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  • Update 2 - Two women critical after head-on crash

    Update 2 - Two women critical after head-on crash

    Two women were critically injured this afternoon when their cars crashed head on in Mgarr Road, Zebbiegh. The cars were a Toyota Vitz driven by a 43-year-old woman from St Paul's Bay and a Hyundai Atos driven by a 44-year-old woman from...

  • Tax on rented properties reduced to 15%

    Tax on rented properties reduced to 15%

    The tax charged on revenue from rented residential properties has been reduced from 35% to 15%. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said the measure was announced in the last Budget and was being brought in now, backdated to January 1. He said the...

  • Consumers of tampered smart meters charged in court, one handed suspended sentence

    Consumers of tampered smart meters charged in court, one handed suspended sentence

    Fourteen consumers were today charged in court with stealing electricity through their tampered smart meter, allegedly stealing almost €93,000 worth of electricity in total. One of the consumers, Alan Cachia, admitted to the charges brought...

  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride today, according to television images. Kaci...

  • Germany to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

    The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured. The disturbances coincided with growing concern that...

  • Former Enemalta chairman denies misuse of public funds

    Former Enemalta chairman denies misuse of public funds

    Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter appeared in court today charged with misappropriating public funds through the use of the corporation's credit card abroad. Mr Tranter, 51, from Swieqi, who pleaded "definitely not guilty", is charged with...

  • Infamous Mellieha thief jailed

    The thief whose photograph made the rounds on Facebook as he was burgling a villa in Mellieha was this afternoon jailed for a year after pleaded guilty. Jason Scerri, 40, from Balzan, also admitted to being a relapser, to breaching bail conditions...

  • Sliding ratings

    Norway, which has previously provided TV viewers with five hours of live knitting, a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction - a rockslide on a mountain - but no-one knows when it will happen. For...

  • Electrogas insists it is well funded and will honour power station commitments

    Electrogas insists it is well funded and will honour power station commitments

    Updated - The Electrogas Consortium, which has been contracted by the government to build and operate the new gas-fired power station, insisted this evening that all of its members possess the necessary financial resources to continue funding the...

  • Priest 'was warned' over abuse claims

    A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations. In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took...

  • Somali jailed for use of fake passport

    A Somali migrants was jailed for six months suspended for two years after pleading guilty to travelling from Malta to Denmark with a forged passport. The migrant, who cannot be named as he is a minor, travelled with a counterfeit passport and...

  • Mater Dei given permit for new six-storey building expanding emergency ward

    Mater Dei given permit for new six-storey building expanding emergency ward

    The planning authority today approved a permit for an expansion of Mater Dei hospital’s emergency ward, which will also include a national crisis unit. The permit extends the original given for two floors to a building consisting of five storeys...

  • Thief jailed

    A man was jailed for three years this afternoon after admitting to the theft of various items, including paintings, bathroom mixers, and crystal chandeliers from a residence in Tarxien. Christian Bonello, 29, from Paola, a sprayer who admitted he...

  • Hunters asked to refrain from shooting moorhens

    Hunters asked to refrain from shooting moorhens

    St Hubert Hunters (KSU) have instructed members to refrain from shooting moorhens following the recording of a breeding pair of rare vagrants, the Allen’s gallinule. The organisation also urged other hunters to do the same. In a statement this...

  • Malta places second for quality of foreign direct investment

    Malta placed second worldwide for the quality of foreign direct investment (FDI) it attracted, Industry Minister Chris Cardona said quoting the IBM Global Location Trends Report (2014, which takes into account the FDI projects approved last...

  • Malala donates prize to Gaza school

    Malala donates prize to Gaza school

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a United Nations school in Gaza which was damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war, the UN said. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the...

  • Kitty caught

    A US woman was arrested on a drink-driving charge after she was pulled over wearing a Hello Kitty costume. Police stopped Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, Maine, when she was spotted driving in the wrong lane. Officers said she refused to take a...

  • National Lifelong Learning Strategy launched for public consultation

    The government rolled out a draft National Lifelong Learning Strategy for public consultation, targeting adult education and training for people aged between 25 and 64 years. Social Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli said that the 2020 strategy aimed...

  • Migrant in distress evacuated to Mater Dei

    Migrant in distress evacuated to Mater Dei

    A female migrant in distress was yesterday evacuated to Mater Dei Hospital by an Italian navy helicopter after finding herself in distress, Italian media has reported. Asca.it said the woman was on a boat with another 87 migrants to the south east...

  • Sweden recognises Palestinian state

    Sweden recognises Palestinian state

    Sweden's new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition. The EU member country has joined two other western European nations - Malta and Cyprus...