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  • Judge issues protection order for man stabbed by lover's husband

    Judge issues protection order for man stabbed by lover's husband

    A judge this afternoon upheld the Attorney General's appeal and revoked a magistrate's decision not to issue a protection order for a man who was stabbed by his lover's husband.  The appeal was filed by the police through the Attorney General's...

  • Update 2: Whistleblower's claim 'sheer nonsense', Simon Busuttil claims in judicial protest

    Update 2: Whistleblower's claim 'sheer nonsense', Simon Busuttil claims in judicial protest

    (Adds government statement) Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has filed a judicial protest claiming that the whistleblower in the alleged 'work for votes' scandal in Gozo lied when testifying in court yesterday. Referring to testimony by Joseph...

  • Man tries direct plea bargaining during court sitting

    Man tries direct plea bargaining during court sitting

    "You're not buying cheesecakes here," a magistrate told a man this morning when he asked for his probable prison sentence if he were to admit to the charges brought against him.  The man, 23-year-old Yousef Essesi, who in open court called his...

  • More than 150 academics express concern about proposed new university

    More than 150 academics including 120 academic staff at the University of Malta, 40 and Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School have come together informally to issue a joint statement expressing concern about the proposed university at Zonqor in...

  • Gianluca: I was not talking about the civil unions law

    Gianluca: I was not talking about the civil unions law

    Singing doctor Gianluca Bezzina has blamed inexperience at public speaking for the backlash caused by his speech at the Nationalist Party general council on Sunday. The fallout from his speech gained momentum on social media, but Dr Bezzina...

  • Malta enjoys most noticeable drop in household electricity prices - Eurostat

    Malta enjoys most noticeable drop in household electricity prices - Eurostat

    Malta enjoyed the most noticeable drop in household electricity prices among EU countries between the second half of 2013 and the second half of last year, according to Eurostat. It said that household electricity prices in the European Union rose...

  • Air Malta flights to Brussels likely delayed as electric fault hits Belgian flights

    An electrical failure has paralysed much of the air traffic in and over Belgium and is set to cause delays, detours and cancellations of flights for several hours. The Eurocontrol air traffic body said the electrical failure at the local centre...

  • Air Malta says it will carry more passengers with fewer aircraft

    Air Malta says it will carry more passengers with fewer aircraft

    Air Malta plans to carry more passengers on fewer aircraft this winter as the airline seeks to maximise operational efficiency. The airline issued a statement after Times of Malta reported last week that senior Air Malta officials were...

  • EU’s smugglers plan ‘needs further work’

    EU’s smugglers plan ‘needs further work’

    The EU’s proposal to use military force to stop migrant smugglers is “feasible” but more preparation and planning is needed, according to secret Brussels documents published by Wikileaks. Two batches of files were released by Wikileaks, which said...

  • Minister leaps to defence of MCST chairman Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando

    Minister leaps to defence of MCST chairman Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando

    The Education Minister has leapt to the defence of Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando after The Sunday Times of Malta reported that the Malta Council for Science and Technology executive chairman only attended his office on Wednesdays and blamed the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta quotes former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi saying that the controversial waiver clause in the final agreement over Mater Dei Hospital in 2009 was not...

  • Lawrence Gonzi: Cabinet didn’t see Mater Dei waiver

    Lawrence Gonzi: Cabinet didn’t see Mater Dei waiver

    The controversial waiver clause in the final agreement over Mater Dei Hospital in 2009 was not put to Cabinet for approval, former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi said yesterday. Dr Gonzi was replying to questions on revelations that the agreement...

  • Updated: Brussels proposes use of emergency migration mechanism

    Updated: Brussels proposes use of emergency migration mechanism

    Brussels today announced a number of measures, including some affecting Malta directly, to tackle migration problems in the Mediterranean. Among the initiatives, unveiled by Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Executive proposed...

  • Laboratory offers gait treatment for first time

    Laboratory offers gait treatment for first time

    Patients with neuromuscular disease will no longer have to go to the UK for treatment, thanks to an upgrade at a university laboratory so far used mainly for research. The University of Malta’s Department of Systems and Control Engineering has a...

  • Belgian Falcon to return for air show

    Belgian Falcon to return for air show

    Belgian air power will be back on display at this year’s Malta International Airshow in the form of an F-16 Fighting Falcon that was here five years ago. The first countries to have confirmed their participation in the 23rd edition of the...

  • Embellishment of Salina and Kennedy Grove starts soon

    Embellishment of Salina and Kennedy Grove starts soon

    The expansion and embellishment of the Salina national park and the Kennedy Grove area in St Paul’s Bay to compensate for the Coast Road’s encroachment upon the picnic area opposite the park will begin in the coming weeks. Environment Minister Leo...

  • Human rights NGO criticises special scheme for business

    The proposal to give a temporary visa to Libyan businessmen unashamedly ridicules the desperate plight of the refugees losing their lives at sea, according to human rights NGO Aditus. The proposal, it continued, flew in the face of EU-wide calls...

  • Fenech ‘not present as trader pardoned’

    Fenech ‘not present as trader pardoned’

    Former finance minister Tonio Fenech, who was responsible for Enemalta, confirmed yesterday he was not present at the Cabinet meeting when oil trader George Farrugia was given a presidential pardon in early 2013. Mr Fenech told the House Public...

  • Mizzi: positive three years for WSC

    Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said yesterday financial stability and operational effectiveness prevailed at the Water Services Corporation, leaving a positive financial balance for the third year running. Winding up the debate on the motion for the...

  • Adoptions from Russia

    A total of 118 adoptions of children from Russia were made between 2008 and last year, Family Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia told opposition MP Chris Said in reply to a parliamentary question. There were 27 in 2008, 25 in 2009, 10 in 2010, 29...