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  • Updated - Tremor felt in parts of Malta

    Updated - Tremor felt in parts of Malta

    An earth tremor was felt in parts of Malta just before 6am today.  A reader in Sliema said it lasted a few seconds, and was not very strong. A reader from Birkirkara estimated the tremor lasted five seconds. A Zabbar resident said that it was...

  • AFM save over 30 migrant children

    AFM save over 30 migrant children

    Children wearing bright orange life vests waved at cameras and journalists on shore as they came into Hay Wharf aboard an armed forces boat that had helped rescue them and their families yesterday. The “unusually large number of children” – more...

  • Government silent on EU Frontex Plus

    Plans by Frontex to launch an anti-migration mission in the Mediterranean in November has been met with scepticism by observers and complete silence by the government in Malta. Following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday between Home Affairs...

  • ‘Sex abuse’ priest’s bail overturned

    A priest facing sex abuse charges was yesterday remanded in custody by a judge who overturned a magistrate’s decision to bail him. Mr Justice Michael Mallia ruled Fr Jesmond Gauci, 38, should be held under preventive arrest until the alleged...

  • Mintoff aide had predicted Fenech Adami leadership

    Mintoff aide had predicted Fenech Adami leadership

    Dom Mintoff’s former private secretary had predicted Eddie Fenech Adami’s rise to power in 1974, three years before he was elected Nationalist Party leader. Joe Camilleri had also predicted Lorry Sant would eventually take over the Labour Party,...

  • Death threat racist avoids prison term

    A Swedish man who said he would “kill all negroes” and threatened the Maltese mother of two adopted African children was yesterday given a suspended jail term. Nicklas Roland Sturk, 43, from Pembroke, insulted his neighbours, Christine and Peter...

  • Ex-Abela aide in battle for pay-off

    Ex-Abela aide in battle for pay-off

    President George Abela’s former press officer Marica Mizzi is complaining she was not paid compensation when her employment was terminated after his term came to an end in April. In a judicial protest against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and civil...

  • Theatre’s real-life ‘Romeo’

    Theatre’s real-life ‘Romeo’

    A woman’s boyfriend went down on one knee in front of a live theatre audience and, microphone in hand, popped the question. Maria Attard, 25, choked and managed to nod her answer before embracing her boyfriend of three years, Josef Cauchi. The...

  • Vella: we back Libyan government

    The Maltese government will continue to recognise its democratically appointed Libyan counterparts, it said yesterday. Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella and Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech yesterday held a meeting with representatives from...

  • Facebook backlash over speed cameras at bypass

    Facebook backlash over speed cameras at bypass

    Speed cameras were yesterday installed on St Paul’s Bay bypass, taking drivers aback as they sped along one of Malta’s few long stretches of uninterrupted road. The move, prompted by a magistrate’s recent recommendation, immediately sparked a...

  • Mizzi coy on bus service takeover date

    Mizzi coy on bus service takeover date

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has refused to commit to a date by which the new bus operator will take over the service. “The process is under way and we hope to complete it as soon as possible,” he said when asked. Two weeks ago, the Transport...

  • Retailers’ confidence hits all-time low, finds survey

    Retailers’ confidence hits all-time low, finds survey

    The confidence of Maltese retailers has hit an all-time low, with many blaming “unfair” competition in the form of merchandise coming in from Sicily. Other sectors of the economy however, such as services and construction, are looking brighter,...

  • Church school deputy head denies child sex abuse

    An assistant school principal and official of a catechist society was yesterday charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy during a swimming trip on Sunday. Anthony Callus, 46, of Siġġiewi, assistant head of the church’s St Michael’s school...

  • Inventive councils in line for €50,000 prize

    Inventive councils in line for €50,000 prize

    Local councils could win €50,000 if they come up with a plan to reduce pollution and energy consumption in their locality and make better use of public space. The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, which should cover between three and five years, is...

  • Late payment on 10 per cent of loans

    Nearly one in every 10 loans is not being repaid on time, according to the Central Bank. Its financial stability report, published yesterday, gives an overall positive review of domestic banks, although it shows an increase in non-performing...

  • Knights’ aid to displaced Iraqi people

    The Knights of Malta are sending medicine for 10,000 displaced Christians and minorities in north Iraq over the next three years. Malteser International will secure the medical assistance through a shipment of drugs, medical supplies and hygiene...

  • Vella backs the ceasefire

    Malta welcomed the ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas following weeks of violence in Gaza, Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella said. He urged both sides to work on the agreement reached in Cairo to ensure a durable and sustainable return to...

  • Bag culprit

    A Somali migrant was yesterday given a suspended jail term after he admitted stealing a handbag from an Italian tourist in Paceville. Abdirisaq Dahir Diheye snatched Valentina Bottani’s bag as she walked with friends in a large...

  • ‘Lack of education fuels sense of Islamophobia’

    ‘Lack of education fuels sense of Islamophobia’

    Barbaric acts of terrorism such as James Foley’s beheading coupled with a lack of education on the true meaning of Islam are fuelling a sense of Islamophobia, according to a number of Muslims living in Malta. However, most Muslims living in Malta...

  • Go-ahead for brick factory at old quarry

    Go-ahead for brick factory at old quarry

    A concrete brick factory will be built in a disused Siġġiewi quarry next to the Ta’ Kandja water gallery. The quarry will be lined and sealed with concrete slabs to prevent any possible leaks from machinery from seeping into the ground. The...