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  • Grandmother granted sole custody of young grandson abandoned by her daughter

    Grandmother granted sole custody of young grandson abandoned by her daughter

    A 60-year-old woman who single-handedly raised five children has been granted sole custody of her five-year-old grandson after a court ruled that his mother – the grandmother’s daughter – was irresponsible and not in a position to raise him. The...

  • PA waits for permit, from the PA, for new Gozo offices

    PA waits for permit, from the PA, for new Gozo offices

    The Planning Authority has relocated its staff in Gozo as it waits for a development permit - issued by the PA itself - to demolish and rebuild its office in Victoria. Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg told Nationalist MP Chris Said in reply to a...

  • Infertility research should top agenda, academics tell MPs

    Infertility research should top agenda, academics tell MPs

    More research is needed about the impact of assisted reproductive technology on the well-being of all the parties involved, according to a group of academics and practitioners. In light of the amendments to the Embryo Protection Act, which will go...

  • 'I'm proud of IVF reforms': Health Minister Fearne

    'I'm proud of IVF reforms': Health Minister Fearne

    Health Minister Chris Fearne on Tuesday evening said he was “proud” to be spearheading reforms to IVF laws which will open up the process to single parents and same-sex couples as well as extend embryo freezing. Speaking to Times of Malta as he...

  • Selfie with a python goes badly for Indian forest ranger

    Selfie with a python goes badly for Indian forest ranger

    An Indian forest ranger had a brush with death when a python he'd captured in an eastern village attempted to strangle him in front of dozens of onlookers. Sanjay Dutta and his colleagues had been called to Jalpaiguri, in India's West Bengal state...

  • Archbishop Scicluna says it is up to the Pope to release Chile sex abuse report

    Archbishop Scicluna says it is up to the Pope to release Chile sex abuse report

    Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican envoy who was sent to Chile to gather evidence of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church said it would be up to Pope Francis to decide on whether to release the report of their findings to the...

  • Helicopter rescue in Mosta after man falls into valley

    Helicopter rescue in Mosta after man falls into valley

    A helicopter rescue operation was carried out in Mosta on Monday afternoon after a man fell from a bridge on the town's main street.  Emergency crews were called to Constitution Street after the victim, believed to be a senior citizen, fell down...

  • 'Carriage horses need legal protection'

    'Carriage horses need legal protection'

    Horses pulling tourist-filled carriages on sightseeing tours do not enjoy adequate legal protection, Animal Welfare Commissioner Emanuel Buhagiar told the Times of Malta. “This is something I have been pressing for years now. Every summer, a large...

  • Tonio Fenech loses smart meter libel suit against Konrad Mizzi

    Tonio Fenech loses smart meter libel suit against Konrad Mizzi

    Former PN minister Tonio Fenech has lost a libel suit he had filed against Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi over claims the latter made that he was responsible for rampant electricity theft. In its ruling, the court said that the allegations were...

  • Hepatitis C could become a thing of the past

    Hepatitis C could become a thing of the past

    Hepatitis C patients have started receiving treatment as part of government efforts to eradicate the illness, Health Minister Chris Fearne said today. Addressing a press conference at Mater Dei Hospital, Mr Fearne said he was confident the illness...

  • PN calls for separation of roles for magistrates conducting inquiries and deciding cases

    PN calls for separation of roles for magistrates conducting inquiries and deciding cases

    The Nationalist Party on Tuesday called for the appointment of more judges and magistrates and a separation of roles for magistrates involved in inquiries and in deciding cases.  In a statement, the party observed that the government was shortly...

  • Politicians' 'incredibly weak' accountability standards laid bare in Ombudsman's report- AD

    Politicians' 'incredibly weak' accountability standards laid bare in Ombudsman's report- AD

    The parliamentary Ombudsman’s annual report raised questions about government accountability, Alternattiva Demokratika said on Tuesday afternoon. Addressing a press conference following a meeting with the Ombudsman, AD chairman Carmel Cacopardo...

  • Watch: VAT exemptions threshold raised to €20,000

    Watch: VAT exemptions threshold raised to €20,000

    The government has extended the threshold of exemptions from VAT on sales of up to €20,000 from the current €14,000, in line with a commitment announced in the Budget at the end of last year. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told a press...

  • Car overturns in Swieqi valley

    Car overturns in Swieqi valley

    A car driver found himself upside-down in the Swieqi valley on Monday afternoon, after he lost control of his vehicle and ended up toppling it over. The motorist was not injured in the crash and declined paramedics’ assistance, police said.

  • Life Network chair warns deputy PM: Embryo freezing 'risks many lives'

    Life Network chair warns deputy PM: Embryo freezing 'risks many lives'

    An NGO staunchly opposed to changes to IVF laws has written to the deputy Prime Minister, undeterred by the government’s eagerness to pass amendments which would extend embryo freezing. In a letter to Chris Fearne, Life Network Chairperson Miriam...

  • At least 128 missing after ferry sinks in Sumatra

    At least 128 missing after ferry sinks in Sumatra

    Indonesian rescue workers struggled in rain and two-metre waves on Tuesday to search for at least 128 passengers from an overloaded ferry that sank in Lake Toba, a tourist destination in an ancient supervolcano crater on Sumatra island. An...

  • Pedestrian hit by van in Valletta

    Pedestrian hit by van in Valletta

    A 42-year-old Msida man was grievously injured on Tuesday morning when he was hit by a Ford Connect van in Valletta. The man was hurt on Archbishop Street at around 8.30am, police said. The van was being driven by a 27-year-old man from Ħamrun. An...

  • EU hatches plans to decide on asylum requests outside its borders

    EU hatches plans to decide on asylum requests outside its borders

    The European Union will agree next week to look into setting up "regional disembarkation platforms" to decide on asylum requests before the claimants actually get to Europe, a draft statement of the leaders' summit next week showed. Such centres...

  • Malta’s wealth creeping up to EU average

    Malta’s wealth creeping up to EU average

    Malta’s wealth is creeping up to the EU average, standing just four percentage points below, according to Eurostat. The member states wealth taking into account the amount of people that live there – GDP per capita – ranges dramatically across the...

  • Raising a toast to the couple - 14m above the ground

    Raising a toast to the couple - 14m above the ground

    A couple in eastern Germany have held a wedding ceremony with a difference - after getting married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle on a tightrope 14m above the ground. German news agency dpa reported that a pastor standing in a cage on a...