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Cafe premier deal 'textbook case of sleaze' - Jason Azzopardi

Cafe premier deal 'textbook case of sleaze' - Jason Azzopardi

The Nationalist Party this afternoon reiterated its call for Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to  "come clean" over the €4.2 million Cafe Premier deal and described the issue as a "textbook case of sleaze". Addressing a press conference outside the former Cafe Premier, shadow minister Jason Azzopardi said the Prime Minister was personally involved in the...

  • Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Updated: Man charged with aggravated possession of drugs remanded in custody

    Mohammed Kouruma, 36, from the Ivory Coast, pleaded not guilty to the aggravated possession of four different drugs found in his apartment in St Paul's Bay. Magistrate Antonio Micallef Trigona heard how the Drug Squad found around 380 grams of...

  • Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Acclaimed academic to lecture on 'politics and morality'

    Susan Mendus, a Morrell Professor Emerita in political philosophy at the University of York is to deliver this year's Mabel Strickland's Memorial Lecture “Politics and Morality” at the Phoenicia Hotel on Thursday at 6.30pm. The lecture will look...

  • European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    European Court throws out Gozo land owners' case against government

    The European Court of Human Rights has declared as inadmissible a case filed by owners of land in Gozo against the government. The land owners, Gozitan residents Michael Borg, Olympia Borg and Andrew Vella and Lorena Vella argued that land they...

  • Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Drug awareness catalyst Maria Sciberras passes away

    Maria Sciberras, a catalyst for raising significant awareness of the drug problem in Malta, has passed away, aged 75. Dr Sciberras helped set up the Detox Centre at St Luke’s Hospital. She organised and set up services for drug dependants in Malta...

  • Expert: No chemical weapons in Libya

    Expert: No chemical weapons in Libya

    There are no viable chemical weapons left in Libya and even if there were, there are no functioning missile systems with which to fire them at Malta, according to a weapons expert who surveyed the country’s arms stockpile. “In my view and from my...

  • Update 2: Opposition calls for Joseph Muscat's resignation over 'lies' to cover involvement in Cafe Premier deal

    Update 2: Opposition calls for Joseph Muscat's resignation over 'lies' to cover involvement in Cafe Premier deal

    (Adds PL statement) The Opposition today again called for the Prime Minister’s resignation over the Café Premier deal and described as a scandal "the lies" being said to cover his involvement. Nationalist Party Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta quotes an expert saying there are no chemical weapons in Libya. The Malta Independent reports comments by Lawrence Gonzi that there are no simple answers on...

  • Expert: no chemical weapons in Libya

    Expert: no chemical weapons in Libya

    There are no viable chemical weapons left in Libya and even if there were, there are no functioning missile systems with which to fire them at Malta, according to a weapons expert who surveyed the country’s arms stockpile. “In my view and from my...

  • Muscat met director of Cafe Premier ahead of the last election

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has admitted meeting Cafe Premier director Mario Camilleri before the 2013 general election, adding he has always met and still meets entrepreneurs on a regular basis. He insists, however, that the discussions that...

  • Jailed for assaulting his mother’s lawyer

    Jailed for assaulting his mother’s lawyer

    A man was jailed for four years after he was convicted of seriously injuring his mother’s lawyer, Tonio Azzopardi, during an assault at his office in 2006. Magistrate Mareseann Farrugia jailed Philip Camilleri, 35, from Marsa for having shown...

  • Brothers knew of bribes, says pardoned oil trader

    Brothers knew of bribes, says pardoned oil trader

    Pardoned oil trader George Farrugia insisted in court yesterday that his five brothers knew about the kickbacks he was paying to secure tenders on oil and fuel storage and procurement. Saying several times throughout his two-hour testimony that it...

  • Threats thought to be work of agitators

    Threats thought to be work of agitators

    Graffiti threatening Christians with death were found scrawled on two bus stops on the same road in Qrendi yesterday but are suspected to be fake and intended to provoke Islamophobia. The writing on the stone shelters, situated along Triq...

  • Gonzi urges Libyans in Malta to aid unity effort

    Gonzi urges Libyans in Malta to aid unity effort

    Former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi yesterday called on Libyans in Malta to support the island’s efforts to bring about unity between the two rival factions in the North African country. “Within our neighbouring country, divisions between those...

  • PN leader welcomes apology from Falzon

    PN leader welcomes apology from Falzon

    Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil welcomed former Cabinet minister Michael Falzon’s “unconditional apology” for failing to declare €460,000 in a Swiss account. Though Mr Falzon’s suspension from the Nationalist Party would still stand “until the...

  • Malta fares badly in active ageing report

    The difference in ageing experiences between men and women in Malta is the worst in Europe, according to a new report on active ageing. Malta’s results in the UNECE Active Aging Index for 2014 pointed to a slight increase in the overall experience...

  • Weather halts search

    The search for a Chinese woman who was swept out to sea has been put on hold because of adverse weather. The woman, 27, fell into the sea at Dwejra in Gozo at about 2pm on Wednesday after she was hit by a large wave. An army spokesman said a...

  • Students hit at spring hunting

    Spring hunting goes against any principle of conservation, the Studenti Demokristjani Maltin said, as it expressed itself in favour of sustainable hunting. SDM noted that the spring hunting period was currently set to a three-week period in April...

  • Stock demand

    The strong demand for the €180 million Malta Government Stocks, oversubscribed in a matter of hours, was further testament to the high levels of optimism and trust reigning at the moment, the government said. It said the issue was subscribed at a...

  • Peter Serracino Inglott award

    Peter Serracino Inglott award

    The Today Public Policy Institute has honoured one of its founder members, Peter Serracino Inglott, by establishing an award in his name for civic thinking. The Peter Serracino Inglott Award for Civic Thinking and Engagement will be awarded...

  • Cinema-goers whipped into frenzy by erotic film

    Cinema-goers whipped into frenzy by erotic film

    Fifty Shades of Grey, the film of a virginal heroine who falls for a bondage-loving billionaire, is breaking records at the cinemas. “I think lots of babies will be born in November,” quipped a spokeswoman for the Empire cinema in Buġibba. The...