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  • Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

    Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote. Spain's central...

  • In 13 months government employed 10 persons per day - PN

    The government engaged 3,700 workers, or 10 workers per day in the past 13 months since it took office, the PN said today. The figures emerged from official statistics and belied comments by the Finance Minister  The PN said it was not true that...

  • Man accused of defrauding woman almost €22,000

    Man accused of defrauding woman almost €22,000

     A Cospicua man was this evening remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to theft and defrauding an elderly woman of almost €22,000. Jon Lawrence Formosa, 36, a repeat offender, produced a fake proxy to defraud the woman in July and the...

  • Syrian man brought to Malta in car's luggage boot

    A Syrian man has admitted to aiding a co-national enter Malta illegally by hiding him in the luggage boot of his car on a trip from Catania. Ahmad Farhoud, 34, pleaded guilty to hiding Mohammed Ahmed in the boot of his Renault Megane. The court...

  • Pope invited to visit Malta

    Pope invited to visit Malta

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca called on Pope Francis in Rome today and officially invited him to visit Malta. She said that should a visit take place, she would like the Pope to particularly address children and young people with a view to...

  • Passenger video captures fire aboard channel ferry

    Passenger video captures fire aboard channel ferry

    A fire broke out on a channel ferry as it was docking in northern France earlier today. 337 passengers were on board when the fire took hold in the engine room of the Pride of Canterbury shortly after 8am  as the ship arrived into the French port...

  • MUMN declares industrial dispute at Gozo Hospital

    The MUMN has declared an industrial dispute at Gozo General Hospital, saying the  Health Department had not acted over a severe shortage of carers to the detriment of the patients and the elderly residents in Ward St Anna. The shortage, it said,...

  • Dutch man denies raping Maltese woman

    Dutch man denies raping Maltese woman

    A woman alleged she was raped by her former boyfriend, then withdrew her criminal complaint only to have a change of heart two days later, telling the police to proceed with the case, a police inspector said in court this morning. Inspector Robert...

  • Updated, Video reactions - Vella gets praise and criticism after three-hour grilling by MEPs

    Updated, Video reactions - Vella gets praise and criticism after three-hour grilling by MEPs

    Karmenu Vella faced three hours of questioning by MEPs as confirmation hearings for the new designate European Commissioners got under way in Brussels this afternoon. He faced questions on hunting in Malta early in the session and insisted that he...

  • People with disabilities learn new skills in €1.7m project

    People with disabilities learn new skills in €1.7m project

    A total of 34 people with a disability are learning skills and how to perform work tasks through a €1.7 million EU funded project for sheltered employment. The project, handled by the Employment and Training Corporation in collaboration with...

  • Spainish government asks court to declare Catalonia vote illegal

    The Spanish government has formally asked the constitutional court to declare illegal Catalonia's planned vote on independence from Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement. "Neither the object nor the proceedings of the...

  • Minister pleased with talks with Spanish bus operator, no comment on fares

     Minister pleased with talks with Spanish bus operator, no comment on fares

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi this morning expressed himself satisfied with the ongoing negotiations with the preferred bidder selected to operate the bus service. Although he would no go into details, Mr Mizzi said that talks with Spanish company...

  • Sant 'not particularly surprised' that Karmenu Vella said he voted for EU accession

    Sant 'not particularly surprised' that Karmenu Vella said he voted for EU accession

    Former Labour leader Alfred Sant said this morning that he was not particularly surprised by Karmenu Vella's declaration that he voted for EU accession 14 years ago. Dr Sant, now an MEP, said that as far as he was concerned he was "neither here...

  • Unemployment down in August

    The number of persons registering for work in August stood at 6,698  compared to 7,457 in the corresponding month last year, the National Statistics Office said today.   It said there had been a decrease of 732 persons registering under Part I and...

  • New treatment plant will handle more than twice the waste at Sant'Antnin plant

    New treatment plant will handle more than twice the waste at Sant'Antnin plant

    The waste treatment plant currently being built at  Maghtab will be commissioned at the beginning of 2016 as planned, Environment Minister Leo Brincat said. He said the €60m mechanical and biological treatmen tplant will be by far the biggest...

  • Bill to regulate the legal profession out soon

    Bill to regulate the legal profession out soon

    The government will publish a draft law to regulate the legal profession in the next few weeks, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said. He said that following consultations with the Chamber of Advocates, the government had made progress on the...

  • Malta, Greece, Cyprus to discuss common positions on maritime affairs

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi will be hosting a meeting in Malta with Cypriot Communications Minister Marios Demetriades and Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis to discuss a common position on maritime affairs at international and...

  • PN MEPs say they worked for Karmenu Vella's nomination

    PN MEPs say they worked for Karmenu Vella's nomination

    Some MEPs within the European People's Party have doubts on Karmenu Vella's nomination to serve as European Commissioner in view of his past, raising questions on his declaration that he voted for Malta's EU accession, and about hunting, according...

  • Three hurt in Luqa crash, one grievous

    A woman, 31, was grievously injured in a crash involving two cars last night in Council of Europe Street, Luqa. The police said the crash took place at 11.15 p.m. One of the cars ended up in a roundabout after the impact. The woman was a passenger...

  • Pieta' shared space concept 'safer than most residential roads'

    Pieta' shared space concept 'safer than most residential roads'

    The Bicycle Advocacy Group said today that it was concerned about the Ombudsman’s recent objections to the revised shared space bus lane, adding that the concept was  safer than most residential roads. Bus lanes, it said, were essential for a more...