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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0100
Gaffarena court case: PM rules himself out of being a defendant
A number of legal experts speaking to this newspaper have pointed out that, by having initiated court proceedings against Marco Gaffarena in his own name to reverse the Old Mint Street deals, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has effectively ruled himself...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:30:00 +0100
Health Ministry introduces random house checks to verify sick leave
All employees in the public health sector who call in sick for work may be subject to random house checks, according to a new policy established by the Energy and Health Ministry that will see doctors making random calls to sick employees to verify w...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100
23 years of interest payments bring Borg Olivier expropriation’s total value up to €6.2m
The Commissioner for Lands is to appeal against last month's Land Arbitration Board ruling that awarded the Borg Olivier family over €2.2 million, plus a considerable amount of interest, in compensation for land expropriated in 1993 for the cons...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:30:00 +0100
Delimara power station: Brussels finds no violation of procurement rules
The European Commission has found “no elements indicating a circumvention of EU procedural procurement obligation” when it came to the procurement process applied to the new Delimara power station or regarding the departure of Gasol as on...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:24:00 +0100
PN should apologise after EU Commission found no violation of procurement rules - Joseph Muscat
The Nationalist Party should apologise to the Maltese people after the European Commission found that there was no violation of procurement rules when it came to the procurement process applied to the new Delimara power station, or regarding the depa...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:56:00 +0100
Busuttil accuses government of outright theft at the fuel pumps, saying prices should be halved
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil today accused the government of outright theft at the petrol pumps, saying that for every €30 of diesel a motorist purchases, the government pockets half of it.Speaking during a radio interview on Radio 101, he s...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:57:00 +0100
Viola Beach band members killed in tragic car crash in Sweden
Five British men, reportedly including members of British indie band Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.Stockholm Police spokesman Martin Bergholm said that the accident on Saturday...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:40:00 +0100
Alternattiva Demokratika against political party involvement in Judicial appointments
The Alternattiva Demokratika is against political party involvement when it comes to choosing members of the JudiciaryAD Chairperson Prof Arnold Cassola said today, that while there seems to be national consensus that the government of the day s...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:54:00 +0100
Police make 13 drug-related arrests in Paceville; those arrested are between 15 and 28 years old
The drug squad, assisted by the dogs sectionm conducted a number of searches in Paceville establishments last night, resulting in the arrest of 13 people aged between 15 and 28.Two of those arrested are foreigners and one is female.Substances suspect...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:23:00 +0100
Indonesian clerics ban Valentine's Day celebrations, saying it goes against Muslim teachings
fficials and clerics in the world's most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.In Banda Aceh, the capital of the devout Muslim province...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:59:00 +0100
Turkey accused of shelling Kurds close to Syrian border
Turkey shelled positions held by the main Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day Sunday, adding complexity to an inflamed situation in the area where Russian-backed Syrian government forces are also on the march, opposition activists said...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0100
‘We need a university for all seasons’ – Godfrey Baldacchino
Are you seriously considering submitting your nomination for the post of University Rector?That is the $64,000 question! The race for the new rector is a fairly idiosyncratic one, in the sense that nominations can only be made by one of the 32 member...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:56:00 +0100
Mother reports son for breaching bail; says she wants him to reform
A mother has reported her own son for breaching conditions of bail, imposed on him just a few weeks ago.Taking the stand, she said she wanted her 18-year-old son to reform. He would leave the house late at night, she told the court, and was breaching...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:48:00 +0100
Benghazi Bishop Sylvester Magro resigns, Bishop George Bugeja taking over
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Mgr. Sylvester Carmel Magro from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of Benghazi in Libya, and has appointed Mgr George Bugeja, Titular Bishop of St Leone, in his stead.The Pope thanked Bishop Eme...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:30:00 +0100
Editorial - Injudicious appointments: high time for a change
It is one thing for the government to ridicule and brush off the Opposition when it calls for reforms in the way members of the judiciary are appointed. After all, this unchecked situation in which members of the judiciary are appointed to the bench ...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:23:00 +0100
Schengen's collapse is not in Malta's interest, PL MEP Alfred Sant says
The collapse of the Schengen area is not in Malta's interests, PL MEP Alfred Sant said during the annual General Conference of the Birkirkara Labour Party Centre.Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said that one danger is that the Schengen area, by whi...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:03:00 +0100
Man under arrest leaves hospital, then turns himself in at a police station
A man who escaped police custody while in hospital from a suspected overdose, went to a police station to ask about the charges against him, a court heard this morning.The man, Janis Caruana, works at a bakery in Valletta and has been charged with po...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:30:00 +0100
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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:30:00 +0100
Drug laws: Reforming reforms - Franco Debono explains
