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  • Heated exchanges over legality of 'controlled delivery' in drug trafficking trial

    Heated exchanges over legality of 'controlled delivery' in drug trafficking trial

    A judge presiding a drug trafficking trial today rejected a prosecution request to exhibit the authorisation given to the police for a controlled delivery by a boat in Xemxija six years ago. The court also turned down a request from the defence to...

  • Air Malta's turbulent flightpath: how it happened

    Air Malta's turbulent flightpath: how it happened

    Today's announcement's that Alitalia has agreed in principle to take a 49 per cent stake in Air Malta marks a milestone in the quest by Malta's national carrier to remain solvent.  The airline was profitable for many years but gradually fell into...

  • Court hears chilling account of Easter morning hold-up

    Court hears chilling account of Easter morning hold-up

    A couple who were surprised by two violent intruders while milking cows at their Dingli farm on Easter Sunday told court of their harrowing escape. “All of a sudden the dogs started barking, and a short while later I got the fright of my life when...

  • Man accused of rolling pin beating retracts guilty plea

    A man charged with beating a friend’s partner with a rolling pin and assaulting police officers who tried to restrain him retracted a guilty plea this morning, after learning that he would be liable to a prison term and a hefty fine.Abshir Socdaal...

  • Floating billboards 'would barely be visible', businessman claims

    Floating billboards 'would barely be visible', businessman claims

    Update 17:34 - Billboard supplier defends the idea The transport authorities are reconsidering installing floating billboards at several beaches across the island after “negative public outcry”.  Transport Malta came under heavy flack on social...

  • European Commission urged to stop turtle dove hunting in Malta

    European Commission urged to stop turtle dove hunting in Malta

    15:45 Update with BirdLife statement The International Union for Conservation of Nature has urged the European Commission to immediately ask the Maltese authorities to protect the European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur). Malta has opened the...

  • Could this be the worst cash out decision in history?

    Could this be the worst cash out decision in history?

    One punter made the "worst cash out decision in history" after taking a 45p (€0.58c) return on a 5000/1 bet on Leicester City winning the Premier League.The unnamed Ladbrokes customer staked 50p (€0.64) on the Foxes taking the title at the...

  • Unemployed man denies drug trafficking

    An unemployed 27-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 150 grams of cannabis resin during a police raid at his Gzira residence was remanded in custody today after pleading not guilty to drug trafficking. Omar Bekbak, who is a...

  • Alitalia/Etihad to buy 49% stake in Air Malta, Opposition gives initial reaction

    Alitalia/Etihad to buy 49% stake in Air Malta, Opposition gives initial reaction

    Alitalia is to take a 49 per cent stake in Air Malta, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis announced this afternoon. A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday and announced today. The Italian carrier is 49 per cent owned by the UAE’s...

  • Don't blame us for construction accidents, OHSA tells NAO

    Don't blame us for construction accidents, OHSA tells NAO

    Blaming Occupational Health and Safety Authority practices for construction site accidents suggested a misunderstanding of the situation on the ground, the OHSA said today. The authority was replying to a National Audit Office report tabled...

  • Two injured at marble factory in Gozo

    Two injured at marble factory in Gozo

    Two men were injured in Xagħra today in an accident at a marble works factory. Initial reports suggest the men, a 52-year-old and a 36-year-old both from Xaghra, got caught under a chunk of marble.  Both were taken to hospital for treatment. 

  • Black pepper withdrawn due to possible salmonella contamination

    Black pepper withdrawn due to possible salmonella contamination

      Italpepe ground black pepper in 30 gram containers has been withdrawn from the market because of the possibility it may be contaminated with Salmonella saphra. The pepper comes in glass containers and its durability date is October 7, 2018.

  • Malta, Russia to cooperate on environmental issues

    Malta, Russia to cooperate on environmental issues

    Malta and the Russian Federation are to cooperate more closely on environmental issues such as air pollution, waste management and climate change, the Environment Ministry said today. Cooperation will begin with a meeting of technical experts from...

  • Prisoners community care employees complete training

    Prisoners community care employees complete training

    Six employees at a home for prisoners who qualify to take part in a social reintegration programme have completed training. Their training by psychological experts was organised by the Rise Foundation. It was based on aspects which could...

  • Maltese 30 to 34-year-olds among EU's least educated

    Maltese 30 to 34-year-olds among EU's least educated

    Malta has the third lowest proportion of people aged between 30 and 34 with tertiary education in the EU. Barely one in every four Maltese in that age bracket has a tertiary education, Eurostat figures show. The figure stands at 27.8 per cent.

  • Tourist numbers up by 12.7 per cent so far this year

    Tourist numbers up by 12.7 per cent so far this year

    12:02 Updated with Tourism Ministry reaction Inbound tourism increased by a massive 12.7 per cent in the first three months of 2016 when compared to 2015, figures from the National Statistics Office show.  The increase meant total nights spent and...

  • Billboards: Opposition moves motion to repeal controversial legal notice

    Billboards: Opposition moves motion to repeal controversial legal notice

    The Opposition has presented a parliamentary motion to repeal the controversial new legal notice on billboards. PN spokesman Jason Azzopardi said this morning the law was an impediment to freedom of expression and hindered the work being done by...

  • Venezuelans put on two-day week to save electricity

    Venezuelans put on two-day week to save electricity

    Venezuela's socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American OPEC country. President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela's 2.8 million state...

  • Water reservoirs being interconnected

    Water reservoirs being interconnected

    The Water Services Corporation is in the process of interconnecting its 24 reservoirs, allowing it to transfer water from one zone to another.  It said in a statement that this was being done to minimise the effects of maintenance works on...

  • Japan seeks foreigners - but don't call it 'immigration'

    Japan seeks foreigners - but don't call it 'immigration'

    Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an "immigration policy". Immigration is a touchy subject in a land where conservatives...