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  • Tourist arrivals continue to grow

    Tourist arrivals continue to grow

    The tourism sector has continued its upward surge, with arrivals climbing by 8.6 per cent in June over the comparable month last year. The Statistics Office said 179,610 visitors came to Malta in June. A total of 152,991 inbound visits were made...

  • Updated - Mepa approves University extension and carpark, Mosta shopping village

    Updated - Mepa approves University extension and carpark, Mosta shopping village

    The Planning Authority board has approved an application by the university for the building of a campus extension which would include an underground car park. The board also approved an application for the development of a 'shopping village'...

  • HSBC moves to limit extra credit on client cards

    HSBC moves to limit extra credit on client cards

    Several HSBC Malta customers were surprised to learn, when they opened a letter from the bank, that as from next month they will not be able to deposit extra cash on to their credit cards. They will soon be receiving another letter from the bank...

  • Update 3 - Galea says two of his captors had lived in Malta, militia still unidentified

    Update 3 - Galea says two of his captors had lived in Malta, militia still unidentified

    Maltese oil worker Martin Galea has said that two of the people who kept him in captivity in Libya for 11 days had lived in Malta in 2001. He even identified one of them as being called Fahmi and said, angrily, that this man had wanted him dead as...

  • Bus service can be run by multiple operators

    Rather than having a single operator manning the entire route network, the bus service could possibly be operated by a number of companies, each focusing on specific routes, this newspaper has learnt. One scenario would be to have one operator...

  • PN calls on Owen Bonnici to come clean on local council elections

    PN calls on Owen Bonnici to come clean on local council elections

    The Nationalist Party said today that Justice Minister Owen Bonnici should stop insulting the people by claiming he was holding consultations on whether local council elections should be postponed. He should also make his intentions clear. In a...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta and In-Nazzjon report how a Maltese man was hurt in bombing near his home in Tripoli. The Malta Independent carries comments by kidnapped Maltese oil worker Martin...

  • Bidder's surprise as minister announces talks with rival bidder for bus service

    Bidder's surprise as minister announces talks with rival bidder for bus service

    Updated 7.40pm - One of the bidders for the bus service contract said this evening that it could not understand how the Transport Minister had said talks were being held with the preferred bidder when no such preferred bidder had been formally...

  • New Zabbar mayor

    Marc Vella Bonnici has been appointed Mayor of Zabbar. He succeeds Quinton Scerri who resigned after a critical report of his performance by the Board of Governance of the Local Councils Department. Mr Scerri is contesting the findings of the report.

  • MAM: Casualties from Libya 'must be contained'

    MAM, the doctors' union, said today that while it was generally not against Malta treating a limited number of casualties from Libya, numbers must be contained not to compromise the local service. It said that handling a limited number of...

  • Pictures - German swimmer rescued in Xwejni Bay

    Pictures - German swimmer rescued in Xwejni Bay

    A German girl was rescued by helicopter this afternoon after she found herself in difficulties while swimming off Xwjeni Bay in Gozo. The teenager was unable to return to shore but was able to seek shelter in a cave  below a low cliff. A rescuer...

  • Maltese injured in Libya explosion, flown home

    Maltese injured in Libya explosion, flown home

    A Maltese who was injured in a blast in Libya has been flown to Malta and is recovering at Mater Dei Hospital. He suffered leg fractures when a bomb exploded close to his house, and was flown back to Malta yesterday, Mario Cutajar, head of the...

  • Libyan claims he was assaulted by police during arrest, escape

    A Libyan man claimed in court today that he was assaulted by police at St Julian's police station when he asked them why they had arrested him. Eihab Ahmed Elsadi, 31, from Gzira, was arrested yesterday evening after the police found him drunk. He...

  • Ukrainian sailor had gun in his suitcase

    A 36-year-old sailor who was caught with a pistol in his suitcase at the airport has been fined €750 and conditionally discharged for six months. Oleksander Halkin, a Ukrainian, was stopped on Tuesday after security officers found the pistol in a...

  • Msida shooting: Victim and the accused had tea together a few days previously

    Msida shooting: Victim and the accused had tea together a few days previously

    A man who was shot twice in the head in Msida in April, this afternoon turned on the man who stands accused of shooting him and asked 'Why did you do this to me, what did I do to you?" Vince Muscat, bearing the scars of his injuries, shouted his...

  • Van catches fire in Luqa

    Van catches fire in Luqa

    A refrigerator van was destroyed in a fierce fire in Council of Europe Road near Luqa this afternoon. No one appears to have been injured but the road, leading to Marsa, was closed.  People on the scene said they had heard an explosion before the...

  • The Philippines charters ship to evacuate workers to Malta

    The Philippines charters ship to evacuate workers to Malta

    The Philippines has chartered a ship to evacuate Filipino workers in Libya to Malta. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told the media this morning that a ship that can carry up to 1,000 is being readied to evacuate the workers as the situation...

  • Convicted thief jailed another 2.5 years

    Convicted thief jailed another 2.5 years

    A convicted thief stopped by the police who saw him wearing a long sleeved jacket in the middle of summer before he tried to run away told a magistrate he was jogging to lose weight. Jonathan Felice, 25, of Qormi, told Magistrate Marseann Farrugia...

  • New Air Malta policy supports breastfeeding on airline's aircraft

    New Air Malta policy supports breastfeeding on airline's aircraft

    Mothers will be allowed to breastfeed on Air Malta flights as the airline launches a policy to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week. The international week dedicated to breastfeeding, between Friday and August 7, raises global awareness to...

  • Editor's choice of your photos - July 30

    Editor's choice of your photos - July 30

    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...