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  • Thief steals €350 in hold-up on St Julian's convenience store

    Thief steals €350 in hold-up on St Julian's convenience store

    A thief last night made off with €350 in cash stolen from the cash register of a convenience store in Triq Ross, St Julian’s, the police said. The theft took place at 9.30pm. The police said the man was  not masked and was carrying an item,...

  • Expert comes to aid racing car students

    Expert comes to aid racing car students

    Nearing the end of a 22-kilometre endurance race in Varano, Italy last September, the University of Malta racing team’s vehicle started overheating, a bleed screw in the brake calliper came undone, brake fluid began leaking, and the car was forced...

  • Woman, 69, in critical condition after being hit by car

    Woman, 69, in critical condition after being hit by car

    A 69-year-old woman from Swieqi is in a critical condition after she was hit by a car yesterday evening, the police said. The accident happened in Triq is-Slielem at 7pm. The woman was hit by a BMW that was being driven by a 27-year-old man from...

  • Ministry must reply to Times query, says data chief

    The Home Affairs Ministry has been slapped with an enforcement notice by the Data Protection Commissioner for failing to reply to a freedom of information request filed by this newspaper. On November 19, Times of Malta filed an FOI request for a...

  • Wife casts further doubt on claims Rakhat Aliyev killed himself

    Wife casts further doubt on claims Rakhat Aliyev killed himself

    The widow of Kazakh political exile Rakhat Aliyev, the millionaire who took refuge in Malta for years, yesterday said it was “out of the question” that her husband had committed suicide. “For me, it is out of the question that Rakhat voluntarily...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says that according to the first nationwide check-up on the island’s health system, nearly half of Malta’s elderly population suffer from high blood...

  • Health authorities to discuss salt content reduction in Maltese bread

    Health authorities to discuss salt content reduction in Maltese bread

    The health authorities intend to hold talks with bread makers to reduce the salt content in Maltese bread, the parliamentary secretary for health, Chris Fearne said. In comments to Times of Malta, he said that almost half of those aged 70 had high...

  • Half of elderly have high blood pressure

    Nearly half of Malta’s elderly population suffer from high blood pressure, according to the first nationwide check-up on the island’s health system. According to the Health Systems Performance Assessment, 45 per cent of the elderly population...

  • PL checks books for donations from café owners

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he is not aware of any donations handed down to the Labour Party by Café Premier owners, but the party’s books are being looked into to establish the facts. “As far as I know, Labour has not received any donations...

  • Hunters report fewer quail, turtle doves shot in autumn

    Hunters report fewer quail, turtle doves shot in autumn

    Only four in 10 hunters reported shooting turtle doves and quail last autumn, according to data released by the government. The hunters shot nearly 2,500 turtle doves and nearly 1,700 quail, the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, a government agency,...

  • ‘Sergeant should not have been promoted’

    A police sergeant should not have been promoted to inspector because of rumours, allegations and speculation about his shady connections, a newspaper editor insisted in court yesterday. Although the allegations were investigated by the police, no...

  • Wife casts further doubt on claims Aliyev killed himself

    Wife casts further doubt on claims Aliyev killed himself

    The widow of Kazakh political exile Rakhat Aliyev, the millionaire who took refuge in Malta for years, yesterday said it was “out of the question” that her husband had committed suicide. “For me, it is out of the question that Rakhat voluntarily...

  • ‘Resolve union conflict with urgency’

    ‘Resolve union conflict with urgency’

    Unions are destabilising industrial relations, not because of conflicts with employers but because of the rivalry between them, the Malta Employers’ Association has complained. The MEA president, Arthur Muscat, has called for inter-union conflicts...

  • Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square in Valletta is set to become a pedestrian zone in a €1.6 million revamp in time for November’s Commonwealth summit. The aim is to give prominence to the baroque features of the Auberge de Castille, return the square closer to the...

  • Man admits break-in bid

    A Somali caught by police as he was trying to break into a house in Marsa on Sunday evening was jailed for a year after he admitted the charges. Mustafa Mohamud Mohamed, 26, who lives in Żebbuġ, Gozo, was seen trying to break into a house in...

  • Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Migration to the new parliament building may finally take place in the coming weeks, possibly after the Easter recess, as works progress according to a schedule set last January. Work on the plenary chamber is practically finished and the...

  • ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    A legal loophole that allows registered sex offenders to organise parties for underage teenagers needs to be closed, according the Children’s Commissioner. Promoter Joel Caruana, the 24-year-old who was twice convicted of engaging in sexual...

  • Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Farmers will be receiving a total of €5 million a year in direct payments under the EU’s new agricultural reform, with specific aid targeted at the sectors of milk, beef, sheep and tomatoes. Under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020,...

  • Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    The family of murder victim Paul Degabriele, known as Is-Suldat, has lost a libel suit against a newspaper that referred to him as a dangerous criminal. Magistrate Francesco Depas­quale said this description was justified in the context of Mr...

  • Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    The government has commissioned an independent expert to analyse 2014’s tourism statistics, identify the sectors that need to be strengthened and recommend the steps to be taken. The report will be released for public consultation within weeks,...