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  • Watch: Passport buyers must have a 'clear link' to selling countries - European Commission

    Watch: Passport buyers must have a 'clear link' to selling countries - European Commission

    Brussels is building up an appetite for looking into cash-for-passport schemes such as Malta’s Individual Investor Programme, one of the European Commission’s top policymakers indicated on Monday. “There must be a clear link between a person and...

  • A once-beloved holiday complex falls into ruin

    A once-beloved holiday complex falls into ruin

    The happy sounds of holidaymakers have long since faded from the Ħal Ferħ complex in Golden Bay. Cane chairs sit stacked atop one another in what used to be the tourist resort’s restaurant, while rats scurry in and out of derelict bungalows. A...

  • What caused the tourist bus to hit the Żurrieq tree?

    What caused the tourist bus to hit the Żurrieq tree?

    Ambulances were still rushing to and from Valletta Road in Żurrieq when court experts and the magistrate arrived on the scene.  Barely one hour earlier, an open-top double-decker tourist bus had struck a tree, killing two and injuring 50. On...

  • Strong winds knock down walls, damage protected tree in Sannat

    Strong winds knock down walls, damage protected tree in Sannat

    Updated 3.30pm Gozo's windswept Sannat bore the brunt of weather damage on Sunday night, as howling winds lashed Malta and Gozo. Malta and Gozo experienced gale force south-easterly winds reaching speeds of up to 61 knots - the equivalent of more...

  • €5m passport scheme donation to Puttinu sparks controversy

    €5m passport scheme donation to Puttinu sparks controversy

    Updated 3pm with PN leader's reaction A €5 million government donation to Puttinu Cares announced on Friday night live TV has split opinions down the middle, with some celebrating the seven-figure sum and others calling it a cynical PR...

  • Malta recalls its ambassador to Russia 'for political consultations'

    Malta recalls its ambassador to Russia 'for political consultations'

    Malta is to recall its ambassador to Russia for political consultations in solidarity with the United Kingdom following the poisoning of a former Russian spy.  "The government of Malta condemns the attack in Salisbury in the strongest possible...

  • An out of control space station is being tracked using Malta-developed technology

    An out of control space station is being tracked using Malta-developed technology

    An abandoned, out of control space station is hurtling towards Earth - and technology developed by a group of Maltese scientists is being used to help track it.  Scientists with the University of Malta's Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy...

  • World's biggest cryptocurrency exchange to set up shop in Malta

    World's biggest cryptocurrency exchange to set up shop in Malta

    Updated 7.25pm: Adds PM statement The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange is to open a base in Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed on Friday. Binance has been in talks with Maltese banks and plans to create a "fiat-to-crypto...

  • Why was Pilatus Bank's chairman arrested in the US?

    Why was Pilatus Bank's chairman arrested in the US?

    Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad gained notoriety in Malta as the chairman of Pilatus Bank, but the businessman’s interests stretch far beyond this country’s Mediterranean shores. The 38-year-old is the son of banking tycoon and Iran rich-list mainstay...

  • Watch: 'Leaving was never a choice'

    Watch: 'Leaving was never a choice'

    When Rania Ali Mustafa left home for her big journey, she took her smartphone, laptop and Game of Thrones DVDs with her. After all, what 20-year-old would leave their gadgets behind? But browsing Facebook had taught Rania that many people in...