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  • George Cross marked

    A war veteran stands to attention under the Siege Bell memorial in Valletta during a wreath-laying ceremony organised by the George Cross Island Association. This year Malta celebrates 72 years since it was awarded the medal.

  • Unemployed running after ‘phantom jobs’

    Almost half of those on the unemployment register are seeking jobs that do not exist, according to the head of the government’s employment agency. As a result, hundreds are “stuck” on the unemployment register. Employment and Training Corporation...

  • Parishioners ignore Curia on procession

    Mġarr parishioners yesterday defied the orders of the Curia and their new parish priest to go ahead with a procession that included five statues and countless actors. According to a ruling handed down by the Curia on March 28, the procession could...

  • Escaped migrant sent back to Malta from Denmark

    The mother of a three-month-old baby girl has been given a suspended jail term after admitting leaving the island illegally and making it to Denmark before being returned to Malta. Jemila Nuru, 26, pleaded guilty to leaving the island without the...

  • 10 migrants repatriated

    Ten migrants have been repatriated to Accra, Ghana. The repatriation was made on an Air Malta aircraft, with most of the costs being funded by the EU. The migrants had been refused asylum. They were repatriated under heavy escort. Prime Minister...

  • Policewoman assaulted at Mt Carmel Hospital

    A policewoman has been hospitalised after being assaulted by a foreign woman in the Forensic Unit of Mt Carmel Hospital. The incident happened at about 7 p.m. The incident developed when the officer stepped in to stop a fight. Her injuries are not...

  • Billboards policy under review

    Transport Malta is reviewing the legal framework regulating the placing of billboards. Transport Minister Joe Mizzi was replying to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Toni Bezzina, who had referred to a report in The Sunday Times of Malta...

  • Audit Office finds wide divergences in Wasteserv project spending

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported wide variations in cost estimates and actual spending on projects by Wasteserv Malta between 2006 and 2012. The report, entitled ‘An Analysis of Wasteserv Malta Limited’s Procurement: A Case Study...

  • Muscat: Next is decriminalisation of drugs in certain circumstances

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this afternoon hailed the introduction of civil unions and said that next on the list would be the decriminalisation of some drugs when in small amounts and for first time offenders. Speaking at a Labour Party press...

  • Man admits sexually assaulting two girls, sentencing postponed at his request

    A Libyan man following a vocational course in Malta has admitted in court to sexually assaulting two 17-year-old girls, harassing them and offending public morals. Farhat Fethalla, 41, who lives at Ta’ Giorni, admitted to the charges but asked for...

  • Updated - Banning gay adoptions would have been unconstitutional - Labour MP

    Keeping gay adoptions out of the Civil Unions Bill would have made the law on adoptions unconstitutional, Labour MP Deborah Schembri said today. In a statement, she noted that within minutes of approving the Civil Unions Bill yesterday, the House...

  • Inmates put on show for victim support

    Inmates are all set to perform in tonight’s first live Cenacle to be held at the prison through which, in another first, they will raise money for Victim Support Malta. The initiative is the first collaboration between prison inmates and the NGO...

  • Judiciary has become the public’s favourite punching bag - Chief Justice

    The judiciary is the public’s favourite punching bag, Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri said during a courtesy visit to the President today. Surrounded by members of the judiciary, Chief Justice Camilleri said the law courts had come under heavy...

  • 'Cutting edge' thief is jailed again

    A man with a history of stealing razor blades from pharmacies all across Malta is back in jail. Paul Gauci Borda, 21, of Ġzira, who has already served a year's imprisonment, was today jailed for two years after admitting to more stealing. He has a...

  • Specialised gas company sets up blending facility in Malta

    Global Gases, a world leading producer and distributor of speciality industrial gases, has inaugurated its first gas blending facility in the Mediterranean at Bulebel Industrial Estate. The facility was inaugurated by Economic Affairs Minister...

  • Fine, suspended sentence for drunk security guard with string of offences

    A 22-year-old security officer from Zejtun has been condemned to a two-year jail term suspended for four years and fined €4,000 after being being convicted of slightly injuring two people and damaging three cars while drunk driving. He was also...

  • Smart meters tampering: Another Enemalta technician arraigned

    Anthony pace, 43 of Mosta, an Enemalta technician, this morning became the seventh employee to be taken to court and accused of defrauding the corporation and accepting bribes to install tampered smart meters. He pleaded not guilty and was granted...

  • Finance Ministry insists Budget promises will be kept

    The Finance Ministry stressed today that the governemnt was ‘firmly committed’ to implementing all the measure announced in the 2014 Budget. Concerns had been shown in some quarters that the Budget Measures Implementation Bill did not feature some...

  • Luck smiles twice

    Last week's Super 5 jackpot of €250,000 was won by a punter who was confident of winning because a member of her family had already won the lottery some years ago, Maltco said today. “I felt that once someone from my family had managed to win a...

  • Contraction of construction industry continues

    There was a sharp drop in permits for residential properties and a decline in employment and salaries in the construction industry in the last quarter of 2013, official figures issued today show. The NSO said employment in construction activities...

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