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  • ‘Time to address pressure on Malta’

    ‘Time to address pressure on Malta’

    Malta was under unbearable pressure because of the complacency of some European member states in addressing the migration problem, Claude Moraes, chairman of the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee said...

  • Survivors watch as bodies are taken off Italian vessel

    Survivors watch as bodies are taken off Italian vessel

    The 28 survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat tragedy sat on the deck of the Italian rescue ship as they watched 24 corpses being taken off the vessel in body bags. A uniformed crew member of the Italian coastguard vessel Bruno Gregoretti saluted...

  • Bouquets of flowers for the ‘unidentified’

    Bouquets of flowers for the ‘unidentified’

    In a day of desperation people yesterday responded to the latest migrant tragedy by sending flowers to the hospital morgue where 24 victims had been transferred. It was Ivan Falzon, the CEO of Mater Dei Hospital, who started the initiative with a...

  • ‘High number of migrants still trapped inside Libya’

    ‘High number of migrants still trapped inside Libya’

    As Libya continues to be rocked by instability and violence, a high number of migrants remain trapped inside Libya, many of whom might choose to head towards Europe by sea, according to the International Organisation for Migration. In its latest...

  • Romanian is appealing conviction for causing death of Sudanese man

    Romanian is appealing conviction for causing death of Sudanese man

    The Romanian man convicted last month for causing the death of a Sudanese man in Paceville in 2012 has appealed his conviction, claiming that the first court misinterpreted the law and failed to explain his plea of self-defence to the...

  • Ice bucket challenge lands fitter in court

    A Senglea man yesterday denied seriously injuring a bouncer with an ice bucket when he was stopped from taking it out of a night club in San Ġwann. The Aria Club bouncer was taken to hospital with a two-centimetre long cut on his forehead, it...

  • Busuttil: PN saw real turnaround in locals

    Busuttil: PN saw real turnaround in locals

    The Nationalist Party played away in the last round of local elections and not only stemmed the haemorrhage of votes but even managed to make a turnaround, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said yesterday. He said the PN halved the gap that had...

  • Prisoners ‘need help to learn’

    Prisoners ‘need help to learn’

    Family issues and other personal problems were among the reasons inmates attending an educational programme dropped out or skipped class, highlighting the need for better support, according to a study. Some inmates said they did not attend class...

  • March inflation is lowest in 30 years

    Lower utility tariffs and fuel prices last month pushed the cost of living to a 30-year low, according to official figures published yesterday. In March, the retail price index stood at 0.59 per cent, down from 1.1 per cent the year before. The...

  • Girl falls in hotel shaft

    A young tourist fell in a Qawra hotel shaft yesterday evening. Sources said the incident occurred at about 9.15pm and the police were on site shortly afterwards. Civil Protection Department personnel were still working to lift the girl, in her...

  • HSBC submits new, ‘concrete’ proposals

    HSBC submits new, ‘concrete’ proposals

    HSBC Bank Malta has submitted new proposals, which it described as “concrete”, after an industrial action disrupted operations for over a week. The action escalated to a strike, which was suspended following mediation by the Office of the Prime...

  • ‘Pitkala dispute is resolved’

    ‘Pitkala dispute is resolved’

    A stand-off over regulations forcing the Ta’ Qali fruit and vegetable market middlemen to pay 10 per cent of their annual turnover as a licence-renewal guarantee was “resolved”, the government said yesterday. In a statement, it said all the...

  • Unlicensed sailor severed man’s foot

    A Swieqi man was yesterday fined €5,500 for severing a snorkeller’s foot while trying out a dinghy he was thinking of buying, just two days before he obtained his nautical licence. John Bonello, 35, of Swieqi, was driving the dinghy close to San...

  • Nuncio visit

    Apostolic Nuncio Aldo Cavalli paid a farewell visit to Deputy Speaker Ċensu Galea. Mr Galea thanked Mgr Cavalli for the valuable work carried out during his tenure of office, during which the relations between Malta and the Holy See were “further...

  • Still struggling with educational targets

    Still struggling with educational targets

    Malta still has a long way to go to meet the EU’s stringent education targets and remains one of the worst performers, according to the latest data. Although substantial progress has been made since 2002, when EU governments agreed on binding...

  • Balluta supermarket proposal raises seafront traffic concerns

    Balluta supermarket proposal raises seafront traffic concerns

    Balluta residents fear that a proposal to turn the Carmelite priory garden into a supermarket will worsen traffic congestion problems on that part of the St Julian’s seafront. They are demanding assurances that excavation works for an underground...

  • Sant targets ‘disgraceful’ Commission on asbestos

    Labour MEP Alfred Sant has accused the European Commission of “disgraceful” behaviour over its treatment of employees exposed to asbestos. The former prime minister said the Commission had not yet replied to a parliamentary question about the fate...

  • Updated - Pipes in shaft save French tourist's life

    Updated - Pipes in shaft save French tourist's life

    A number of pipes saved a young French tourist's life when they broke her fall down a shaft late yesterday. The police said the 15-year-old girl fell down a shaft in a hotel in Qawra. She fell from the sixth floor but a network of pipes on the...

  • Authority seeks information on unsafe work location

    Authority seeks information on unsafe work location

    The Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) has requested information from the public about the location where a video was taken, showing a person working in an unsafe manner on a plank. The video was posted on facebook but subsequently...

  • Busuttil hails PN councils result, but says hard work remains

    Busuttil hails PN councils result, but says hard work remains

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this evening again hailed the results achieved by the PN in the local elections but said a lot of hard work remained in store for the PN to fully recover its gap to Labour. Speaking at a press conference with the...