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  • Joseph Cassar, former diplomat and PN official, dies

    Joseph Cassar, former diplomat and PN official, dies

    Dr Joseph Cassar, one of Malta's most seasoned diplomats and political commentators, has passed away. He was 71. Dr Cassar served as Malta's ambassador to Portugal, Italy, Libya and the Russian Federation. He had also served as Malta's permanent...

  • Today's front pages: May 19, 2018

    Today's front pages: May 19, 2018

    These are the main stories featured in Saturday's newspapers.  Times of Malta says a report by an Italian anti-Mafia foundation has warned that Malta might be “taken over by Mafia interests” if nothing is done. It also reports that owners of VRT...

  • PM silent on Facebook hate groups membership

    PM silent on Facebook hate groups membership

    A government spokesman would not say whether the Prime Minister left pro-Labour Facebook groups posting violent comments, insisting instead that one should look into “vitriolic attacks on exponents from all sides of the political spectrum”. The...

  • Malta risks being taken over by the Mafia, Italian report claims

    Malta risks being taken over by the Mafia, Italian report claims

    A report by an Italian anti-Mafia foundation has warned that Malta might be “taken over by Mafia interests” if nothing is done and if the EU keeps “closing its eyes” to what is happening on the island. In its conclusions after establishing “facts”...

  • Photos of the week - ending 17th May 2018

  • Economy Ministry has the highest mobile phone bills...

    Economy Ministry has the highest mobile phone bills...

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona and five members of his secretariat rack up an average monthly mobile phone bill of €657 each, according to information given to Parliament. The ministry’s spend since April 2013 totalled €240,489. Details on mobile...

  • Health authorities advise against non-essential travel to Congo

    Health authorities advise against non-essential travel to Congo

    The health authorities said on Friday people should avoid non-essential travel to areas in Congo where cases of ebola have been confirmed. A new case of ebola has been confirmed in Wangata, an urban area of the DRC. Until now, all the confirmed...

  • Injured policeman’s family asks that no funds are collected

    Injured policeman’s family asks that no funds are collected

    A fundraising campaign to collect money for the police officer grievously injured in a hit-and-run incident and which had already raised more than €3,500 in 15 hours was halted on Thursday at the family’s request. Police Constable Simon Schembri,...

  • Hoteliers sounds warning of ‘over-tourism’

    Hoteliers sounds warning of ‘over-tourism’

    Hoteliers are calling for a study to establish the maximum number of tourists that Malta can cope with due to its limited geographical size and high population density. The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association made its call during the...

  • Caruana Galizia murder accused files yet another Constitutional application

    Caruana Galizia murder accused files yet another Constitutional application

    One of the three men accused of the brutal murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, has filed a constitutional application arguing that electronic data about the case had been collected under a law repealed by an EU directive. Known as...

  • Operation to remove grounded vessel in Qawra to start on Monday

    Operation to remove grounded vessel in Qawra to start on Monday

    The operation to remove a grounded vessel from Qawra, following a vicious storm last February, will start on Monday, Transport Malta said. It follows the approval of the wreck-removal-plan and the granting of the environmental permit. The work is...

  • Developer had taken all precautions in 2012 Strand incident

    Developer had taken all precautions in 2012 Strand incident

    The developer of a site along the Strand in Gżira was cleared by the court of any criminal liability for an unfortunate incident which left a student with permanent disabilities. The case dates back to June 4, 2012, when a 22-year-old French...

  • Betting firm Betsson mum on multiple resignations

    Betting firm Betsson mum on multiple resignations

    Group directors and managers are leaving betting firm Betsson, industry sources told the Times of Malta. Given the level of the office occupied by those stepping down, in terms of hierarchy, the listed parent company in Sweden did not have to...

  • Two charged with Ħamrun murder

    Two charged with Ħamrun murder

    Two men were charged on Friday with murdering a Libyan national at a Ħamrun apartment. Ramzi Abdulhafid Ib Abukem, 36, and Hamza Kamel Bakoush, 25, also Libyan nationals, were charged with murdering the man as well as holding another two against...

  • ‘Unacceptable’ for VRT test fee to remain the same

    ‘Unacceptable’ for VRT test fee to remain the same

    The fee for VRT tests has remained the same for the past 20 years, and must be increased if the government expected standards to be maintained, the GRTU said on Friday. It was reacting to the introduction of a new system this week as a result of...

  • Policeman hit-and-run Facebook hate messages land three in trouble

    Policeman hit-and-run Facebook hate messages land three in trouble

    Three people were marched to court on Friday after they posted "hate" messages hours after a policeman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident.  Kylie Cutajar, 21, from St Venera, Ritmark Borg, 28, from Paola, and Josef D’Amato, 24 from...

  • Flight aborted seconds before take-off after warning light alert

    Flight aborted seconds before take-off after warning light alert

    A Ryanair flight to Luton was aborted seconds before take-off on Friday morning after a warning light alerted the captain to a problem. According to passengers, the aircraft was accelerating to take-off on the runway in time at 11.35am before it...

  • Lands Authority CEO resigns, to set up new construction regulator

    Lands Authority CEO resigns, to set up new construction regulator

    Lands Authority CEO Carlo Mifsud has resigned from his post, and will be taking up another position within the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects. The ministry said on Friday that he would be coordinating the setting up of...

  • Court alarmed by "children with 450g of drugs on them"

    Court alarmed by "children with 450g of drugs on them"

    A young man and woman have been remanded in custody after police found a considerable amount of drugs and related paraphernalia in their possession. Inspector Priscilla Caruana Lee told magistrate Joe Mifsud how a police patrol had stopped the...

  • Valletta shop thief given chance to rehabilitate

    Valletta shop thief given chance to rehabilitate

    A woman from Żabbar has been placed on probation after she admitted to shoplifting charges. Michelle Wilson, 45, was accused of theft aggravated by value from two Valletta shops and attempted theft from a third. She was also accused of committing...