Has the government’s reform of the drug laws gone wrong? In some ways it certainly has Franco Debono, wearing his criminal lawyer hat, says. A leading example of where it has gone wrong, Dr Debono argues, is that a person cultivating a two-metr...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:00:00 +0100
GO evaluating ‘a number’ of non-binding offers to sell its entire share capital
Home-grown telecommunications company GO is currently evaluating “a number” of non-binding offers it has received since it announced its intention, last October, to sell its entire share capital.The Malta Stock Exchange listed company sai...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:30:00 +0100
Malta’s largest casino opens its doors, no PN representatives attend
Casino Malta, the country’s largest casino, was opened this week with a Grand Gala on Friday evening. At midnight, following the gala ceremony, the casino opened its doors to the public, which was treated to live music, entertainment, dancers a...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:57:00 +0100
Maltese delegation take part in British Isles and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth conference
A Maltese delegation participated in the British Isles and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) conference in Guernsey, where they discussed equality within national budgets, in the context of social justice, jobs, ed...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:06:00 +0100
Brazil's Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash
Before her son was born, Danielle Alves didn't know Luiz Gustavo would have microcephaly, a condition that has left the 3-year-old so disabled he can't walk, talk or eat without help.Still, Alves says she would have gone ahead with the pregnancy even...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:00:00 +0100
EP's Committee of Inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector
On 18 September 2015, Volkswagen was accused by the US Environmental Protection Agency of installing illegal software to cheat emissions tests and, as a result, its diesel cars were producing up to 40 times the legal level of NOx emissions. The compa...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:10:00 +0100
Chinese media in uproar over United States move to honour dissident
A Chinese nationalist newspaper says Americans politicians are resorting to petty actions following a unanimous bill approval by the Senate to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after an imprisoned Chinese political dissid...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:10:00 +0100
Pharmacies opening today between 9am and noon
Floriana: Chemimart Pharmacy 14, St Anne Street; Ħamrun: Chemimart International Pharmacy 650, St Joseph High Street; Qormi: Pinto Pharmacy 43, San Bastjan Street; Birkirkara: Mackie's Pharmacy, L. Casolani Street; Pieta: St Anthony Pharmacy &nb...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:12:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 13 February
OBIT-SCALIAWASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:23:00 +0100
Pizza named after Emmy Bezzina – of course, it has peas
The popularity of television presenter Emmy Bezzina is growing by leaps and bounds – and now he has a pizza named after himAn outlet in Birkirkara is selling a pizza called Emmy Bezzina and, needless to say, it has peas among its ingredientsA l...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:59:00 +0100
The only government to break Constitution is run by Joseph Muscat and Owen Bonnici – PN
The statements issued by the Department of Information and the Labour Party with regard to the judgment given by the constitutional court on the industrial tribunal law – which were very similar to each other – tried to give the impressio...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:26:00 +0100
Updated (2): Police inspector assaulted after stopping driver at Mdina
A police inspector was injured this morning by a driver who was stopped for a roadside check near Mdina, in the area known as Ta' SrinaThe inspector, Sergio Pisani, stopped a BMW carrying foreign number plates at around 11.30am. The officer was reque...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:31:00 +0100
Pope Francis issues tough-love message to Mexico's political elite
Pope Francis told Mexico's political leaders on Saturday that they have a duty to provide their people with security, "true justice" and basic services as he plunged head-on into the drug-inspired violence, corruption and social ills that are torment...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:04:00 +0100
PN reiterates call for government to lower fuel prices as 'families are paying for corruption'
The Nationalist Party has reiterated its call for the government to lower the prices of fuel as Maltese families are paying much more than they should for the commodity.Shadow minister for Eergy, Transport and Infrastructure Marthese Portelli told th...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:55:00 +0100
President urges society to understand epileptic people more
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said today that she always believed in full inclusivity of all people in society, but there are still instances when groups of people are left out because of reasons such as illnesses and conditions.This happens, ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:20:00 +0100
For refugees, finding work in Europe an uphill battle
Antonio Piani appears to have beaten the odds stacked against refugees finding work in Europe, but the hotel where he works was set up specifically to employ people like him.The 40-year-old says the janitor's job is his first permanent position since...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:39:00 +0100
Ministry issues, then revokes order to put university promotions on hold until new rector appointed
The Education Ministry this week issued instructions to the Council of the University of Malta to put all promotions, appointments and transfers of University academic and non-academic staff on hold until after the new rector is appointed, only to re...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100
Eurozone considering whether to remove €500 banknote over fraud, laundering fears
€500 banknotes could be eliminated as experts warn that the currency note – one of the most valuable worldwide – could be used to launder money and finance terrorism. The President of the Eurogroup, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijs...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:02:00 +0100
Juventus grab late winner to beat Napoli 1-0 for Serie A lead
Substitute Simone Zaza scored two minutes from time and Juventus beat visiting Napoli 1-0 on Saturday to take the Serie A lead from the southern club.Seeking its fifth consecutive title, Juventus moved one point ahead of Napoli with 13 rounds remaini...

