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Migrant says he stole handbag because he was hungry

A migrant was today sentenced to one year in jail suspended for two years after pleading guilty to stealing a woman's handbag from Paceville on Saturday night.  Abdiaziz Hassan Ibrahim, 37, admitted to stealing the handbag because he was hungry...

  • Malta condemns Jerusalem violence

    Malta condemns Jerusalem violence

    Malta has strongly condemned the latest attack of violence and unnecessary deaths, injuries and sufferings at a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday. In a statement, the government said that while reiterating its total condemnation for all events of...

  • Minister stands by decision to dissolve casino technical committee

    Minister stands by decision to dissolve casino technical committee

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona today stood by his decision to dissolve a technical committee entrusted to evaluate the concession of a new casino licence. Questioned by journalists at the University, Dr Cardona insisted that his behaviour was...

  • Justice Department set up

    Justice Department set up

    A Justice Department has been set up. It will be administered by the director general responsible for justice, Natalino Attard. The department should reduce pressure from the courts which will be able to concentrate more on the administration of...

  • Medserv operations in Misurata remain difficult, clients being served through Tripoli

    Medserv operations in Misurata remain difficult, clients being served through Tripoli

    Although Medserv operations out of the company’s Misurata base in Libya remained difficult, assistance and support to clients still operating in the north African state was being provided through the company’s branch office, Medserv Libya, out of...

  • Qormi attempted burglary trial gets underway

    Qormi attempted burglary trial gets underway

    A man this morning started facing a trial by jury over an attempted burglary that took place eight years ago in Qormi when an elderly woman was beaten. The man, 25, was 17-years-old when he allegedly broke into the home belonging to Dolores Debono...

  • Fr Charles Fenech in court over unrelated case

    Fr Charles Fenech in court over unrelated case

    Fr Charles Fenech appeared in court today for a slander case hearing behind closed doors. The case is unrelated to the charges of sexual abuse made against him by the police, over which he failed to attend three court sittings.

  • Bee imports from Southern Italy stopped

    Bee imports from Southern Italy stopped

    The government has banned bee imports from Southern Italy after the Italian National Reference Centre for Beekeeping detected the presence of the Small Hive Beetle - a honeybee pest - in  Gioia Tauro. The centre later confirmed its presence of the...

  • Secretariat reports significant headway in tackling out-of-stock medicines

    Secretariat reports significant headway in tackling out-of-stock medicines

    The number of out-of-stock medicines at Mater Dei Hospital has shrunk  from 204 in August 2013 to 32 in November 2014 whilst in POYC out-of-stock medicines have been reduced to four  from the 105 in December 2012, the Secretariat for Health...

  • Cachia Caruana wins criminal libel case

    Cachia Caruana wins criminal libel case

    The editor of the Labour weekly KullHadd, Felix Agius, has been convicted of criminal libel in a case instituted by Richard Cachia Caruana, Malta’s former permanent representative to the EU. He was fined €250 after a court found that it was clear...

  • Minister admits change of energy plans

    Minister admits change of energy plans

    Energy minister Konrad Mizzi said today that the government had done the responsible choice when it took up the investment opportunity presented by Shanghai Electric and worked with it for Malta to have security of supply, even if the original...

  • Updated - Government to retain hedging, with shorter terms

    Updated - Government to retain hedging, with shorter terms

    Updated - Adds video comments - The government is to continue to hedge fuel purchases, albeit with shorter terms. Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said. Fuel traders have expressed mixed views on the government’s decision to insist on fuel hedging at...

  • PN hits out at finance minister's criticism

    The Nationalist Party has criticised Finance Minister Edward Scicluna for his criticism yesterday of the National Statistics Office. Prof Scicluna had been criticial of figures on manufacturing industry, describing them as fake (Fazul). The PN...

  • Motorcyclist injured in crash

    Motorcyclist injured in crash

    A motorcyclist, 23, was injured this morning in a crash with a car in Triq Pantar, Lija. His injuries are not thought to be critical. 

  • Normal practice that works are carried out during 'konvenju' – MDA

    Normal practice that works are carried out during 'konvenju' – MDA

    The Malta Developers Association this morning waded into the controversy about a property belonging to Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli, saying it was normal practice for developers to allow purchasers to carry out additional works once a...

  • MUMN insists community nursing is key to cutting hospital overcrowding

    The MUMN warned today that government measures on the health service would not achieve their purpose and could be a waste of money. In a reaction to the Budget, it said the measures would not address issues in the health sector regarding bed...

  • Australians top list of new citizens for 2012,revenue from passports scheme below projections

    Australians top list of new citizens for 2012,revenue from passports scheme below projections

    A total of 1,100 foreigners were granted Maltese citizenship in 2012, according to statistics published by Eurostat yesterday. The majority of the new citizens originated from Australia (22.3 per cent), followed by holders of UK (14 per cent),...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how a court has issued an injunction to halt the signing of the bus contract. The Malta Independent says the prime minister is still confident that Malta...

  • Injunction granted to halt bus contract

    A court has granted a temporary injunction preventing the government from entering into a contract with the Spanish company selected to run the bus service from January. The injunction was re-­quested by competing bidder Island Buses Malta, a...

  • MHRA backs its head over permit

    MHRA backs its head over permit

    The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association is expressing “full support” for its president Matthew Pace, who is operating a restaurant without the appropriate permits. The MHRA was reacting to a story published by Times of Malta revealing that Mr...

  • Muscat stands by Dalli in illegal property work row

    Muscat stands by Dalli in illegal property work row

    The Prime Minister is standing by Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli, taking her word for it that illegal house works on a property she owns are not her doing. The case involves Dr Dalli’s property in Żejtun, which is riddled with...