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Update 3 - Abducted Maltese released - thanks Maltese consul in Libya for saving his life

Kidnapped Maltese oil worker Martin Galea was released in Libya this afternoon and arrived back in Malta on a special flight this evening. He thanked all those who worked for his release, particularly the Maltese consul to Tripoli who, he said, had saved his life. Mr Galea was held captive for 11 days and was released to the Maltese consulate in Tripoli...

  • 21 former shipyard workers to get €226,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

    21 former shipyard workers to get €226,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

    Malta breached the right to life and the right to respect for private and family life when it failed to take measures to ensure the safety of 21 shipyard workers who were exposed to asbestos for a number of years, the European Court of Human...

  • Legal channels for migrations would help address situation

    Legal channels for migrations would help address situation

    Opening up legal channels for migration is a way forward to help address the migrant situation and mitigate risks migrants find themselves in when crossing borders, according to an expert. Melissa Phillips, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat...

  • Bus driver jailed three years

    Bus driver jailed three years

    A former Arriva bus driver was today jailed for three years after he was found guilty of defrauding the company of some €15,000 after allegedly pocketing money from ticket sales in February 2012 and earlier. Ronald Gerada, 36, of Xgħajra, was also...

  • Updated: More than 1,500 sign students' petition

    More than 1,500 students signed a petition by the University Students' Council calling on the government and unions to proceed with negotiations over an industrial dispute involving the academic staff. The issue concerns the new collective...

  • Fiscal Responsibility Act will introduce controls on public expenditure - minister

    Fiscal Responsibility Act will introduce controls on public expenditure - minister

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna today described the Fiscal Responsibility Act, approved by Parliament recently, as a milestone that would introduce controls on public expenditure. Prof. Scicluna told a news conference that the aims of the law...

  • UNHCR calls on Europeans to act to stop 'catastrophe' in Mediterranean

    UNHCR calls on Europeans to act to stop 'catastrophe' in Mediterranean

    Europeans needed to take urgent action to stop the catastrophe taking place in the Mediterranean, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said as he praised Malta and Italy for their efforts. António Guterres noted that more than 260 people died or...

  • Fewer people registering for work

    Fewer people registering for work

    There were 6,751 registering for work last month with the Employment and Training Corporation last month compared to 7,279 in the same month last year. The National Statistics Office said decreases were recorded among all age-groups with the most...

  • Men jailed, fined for trafficking cocaine, heroin

    Men jailed, fined for trafficking cocaine, heroin

    Two men were this morning jailed a total of 17 years and fined €45,000 after they admitted to cocaine and heroin trafficking in 2007. Duncan Scerri, 38, of Salina, and Walid Laouini, a 35-year-old Tunisian who lives in St Paul's Bay, chose to...

  • ‘Every migrant boat has pregnant women’

    ‘Every migrant boat has pregnant women’

    At least one pregnant woman is found on board every boat of migrants arriving in Malta, according to a report by an international migration agency. Libyan smugglers and migrants interviewed by the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat revealed that...

  • Qormi junction delays ‘down’

    Qormi junction delays ‘down’

    The transport watchdog is sticking to its guns over the controversial new traffic arrangements in Qormi, saying preliminary studies show delays were significantly reduced and road safety improved. According to a Transport Malta report tabled in...

  • Co-cathedral’s restoration will start in September

    Co-cathedral’s restoration will start in September

    Restoration work on the facade and belfries of St John’s Co-Cathedral will start in September and is expected to last about two-and-a-half years, ready in time for the Valletta 2018 celebrations. This will be the first complete restoration project...

  • Court slams Appoġġ over German case

    Court slams Appoġġ over German case

      A magistrate yesterday had harsh words for Appoġġ over its handling of the German children who were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago, saying the agency had shown it was “less able” to take care of the children than the mothers...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a magistrate yesterday had harsh words for Appoġġ over its handling of the German children who were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago,...

  • Fractured skull caused baby fits

    Fits suffered by a three-month-old girl last week were the result of a fractured skull and subsequent brain haemorrhage, doctors told a court yesterday. They said the build-up of pressure on the brain by the internal bleeding was what caused the...

  • PN deputy leader in hospital in UK

    PN deputy leader in hospital in UK

    Beppe Fenech Adami, the Nationalist Party’s deputy leader, is in the UK receiving medical attention. The treatment the 45-year-old MP requires was extremely specialised and was not available in Malta, family members told Times of Malta. His...

  • Jailed for stealing from church

    A 61-year-old Somali was jailed for 20 months after he admitted to stealing cash from the donation box at St Ġorġ Preca church, in Blata l-Bajda, last February. Farah Said Hirsi also pleaded guilty to handling stolen property and committing the...

  • Birdlife members to be charged

    Birdlife members to be charged

    Six Birdlife Malta members who were photographed holding dead birds to highlight illegal hunting will be charged with possession of protected species. The court ordered criminal action to be taken against the bird lovers after the Federation for...

  • Broadband penetration rate above EU average

    Broadband penetration rate above EU average

    Malta boasts 34 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, significantly above the EU average, according to an annual report on the state of the telecommunications markets in 2013. The European Commission report states that, in July last year,...

  • President says Montekristo venue has necessary permits

    President says Montekristo venue has necessary permits

    The venue at Montekristo Estates hosting today’s charity dinner in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund is covered by the necessary permits, according to President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. This was reiterated by the planning authority which...

  • Forum for unions will strengthen their unity – president

    Bringing trade unions together under one umbrella was a historic move boosting unity among the Maltese, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said yesterday. “Today is a historic day for our country that should help strengthen unity among the...