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 06:54:00 +0100
Valletta stay in pole at start of final round; Saints revival continues; Naxxar beat Sliema
QORMI-          0VALLETTA –    2Qormi: J.M. Vella, C. Gauci, O. Sidibe, T. Gusman (C. Barbara), D. Leeflang, Y. Yankam, A. Cassar, I. Micallef (E. Vella), N. Ojuola, T. Vella (S. Zammi...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:06:00 +0100
Updated: Van Gaal doubts Man United's top-4 chances after latest loss
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny on Saturd...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:48:00 +0100
WHO reports rise of neurological disorder in Zika outbreak
A rare neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said Saturday.The U.N. health body in Geneva said in a weekly report that Guillain-Barre...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:14:00 +0100
Police Academy should become an autonomous institution – MPA
The Malta Police Association said the recruitment system for police officers needed to be revised and updated to meet today’s requirements.In a statement, the association said education and academic training serve as the main columns on which s...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:37:00 +0100
International effort required to control shipping emissions - Miriam Dalli
During a Brussels conference organized by the European Parliament and the Transport and Environment network entitled ‘Sink or Swim’, Maltese MEP Miriam Dalli called for a global mechanism to control shipping emissions so that such mechani...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:18:00 +0100
Updated: Cruyff, sure of cancer recovery, says he leads disease 2-0
Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff announced Saturday that he is "2-0 up in the first half" and confident he will go on to win his battle against lung cancer.The former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands star, a smoker during his playing days and until und...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:12:00 +0100
A priest’s mission is not to condemn – Lent pastoral letter
A priest’s mission is not to condemn or excommunicate but to place his hands upon the sick and pray for the mercy of God which heals, the bishops said in their pastoral letter for Lent. This is why, as your Bishops, we appeal to anyone amongst ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:04:00 +0100
Mkhitaryan helps Dortmund provisionally cut Bundesliga gap
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for Borussia Dortmund to labor to a 1-0 win over bottom side Hannover and provisionally cut Bayern Munich's Bundesliga lead to five points on Saturday.Dortmund was forced to be patient against Hannover's defensive set-up bef...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:45:00 +0100
Updated: Russian Prime Minister Medvedev says West rekindling the Cold War
Russia's prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:40:00 +0100
UHM Voice of the Workers concerned with industrial tribunal developments
The UHM Voice of the Workers expressed concern after a court found it to be in breach of the constitution. In a statement, the UHM said that following the judgement by the Court of Appeal confirming a previous judgment which had found the compos...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:31:00 +0100
Palumbo intimidation despicable - Altenattiva Demokratika
Palumbo's threats and indimidation of civic minded Senglea residents is despicable and unacceptable, Alternattiva Demokratika said in a statement today. Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Arnold Cassola:"On behalf of Alternattiva Demokratika, ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:30:00 +0100
EC calls for operational European Border and Coast Guard agency by summer
The European Commission has laid out the measures it says need to be taken during next week’s EU Summit, which include its own proposal of setting up of a European Border and Coast Guard agency. In a statement issued in December, the commission...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:47:00 +0100
Watch - 'Finally': Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox leader in Cuba, later flies to Mexico
With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew ...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:01:00 +0100
Maltese dog named Le Le rescued from underneath Taiwan earthquake rubble, 113 bodies pulled out
A pet Maltese dog named Le Le, 7 years old, was rescued from a collapsed building complex in Tainan, Taiwan. The Tainan District Prosecutors Office said in a statement Wednesday that they have approved the detention of three construction company exec...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:08:00 +0100
Watch: Dramatic moment mother and toddler saved from sinking car in Amsterdam canal
Four bystanders became local heroes after they dived in to rescue a mother and her toddler who were trapped inside a car which was sinking into a canal in Amsterdam.It is thought the mother was the driver of the white car and had decided to park it i...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:38:00 +0100
Spurs emerge from shadows as realistic title contenders
Amid the buzz about surprise leader Leicester and the stuttering challenges of Arsenal and Manchester City, another title contender in the English Premier League has been working pretty much in the shadows.Not anymore.For the first time in a generati...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:39:00 +0100
With Napoli at Juventus, it's judgement weekend in Serie A
It's judgment weekend in Serie A.League leader Napoli takes a two-point lead over Juventus into a clash of the top two squads on Saturday. Then on Sunday, third-place Fiorentina hosts fourth-place Inter Milan, which is one point behind the Viola.Napo...

