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  • New Maternity Leave Trust Fund launched in bid to end gender discrimination

    New Maternity Leave Trust Fund launched in bid to end gender discrimination

    A Maternity Leave Trust Fund to which employers have to make contributions started operating on July 6. Employers will contribute the equivalent of 0.3 per cent of the basic pay for every employee, irrespective of gender, to build up a fund from...

  • Lufthansa flight has near miss with drone near Warsaw

    Lufthansa flight has near miss with drone near Warsaw

    A Lufthansa plane with 108 passengers on board nearly collided with a drone as it approached Warsaw's main airport yesterday afternoon, the airline said today. The drone came within 100 metres of the Embraer plane when the Munich to Warsaw flight...

  • Mepa issues management plans for Natura 2000 sites - 10 months after board approval

    The Malta Environment and Planning Authority today launched 22 plans for the management of Natura 2000 sites, even though the Authority is in the process of being split and the implementation is assigned to a new environment authority not yet set...

  • Holmes family 'outraged' by lower sentence for similar crime

    Holmes family 'outraged' by lower sentence for similar crime

    The family of Welshman Daniel Holmes, currently serving a 10-and-a-half year jail term in Malta for growing cannabis plants, has expressed outrage after another man on Monday was jailed for just three years and fined €3,000 for growing eight...

  • Tunisian charged with human trafficking, rape

    Tunisian charged with human trafficking, rape

    A 55-year-old Tunisian man was charged with human trafficking and raping a Tunisian woman in Malta over the past year. Mohamed El Herzi, who owns a textile company and travels to Malta very often, pleaded not guilty to human trafficking when he...

  • Government's ICT network disrupted

    Malta Information Technology Agency (Mita), which is in charge of the government's ICT network, said technical issues causing disruption on most services in the network were experienced at 11.40am today. It said it was doing its utmost tor...

  • Updated - Busuttil, government spokesman in exchange over tweets

    Updated - Busuttil, government spokesman in exchange over tweets

    Updated - adds comment by government spokesman - Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil said today that under his watch he would not have tolerated his spokesman offend the Opposition. Asked by journalists for a reaction to Kurt Farrugia’s tweet...

  • Woman, 50, jailed for loitering, threatening officer

    Woman, 50, jailed for loitering, threatening officer

    A 50-year-old woman was jailed for six months and fined €1,000 for loitering for prostitution purposes and threatening and insulting a woman police sergeant by claiming the officer tried to touch her. Josephine Grixti had originally been charged...

  • Update 2 - PN: Chris Cardona's Portomaso contract 'is not credible,' asks if PM will continue to defend minister

    Update 2 - PN: Chris Cardona's Portomaso contract 'is not credible,' asks if PM will continue to defend minister

    Updated, Adds Chris Cardona reaction and PN reply - PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami this afternoon invited Economy Minister Chris Cardona to hold a press conference and reply to allegations being made against him. Dr Fenech Adami said serious...

  • Mayors gather at Vatican to sign climate change declaration

    Dozens of environmentally-friendly mayors from around the world are set to sign a Vatican declaration urging their national leaders to approve a "bold climate agreement" to tackle global warming. A total of 60 mayors are attending a two-day...

  • Inflation up

    The annual rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index has risen from -0.1 per cent in June last year to 1.24 per cent last month, the National Statistics Office said. It said in a statement that the main upward impacts on annual...

  • Guilty plea of woman who made sex abuse allegations about her father is 'free and unconditional'

    Guilty plea of woman who made sex abuse allegations about her father is 'free and unconditional'

    A judge ruled that the guilty plea to perjury, filed by a young woman who had admitted on national TV to making up sex abuse allegations against her father, was "free and unconditional". Mr Justice Antonio Mizzi dismissed the appeal filed by the...

  • Swieqi residents brace for the worst

    Swieqi residents brace for the worst

    As the peak of summer approaches, Swieqi residents are bracing themselves for the worst and will this evening hold a demonstration and meet their councillors to discuss curbing crime in the locality. Year in, year out, Swieqi residents have to put...

  • Iran's parliament to review text of nuclear deal

    Iran's parliament is set to review the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last week. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed the Iranian negotiating team during the talks in Vienna, sent the text of the agreement to the...

  • Italian President on Malta visit

    Italy's President Sergio Mattarella will be in Malta on an official visit tomorrow. He will have talks with President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the Palace in San Anton and with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at Castille. Both sides will discuss...

  • Counterfeit whisky confiscated

    Counterfeit whisky confiscated

    Thousands of bottles of counterfeit whisky found in a container from the Far East headed to Libya have been confiscated by the Customs Department. The container, which stopped at Malta Freeport, was declared to be carrying sofas and was selected...

  • Generator ends up in sea as tempers flare on works

    Generator ends up in sea as tempers flare on works

    An old, heavy generator ended up in the sea at Marsalforn last week during a heated argument that broke out over infrastructural works going on in part of the bay. According to eyewitnesses, the generator used by the contractor was making so much...

  • Blood call

    The Blood Bank has issued an urgent call for blood donations saying reserves were critical since fewer donations were being made because of the hot weather. Donors can call at the Blood Bank, just outside St Luke’s Hospital in Guardamangia, from...

  • More work needed on proposed pension reforms - AD

    While the thrust of the proposed pension reforms is in the right direction, there are still two areas which are not being tackled sufficiently and which are already a source of discomfort and preoccupation for pensioners, Alternattiva Demokratika...

  • Demonstrators protest Islamic State bombing in Turkey

    Demonstrators protest Islamic State bombing in Turkey

    Hundreds protest a deadly bombing in Turkey by Islamic State militants that left more than 30 people dead. Julie Noce reports.