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  • Man who took €75,000 in benefit fraud is to avoid court after repayment agreement

    Man who took €75,000 in benefit fraud is to avoid court after repayment agreement

    A serial fraudster who took more than €75,000 in unearned social benefits has reached an agreement to repay the amount and avoid criminal proceedings. In 2015, this newspaper reported how the man had been discovered abusing seven different...

  • Driver who injured four, two seriously, fined €2,000

    Driver who injured four, two seriously, fined €2,000

    A man who injured four women, two seriously, in a traffic accident three years ago has been fined €2,000 and banned from driving for a week. Charles Cutajar was found guilty of dangerous and reckless driving. Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit...

  • CCTV showed thief towing away construction equipment using his own vehicle, court told

    CCTV showed thief towing away construction equipment using his own vehicle, court told

    A contractor who was allegedly captured on camera in the act of towing a piece of machinery taken from a construction site in Mosta, was granted bail today after pleading not guilty to theft. Antoine Borg, 35, from Swieqi, was arraigned this...

  • Guilty of sexually assaulting woman while giving her a lift

    Guilty of sexually assaulting woman while giving her a lift

    A Gozitan man who sexually assaulted an English woman will spend time behind bars after a court of appeal overturned his earlier acquittal by a magistrate's court. Paschalino Cefai, had been acquitted on charges of having committed a violent...

  • Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

    Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

    Updated at 3.45pm with BirdLife statement The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday March 25 and Friday April 14, both days inclusive, the government announced today following advice by the Ornis...

  • de Valette’s dagger to return to Malta for the first time since 1798...on loan

    de Valette’s dagger to return to Malta for the first time since 1798...on loan

    The dagger that belonged to Grand Master de la Valette is to be brought to Malta on loan from the Louvre for a Heritage Malta exhibition coinciding with Malta's EU Presidency. The dagger, together with a sword, had been presented to the grand...

  • Street vendors 'making Malta a giant flea market'

    Street vendors 'making Malta a giant flea market'

    Street vendors are turning Malta's prime sites into flea markets, the GRTU and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said in a joint statement yesterday. "We are concerned that anyone who wishes to start selling anything to just set up a...

  • Record 821 knee replacement operations last year

    Record 821 knee replacement operations last year

    A record 821 knee replacement operations were performed last year, including operations performed in state hospitals and others paid for by the government and conducted in private hospitals. Health Minister Chris Fearne told Nationalist MP Chris...

  • From vodka to underwear - Customs announces sale

    From vodka to underwear - Customs announces sale

    The Customs Department has announced a sale of various seized items including a large quantity of ceramic tiles, 18,000 pairs of shoes and 48,000 items of underwear. Other items will include a  Volkswagen Bora car, a large dinghy, two aquariums,...

  • HSBC profits up by a third to €62.2m

    HSBC profits up by a third to €62.2m

    HSBC Malta said today it made a profit before tax of €62.2m for the year ended 31 December 2016, an increase of €15.4m, or 33%, compared with the previous year. Adjusted profit before tax, which excludes the effect of non-recurring items, was...

  • Man who took his own life had applied for assisted return, minister says

    Man who took his own life had applied for assisted return, minister says

    Updated 4.45pm with ministry reaction A migrant who took his life on Saturday night had applied for assisted return, the government said this afternoon, amid accusations that a new policy was driving hundreds of migrants to despair. Frederick...

  • Cracking Malta’s latest spate of car bombs

    Cracking Malta’s latest spate of car bombs

    None of the car-bomb explosions of recent years – including three in 2016 alone – has been solved, leaving many to wonder whether the police will ever get to the bottom of things. Investigators are likely to face another brick wall as they try to...

  • Trump set to dominate Carnival? The Wall goes up at Nadur

    Trump set to dominate Carnival? The Wall goes up at Nadur

    It looks like Donald Trump will dominate this year's Carnival. A group of performers got an early start at the Nadur Carnival opening events, as the videos above and below by Marlene Xuereb/Facebook show.

  • Malta newspapers review

    Malta newspapers review

    The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. All the newspapers feature yesterday's car bomb on their front pages. In other stories, Times of Malta quotes the European Parliament's Pana Committee saying it found no conclusive...

  • Police, FIAU official stonewall on Pana committee questions

    Police, FIAU official stonewall on Pana committee questions

    Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar did not answer the questions posed by Panama Committee members yesterday. It was a senior economic crimes unit officer who replied, this newspaper has learnt. Sources from the European Parliament said that...

  • EU's climate change reforms failed, says MEP Miriam Dalli

    EU's climate change reforms failed, says MEP Miriam Dalli

    Europe has failed in its first major opportunity to address climate change, Labour MEP Miriam Dalli said after the approval of a “watered-down” reform of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted draft...

  • Media bill would breach European Convention on Human Rights - Jason Azzopardi

    Media bill would breach European Convention on Human Rights - Jason Azzopardi

    Allowing ongoing cases of criminal libel to proceed even after a proposed media defamation law repealed the crime would be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, home affairs shadow minister Jason Azzopardi said this...

  • Man grievously injured after skidding with motorcycle in Ħamrun

    Man grievously injured after skidding with motorcycle in Ħamrun

    A 52-year-old Sliema man was grievously injured this afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle on St Joseph street, Ħamrun. The accident happened at 2.30pm when the man fell off his Kymco Agility motorcycle, police said. This was the...

  • Nature Trust concerned at high number of ODZ permits

    Nature Trust concerned at high number of ODZ permits

    Nature Trust (Malta) yesterday expressed “serious concerns” that the number of outside development zone applications lately being approved by the Planning Authority commission was very high. Reacting to a story published in The Sunday Times of...

  • Mr, Mrs, Mx: President embraces gender-neutral personal title

    Mr, Mrs, Mx: President embraces gender-neutral personal title

    The personal title for non-binary individuals, Mx, has been endorsed by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Reb Xiberras was surprised to find their invitation to the President's reception for the appointment of the ambassadors and High...