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:15:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 12 February
POPEMEXICO CITY — Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.&...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:16:00 +0100
Exclusive pictures: Tom Cruise in Malta to scout locations for new film
Actor Tom Cruise arrived in Malta earlier today to scout locations for his new film - a remake of the adventure horror film The Mummy. Shooting of the film is expected to in summer.Mr Cruise is expected to leave Malta on Saturday morning.Th...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0100
Updated: EU poised to restrict passport-free travel for two years; Malta will watch for developments
European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to impose controls at several borders for two more years because of the migration crisis, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press.The sw...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Video showing rats peeping out of a house in St Julian’s goes viral
A video showing rats peeping out from underneath a door of an abandoned house in St Julian’s, which has been uploaded on the popular Malta Dizastru Totali page on Facebook, has gone viral.At least four rats may be seen looking hungrily at a gar...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:43:00 +0100
Updated: Warden who attacked pregnant policewoman 'on leave' till end of investigation
The Local Enforcement Agency (LESA) has confirmed that the man who allegedly attacked a pregnant policewoman was in fact a warden.Asked by this newsroom whether he has been suspended, LESA contacted the private agency concerned (Guard & ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:07:00 +0100
Updated: Government asks AG to amend 'unconstitutional' Industrial Tribunal law
The government said this evening that it had asked the Attorney General to draft amendments to an Industrial Tribunal law after a court found it to be in breach of the constitution. A constitutional court today upheld a judgment presented last y...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:20:00 +0100
Seabank recognised as preferred bidder for developing Institute of Tourism Studies site
SD Holdings Ltd, Seabank Hotel and Catering Ltd and Seaport Franchising Ltd has been officially recognised as the preferred bidder to develop the site currently occupied by the Institute of Tourism Studies in St George's Bay.They were the sole bidder...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:22:00 +0100
European Union funds agency national coordinator dismissed
Doreen Camilleri was removed from her post as National Coordinator for the European Union Programme Agency (EUPA), this newsroom has learnt. Camilleri is being provisionally replaced by Mr Joseph Schembri, who is employed at the Ministry of Education...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:37:00 +0100
EU should have carried out impact assessment of tax changes - Finance Minister Edward Scicluna
Speaking at an ECOFIN meeting of EU Finance Ministers in Brussels today, the Minister for Finance, Prof. Edward Scicluna, expressed disappointment that the proposed Anti-Tax-Avoidance Directive was not accompanied by an Impact Assessment which would ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:10:00 +0100
Man charged with threatening former partner changes plea twice
A 24-year-old man from Hamrun today was charged in court with threatening his ex-partner.Daniel Callus is charged with causing his ex-partner fear of violence and of threatening to use violence against her children.  Callus and his ex-girlf...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:42:00 +0100
Cospicua pigeon air rifle culling exercise reminiscent of the Wild West - BirdLife
The pigeon culling exercise that took place last Monday in Cospicua is similar to “what you see in the Wild West films,” Birldlife CEO Mark Sultana told The Malta Independent. “Although we understand that there should be a control s...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:35:00 +0100
Only by showing solidarity can we appreciate benefits of multiculturalism - President
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said today that it was only through showing solidarity with each other that people can truly appreciate the benefits of multiculturalism. Addressing a seminar on multiculturalism education entitled ‘What can...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:15:00 +0100
PN leader Simon Busuttil will not attend today’s opening of casino
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil will not be attending today’s grand opening of the new casino at the Intercontinental Hotel, a Nationalist Party spokesperson confirmed with this newspaper.The PN had previously heavily criticised the casino pro...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:35:00 +0100
Updated: Court rules that Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case
Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.The ruling by the Paris app...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:30:00 +0100
