    Divers have started exploration of the wreck of HMS Olympus, a British submarine which sank off Grand Harbour in 1942 after having apparently hit a mine. 90 men died but eight survived. The submarine had been supplying essential goods to Malta at...

  • Man admits sexual harassment of work colleague, gets suspended sentence

    Man admits sexual harassment of work colleague, gets suspended sentence

    A man has been sentenced to one year imprisonment suspended for two after pleading guilty to sexually harassing a colleague who works in his same government department.  Carmelo Desira, 61, from Qormi, pleaded guilty to violently and indecently...

  • Food price increases outweigh drop in power tariffs

    Food price increases outweigh drop in power tariffs

    The annual inflation rate in November stood at 0.84 per cent compared to 0.20 per cent in November last year. The National Statistics Office said the main upward impacts were recorded in the Food Index (0.64 percentage points), Transport and...

  • Government silent on monorail deal

    Government silent on monorail deal

    The government has failed to explain why it kept under wraps its agreement with China for a study on a monorail system that carries a potential price tag of €1.6 billion. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed last July, China Overseas...

  • Christmas, New Year's Day break on Gozo ferries

    The Gozo ferries will not operate on Christmas and New Year’s Day between noon and 3 p.m. to give crews time to enjoy the festivities with their families. On both days, the noon, 12:45, 1.30 and 2.:15pm trips from Mgarr to Cirkewwa and the 12:45,...

  • Updated: Police beef up security around Libyan embassy

    Updated: Police beef up security around Libyan embassy

    The police have beefed up security around the Libyan embassy in Balzan to prevent trouble from rival factions over the appointment of a new ambassador. The internationally recognised government, now based in the Eastern city of Tobruk, has...

  • Rape suspect escaped from ‘loose handcuffs’

    Rape suspect escaped from ‘loose handcuffs’

    A rape suspect escaped from St Julian's police station on Monday evening after slipping out of handcuffs that had not been properly tightened, Times of Malta has learnt. After freeing himself, Guinean Seykou Ballde made his way to the first floor...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. The Times of Malta says a rape suspect being held at St Julian’s police station escaped from loose handcuffs. MaltaToday reports that Green NGOs disagree with the government’s...

  • IMF: time is right for broad-based reform

    IMF: time is right for broad-based reform

    Given Malta’s strong economic outlook, now is an opportune time for broad-based reforms to raise its growth in a sustainable manner and reduce vulnerabilities, according to the International Monetary Fund. The analysis notes that the country...

  • Drug law amendments approved from second reading

    Drug law amendments approved from second reading

    Another step forward in the drug law reform was made this evening when Parliament unanimously approved amendments to the law in second reading. Through the amendments, users found in simple possession for the first time would appear before a...

  • Holistic national migration policy is the way forward - minister

    Holistic national migration policy is the way forward - minister

    A holistic national migration policy incorporating the work and responsibilities spread over several ministries is the way forward, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said today. He was speaking during a meeting with non-governmental...

  • Planning authority considering reintroduction of aesthetics board

    Planning authority considering reintroduction of aesthetics board

    The planning authority may set up an aesthetics board to assess the style and context of new developments, Mepa CEO Johann Buttigieg said this evening. Speaking on Times Talk, Mr Buttigieg said the Mepa board was holding “high level” discussions...

  • Discussions underway to increase nurses' working hours for more operations to be carried out

    Discussions underway to increase nurses' working hours for more operations to be carried out

    The government is in discussions with nurses’ representatives in a bid to increase nurses’ working hours as part of a package intended to ensure that operations could be held. Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne told PL MP Anthony Agius...

  • Enemalta, Shanghai Electric agreement debate postponed

    Enemalta, Shanghai Electric agreement debate postponed

    The debate on the Enemalta, Shanghai agreement planned to be held in Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday) has been postponed at the Opposition’s request. The government said in a statement that the Opposition requested the government to postpone the...

  • Road works in Valley Road, Birkirkara

    Resurfacing works are being carried out in Valley Road, Birkirkara, weather permitting from 8pm this evening to 6am tomorrow and from 8pm tomorrow to 6am on Thursday, Transport Malta said.

  • Nigerian drug courier arrested

    A Nigerian man, 28, is to be taken to court after being found in possession of a kilo of suspected marijuana yesterday.  He was arrested by the Drug Squad on arrival from Sicily. The drug was hidden among food items in his bag. 

  • Opposition insists energy deals should be published, or it may take its own action

    The Opposition insisted once more today that the government should publish its agreements on the energy sector, saying that the refusal by the Energy Minister yesterday showed that the government had learnt nothing from 'Malliagate'. "Despite...