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  • Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    French President Francois Hollande said this evening that he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, an unprecedented move that leaves the way open for other left-wing candidates. It is the first time in...

  • Italian complains he was not granted legal assistance during police interrogation

    An Italian man who is facing criminal proceedings for drug trafficking has been granted the right to refer to the superior courts after he pleaded that he was not granted the possibility of legal assistance during police interrogation. Aldo...

  • Task force to improve disaster victim identification process

    Task force to improve disaster victim identification process

    The Disaster Victim Identification Malta task force, better known as DVI Malta, was launched by Home Affairs minister Carmelo Abela today. It groups police, army, civil protection, health authorities and other experts to expand the capabilities of...

  • Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    An unmanned space craft loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station was destroyed about six minutes after liftoff, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Twitter. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying...

  • ‘Be a diplomat, even when you ride your bike’

    ‘Be a diplomat, even when you ride your bike’

    Do not cause a diplomatic incident by running red lights or riding your bicycle against traffic, an advocacy group is warning diplomats and journalists planning to head to Malta during its EU presidency term. The Bicycling Advocacy Group yesterday...

  • Government: Power tariffs will not change despite oil prices jump, PN says they should fall

    Government: Power tariffs will not change despite oil prices jump, PN says they should fall

    Updated, adds PN statement The government promised today that local power tariffs will not change despite a jump in the international oil price following a decision by Opec oil producing nations to cut production. In a statement, the prime...

  • New power station to be commissioned in a few weeks

    New power station to be commissioned in a few weeks

    Malta’s Presidency of the EU Council will come at an exciting moment for the country, with the coming online in the next few weeks of the new gas-fired power station that will enable the country to attain a complete breakaway from the use of heavy...

  • Libyan coastal cities making millions from people smuggling

    Libyan coastal cities making millions from people smuggling

    The head of a EU military task force in the Mediterranean Sea says Libya's coastal cities are generating up to 325 million euro in revenue each year from people smuggling. Rear Adm Enrico Credendino cites the figure in a confidential report...

  • GWU foundation running scheme for the unemployed ‘has no staff’

    GWU foundation running scheme for the unemployed ‘has no staff’

    The General Workers’ Union insists there are no employees on the books of its newly formed foundation running the government’s jobless scheme. The GWU set up the Community Work Scheme Enterprise Foundation last February, a few days after securing...

  • Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    A Gambian national residing at the Marsa Open Centre tested a magistrate's patience today when he kept changing his plea after being accused of aggravated theft and of cannabis possession that was allegedly not intended for his own personal...

  • Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

    Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

    Buzz Aldrin, the former US astronaut and the second person to set foot on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole because of a medical condition, a tourism company said. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a tourist group when...

  • Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat has been sworn in as a member of the European Union's Court of Auditors, succeeding Louis Galea. Mr Brincat had failed the European Parliament's scrutiny for the post but was still appointed after the Council of Ministers gave its...

  • NY pedestrian grabs pot of gold off armoured truck

    NY pedestrian grabs pot of gold off armoured truck

    New York Police have released surveillance video of a man they say stole a bucket filled with $1.6 million of gold flakes from an armoured truck in Manhattan.  The theft took place two months ago and police the thief has since fled to Florida. But...

  • Developers welcome PN proposals

    Developers welcome PN proposals

    The Malta Developers' Association has welcomed proposals made by the PN for small businesses and the self employed, the party said today. The proposals were discussed at a meeting between PN leader Simon Busuttil and an MDA delegation led by its...

  • Chinese bishop excommunicated by Vatican takes part in ordination

    A Chinese Catholic bishop excommunicated by the Vatican took part in the ordination of a new bishop in China yesterday, a move that some experts said could complicate Pope Francis' drive to heal a decades-old rift with the Communist government in...

  • Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures have emerged showing smoke from a small fire which broke out at the controversial ElectroGas power station in Delimara yesterday. The company said the blaze was controlled in a matter of minutes.  It said some insulation material and...

  • Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    The man who kept a court waiting last Monday when he failed to turn up for the start of his trial, was commissioned to carry out an arson attack for "a shot of heroin", the court heard today. The parties made their submissions on the punishment...

  • One in five employees in shift employment

    One in five employees in shift employment

    Almost one out of every five employees was engaged in shift employment last year, the National Statistics Office said. In a publication launched today Shift Employment in Malta: 2015 (see pdf link below), it said that more than two shift workers...

  • Italian police arrest powerful organised crime boss

    Italian police arrest powerful organised crime boss

    Italian police have arrested the fugitive boss of a powerful 'Ndrangheta clan who ran illegal operations from the southern Calabria region north to Lombardy. Police video show an unarmed Marcello Pesce being taken into custody before dawn on...

  • Indian villagers live in trees to escape elephants

    Indian villagers live in trees to escape elephants

    A family in the state of Jharkhand in eastern India is forced to live in a tree for fear of being mauled by elephants. Herds of elephants have created panic in Loharatola village, where they damaged crops and houses and killed people.

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