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  • Possible mediation seen as Libyan PM meets US ambassador and Turkish envoy arrives in Malta

    Possible mediation seen as Libyan PM meets US ambassador and Turkish envoy arrives in Malta

    The Turkish Prime Minister's special envoy to Libya is in Malta for talks with Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni, and is then due to travel to Misurata, the power base of the militia which now controls Tripoli and Benghazi. The Turkish...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how a man died and another was critically injured when a car driven by a 17-year-old smashed into a bus stop. It also reports that the Libyan prime...

  • Man dies as driver, 17, smashes into bus stop

    Man dies as driver, 17, smashes into bus stop

    An elderly man idly chatting at a bus shelter was killed yesterday when a car driven by an underage youngster crashed into the structure and caused it to collapse. The man he was speaking to was critically injured in the accident, which took place...

  • Libyan PM and half his cabinet on the island

    Libyan PM and half his cabinet on the island

    Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and practically half his Cabinet arrived in Malta yesterday evening for an unprecedented diplomatic blitz that is as much aimed at Malta as it is at the international community. Mr Thinni, his deputy, and...

  • Mizzi gives no deadlines for new gas power plant

    Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi failed to give a new deadline for the completion of the gas power station project at the end of an animated parliamentary debate. Dr Mizzi told Parliament yesterday that a timeline for the project would be given when...

  • Sister’s bail cash is ‘a civil matter’

    Sister’s bail cash is ‘a civil matter’

    A woman’s request to be paid back half of her brother’s €30,000 deposit to the courts as bail in a double murder case was yesterday rejected by a criminal court, which said it was civil matter. In her application, Mona Camilleri said the money...

  • Catamaran passenger pleads not guilty to drug smuggling charges

    A Sicilian man caught with four kilograms of cannabis grass in the compartment of his car’s spare tyre was remanded in custody yesterday after denying conspiracy and drug trafficking. Drug squad police arrested the man on Saturday when he arrived...

  • Mystery illness affects 18 students in ‘smelly’ class

    Mystery illness affects 18 students in ‘smelly’ class

    A group of Form 2 students fell ill and had to be rushed out of the classroom yesterday at Sacred Heart College, St Julian’s, after being exposed to a foul smell permeating the room. A concerned father told Times of Malta that some 18 pupils were...

  • ‘More’ creditors could file for administration

    ‘More’ creditors could file for administration

    Creditors who are owed millions by More Supermarket chain are considering asking a court to place the sole shareholding company under administration, this newspaper has learnt. The chain used to be partly owned by Ryan Schembri, a meat importer...

  • Brussels ‘can’t halt trapping this year’

    Brussels ‘can’t halt trapping this year’

    Maltese trappers will not be stopped from catching song birds this season as the European Commission is not yet in a position to ask the European Court to halt the practice, Times of Malta has learnt. However, Brussels is laying the groundwork to...

  • Scerri ‘never involved in Vella move’

    The chief of staff at the Home Affairs Ministry yesterday insisted he was never involved in the decision to terminate the deployment of television presenter Norman Vella with state broadcaster PBS. Silvio Scerri said he learnt of the matter...

  • Man dies swimming

    A man died yesterday afternoon out at sea after he faced difficulties while swimming. The man, who has not yet been identified, was spotted in trouble while swimming off Qui-Si-Sana, Sliema, around 2.20pm. A police constable and a passer-by tried...

  • Whitehall apartments

    The apartments referred to in yesterday’s Times of Malta are being marketed by the private owners who had previously purchased them in April. They form part of the block, adjoining the Corinthia Hotel London, which had been bought from NLI...

  • Alert over anchovies

    A Spanish brand of canned anchovy fillets in olive oil has been recalled by the health authorities for containing high levels of histamine. Consumers have been warned not to eat the fillets of the brand Deep Blue in a 48 gram metal tin inside a...

  • Flight hitch

    A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 on a flight to Edinburgh returned to Malta yesterday after the crew detected a problem with the nose wheel. The aircraft landed safely back in Malta some 70 minutes after departing. A replacement reached Edinburgh with a...

  • Gozo Bishop ‘could have been happier’ with Synod

    Gozo Bishop ‘could have been happier’ with Synod

    Gozo Bishop Mario Grech would have been a happier man had the Synod of bishops retained the original text on the Church’s relationship with gay people. “I am happy with the document but I could have been happier with the outcome,” he said, when...

  • Top qualities for an archbishop

    Top qualities for an archbishop

    The process to choose an archbishop is still in its infancy but the discussion is under way about the qualities that the next Church leader should have. An ability to decide and to be outspoken whenever the need arises appear to be common traits...

  • Mobile police station has no permit

    Mobile police station has no permit

    A mobile police station inaugurated a few days ago in Marsascala by Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia has no planning permit yet – only a temporary clearance from the planning authority. A spokesman for Mepa told Times of Malta that the...

  • Enemalta will target boathouse electricity theft – PM

    Joseph Muscat has warned that Enemalta will clamp down on electricity theft by boathouse owners if they fail to regularise their position. However, the Prime Minister continued to defend the government’s decision to give the illegal boathouses...

  • Surgeons ‘satisfied’ with MP’s operation

    Surgeons ‘satisfied’ with MP’s operation

    Nationalist Party deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami yesterday had a major four-and-a-half-hour operation to remove a 15cm malignant tumour from his back. Surgeons at the London hospital, where he underwent the procedure, told relatives they were...