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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...

  • My mother ‘made it all up’

    My mother ‘made it all up’

    A young woman who admitted on national television to making up sex abuse allegations against her father, who had been imprisoned for two years, also told her mother’s former boyfriend she had lied, a court heard yesterday. Alan Thorn said that...

  • New layout planned in Citadel restoration

    New layout planned in Citadel restoration

    The original passageway leading to the Citadel, in Gozo, unearthed during excavations recently, will be incorporated in the new layout of the old city that is being restored. The historic remains were discovered close to the old entrance. Their...

  • Five ‘city gates’ on the hill to Valletta

    Five ‘city gates’ on the hill to Valletta

    A small green patch at the foot of Valletta’s Ġlormu Cassar Avenue is being transformed into a contemporary art installation celebrating City Gate. Designed by architect Chris Briffa, Prospettiva (prospective) will be ready by the end of summer...

  • Archdiocese gets convent foundation

    The Sisters of the Sacred Heart Society have passed on the Foundation of the Convent of the 111-year-old Sacred Heart School to the Archdiocese of Malta. The foundation had been set up to run the school a few years ago as lack of vocations made...

  • Reliquary here today

    The highly venerated reliquary holding St Laurence’s blood will be in Malta between today and Monday, for the first time. The reliquary, based in Amaseno in the province of Frosinone in Italy, is popular because the solid clot of blood becomes...

  • Appointment at Holy See

    Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Hector Scerri to be one of the consultor of one of the Dicasteries of the Holy See – the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Fr Scerri, 48, is head of the Department of Dogmatic Theology at the...

  • Glasgow meeting

    Glasgow meeting

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday met in Glasgow, Scotland. They discussed bilateral relations and next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Malta, as well as the next...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Fight against corruption

    The government has defended its record on the fight against corruption, after the PN criticised it for failing to appoint a new Permanent Commission Against Corruption. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said the government had moved three laws, on...

  • UN should be willing to take decisions about Libya soon

    UN should be willing to take decisions about Libya soon

    The United Nations should be willing to take a courageous step to strengthen safety in Libya soon, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today following a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers...

  • Sculptures stolen during art festival

    Sculptures stolen during art festival

    Three striking sculptures, including two by Maltese artist Andrew Diacono, were stolen last weekend during the Sliema Street Art Festival. Festival curator Claude Camilleri said the pieces were taken last Friday when all the artwork, which had...

  • Students’ despair as dispute drags on

    University and Junior College students may have to wait longer for their examination results, as a meeting intended to break the deadlock over an industrial dispute involving the academic staff, was yesterday postponed. The issue concerns the new...

  • Call for work permits to be issued to the employee

    Call for work permits to be issued to the employee

    Filipino workers sometimes end up at the mercy of employers who threaten to withdraw their work permit if they complain about unfair conditions or want to change jobs, according to two trade unions. “Such cases are not one-offs. There are more...

  • Baby had fit because of fractured skull and brain haemorrhage, court hears

    Baby had fit because of fractured skull and brain haemorrhage, court hears

    The three-month old girl who was hospitalised last week after her father allegedly shook her while she was having a fit had a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage, a court heard today. Doctors who examined the baby girl told Magistrate Neville...

  • Man jailed for stealing from church donation box

    Man jailed for stealing from church donation box

    A 61-year-old Somali was today jailed for 20 months after he admitted to stealing cash from the donation box at the St George Preca Church in Blata l-Bajda. Farah Said Hirsi also admitted to handling stolen property and committing the crime during...

  • New Cittadella plans presented

    New Cittadella plans presented

    New plans for the entrance to the Cittadella in Gozo were presented this morning during a visit by Gozo Minister Anton Refalo and the Parliamentary Secretary Responsible for EU Funds Ian Borg. The plans now include the original passageway which...

  • Birdlife members to be charged over 'possession' of dead birds

    Birdlife members to be charged over 'possession' of dead birds

    A magistrate has ordered that members of Birdlife are charged over the illegal possession of protected birds. The order came after FKNK’s Lino Farrugia and Joe Perici Calascione challenged the police commissioner in court to investigate Birdlife’s...

  • Excavation works start for artistic installation at Ġlormu Cassar Avenue

    Excavation works start for artistic installation at Ġlormu Cassar Avenue

    Excavation works for Prospettiva, an analogy on City Gate designed by Chris Briffa, have started and the installation will be in place at the foot of Ġlormu Cassar Avenue, in Valletta, by the end of summer. The artistic installation was...

  • ‘Time for your bottle, Sheena’

    ‘Time for your bottle, Sheena’

    When Yulia Borg, 8, was shown a photograph of newborn tiger Sheena in a basket with two other soft toys, she mistook the cub for one of the stuffed animals. “I didn’t believe it and I still don’t believe it that we have a baby tiger because it’s...