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Van catches fire in Luqa

A refrigerator van was destroyed in a fierce fire in Council of Europe Road near Luqa this afternoon. No one appears to have been injured but the road, leading to Marsa, was closed.  People on the scene said they had heard an explosion before the van turned into a fireball.

  • Infringement procedures due to differentiated bus tariff structure halted

    Infringement procedures due to differentiated bus tariff structure halted

    The European Commission has closed the infringement proceedings against Malta concerning the issue of the differentiated tariff structure for bus transport in Malta, the government said. The tariffs discriminated between the maximum fares...

  • More than 400 bird skins being smuggled to Malta found

    More than 400 bird skins being smuggled to Malta found

    More than 400 bird skins being smuggled to Malta were found in a joint operation by officials from the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, Customs and the Police. A 37-year-old man from Mġarr is helping the Police in their investigations. The government...

  • Updated: Major thoroughfares to close for traffic for Sta Venera feast this weekend

    Updated: Major thoroughfares to close for traffic for Sta Venera feast this weekend

    Part of Aldo Moro Road in Marsa, the Marsa/Hamrun bypass in Qormi and the Mriehel bypass will be closed to traffic between 9 and 11pm tomorrow and from 6 to 9pm on Sunday due to the Sta Venera feast celebrations, the police said. Earlier, the...

  • Summer carnival on August 16, 17

    Summer carnival on August 16, 17

    Carnival floats are set to push their way through the main streets of Bugibba and Qawra once again this summer as the Malta Summer Carnival returns to one of the island’s main tourism hotspots. A miniature of the February carnival, the Malta...

  • Cost of state school uniforms lowered 10%

    Cost of state school uniforms lowered 10%

    The price of state college uniforms has been reduced by an average of 10 per cent, the Education Ministry said. The new prices are as follows: College Agreed price 2011 Negotiated price 2014 Difference   € € € Santa...

  • 'Length of process' led to abduction of German children, court hears

    'Length of process' led to abduction of German children, court hears

    German social workers told Appogg they opted to secretly fly the children to Germany because the process in Malta was taking too long, a Gozo court heard this morning. Joseph Antoncich from the Child Protection Services told Magistrate Joanne...

  • PN sets up 10 policy fora

    PN sets up 10 policy fora

    The Nationalist Party executive has approved the setting up 10 policy fora to discuss new and updated political proposals for the party. The fora, proposed by party leader Simon Busuttil, will open the party’s doors to people from different...

  • Submariner who helped Malta in WWII dies aged 100

    Capt Hedley Kett, who during World War II served on a British submarine ferrying aviation fuel, ammunition and food from Gibraltar to Malta, has died aged 100. Nicknamed Tanker, Capt Kett made five cargo runs to Malta on the submarine Clyde.

  • New traffic arrangements for Valletta

    New traffic arrangements for Valletta

    As from Sunday, vehicles entering Valletta from St Mark Street will have the option of turning right towards Hastings or left towards the lower part of Valletta. Unlike the current situation, traffic descending from St Mark Street will be able to...

  • Mepa to enhance one stop shop concept

    The planning authority plans to enhance its one stop shop concept in the coming months, making the procedure and system for applying for a development permit simpler and cheaper, it said this morning. Mepa said in a statement that instead of...

  • Deficit up 10%

    Deficit up 10%

    The government’s deficit for January to June amounted to €265.2 million, 10 per cent more than in the same period last year, the National Statistics Office said. It said recurrent revenue registered an increase of €106.8 million while expenditure...

  • Thief who stole 'to pay for wife's cancer treatment' jailed 7 years

    Thief who stole 'to pay for wife's cancer treatment' jailed 7 years

    A man has been jailed for seven years for stealing from petrol stations because of the “crippling costs of cancer treatment” for his wife. Glen Debattista, 54, of Sta Venera, his 22-year-old son Ryan, of Mosta, and Matthew Portelli, 27, of San...

  • Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    “Legally correct but illogical” is how lawyers described a magistrate’s decision to order the police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. Though the magistrate was observing the law to the letter, it...

  • Guido was never on time as he ‘loved life’

    Guido was never on time as he ‘loved life’

    Malta’s former President and deputy leader of the Nationalist Party, Guido de Marco, was yesterday commemorated in a memorial event organised by Ażad to mark the fourth anniversary of his death. Recalling his personal encounters with Prof de...

  • Parents of truants to face court

    Parents of truants to face court

    Parents who repeatedly ignored child truancy fines would no longer be allowed to avoid criminal proceedings, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told Times of Malta. Mr Bartolo said parents were openly ignoring penalties but did not face the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta reports about a European court judgment which granted 19 former dockyard workers €226,000 in compensation for asbestos exposure but says the figure...

  • Dockers get €226k payout for asbestos

    Nineteen former dockyard workers have been granted €226,000 in compensation by a European court for asbestos exposure but the figure falls short of the victims’ expectations. Lawyer Juliette Galea, who represented 18 workers – including two who...

  • Drug addict gets six years

    A drug addict who botched chances he was given to reform has been sentenced to six years in jail for helping his girlfriend steal a ring and relapsing. Kenneth Borg, 36, from Rabat, waited in his car while Miriam Caruana tried to pull the wool...

  • Pair locked up for total of 17 years over drug trafficking

    Two men have been jailed for 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 admit to...

  • Probe into how child abduction case was handled

    An independent inquiry will be held into a government agency’s handling of the case of two abducted German children, the government announced yesterday evening, a few hours after a call was made by the Opposition. Retired judge Philip Sciberras...