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  • Libyan passport deal ends over IS concern

    Islamic State militants have captured a passport facility in Libya, forcing the government to end an agreement allowing Libyan diplomatic passport holders to enter Malta without a visa. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat yesterday said the government...

  • 10 held on suspicion of live-bird sale racket

    Some 10 people said to be involved in a live-bird trading racket have been arrested after they were tracked down illegally selling specimens through an online auction site, Times of Malta has learnt. The police confirmed that several weeks of...

  • ‘No’ lobby aims to assure minorities

    The No lobby will be shifting its focus onto minorities worried their interests might be at risk if the country votes to abolish spring hunting in the April referendum. “The campaign is not yet as effective as we wanted it to be... We’ll be...

  • Diving expert: act now to prevent more deaths

    Diving expert: act now to prevent more deaths

    An Italian diving expert has warned that Malta has poor occupational health and safety standards in this field and called on the authorities to take urgent action to avoid more fatalities. Gianluca Lopez, 42, a resident in Malta who took part in...

  • National Library joins digital age

    National Library joins digital age

    People will soon be able to read historical documents held at the National Library without setting foot in the grand 18th century building in Piazza Regina, Valletta. “Making the library accessible doesn’t only mean making the stairs more...

  • Russians march in memory of murdered critic Nemtsov

    Russians march in memory of murdered critic Nemtsov

    Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow yesterday, carrying banners declaring “I am not afraid” and chanting “Russia without Putin” in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Families, the old and young walked slowly,...

  • PM: mistakes made in Café Premier deal

    PM: mistakes made in Café Premier deal

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has admitted mistakes on the controversial Café Premier deal, pinning the blame on his government’s haste to solve inherited problems. In his first admission that errors were made in the €4.2 million buy-back agreement...

  • Russian President’s investigators point at radical Islamists and the Opposition

    Russian President’s investigators point at radical Islamists and the Opposition

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to pursue those who killed Nemtsov, calling the murder a “provocation”. National investigators who answer to the Russian leader offered a three-million-rouble reward, around $50,000, for information on...

  • Vice President of Sierra Leone is in Ebola quarantine

    Vice President of Sierra Leone is in Ebola quarantine

    Sierra Leone’s Vice President yesterday put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana was set to become acting president today when President Ernest Bai Koroma attends a...

  • Busuttil: it’s stinking of corruption

    The Café Premier deal is a “scandal stinking of corruption”, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil charged yesterday. He called on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to shoulder responsibility for the deal. “This money could have been spent on a new school,...

  • Ukrainian city, Mariupol, awaits rebels’ next move

    Ukrainian city, Mariupol, awaits rebels’ next move

    Scanning the sky for incoming artillery fire has become a force of habit for Ukrainian beetroot-seller Svetlana Kumurzhi, who dived under her wooden stall in government-held Mariupol when shells rained down a month ago. While a fragile...

  • Price of fuel falls 3c a litre

    Petrol and diesel will be 3c cheaper at the pump this morning, the government fuel company Enemed has announced. Petrol will now sell at €1.35 per litre and diesel at €1.28 per litre. This is the third downward revision this year after prices for...

  • Let nothing go to waste

    Let nothing go to waste

    European Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella is committed “to seizing classical win-win opportunities” arising from a move towards a circular economy. The European Commission announced in its work programme for...

  • Estonia’s ruling centre-right takes early election lead over pro-Russia Opposition

    Estonia’s ruling centre-right takes early election lead over pro-Russia Opposition

    Estonia’s ruling centre-right party took an early lead after an election yesterday overshadowed by fears that neighbouring Russia might interfere in the small Baltic State after annexing Ukraine’s Crimea region last year. First returns based on...

  • Benefits for low earners

    Low and middle-income parents can now apply for a benefit of up to €1,200 per child, under the so-called In-Work Benefit scheme. The benefit was introduced in the last Budget. It applies to couples who both work and earn under €20,400 between...

  • Netanyahu flies to US, ties fraying over his planned speech on Iran

    Netanyahu flies to US, ties fraying over his planned speech on Iran

    Defying US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Washington late yesterday to warn Congress about the risks of a possible nuclear deal with Iran in a speech that has imperilled ties between the two...

  • Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya

    Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya

    Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants. The navy said in a...

  • Island reaching saturation point for tourism –­ expert

    Island reaching saturation point for tourism –­ expert

    Malta is nearing its tourist saturation point and should stop pushing for numbers but start looking at quality tourists, an expert has warned. According to George Cassar, a senior lecturer at the University’s Institute for Tourism, Travel and...

  • Cameron could ‘face problems’ on defence cuts

    Cameron could ‘face problems’ on defence cuts

    David Cameron could face “political problems” within his own party if he disregards a Nato target and cuts defence spending below two per cent of GDP, a Conser­vative former defence secretary said yesterday. Liam Fox said many Tory MPs would find...

  • Scicluna: Church aims to reach out to disabled

    Scicluna: Church aims to reach out to disabled

    Disability can be viewed as limiting, worrying and off-putting but, through the efforts of many Maltese, it is being “transfigured” into a hymn of love and charity, according to Archbishop Elect Charles Scicluna. Speaking at his first pastoral...