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  • 20 dead in Nepal mountain blizzards

    20 dead in Nepal mountain blizzards

    Nepal army rescuers in helicopters spotted eight more bodies of trekkers along a mountain trail that was buried in avalanches and blizzards, raising the death toll to 20. Five more climbers were missing on another mountain, officials said...

  • Enemalta deal close but no date – Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi

    Enemalta deal close but no date – Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi

    An agreement with a Chinese State-owned energy company to invest €320 million in Enemalta is close, but the Energy Minister, who returned from China yesterday, is still refusing to confirm the deal will be sealed by the end of 2014. “Our target is...

  • Enemalta deal close but no date – minister

    Enemalta deal close but no date – minister

    An agreement with a Chinese State-owned energy company to invest €320 million in Enemalta is close, but the Energy Minister, who returned from China yesterday, is still refusing to confirm the deal will be sealed by the end of 2014. “Our target is...

  • ‘No secrecy over petroleum sale’

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is denying there is any secrecy surrounding the sale of Enemalta’s petroleum division, insisting the government has always made its intentions clear. Dr Muscat was reacting to a Times of Malta report that yesterday...

  • I am not a partner in this crime, says Croat

    A Croat who has been dragged into money laundering claims is denying he was ever a business partner of Ryan Schembri, the former owner of More Supermarkets who fled the island owing millions. “I am not a partner in this crime. I was bitten too –...

  • Spine and head injury ‘both fatal’

    A pellet that hit an elderly man in his spine was not the only injury that caused his death but he also had a fractured skull and a lacerated brain, pathologists told a court yesterday. Joseph Caruana, 61, was shot dead in front of his daughter...

  • Siblings deny attacking woman’s brother

    Two brothers were remanded in custody yesterday after they denied assaulting a relative of the older one’s girlfriend. Francis Bugeja, 27, from Fgura, and his 19-year-old brother Tyson, from Vittoriosa, pleaded not guilty to attempting to...

  • Spring hunting illegalities dropped in 2014 – Birdlife

    Spring hunting illegalities dropped in 2014 – Birdlife

    Spring hunting illegalities amounted to less than a third of those witnessed in last year’s season, according to Birdlife Malta. A detailed report of this year’s spring hunting season, seen by Times of Malta, revealed that the number of observed...

  • Practice can be sustainable, says Galdes

    Spring hunting can be sustainable, Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes told university students yesterday. “The EU accepted a spring hunting derogation and every year the government carries out research on migratory birds. Spring...

  • Dalli conviction ‘likelier’ if arraigned with Zammit

    The police would not have secured a conviction of trading in influence against former European commissioner John Dalli if they had arraigned him on his own, a senior officer said yesterday. There could have been a better chance of success if Mr...

  • Exam fees raised to cover expenses

    Matsec examination fees have been raised only to cover the increase in expenses, a Matsec board spokeswoman said yesterday. She said this was the first rise since 2002 and the fee structure was expected to remain fixed for the next few...

  • Call to raise tuna quotas irresponsible, say NGOs

    Call to raise tuna quotas irresponsible, say NGOs

    The government’s request to the EU for a substantial increase in bluefin tuna quotas is irresponsible, the coalition of Maltese NGOs Fish for Tomorrow said. At the Agriculture and Fisheries council in Luxembourg this week, Parliamentary Secretary...

  • Gay Catholic group welcomes language and tone used by bishops at Synod about family

    Gay Catholic group welcomes language and tone used by bishops at Synod about family

    The gay-friendly language emanating from the Synod of bishops in Rome has been hailed “a positive development” by gay Catholic group Drachma. “The Synod is finally recognising the intrinsic value of the mutual love, self-sacrifice and care LGBTI...

  • Works will eventually ease congestion, vows Muscat

    Works will eventually ease congestion, vows Muscat

    Worsening traffic congestion will eventually be eased by the ongoing infrastructural projects, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat assured yesterday. Addressing a question and answer session with the Malta Chamber for Commerce Industry and Enterprise, Dr...

  • ‘Supplier responsible for Parliament delay’

    ‘Supplier responsible for Parliament delay’

    A Maltese supplier of stone is being held responsible for the delay in the completion of the new Parliament building in Valletta by the Italian company facing a daily fine until its work is done. Cff Filiberti Srl filed a judicial protest against...

  • Second Texas nurse also tests positive for Ebola

    Second Texas nurse also tests positive for Ebola

    A second Texas healthcare worker who treated the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement yesterday. The woman, identified...

  • L-Istrina groups must register to get funding

    L-Istrina groups must register to get funding

    Organisations that want to benefit from this year’s marathon fundraiser L-Istrina will have to be registered with the Voluntary Organisations Commissioner. For the first time since the fundraiser was organised in 1995, the Malta Community Chest...

  • Libyan army, residents battle Islamists

    Libyan army, residents battle Islamists

    Libyan army troops and armed residents clashed with Islamist fighters in the eastern port of Benghazi yesterday, killing at least four people, a day after a renegade former general who backs the army vowed to retake the city from the...

  • Court: what happened to gold chain?

    Court: what happened to gold chain?

    A magistrate yesterday issued an order for a police inspector to testify at the next sitting and tell the court about his investigation into the alleged theft of a €25,000 gold necklace from police headquarters. The chain belongs to murdered taxi...

  • Renzi presenting budget in conflict with Brussels’ view

    Italy’s ruling coalition was set to approve a tax-cutting budget very late yesterday or early today, risking a conflict with the European Commission which says Matteo Renzi’s government is not doing enough to rein in public debt. The 39-year-old...