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  • Refugee head calls for solidarity with Malta

    Refugee head calls for solidarity with Malta

    The UN has called on the EU to show enhanced solidarity with Malta as the Mediterranean Sea yesterday witnessed yet another migrant tragedy. António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said Malta was “a special case” because of size...

  • Muscat concern on Libya ‘anarchy’

    Libya is in a state of anarchy and the situation there has to be tackled with “great urgency”, according to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. At a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, the Prime Minister urged the UN to...

  • Mepa finds grit under Palumbo concrete flooring

    Planning authority inspectors yesterday found grit, possibly hazardous, buried under concrete at Palumbo Shipyards in Cospicua. They were paying a surprise visit after receiving a tip-off that residue from grit-blasting operations had been dumped...

  • Diplomat was employed on ‘basis of trust’

    Diplomat was employed on ‘basis of trust’

    An experienced diplomat who is fighting her forced transfer from the Foreign Office was not actually a public officer but was employed on a basis of trust under the previous administration, an OPM representative told a court yesterday. Antoinette...

  • ‘Woman smuggled drugs in mouth’

    A woman was yesterday caught trying to smuggle a packet believed to contain heroin into prison by carrying it in her mouth. Sources said the woman, whose boyfriend is an inmate, immediately raised suspicions because of the way she was talking. She...

  • Law reform head makes court pitch for lower age of consent

    Law Reform Commissioner Franco Debono yesterday said the age of consent “should be 16” rather than 18, during an arraignment in which his client denied having sex with a minor. Dr Debono, whose job as commissioner is to review and recommend ways...

  • Decision on Kate’s visit is expected tomorrow

    Decision on Kate’s visit is expected tomorrow

    Morning sickness could well prevent the Duchesss of Cambridge from coming to Malta but a decision by the Royal household will only be made tomorrow. The uncertainty has left the government without an official confirmation of who will replace her...

  • Victim support group calls for fines to deter drug use

    Victim support group calls for fines to deter drug use

    An organisation that supports victims of crime has come out in favour of decriminalising drug use but called for hefty fines to deter users, with the proceeds going into a fund for victims as a form of restorative justice. The recommendation was...

  • Survivors: smugglers hit boat carrying 300 people

    Survivors: smugglers hit boat carrying 300 people

    A boat carrying some 300 irregular immigrants capsized at the weekend after it was allegedly rammed by human smugglers, according to survivors who were brought to Malta. Army sources said that the version recounted by the three survivors who...

  • Critically hurt baby stable after head surgery

    A critically injured 10-month-old girl, who was allegedly slammed into her cot by her mother’s partner on Friday, is now in a stable condition after having an operation on Sunday. A 27-year-old man, who cannot be named by court order, stands...

  • ‘Reclassified workers lifted public job total’

    ‘Reclassified workers lifted public job total’

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna yesterday blamed the statistical spike in public sector employees on new methodology used in collecting employment data. Figures published recently by the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed an increase of...

  • PN announces 12 first-time candidates

    PN announces 12 first-time candidates

    Though there is still a long way to go, the Nationalist Party yesterday announced the first batch of candidates for the general election of 2018. The 12 first-time candidates were approved by the executive committee following the recommendations...

  • Seminars on abuse

    Teachers, youth and social workers, counsellors, psychologists, therapists and the public are being invited for a series of two-hour seminars about healing from abuse. The seminars will be held by American psychotherapists Patrick and Sue Lauber...

  • Woman, 68, critical after stair tumble

    An elderly woman was fighting for her life yesterday after falling down a flight of stairs at her residence. The 68-year-old woman was found by family members on the stairs in her residence in Triq il-Blata l-Kahla, Santa Venera. The incident is...

  • No one hurt as car flips

    A man and a woman had a lucky escape yesterday afternoon when their car overturned on Mellieħa hill. The Fiat Punto was being driven by a 55-year-old man from Birkirkara, with a woman passenger aged 53, when it overturned near Selmun. An ambulance...

  • Brit here for his 60th trip

    Around 32 per cent of tourists who visited Malta this year had been here before, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said yesterday as he welcomed a Briton during his 60th trip to the island. The repeat tourism rate increased by nine per cent...

  • ‘MS robbed me of my hard-earned career’

    ‘MS robbed me of my hard-earned career’

    Six years ago, Maria Caruana De Brincat had to accept that her medical condition was interfering with her performance at work and took the tough decision to get boarded out. As a person with multiple sclerosis – a degenerative disease that attacks...

  • Valletta wardens back in full force

    Wardens recently reappeared patrolling the streets of Valletta in full force, after they had seemingly gone into hibernation. Their absence had led to drivers flouting the law and getting away with it, according to residents who spoke to this...

  • Poverty in Malta is on the rise, according to EU report

    Poverty in Malta is on the rise, according to EU report

    Poverty in Malta is on the rise and the island is moving away from reaching its targets for the reduction of poverty and social exclusion, according to a new EU report. Malta is committed to reducing the number of people at risk of poverty to...

  • First car to have a local number plate soon to be unveiled

    First car to have a local number plate soon to be unveiled

    A stunning piece of motoring history will be revealed in Gozo on Saturday – the first car to have a local number plate has returned to the country after 40 years. A 1904 Siddeley, the first registered car with a ‘1’ number plate, has been...