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  • Gonzi: gay adoptions in unions Bill wrong

    The Civil Unions Bill should not have included gay adoption, former PN leader Lawrence Gonzi says today in an opinion piece that breaks the silence which has characterised his political retirement. Dr Gonzi says he felt compelled to write because...

  • Europe: battle begins

    European issues were far from the messages that the party leaders pitched to voters yesterday as they addressed rallies marking the official start of their respective European election campaigns. Both Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil appealed for...

  • Gonzi: gay adoption in unions Bill wrong

    The Civil Unions Bill should not have included gay adoption, former PN leader Lawrence Gonzi says today in an opinion piece that breaks the silence which has characterised his political retirement. Dr Gonzi says he felt compelled to write because...

  • Supermarket owner denies extortion from 70-year-old woman

    A supermarket owner was yesterday charged with extorting €1,000 from a 70-year-old woman after threatening to report her to the police for stealing a packet of Weetabix and a bag of small Easter eggs. Raymond Borg, the 45-year-old owner of V and F...

  • Italian tourist hit by car mirror

    An Italian tourist yesterday recounted how she was thrown to the ground when a passing car hit her with its side mirror, catching her jacket and ripping it. Camilla Righi was testifying in the case against 39-year-old Frankie Cutajar, from...

  • Probe after officer allegedly insulted Birdlife members

    A police officer is being investigated over a claim he called Birdlife Malta members “faggots”. The police said Internal Affairs had been called in on the case and environment organisation Birdlife had been asked to produce the evidence. Birdlife...

  • Ħamrun shooting: arraignment expected today

    Police are expected to arraign a man today in connection with a shooting in a Ħamrun bar that left two men injured. The shooting, in which the men were not badly hurt, took place after an argument broke out in Zonerz Pub in St Joseph High Street...

  • Ban on surrogacy to stay in place

    Malta will not be removing its ban on surrogacy but would be obliged to comply with a European Court of Human Rights decision should this be contested in the court, according to Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli. Asked yesterday whether the...

  • ‘Go back to the drawing board’ says green NGO

    Environmental organisation Din l-Art Ħelwa has called on the government to go back to the drawing board and publish a proper holistic strategic plan for the environment and development. On March 18, the government launched the strategic plan for...

  • Risky travel charger has been recalled

    A travel charger branded DC Casa poses a serious risk to consumers and has been recalled. The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority said it had tested a number of electronic and IT battery chargers on the market and found that the...

  • Help the PL make history, buoyant Muscat tells rally

    A buoyant Prime Minister yesterday said next month’s European elections would be a good opportunity for the electorate to give a vote of confidence to the Labour government, to bring about more change and secure a historic victory. Addressing a...

  • ‘Give Labour a yellow card’

    May’s European Parliament election could be used by voters to rebuke the Labour government, giving it a yellow card over how it had led the country in its first year, Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil said. “People who are dissatisfied with...

  • Federica tells PM that she wants a career in singing

    Federica Falzon, the 11-year-old singer who won the Italian junior singing contest Ti Lascio una Canzone on Rai, told the Prime Minister she would like to make a career out of her singing. During a courtesy visit to Castille yesterday, the young...

  • President: end scourge of gender violence

    The Maltese were “still in shock” following the recent crime of domestic violence which left a woman fighting for her life after her former partner stabbed her in the head with a screwdriver, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said...

  • EU’s €25m gives boost to energy efficiency

    About €25 million in EU funds will be invested in systems that can generate cleaner and more efficient energy. Speaking at a press conference, Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds Ian Borg said 14 projects to promote cleaner energy will benefit...

  • Man hit by car critical

    A 21-year-old man from Guinea is in critical condition after he was run over by a car in Pioneer Corps Street, St Paul’s Bay, yesterday at about 5.30pm. The police said the car involved in the accident was a Toyota Vitz which was being driven by a...

  • Online test for asthma

    Asthma sufferers can get a better idea of how well they control the condition through a new online test that also helps determine the best medication strategies for the individual. The international Asthma Control Test, which consists of five...

  • Study reveals how suicidal thoughts trouble students

    Eight per cent of medical and pharmacy students indicated they wanted to commit suicide because of stress and 22 per cent wanted to quit the course, according to a university study. All of the respondents said they made use of alcohol while just...

  • ‘Maltese aren’t fully aware of EU rights’

    Former Attorney General Anthony Borg Barthet believes that 10 years after EU membership, Maltese society is not sufficiently aware of the legal rights it acquired under EU law. This was not only the case with citizens but also applied to the legal...

  • Smart air pollution fears raised

    The planning authority’s environment unit has raised concerns over the possible increase in particulate matter during and after the reconstruction of popular Smart supermarket in Birkirkara. The Environment Protection Directorate said it had...