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  • Evacuated workers flown out

    Evacuated workers flown out

    A Boeing 747 and an Airbus A333 of  Philippines Airlines made rare visits to Malta last night to fly out some 800 Filipino workers who were evacuated from Libya. The workers were brought to Malta by ferry from Benghazi yesterday. They were flown...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says fear has forced doctors to escape Benghazi. It also separately reports about fears about children using harpoons after licence requirements were lifted. The...

  • Fear forces doctors to escape Benghazi

    Fear forces doctors to escape Benghazi

    Irina Kuts, 54, realised she had to leave her Benghazi home when fear crept in that she could be killed for being a non-Muslim foreigner. The Ukrainian doctor, who has lived in Libya for 20 years, was one of more than 800 passengers evacuated to...

  • ‘Children now using spearguns’ after licence withdrawn

    ‘Children now using spearguns’ after licence withdrawn

    Concerns are being raised that children are handling potentially harmful spearfishing guns after licensing requirements for the sport were removed. The licence, which used to ensure speargun users were over 18 and had been vetted by the police,...

  • Jerma hotel ruins finally blocked off

    Jerma hotel ruins finally blocked off

    The dangerous and dilapidated site of the former Jerma Palace hotel in Marsascala has had its entrances finally closed with large concrete blocks after years of the area being open to the public. The hotel, once owned by a Libyan State company and...

  • Teen learns how to party but little English in Malta

    A 14-year-old German girl’s holiday in Malta ostensibly to learn English ended up being a good opportunity to practise Spanish, one of Germany’s largest newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Writing in the newspaper’s travel section,...

  • Muslim woman told she can’t swim fully covered

    Muslim woman told she can’t swim fully covered

    A Muslim woman claiming to have worn a “modest” full-body bathing suit at the Marsa Sports Club was told she could not swim in the pool wearing “unhygienic” clothes. The Maltese woman, who asked to remain anonymous, feels the club discriminated...

  • Montekristo Estates given grants for vineyards

    Montekristo Estates given grants for vineyards

    Montekristo vineyards, located on “Malta’s largest illegally developed sites”, have received close to €13,000 in EU agricultural funds. The winery and vineyards owned by construction magnate Charles Polidano, iċ-Ċaqnu, were already under an...

  • ‘Progress’ registered over army complaints dispute

    ‘Progress’ registered over army complaints dispute

    Progress has been registered in the long-running dispute between the government and the Ombudsman’s Office, on which entity has the right to probe complaints filed by army members, following talks held on Tuesday. Though no agreement is yet in...

  • Malta backs arming Iraqi Kurds against militants

    Malta backs arming Iraqi Kurds against militants

    Malta agrees that Iraqi Kurds should be given weapons to be able to fight Islamic militants who are occupying the country’s northern regions. Foreign Minister George Vella, who yesterday attended an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers, said...

  • Delivering Maltese food to suit Australian tastes

    Delivering Maltese food to suit Australian tastes

    Dried broad beans to make bigilla, rice paper to line biskuttini baking trays and orange blossom water to give coffee a Maltese twist are just a few items that Joyce Vanderboot sells Down Under to keep Maltese traditions alive. She also offers...

  • True blue

    True blue

    Santa Marija feast enthusiasts celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady in a sea of blue in front of the Mosta dome. The popular festa, which is also a public holiday, is celebrated in six other towns and villages: Għaxaq, Gudja, Attard, Mqabba,...

  • Foreign Affairs Council discusses Iraq, Libya, Ukraine

    Foreign Affairs Council discusses Iraq, Libya, Ukraine

    The situation in Iraq, Syria, the Middle East, Libya and Ukraine were today discussed in an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Ministers were briefed by the UN special representative of the UN secretary general on...

  • Man injured in fall

    A 55-year-old man from Zebbug was grievously injured in a fall at Triq Gharram, Zebbug, the police said. They said the man fell from a height of about one-and-a-half storeys. The victim was assisted by members of the Civil Protection Department...

  • Ryanair launches new route from Malta to East Midlands

    Ryanair launches new route from Malta to East Midlands

    Ryanair today launched a new route from Malta to East Midlands. It will operate twice weekly from April 2015, and will be on sale from next week on the Ryanair website. Ryanair said in a statement it was celebrating this new route by releasing...

  • ‘Nightmare’ of kiosk, hawker regulations

    ‘Nightmare’ of kiosk, hawker regulations

    Summer is a time when hawkers and kiosks set up close to beaches and tourist hubs, but regulation of the sector is complex and anyone wishing to complain about those breaking the rules faces a tough time. There are six different authorities...

  • Buses now serving Rinella Bay

    Buses now serving Rinella Bay

    Buses on Route 3A are now providing a service to Rinella Bay in both directions, Malta Public Transport said. It said route 3A operates a half hourly service (hourly on Sundays) linking Kalkara Strand, Rinella and Smart City and operates in...

  • Farmer who exposed bad practice being investigated

    Farmer who exposed bad practice being investigated

    The farmer who raised the alarm on food safety because of slurry dumping on fields is being probed by the agricultural and health authorities. Four inspectors from the Environmental Health Directorate descended on Paul Abela on August 6 and took...

  • Man believed to be Maltese charged with attempted murder in Toronto

    Man believed to be Maltese charged with attempted murder in Toronto

    A man, believed to be Maltese, has been charged with attempted murder in Toronto. Cory Galea, 21, of no fixed address, was also charged with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon. The Toronto police said a...

  • NGO concerned at decision to allow hunting till 7pm

    NGO concerned at decision to allow hunting till 7pm

    Din l-Art Helwa this morning expressed concern at the government's decision to again allow hunting until 7pm in September, removing the 3pm hunting curfew intended to protect migrating birds of prey during this period. It said in a statement that...