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  • Migration: Germany to send two warships

    The German navy has ordered two of its vessels to head to the Mediterranean to help in the rescue of migrants making the crossing from Libya to Europe. The German navy underlined that its mission would not form part of the ongoing Frontex...

  • National natural park plans for south

    A national natural park is being planned for the south of the island, the Prime Minister has announced. Speaking in Żejtun on the occasion of Worker’s Day, he said the need was being felt to protect open natural areas. For the second time in a...

  • Young jazz soloists get chance to shine

    The third edition of the Malta Jazz Contest, which gives young Maltese jazz soloists the opportunity to perform in front of a distinguished foreign jury, will be held on July 19. The contest forms part of the Malta Jazz Festival, organised by Arts...

  • Bus strike called off after talks

    Bus strike called off after talks

    A bus strike planned for today has been called off as the dispute between Malta Public Transport and the General Workers’ Union has been resolved. The GWU had planned to take a series of actions, including a bus strike today, after it claimed the...

  • Ending child fares makes Air Malta uncompetitive

    Ending child fares makes Air Malta uncompetitive

    Air Malta’s decision to stop discounted child fares makes it less competitive, particularly among legacy airlines flying the same routes, an exercise conducted by Times of Malta shows. As of April 1, without any public announcement, Air Malta...

  • Hunter charged with exceeding bird quota

    A 22-year-old Gozitan hunter is facing charges for exceeding the quota of birds that can be hunted in the spring season, none of which had been reported to the authorities. He was allegedly caught by the police in possession of three turtle doves...

  • Twist in Aliyev trial backs his innocence

    Rakhat Aliyev would have still been alive today if Austrian authorities had listened to arguments that evidence against him was not to be trusted, his lawyers told Times of Malta. Mr Aliyev, the late former son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s autocratic...

  • €80,000 for volunteers

    The sum of €80,000 will this year be distributed among 25 voluntary organisations to cover the expenses of projects within the community. Since the launch of the Small Initiatives Support Scheme in 2011, a total of €200,000 has been handed out to...

  • ‘Up to 1,000 Europeans still missing after Nepal quake’

    ‘Up to 1,000 Europeans still missing after Nepal quake’

    Nepali and foreign officials were struggling yesterday to locate thousands of people still missing after last week’s massive earthquake, as food and other relief supplies began to trickle through to those stranded in remote parts of the...

  • Istanbul police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters

    Istanbul police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters

    Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of stone-throwing May Day protesters yesterday, after they defied a ban and tried to march on Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Europe’s biggest city was under a security lockdown as thousands of...

  • PN aims to create better jobs with better salaries

    PN aims to create better jobs with better salaries

    The Nationalist Party will continue to work on policies aimed at creating better jobs with better pay, Simon Busuttil pledged yesterday. In a message on the occasion of Workers’ Day, the PN leader said that through its membership of the EU the...

  • Milan Expo ‘kicks off’ with violent demonstrations

    Milan Expo ‘kicks off’ with violent demonstrations

    Police fired tear gas at demonstrators yesterday as protests overshadowed the start of the Milan Expo, a global fair the government had been hoped would help to put a new face on Italy after years of economic decline. Thick clouds of smoke from...

  • Police target illegal sunbed business

    Police target illegal sunbed business

    A 55-year old man attempting to provide sunbed services in the Blue Flag stretch of rocky shore known as Fond Għadir, in Sliema, landed himself in hot water yesterday for operating without a permit. After residents filed several complaints with...

  • Stand By Me singer Ben E. King dies aged 76

    Stand By Me singer Ben E. King dies aged 76

    Soul and R&B singer Ben E. King, famous for his deep, velvety baritone voice and the classic hit song Stand by Me, died of natural causes in New Jersey at the age of 76, his representative said yesterday. “He passed away on Thursday,” said...

  • Give hotel high-class renovation, says NGO

    Give hotel high-class renovation, says NGO

    Environmental NGO Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar believes the Selmun Palace Hotel should be renovated as a high-end venue instead of adding an extra wing to it. The organisation argued that the authorities should be consistent to give “more added...

  • Islamist rebels closer to Assad’s Syria heartland

    Islamist rebels closer to Assad’s Syria heartland

    Islamist rebels and the Syrian army fought fierce battles in Latakia province overnight close to President Bashar al-Assad’s ancestral home, the army and rebels said yesterday, after weeks of insurgent gains in the country’s northwest. Rebels...

  • Government drops plans for diplomatic mission in Brazil

    Government plans to open a diplomatic mission in the South American continent have been dropped as it was not deemed feasible. Last year, then government spokesman Carmelo Abela, now Home Affairs Minister, announced the Cabinet had approved the...

  • ‘No default if Greece misses payments to ECB and IMF’

    ‘No default if Greece misses payments to ECB and IMF’

    Most top credit rating agencies said yesterday they would not cut Greece’s rating to default if it misses a payment to the International Monetary Fund or European Central Bank, a stance that could keep vital ECB funding flowing into the financial...

  • Motorcyclist badly hurt in car collision

    A 58-year-old motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after crashing into a car yesterday. The police said the incident happened at around 9.40am on Triq Ta’ Kandja, Siġġiewi. The man, from San Ġwann, was riding a BMW 850 when he lost control and...

  • Messenger smashes into Mercury

    Messenger smashes into Mercury

    An American spacecraft’s pioneering mission to Mercury has come to a dramatic end with the probe smashing into the planet at more than 8,750mph, mission controllers have confirmed. Messenger, which has been orbiting the sun’s closest planetary...