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  • Hunters report fewer quail, turtle doves shot in autumn

    Hunters report fewer quail, turtle doves shot in autumn

    Only four in 10 hunters reported shooting turtle doves and quail last autumn, according to data released by the government. The hunters shot nearly 2,500 turtle doves and nearly 1,700 quail, the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, a government agency,...

  • ‘Sergeant should not have been promoted’

    A police sergeant should not have been promoted to inspector because of rumours, allegations and speculation about his shady connections, a newspaper editor insisted in court yesterday. Although the allegations were investigated by the police, no...

  • Wife casts further doubt on claims Aliyev killed himself

    Wife casts further doubt on claims Aliyev killed himself

    The widow of Kazakh political exile Rakhat Aliyev, the millionaire who took refuge in Malta for years, yesterday said it was “out of the question” that her husband had committed suicide. “For me, it is out of the question that Rakhat voluntarily...

  • ‘Resolve union conflict with urgency’

    ‘Resolve union conflict with urgency’

    Unions are destabilising industrial relations, not because of conflicts with employers but because of the rivalry between them, the Malta Employers’ Association has complained. The MEA president, Arthur Muscat, has called for inter-union conflicts...

  • Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square in Valletta is set to become a pedestrian zone in a €1.6 million revamp in time for November’s Commonwealth summit. The aim is to give prominence to the baroque features of the Auberge de Castille, return the square closer to the...

  • Man admits break-in bid

    A Somali caught by police as he was trying to break into a house in Marsa on Sunday evening was jailed for a year after he admitted the charges. Mustafa Mohamud Mohamed, 26, who lives in Żebbuġ, Gozo, was seen trying to break into a house in...

  • Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Migration to the new parliament building may finally take place in the coming weeks, possibly after the Easter recess, as works progress according to a schedule set last January. Work on the plenary chamber is practically finished and the...

  • ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    A legal loophole that allows registered sex offenders to organise parties for underage teenagers needs to be closed, according the Children’s Commissioner. Promoter Joel Caruana, the 24-year-old who was twice convicted of engaging in sexual...

  • Netanyahu warns that Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    Netanyahu warns that Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States yesterday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel’s survival and insisted he had a “moral obligation” to speak up about deep differences with...

  • Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Farmers will be receiving a total of €5 million a year in direct payments under the EU’s new agricultural reform, with specific aid targeted at the sectors of milk, beef, sheep and tomatoes. Under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020,...

  • Nemtsov’s shaken girlfriend says she did not see the killer

    Nemtsov’s shaken girlfriend says she did not see the killer

    Boris Nemtsov’s girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian Opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin. Speaking largely without emotion in...

  • Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    The family of murder victim Paul Degabriele, known as Is-Suldat, has lost a libel suit against a newspaper that referred to him as a dangerous criminal. Magistrate Francesco Depas­quale said this description was justified in the context of Mr...

  • Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    The government has commissioned an independent expert to analyse 2014’s tourism statistics, identify the sectors that need to be strengthened and recommend the steps to be taken. The report will be released for public consultation within weeks,...

  • Haftar appointed army chief for the Libyan government

    Haftar appointed army chief for the Libyan government

    Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, was appointed army commander for the country’s internationally recognised government yesterday in a move that could complicate UN peace talks. Four years after Muammar...

  • PM Cameron dismisses serious US concerns over British defence cuts

    David Cameron yesterday dismissed concerns raised by the head of the US army about the impact of cuts on the capacity of British forces, insisting it remained a “very strong and capable partner” for the Americans. US chief of staff General Raymond...

  • Authorities step up colorectal cancer screening programme

    Authorities step up colorectal cancer screening programme

    Health authorities are stepping up the colorectal cancer screening programme, as parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne revealed yesterday that the public response rate is currently just 50 per cent. During an outreach programme in Valletta to mark...

  • Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from IS

    Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from IS

    Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shi’ite militia, attacked Islamic State (IS) strongholds north of Baghdad yesterday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. The offensive is...

  • Scheme for youths ‘cuts jobless rate’

    An EU scheme that offers Maltese youngsters the chance to get into training or work at the end of secondary schooling is being seen by the government as a big success and as a factor in reducing unemployment. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat lauded...

  • Bomb blast near Cairo top court wounds nine

    Bomb blast near Cairo top court wounds nine

    A bomb exploded near a top court building in central Cairo yesterday, wounding nine people, the Interior Ministry said, extending a series of such attacks in the Egyptian capital. The repeated security incidents in Cairo have raised concern over...

  • University to train nurses

    The University of Malta has signed an agreement with parliamentary secretary for active aging Justyne Caruana to train some 340 nurses who work in care homes for older people and in the community. The training programmes aim to develop an advanced...