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  • Malta signs oil and gas deal with Azerbaijanis

    Malta signs oil and gas deal with Azerbaijanis

    Malta and Azerbaijan yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation in the oil and gas sector. The agreement was signed with SOCAR – the Azerbaijani oil and gas state agency – by Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi during a...

  • Addict broke into 24 cars

    Addict broke into 24 cars

    A man who admitted having had a drug addiction for the past 22 years yesterday pleaded guilty to breaking into 24 cars to sustain his habit. Christopher Borg, 35, from Siġġiewi, went on a rampage on December 8, targeting cars parked at the Qormi...

  • Woman, 33, cleared in child prostitution case

    A Cospicua woman has been cleared of living off the earnings of prostitution of an underage girl after the court found inconsistencies in the girl’s version of events. The minor was a known prostitute and her police record was laden with...

  • Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Two years ago, Maltese full-time employees worked 100 hours more than they did in 2008, topping the European league, but receiving a lower pay. Statistics released in Brussels yesterday show that, on average, Maltese labour costs, largely...

  • Father cleared of sex acts with daughter, 11

    A man has been cleared of committing sexual acts with his 11-year-old daughter and exposing her to pornography involving animals after a magistrate found that her version was not credible. The court heard that the allegations against her father...

  • ‘Stuffed bird amnesty’ shot down by Birdlife

    A government proposal to grant amnesty to hunters in possession of protected stuffed birds was shot down by Birdlife. The proposal was on the agenda of the Ornis Committee, a government hunting advisory board, which met yesterday. It formed part...

  • Half people killed on roads were pedestrians

    Half people killed on roads were pedestrians

    Half of those who died in traffic accidents this year were pedestrians, a consultant at the Casualty Department said yesterday, appealing for responsible driving. Although the rate of traffic fatalities was decreasing, the percentage of...

  • Malliagate had the twists and turns of a soap opera

    Malliagate had the twists and turns of a soap opera

    It started off with a minister’s driver shooting at a car and ended, 20 days later, with the dismissal of one of the most powerful Cabinet ministers. Everyone was hooked. People called it a soap opera, a whodunit, an unfolding drama series and...

  • Salesman ‘bit officer’ after binge drinking

    A salesman who consumed an entire bottle of Sambuca attacked police officers who tried to help him as he was too drunk to walk on his own, the court heard yesterday. Joseph Balzan, 25, from Siġġiewi was charged with being drunk in public,...

  • Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism operators appear highly optimistic that things will keep improving even in 2015, after another record in arrivals this year. According to the results of a Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association survey, by the end of September, all main...

  • Six books each for every pupil

    Six books each for every pupil

    More than 10,000 books specifically appealing to young children will be distributed to primary schools so each classroom would have at least six for every student. A literacy programme themed Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ (read as much as you can) was launched...

  • Rape suspect escapes from police station

    Rape suspect escapes from police station

    A 32-year-old rape suspect (right) escaped from St Julian’s police station last night. The man was arrested on Sunday night, at about 3.15am, in St George’s Road, St Julian’s, when officers of the rapid intervention unit heard a woman scream, the...

  • Jaw smashed during fight

    A Bulgarian man was yesterday charged with smashing a man’s jawbone during a fight in Marsascala on Sunday morning. Yuliyan Borislavov Toskov, 39, who lives in Marsascala, pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring Velichko Asenov Dimov in Pjazza...

  • Charity cash

    A group of 300 promising footballers from 16 nurseries helped raise €15,000 for this year’s l-Istrina during Eurosport’s Football Nursery Fun Event. Around €1,500 was raised, which was topped up by €10,000 from Eurosport and other donations. “Such...

  • Government looking at foreign-bank borrowing

    Government looking at foreign-bank borrowing

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told Parliament yesterday the government was working on new legislation to allow it to borrow from foreign markets. Introducing a Bill to amend the Local Loans (Registered Stock and Securities) Ordinance, he said...

  • New year will see new VAT rules

    Introducing the second reading of a Bill amending the VAT Act, Prof. Scicluna said new VAT rules specifically affecting the gaming industry would be introduced on January 1. The rules would cover services provided electronically to non-business...

  • Publish all energy deals, says de Marco

    All energy agreements signed by the government should be published and not only the one sealed last week with a Chinese State-owned company, PN deputy leader Mario de Marco said yesterday. His call was made ahead of tomorrow’s parliamentary debate...

  • Opposition thinks Bill is needed

    Shadow finance minister Tonio Fenech said the Bill was important as it continued to build on the framework the EU felt was needed to respond to any potential future crisis. The Opposition would support the Bill. All countries needed the tools with...

  • Rape suspect escapes police custody

    Rape suspect escapes police custody

    A man from Guinea who was under arrest for alleged rape has escaped police custody. The police said that the man Seykou Ballde, 32, escaped from St. Julians police station. The man was being questioned for allegedly raping Maltese woman who was...

  • Gozo Channel told workers to resign after theft from cafeterias, but did not recover the funds

    Gozo Channel told workers to resign after theft from cafeterias, but did not recover the funds

    Gozo Channel never managed to recoup money stolen from the cafeterias of its ferries, despite guilty pleas in court by almost all of those involved. The Auditor-General in a report to Parliament today said that notwithstanding that in July 2012...