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  • Press freedom organisations reiterate 'serious concerns' about Malta's freedom of expression

    Press freedom organisations reiterate 'serious concerns' about Malta's freedom of expression

    A group of international press freedom organisations have again highlighted “serious concerns” about the state of freedom of expression in Malta.In a statement issued on Wednesday, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, the European Centre...

  • Students at Barts Medical School rise to 59

    Students at Barts Medical School rise to 59

    The student population at Barts Medical School in Gozo has risen to 59, but at this rate the target mentioned by the Prime Minister of having 300 after five years will not be met. Compared to last April when the figure stood at 40, the total...

  • Prime Minister in Macedonia

    Prime Minister in Macedonia

    Business opportunities between Malta and Macedonia are set to be explored in 2019 by visiting trade delegations from both countries, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev said on Wednesday. The two prime ministers...

  • Arrivals from Poland rising steadily

    Arrivals from Poland rising steadily

    Visitors from Poland were up more than 12 per cent in the first eight months of this year, with increased marketing efforts by the Malta Tourism Authority in the country seeming to bear fruit. During 2017, 89,335 visitors came to Malta from...

  • Malta-Italy gaming intelligence agreement following major crackdown

    Malta-Italy gaming intelligence agreement following major crackdown

    Maltese gaming authorities will start exchanging anti-Mafia intelligence with their Italian counterparts following a major crackdown that uncovered Malta's role in a major organised crime money laundering racket. Digital Economy Parliamentary...

  • Prison kitchen 'so dirty mice found dead in it'

    Prison kitchen 'so dirty mice found dead in it'

    A former police constable, currently serving a prison term at the Corradino Correctional Facility, has been awarded €5,000 by way of non-pecuniary damages by the European Court of Human Rights. The court found that Jean Pierre Abdilla had lacked...

  • Satabank clients living ‘on bread and cheese’

    Satabank clients living ‘on bread and cheese’

    Satabank account holders are struggling to make ends meet, with some saying they can only afford buying bread and cheese. One of them, who spoke to Times of Malta on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday he was living day by day, hoping the...

  • Mechanism on rule of law 'needed more than ever' - European Parliament

    Mechanism on rule of law 'needed more than ever' - European Parliament

    A mechanism to protect democracy in the EU was "more urgently needed now than ever before," MEPs in the European Parliament said. In a non-legislative resolution, presented by various cross-party members, the European Commission was called on to...

  • Phone calls to other EU countries get prices capped

    Phone calls to other EU countries get prices capped

    The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to put an end to expensive international calls within the EU. The new rules will offer citizens high-speed connectivity and make calls secure and affordable within the EU, while providing the necessary...

  • Father cleared of sexually abusing his daughter

    Father cleared of sexually abusing his daughter

    The father of a child accused of sexually abusing his eight-year old daughter has had his acquittal confirmed on appeal. The man’s ordeal kicked off in April 2016 when an LSA watching over the child during school hours expressed concerns about the...

  • Citizenship schemes should be ‘phased out as soon as possible' - EP committee

    Citizenship schemes should be ‘phased out as soon as possible' - EP committee

    Schemes which offer citizenship or residency by investment should be phased out as soon as possible, a European Parliament special committee has said.  In a draft report released on Tuesday, the Special Committee on Financial Crimes and Tax...

  • Italian businessman defrauded two construction companies, court told

    Italian businessman defrauded two construction companies, court told

    An Italian businessman who allegedly swindled two local construction companies out of thousands of euros, was remanded in custody on Wednesday after pleading not guilty. Prosecuting Inspector Yvonne Farrugia said Angelo Distefano, 32, a director...

  • Fined €4,500 for sharing video of sexual encounter

    Fined €4,500 for sharing video of sexual encounter

    A man has been fined 4,500 for sharing a video of him having sex with his former partner. John Ebejer, a 37-year old Pieta resident, currently unemployed, shared the video without consent by the woman. He was arraigned in court on Wednesday and...

  • Competition watchdog dealt another blow

    Competition watchdog dealt another blow

    Apart from being unable to impose fines, the competition watchdog has been dealt a further blow after a court ruled last week that it cannot even carry out its own investigation to determine whether a breach was committed or not. The judgment was...

  • Government ignoring air quality issues -  AD

    Government ignoring air quality issues -  AD

    The recently published Air Quality in Europe report showing poor air quality in Malta and the ERA report that schools close to busy roads are causing children to suffer respiratory illnesses were reminders of government failure to address the...

  • Gudja councillors want to ban non-residents' parking of more than 24 hours

    Gudja councillors want to ban non-residents' parking of more than 24 hours

    Nationalist councillors in Gudja want their council to go ahead with a ban on parking beyond 24 hours for non-residents, a decision which had been previously unanimously agreed by the council. In a statement, councillors Mark Anthony Sammut and...

  • First national car-sharing system launched

    First national car-sharing system launched

    Malta’s first “green” car-sharing system was launched Wednesday, with close to 1,000 users already registered. The initiative will allow people to share electric cars by parking them in a designated parking spot and then allowing other users to...

  • What does the EU do for you?

    What does the EU do for you?

    What do the Upper Barrakka lift, Għajnsielem Redcoats softball team and studies about Maltese sea currents have in common? The answer, as the European Union is keen to point out, is that all three were made possible through EU funding. With six...

  • Study on when to stop importation of vehicles using diesel, petrol

    Study on when to stop importation of vehicles using diesel, petrol

    Experts are studying different scenarios leading to the phasing out of cars powered by diesel and petrol and an import ban on new models. The study is aimed at determining when and how the importation of new fuel-powered cars should be stopped in...

  • MFSA closes case against Times of Malta

    MFSA closes case against Times of Malta

    The Malta Financial Services Authority has informed the Times of Malta it has decided “not to proceed further” on a news report about the Manoel Island project. Under the title ‘Tumas Group to take over Manoel island project’, Times of Malta...

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