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  • Another two men arraigned in major Freeport cigarette contraband case

    Another two men arraigned in major Freeport cigarette contraband case

    A haulier and a Freeport security officer were remanded in custody today after pleading not guilty to being accomplices in defrauding the government of more than €2 million in unpaid duty and taxes in a major  cigarette smuggling operation.  The...

  • PN demands explanations on residence permits scandal

    PN demands explanations on residence permits scandal

    The Nationalist Party insisted once more this afternoon that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should explain how he was  tackling the scandal on the granting of residence permits, revealed when Joe Sammut was arraigned. PN Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech...

  • Woman admits extortion by nude selfies

    Woman admits extortion by nude selfies

    A woman who tricked a man into sending her naked selfies and then used them to extort almost €2,000 not to report him to his wife was today handed a suspended sentence. Cospicua resident Rosianne Cassar, 22, a single mother of a five-month old...

  • Updated - Up to 50 refugees found dead in truck in Austria

    Updated - Up to 50 refugees found dead in truck in Austria

    Austrian police have discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 - migrants piled in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main motorway from Budapest to Vienna. The shocking finding came as Austria hosted a...

  • New physical education programme set to start in state schools

    New physical education programme set to start in state schools

    A new nationwide programme across local primary state schools will start in the coming scholastic year with the aim of improving physical education both in terms of quantity and quality. This is in line with the Healthy Eating and Physical...

  • BOV seeking new CEO

    BOV seeking new CEO

    Bank of Valletta said today it is seeking applications for the post of CEO as the (three year) contract of the incumbent, Charles Borg, expires at the end of the year. "In a board meeting held today, Thursday 27 August 2015, the Board ofDirectors...

  • Van topples over, causing Regional Road traffic jam

    Van topples over, causing Regional Road traffic jam

    A van driver was hospitalised this morning after his van topped over on the Regional Road in Sta Venera. The incident happened at about 11am just before the tunnels on the Marsa-bound lane when the van hit the centre strip and crashed onto its...

  • Corporate websites hacked

    Corporate websites hacked

    A number of corporate websites, including McDonald’s Malta, the WSC and the app used by the Farsons beer festival fell victim to hacking late yesterday. A group calling itself Rebel Team Hackers posted a message which read: “Tell your government...

  • Hunters return from Argentina after being held for two months

    Hunters return from Argentina after being held for two months

    Three Maltese hunters who were held in Argentina for two months have returned to Malta. The hunters had been stopped at Buenos Aires airport departure lounge after protected birds were found in their suitcases. It is not known if they were...

  • Turtle released after four years of innovative rehab

    Turtle released after four years of innovative rehab

    A turtle called Letiz has been released back into the sea after four years of rehab. She had swallowed a discarded plastic bag which blocked her digestion, leading to pneumonia and a lung collapse. This meant that she was no longer able to...

  • Concert on Mgarr harbour pontoon

    Concert on Mgarr harbour pontoon

    The Gozo Youth Wind Band on Monday will be presenting a concert from a stage mounted on a pontoon at Mgarr Harbour. Stage and Proms on the Sea will feature pop singers Sarah Bonnici and Joseph Refalo. The stage is being built to take up to 60...

  • Updated - Exercise next week to test earthquake preparedness

    Updated - Exercise next week to test earthquake preparedness

    The Civil Protection Department is to hold an earthquake simulation exercise in Gozo next week to test its preparedness in case of such a natural disaster. Destructive earthquakes in Malta are rare but not unknown. One of the earthquakes that...

  • Boxer holds off mob in Istanbul street fight

    Boxer holds off mob in Istanbul street fight

    A mob took on more than bargained for when they picked up a fight with an Irish man in Istanbul. He was a professional boxer. The incident happened after the tourist accidentally spilled water from a fridge.  This sparked an argument and a number...

  • China stocks buoyed by US rally, yuan edges up

    China's turbulent stock markets rose today, helped by a strong rebound on Wall Street on expectations that the US. Federal Reserve will respond to days of China-led volatility by delaying an expected interest rate rise next month. Chinese stocks...

  • China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts, accuses officials of dereliction

    China detains 12 over Tianjin blasts, accuses officials of dereliction

    China has formally detained a dozen people over huge explosions in the city of Tianjin this month that killed at least 139 people, and has accused 11 officials and port executives of suspected dereliction of duty or abuse of power. Anger over...

  • ‘Massive’ abstract work to replace Mintoff statue

    ‘Massive’ abstract work to replace Mintoff statue

    The planned Dom Mintoff statue at Castille Square is expected to be replaced by a massive abstract art structure that has been commissioned directly on the instructions of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Times of Malta can reveal. The...

  • Maltese detainee in Libya said to have been carrying €300,000

    Maltese detainee in Libya said to have been carrying €300,000

    Carmelo Grech, the man arrested in Libya, is being detained by anti-Islamist General Khalifa Haftar’s army after he and three other men were allegedly caught carrying over €300,000 in an airport in east Libya, according to sources. Mr Grech, a...

  • Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

    Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

    The gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia yesterday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black. While...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports that Carmelo Grech, arrested in Libya for the past two weeks, had been carrying €300,000. The Malta Independent says Mr Grech could be held by...

  • PM is inviting top opposition politicians to Turkish cabinet

    PM is inviting top opposition politicians to Turkish cabinet

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu invited high profile opposition figures to join an interim cabinet yesterday, two months before a snap election at which his ruling AK Party may not recover its parliamentary majority. The main opposition CHP and...