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  • Italy's Senate blocks Salvini migrant trial

    Italy's Senate blocks Salvini migrant trial

    Italy's Senate voted Wednesday to block the trial of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for allegedly illegally confining migrants rescued at sea by an Italian coastguard ship last year. Senators voted 237 to 61 in favour of the immunity...

  • Ornis Committee recommends spring hunt for quail

    Ornis Committee recommends spring hunt for quail

    The Ornis Committee will be recommending to the government a spring hunt for quail from April 10 to 30, from two hours before sunrise up to midday, with no individual bag limit, and a national bag limit of 5,000 birds. The decision was taken with...

  • PN votes for suspension of Orban's Fidesz from EPP

    PN votes for suspension of Orban's Fidesz from EPP

    The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was suspended from the European People's Party Wednesday, the EU's biggest and most influential political grouping, the EPP said. The Nationalist Party voted in favour of the...

  • Vigil for New Zealand terror attack victims held by Maltese Muslim community

    Vigil for New Zealand terror attack victims held by Maltese Muslim community

    Terrorist attacks such as that in New Zealand last week went against the teachings of God, Imam Mohammed Elsadi said on Wednesday. Speaking during an interfaith vigil to honour the victims of the terrorist attacks on mosques in New Zealand, Imam...

  • Change to electric cars to be as drastic as when Malta changed to euros

    Change to electric cars to be as drastic as when Malta changed to euros

    Malta’s changeover to electric cars will be as drastic as the time when the country changed to decimals and later to euros, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday. Speaking at a Forum Żagħżagħ Laburisti activity at Is-Suq tal-Belt, Dr...

  • ‘We cannot enforce the law without staff,’ NGO watchdog warns

    ‘We cannot enforce the law without staff,’ NGO watchdog warns

    The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations has warned that his office is finding it impossible to enforce recently-enacted legal safeguards because of a severe understaffing problem.Presenting his annual report to Parliament’s Social Affairs...

  • Developers propose trading system to 'protect' quaint urban areas

    Developers propose trading system to 'protect' quaint urban areas

    Developers have suggested a new trading system that would, they say, encourage the protection of unspoilt areas in and around village cores. The proposed system would see developers purchase what is known as the gross floor area of a property near...

  • Watch: Waves crash against Sliema coast as winds pick up speed

    Watch: Waves crash against Sliema coast as winds pick up speed

    People were again donning their jackets and looking for umbrellas on Wednesday as heavy winds, expected to reach Force 7 took over the Maltese islands. The winds, as well as rain, are expected to continue until at least the end of this week. In...

  • Storm caused €120,000 damage to road signs, bus shelters and walls

    Storm caused €120,000 damage to road signs, bus shelters and walls

    The major storm on February 23 and 24 caused €118,500 worth of damage to the transport sector, including the destruction of two bus shelters, and fallen walls. Transport Minister Ian Borg said, in reply to a parliamentary question by MP Edward...

  • Marsa crash victim, 76, dies

    Marsa crash victim, 76, dies

    A senior citizen who smashed his car during a Tuesday morning crash in Marsa has passed away.  In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the police said that the 76-year-old Birkirkara man had died in hospital.  The elderly man was driving a...

  • EU's Tusk: short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

    EU's Tusk: short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

    European Council president Donald Tusk said Wednesday that EU leaders could approve a short delay to Brexit if British lawmakers finally approve the withdrawal deal they have twice rejected. "In the light of the consultations I have conducted over...

  • Judgment annulled due to formal error

    Judgment annulled due to formal error

    A man’s conviction over a theft committed 13 years ago is to be re-examined after a court of appeal pointed out a formal error which brought about the nullity of the judgment delivered by the Magistrates’ Court. Mark Zahra, 47, had been given a...

  • Cold spell makes February second coolest month on record

    Cold spell makes February second coolest month on record

    February may have started off on a relatively warm note, with the month’s air temperature peaking at 19.4°C on its second day. But a sharp drop in air temperatures to a frosty low of 3.7°C on the 23rd, coupled with a mean minimum temperature of...

  • Hundreds of thousands of lives at risk in Mozambique

    Hundreds of thousands of lives at risk in Mozambique

    International aid agencies raced Wednesday to rescue survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three impoverished countries battered by one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut...

  • Italy police rescue 51 children as driver torches school bus

    Italy police rescue 51 children as driver torches school bus

    Updated Italian police on Wednesday rescued some 50 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight, the authorities said. "It is a miracle, it could have been carnage. The police were...

  • Civic amenity sites looking more like junk yards - PN

    Civic amenity sites looking more like junk yards - PN

    The Nationalist Party wants parliament's environment committee to discuss the situation at civic amenity sites, saying they were now looking more like junkyards.  In a statement, the PN said that waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) schemes...

  • Reformed man gets probation instead of jail on appeal

    Reformed man gets probation instead of jail on appeal

    A man was given probation in lieu of an effective jail term after a court of appeal deemed it would be “unjust” to remand him in custody and risk undoing all his efforts at getting his life back on track. Reginald Bugeja, now 46, had been facing...

  • Karadzic handed life sentence for Bosnia war crimes

    Karadzic handed life sentence for Bosnia war crimes

    Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will spend the rest of his life in jail for the "sheer scale and systematic cruelty" of his crimes in the war that tore his country apart a quarter of a century ago, UN judges said on...

  • Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    The official publication of guidelines on the way superyachts pay VAT has brought an end to the threat of action by the European Commission, with the yachting industry breathing a sigh of relief that it is back to business. The European Commission...

  • Local farmers need fuel subsidies, says PN MEP candidate

    Local farmers need fuel subsidies, says PN MEP candidate

    Local farmers should be given the opportunity to buy diesel at reduced prices like their counterparts in many other EU member states, the Nationalist Party said on Wednesday. Maltese farmers were paying double what Sicilian ones paid, MEP...

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