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  • Valletta man charged with defiling teenage boy

    Valletta man charged with defiling teenage boy

    A 61-year-old man from Valletta was today remanded in custody pleading not guilty to defiling a 17-year-old boy on a bus. The court heard how Carmel Grech used to go to the boy’s workplace and harass him. On one occasion he followed him onto a bus...

  • Migrant says he stole handbag because he was hungry

    A migrant was today sentenced to one year in jail suspended for two years after pleading guilty to stealing a woman's handbag from Paceville on Saturday night.  Abdiaziz Hassan Ibrahim, 37, admitted to stealing the handbag because he was hungry...

  • Hagel resigns as US defense secretary

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, US officials said, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job after a bruising mid-term election that undermined President Barack Obama's Democrats in Congress. Hagel, who had struggled to improve...

  • Suspended jail term for woman who committed abortion

    Suspended jail term for woman who committed abortion

    A Tunisian woman, 30, was this afternoon given a suspended jail term after she admitted in court to having committed an abortion two weeks ago. Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras heard how Raya Sellami Zammit, who is married to a Maltese man, was...

  • Iran nuclear talks extended 7 months after deadline missed

    Iran and six powers have failed for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching a historic...

  • No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    The Italian Coast Guard has released video of operations that have led to the rescue of more than 600 migrants in just 48 hours from the Central Mediterranean. The migrants were transferred to Coast Guard vessels and taken ashore in Sicily. At...

  • Driver's arraignment further proves minister's position is untenable - PN

    Driver's arraignment further proves minister's position is untenable - PN

    PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami said this afternoon the probable arraignment of the Home Affairs Minister's security driver further confirmed that the minister's position was no longer tenable. Constable Paul Sheehan is expected to be accused...

  • BOV makes three senior appointments

    Bank of Valletta has announced three appointments to its new Management Board. Elvia George was named Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Miguel Borg is Chief Risk Officer (CRO), whilst Kenneth Farrugia has been appointed Chief Business Development...

  • Drug case dropped as court is not shown evidence that powder was cocaine

    Drug case dropped as court is not shown evidence that powder was cocaine

    A man has been cleared of cocaine possession with intent to traffic after a magistrate ruled that no evidence had been brought to prove that the white power found was cocaine. There was no evidence to show that Francis Formosa, of St Paul's Bay,...

  • Drugs reform law in parliament today

    Drugs reform law in parliament today

    The Drug Dependence Bill, which will usher in a major reform of Malta's drug laws, goes to parliament today for a first reading. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici explained at a press conference that users found in simple possession of drugs for the...

  • ‘You’re killing me, stop it’, interviewer tells Ekklesia Sisters

    ‘You’re killing me, stop it’, interviewer tells Ekklesia Sisters

    The Ekklesia Sisters might not have won the Malta Eurovision contest, but they are fast becoming an internet sensation after their interview with an Irish You Tube channel was uploaded. Sr Michaela had the Irish interviewer in fits of laughter...

  • Helena Dalli avoids questions on Zejtun property

    Equal opportunities Minister Helena Dalli this morning turned down a request by Times of Malta to reply to questions on illegal development at one of her properties in Zejtun. While the media was asked to attend a presentation on climate change at...

  • Maltese diplomats in Libya were shadowed, received 'pressuring' calls

    Maltese diplomats in Libya were shadowed, received 'pressuring' calls

    Foreign Minister George Vella said this morning that the recall of Malta's diplomats from Tripoli amounted to a temporary relocation based on  consideration for the safety of the officials. He was replying to questions at a press conference after...

  • Enemalta, police descend on boathouses, cut off power supply to abusers

    Enemalta, police descend on boathouses, cut off power supply to abusers

    The police and Enemalta officials have descended on Armier and St Thomas Bay, where they are cutting off the electricity supply to rooms found to be supplying other rooms illegally. The supply was also disconnected where other abuses were...

  • Unemployment down sharply

    Unemployment down sharply

    The number of persons registering for work in October stood at 6,596 compared to 7,594 in the corresponding month last year. The National Statistics Office said decreases were recorded among all age groups with the most significant being recorded...

  • Maltese MEP reacts to objections for Pope's visit to European Parliament

    Maltese MEP reacts to objections for Pope's visit to European Parliament

    Maltese MEP Marlene Mizzi has reacted to an email signed by two MEPs and sent  to all MEPs objecting to Pope Francis's visit to the European Parliament tomorrow. In their letter MEPs Sofie in’t Veld ( Alde) and Virginie Roziere ( S&D - Radical...

  • Driver injured

    A 21-year-old man was hospitalised this morning after the Ford Fiesta he was driving crashed into a centre strip at the Mriehel Bypass. The incident happened at about 9.30am as the car was being driven towards Qormi.

  • Malta-Gozo bridge would cost €4m every year to run

    Malta-Gozo bridge would cost €4m every year to run

    A bridge between Malta and Gozo would come with a yearly price tag of €4 million to maintain and operate. This amount is over and above the €800 million (excluding taxes) needed to finance the project. Annual operation and maintenance costs are...

  • Tigné Point Business Centre works contract awarded

    Tigné Point Business Centre works contract awarded

    Mid Knight Holdings Ltd, a joint venture between MIDI plc and Benny Holdings, whose principal shareholder is Mark Weingard, has awarded an €18 million construction contract for the new business centre at Tigné Point to Frame Structures JV, a...

  • School transport tax credit ‘is not enough’

    School transport tax credit ‘is not enough’

    Parents of children who attend Church and private schools are sceptical about the effectiveness of the €150 tax credit that granted in the Budget to encourage more of them to make use of school transport. The chairman of the board at San Andrea...