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  • Teenage driver charged over man's death on bus stop, granted bail

    Teenage driver charged over man's death on bus stop, granted bail

    A 17-year-old unlicensed driver from Naxxar was this afternoon charged with killing John Baptiste Azzopardi, 65, when he smashed his father's car into a bus stop where the victim was sitting. Before Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera, the boy who...

  • Lawyer condemns AG's 'anti-human rights' mentality

    Lawyer condemns AG's 'anti-human rights' mentality

    A defence lawyer this afternoon lashed out at the Attorney General's "anti human rights" mentality for objecting to a bail request filed by a Romanian national simply because he had no ties to the Maltese Islands. Giannella De Marco complained...

  • Decision to hold spring hunting referendum with council elections 'unethical and hasty' - hunters

    Decision to hold spring hunting referendum with council elections 'unethical and hasty' - hunters

    The government's announcement that next year's council elections will be held in conjunction with the proposed spring hunting referendum is unethical and hasty, hunters said. In a statement, the hunters’ federation (FKNK) said the government may...

  • Updated: Police Commissioner found in contempt of court

    Updated: Police Commissioner found in contempt of court

    A magistrate this morning fined acting Police Commissioner Ray Zammit after finding him guilty of contempt of court when he failed to notify an accused to appear in court, forcing again the postponement of judgment in a libel case. Magistrate...

  • Two men charged with string of thefts

    Two men charged with string of thefts

    Two men were this morning remanded in custody after they pleaded not guilty to committing a string of thefts, mostly women's handbags which they snatched as their victims were walking. Sandro Mifsud, 41, from Sliema and Stephen Stellini, 33, from...

  • Shoplifter jailed

    A Serbian national was this afternoon jailed for four months after he pleaded guilty to stealing clothes and various other items from a number of shops in Sliema. Mikelic Srdan, 25, who lives in Kappara, admitted to stealing items from Bershka,...

  • Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets

    Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA. A Syrian monitoring group said on...

  • Charged with trying to kill drug buddy

    Charged with trying to kill drug buddy

    A man was this afternoon denied bail after pleading not guilty to the attempted murder of a man with whom he was abusing of drugs when he stabbed him very close to the heart early yesterday. Julian Cuschieri, 51, from Cospicua, denied trying to...

  • AG insists Kalkara murder suspect must be kept behind bars because of previous convictions

    AG insists Kalkara murder suspect must be kept behind bars because of previous convictions

    The Attorney General has filed an appeal against a decree granting bail for Kalkara murder suspect Gregorio Scicluna. He is accused of killing the father of his former partner as well as the attempted murder of the latter and her three...

  • AG appeals judgment for woman who lied about her father

    AG appeals judgment for woman who lied about her father

    The Attorney General has appealed a probation order given to a young woman who admitted on national TV to making up sex abuse allegations against her father. Leanne Camilleri, 20, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Doreen Clarke to repeatedly lying...

  • European Parliament approves new Commission

    European Parliament approves new Commission

    The European Parliament approved the new European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker in a vote today, clearing the way for the EU executive to take office on November 1. The vote was 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67...

  • Somalia's al Shabaab says stones man to death for rape

    Somalia's al Shabaab militants said they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region. The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has been losing...

  • Update 3: No signs of violence on corpse found in Qormi valley

    Update 3: No signs of violence on corpse found in Qormi valley

    Updated 12.45 Wednesday An autopsy has revealed no signs of violence on a badly decomposed corpse found in a valley off Luqa Road, Qormi, yesterday. The police said foul play has been ruled out. They confirmed that the body was of a 54 year old...

  • Updated: Cost of living increase may be 58c

    Updated: Cost of living increase may be 58c

    The cost of living increase for next year is likely to be 58c per week, reflecting a year of low inflation. Government spokesman Carmelo Abela would not confirm the figure, but acknowledged the Retail Price Index mechanism "was pointing towards...

  • Summer time ends on Sunday

    Summer Time in Malta will end at 3am on October 26, the Department of Information said. Clocks have to be moved back one hour, putting Malta one hour ahead of GMT.

  • One person injured in migrant centre disturbance

    One person injured in migrant centre disturbance

    A migrant was slightly injured this morning after an argument at Hal Far migrants' detention centre developed into a disturbance. Police reinforcements were called to the scene. It is understood that the disturbance started when six migrants...

  • UN, Malta cautious on Libya peace talks

    UN, Malta cautious on Libya peace talks

    Talks aimed at securing peace and stability in Libya have led to a "mood change" but little tangible results, according to UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon. Late night talks were held in Malta between Mr Leon and a Libyan government...

  • Malta issues highest number of residence permits in proportion to its population

    Malta issues highest number of residence permits in proportion to its population

    The number of first residence permits issued by Malta last year was by far the highest among EU member states as a proportion of the population. Data issued this morning by Eurostat shows that 2.8 million residence permits were issued by the EU’s...

  • Pensioner who waved the flag for cruise liners passes away

    Pensioner who waved the flag for cruise liners passes away

    Charles Cremona, 72, the pensioner who waved the Maltese flag from a block of flats practically every time a cruise liner sailed in or out of Grand Harbour, has passed away. "I feel as if I’m contributing to my home country in my own little way,"...

  • Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

    Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel. Their plant, based in the southeastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, will be able to convert just under 240,000...