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Government explains as former President, prime minister, kept out of VVIP area

Former President Eddie Fenech Adami and former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi were kept out of a VVIP area at a reception in the Upper Barrakka yesterday. Several hundred guests were invited to the reception, hosted by the Office of the Prime...

  • PN approves first new general election candidates

    PN approves first new general election candidates

    The PN Executive this evening announced 12 new candidates for the next general election.  They are Alan Abela Wadge (management graduate, works as Operations Manager), Simone Aquilina (EU Policy and Legislation Executive with Meusac), Dounia Borg...

  • White Storks settle on Marsa crane

    White Storks settle on Marsa crane

    Ten White Storks flew over Malta this evening and settled over a tower crane in Marsa, drawing admiration from passers-by.

  • Minister blames changes in data collection for public sector employment spike

    Minister blames changes in data collection for public sector employment spike

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna this evening blamed a change made by the National Statistics Office in the method of its data collection for distorting the employment situation in a way which showed a sharp increase in the public sector and a...

  • Malta sees biggest drop in international trade in the EU - PN

    Malta sees biggest drop in international trade in the EU - PN

    Malta had the steepest decline in exports among EU countries in the first half of the year, with a contraction of 26 per cent, the PN said today, quoting figures issued by Eurostat. Malta also saw the sharpest decline in imports, which were down...

  • Prison visitor hid heroin in her mouth

    Prison visitor hid heroin in her mouth

    A woman hid drugs in her mouth as she entered the prisons this morning, the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed. The drug, suspected to be heroin, was discovered by prison guards and the woman was arrested.  The prisoner to whom the drug was...

  • Migrants tragedy was mass murder - IOM

    Migrants tragedy was mass murder - IOM

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today that a tragedy in which as many as 500 migrants may have drowned last week was "the worst shipwreck in years" and a case of mass murder. "If this story, which police are investigating,...

  • Car overturns near Selmun

    A man and a woman were lucky to escape without serious injury when their Fiat Punto overturned as it was being driven down Mellieha hill near Selmun this afternoon. The car was being driven by a 55-year-old man from Birkirkara accompanied by a...

  • Radio station changes hands

    Solid Malta 100.2 a radio station focused almost exclusively on music, has changed hands. Valentina Communications Ltd, the former owners, and EKJ Promotions, who are taking over, said the  Broadcasting Authority had approved the change in...

  • Malta's first ever registered car taken back to Gozo

    Malta's first ever registered car taken back to Gozo

    Malta’s first ever registered car, a 1904 Siddeley, originally having the registration number 1, has been brought back to Malta and will be unveiled in Gozo this Saturday. The car was taken to the UK 44 years ago.  The 1904 Siddeley was shipped...

  • Woman, 68, critically injured in fall

    Woman, 68, critically injured in fall

    A woman, 68, suffered life-threatening injuries in what appears to have been an accidental fall at her home early this morning, the police said. The incident took place at about 2am in Triq il-Blata l-Kahla, Santa Venera. The victim was found on a...

  • Diplomat in court to stop transfer to dockyard workers' company

    Diplomat in court to stop transfer to dockyard workers' company

    A diplomat who works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had launched proceedings to permanently stop the government from dismissing her from the ministry and transferring her to IPSL, the company set up to absorb former dockyard...

  • Man, 23, accused of defiling teenager

    Stefan Vassallo, 23, was charged in court today with participating in sexual acts with his 15-year-old girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty. Lawyer Franco Debono told Magistrate Giovanni Grixti, that the girl's parents knew of the relationship.

  • Inflation up as restaurant prices outweigh utility tariff cuts

    Inflation up as restaurant prices outweigh utility tariff cuts

    The annual rate of inflation in August stood at 0.8 per cent, pushed by higher restaurant prices despite the drop in water and electricity rates. Inflation in August a year ago was 0.7 per cent. The National Statistics Office said the largest...

  • Update 2 - Jolie pleads for European nations to contribute to rescue efforts in the Mediterranean

    Update 2 - Jolie pleads for European nations to contribute to rescue efforts in the Mediterranean

    Film star Angelina Jolie and  the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres have called for increased efforts by European nations to contribute to rescue efforts and reduce migrants' deaths at sea. The two were yesterday taken on a tour...

  • Drop in number of Eurovision entries

    Drop in number of Eurovision entries

    Fewer songs have been submitted than last year for the Malta Eurovision song contest, to be held in November instead of February. Sources in the music industry said the cut-off date for submissions – the end of August – had caught recording...

  • Prince Harry cancels birthday bash because of Kate's morning sickness

    Prince Harry cancels birthday bash because of Kate's morning sickness

    Prince Harry, who turns 30 today, has postponed a 30th birthday bash because sister-in-law Kate Middleton continues to suffer from severe morning sickness. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge had been involved in the...

  • Update 2 - Hazardous grit blasting waste believed to have been buried in shipyard

    Update 2 - Hazardous grit blasting waste believed to have been buried in shipyard

    Updated 5.30pm - Enforcement officers from Mepa this morning swooped on the Palumbo shipyard in Cospicua following a tip-off about illegal storage of hazardous residue from grit-blasting operations.  In a statement in the afternoon Mepa said its...

  • Police constable slightly injured during Ta' Qali crowd trouble

    A constable was slightly injured when he attempted to stop a group of Valletta Supporters from climbing over a gate into a restricted area of the national stadium during yesterday's premier league football match between Valletta and Hibernians,...

  • Mepa shuts Swatar meditation centre

    Mepa shuts Swatar meditation centre

    Planning authority enforcement officers have ordered the tenants of a terraced house in Swatar to stop using their garage as a meditation centre. Residents said the tenants had turned their garage into a meditation centre and even affixed a sign...

  • Miriam Dalli to abstain from questioning her father-in-law

    Miriam Dalli to abstain from questioning her father-in-law

    Newly-elected Labour MEP Miriam Dalli has declared she will not participate in the questioning of Maltese EU Commissioner-designate Karmenu Vella by the European Parliament. Ms Dalli is Mr Vella’s daughter-in-law. She sits on the parliament’s...