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  • Road closure

    Triq San Pawl in St Paul’s Bay will be closed for traffic on Saturday between 7am and 5pm, Transport Malta said. All vehicular traffic will be diverted through Dawret San Pawl il-Bahar. A shuttle service will be operable in view of the suspension...

  • L-Istrina exemption miffs commissioner

    It may generate a feel-good factor but the charity telethon l-Istrina was a cause of disquiet for the Voluntary Organisations Commissioner. In his forward to last year’s annual report, Kenneth Wain expressed concern over the blanket exemption...

  • Christ at Mount Carmel

    Alan Fenech plays Jesus during a live performance of the Passion of Jesus Christ last night, which featured some of Malta’s most established actors. For the second time, the Mount Carmel Hospital Community Theatre, in collaboration with Vermiglio...

  • More people travel to Gozo in first three months of year

    Sea transport between Malta and Gozo registered increases with 895,824 commuters travelling between Malta and Gozo in the first quarter, 10 per cent more than in the same period last year. The National Statistics Office said the sharp increase...

  • Stagger penalties for drug use, suggests commission

    The national drug commission is against the drug decriminalisation policy being implied by the Prime Minister and believes a staggered penalty system should be introduced, Times of Malta has learnt. On Tuesday, Joseph Muscat said the system of...

  • Mountaineers have summit to do

    After 12 days on the road, the Everest 14 team has finally approached base camp, the first step of their arduous journey to become the first Maltese to summit the mountain from the north ridge route in Tibet. The team is made up of expert...

  • We had no choice but to abstain - Simon Busuttil

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is insisting that the decision to abstain on the Civil Unions Bill was the only available option in the circumstances and refutes the charge that the PN was not bold enough to take a stand. In an interview with...

  • Mepa: over 8,000 cases awaiting enforcement

    The planning authority has a backlog of more than 8,000 pending enforcement cases, some dating back to the early 1990s, on which no action has yet been taken. The figure emerged as Times of Malta was enquiring about a squatter who has been...

  • EU Mediterranean states agree on irregular migration declaration

    EU Mediterraean states ministers have agreed on a declaration on irregular migration which emphasises solidarity, the fair distribution of responsibility for migrants, relocation and repatriation of those refused asylum. The declaration was...

  • Delay in skin cancer diagnosis costs lives

    About one in six people with melanoma were diagnosed too late, leading to the deaths of 118 people in Malta and Gozo over two decades. The surgical removal of this form of skin cancer, caught in the early stages, leads to a survival rate of 90 to...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says it emerged in court that in criminal cases, the Attorney General Office not only conducts the prosecution but also pays for the defence when legal...

  • Opposition MPs cause an uproar

    There was a brief uproar in Parliament yesterday when Opposition MP Chris Said and others demanded the Speaker take action against Gozo Minister Anton Refalo. Dr Refalo had claimed that Nationalist MPs had been known to make sworn statements...

  • Mangion sworn in to Parliament after a year’s absence

    Charles Mangion, who was re-elected to Parliament in a casual election to fill the seat vacated by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, yesterday took the oath of allegiance. He also took part in the debate on second reading of the Investment...

  • Mepa: over 8,000 cases awaiting enforcement

    The planning authority has a backlog of more than 8,000 pending enforcement cases, some dating back to the early 1990s, on which no action has yet been taken. The figure emerged as Times of Malta was enquiring about a squatter who has been...

  • Stagger penalties for drug use, suggests commission

    The national drug commission is against the drug decriminalisation policy being implied by the Prime Minister and believes a staggered penalty system should be introduced, Times of Malta has learnt. On Tuesday, Joseph Muscat said the system of...

  • L-Istrina exemption miffs commissioner

    It may generate a feel-good factor but the charity telethon l-Istrina was a cause of disquiet for the Voluntary Organisations Commissioner. In his forward to last year’s annual report, Kenneth Wain expressed concern over the blanket exemption...

  • We had no choice but to abstain – Busuttil

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is insisting that the decision to abstain on the Civil Unions Bill was the only available option in the circumstances and refutes the charge that the PN was not bold enough to take a stand. In an interview with...

  • Panel of judges says regulate bunkering

    Bunkering in a country’s exclusive economic zone should be regulated, with the operation falling within the jurisdiction of the coastal zone, a Maltese judge declared in an international maritime tribunal ruling. The case followed the confiscation...

  • Holding free vote would have ‘played into hands of the PL’

    A free vote on the Civil Unions Bill would have split the party and played into the hands of the government on the eve of the European Parliament elections, PN sources said yesterday. Their comments were made in the wake of the criticism levelled...

  • Another four migrants repatriated

    Another four irregular immigrants left Malta to be repatriated to Nigeria today after their application for asylum was refused, the Home Affairs Ministry said. A group of 10 migrants was repatriated yesterday. The ministry said the migrants were...

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