Syrian man accused of attacking a police officer remanded in custody
35-year-old Ahmad Ilewi from Syria was arraigned in court today and accused of resisting and attacking a police officer. The incident took place on 11 February at around 10pm. The court, presided by Magistrate Doreen Clarke, heard how the accused had...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:32:00 +0100
Updated: WHO says possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials
The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the U.N. health agency's response is "proceedin...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:01:00 +0100
Four years imprisonment for Valletta jewellery thief
Carmel Mugliett, 53 from Marsascala, today was handed a prison sentence of four years after he admitted to the theft of €15,000 worth of items from a jewellery store, situated in Republic Street Valletta.The theft occurred between 10am and noon ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:33:00 +0100
English football set for another fan protest against rising prices of tickets
Fan protests have been the theme of the week in European soccer — and there could be another on the way in the most high-profile game in the English Premier League this weekend.Against a backdrop of growing anger in England at rising ticket pri...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:38:00 +0100
University Council to meet today to discuss nominations for post of Rector
The procedure for electing a new University Rector kick starts today as the Council of the University of Malta meets to discuss the candidates for the upcoming election.Incumbent Juanito Camilleri’s (photo below) second five-year term expires t...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:49:00 +0100
Street theatre in Castille Square calls for EU action against unfair trading practices
Street Theatre was organised today in Castille Square to protest against the inaction by the EU institutions in regulating supermarket’s activities on vulnerable and small scale producers in Europe and abroad. Performers from Koperattiva Kummer...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:36:00 +0100
Indian woman slices off her brother-in-law's genitals 'as he raped her'
A mother-of-three chopped off her brother-in-law's genitals before handing them in as evidence at a police station in India, the Daily Mail reports. The 32-year-old woman stunned officers when she entered the station in the Sidhi district of Mad...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:07:00 +0100
I am sorry I voted against RCC in Parliament – Marlene Farrugia
Independent MP Marlene Farrugia has apologised for voting for the removal of Richard Cachia Caruana from the post of ambassador in the past legislature.Mr Cachia Caruana had resigned his post as permanent representative to the EU in 2012 after a moti...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:10:00 +0100
Suspended sentence for Moroccan man accused of acquiring false documentation
A Moroccan man who lives in Malta was arraigned in court today, and was accused of acquiring false documentation and making false statements to the authorities. Sealiti Brahim, a 51-year-old who lives in Nadur, pleaded guilty to all the charges broug...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:02:00 +0100
End of war in sight? Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:17:00 +0100
Air Malta should not decrease number of routes – PN leader
Accessibility is an important factor for an island country like Malta, and it should therefore be ensured that links with other nations increase, Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil said today.Addressing the council of the Malta Hotels and Restau...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:56:00 +0100
Diabetes research and challenges faced by local researchers discussed with Commissioner Moedas
“The fact that we all know someone with diabetes shows how extensive its affects are on the lives of our citizens.  Europe and Members States must prioritise methods of prevention to ensure that diabetic persons have the best medical atten...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:36:00 +0100
UK police arrest boyfriend over slaying of 'Eastenders' actress, children
British police say they have arrested a man wanted over the slaying of a British actress and her two children after he returned to London from Ghana.The Metropolitan Police force says detectives detained Arthur Simpson-Kent at Heathrow Airport early ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:56:00 +0100
Cash stolen by two men in hold-up on Gzira outlet
Cash was stolen by two armed men from a Gzira outlet on Thursday evening, the police said today.Two men wearing a hoody, with one of them armed with a weapon, entered the shop at 9.50pm and demanded money from the assistant manning the shop, a 64-yea...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:23:00 +0100
New issue of fixed rate Malta Government Stocks
The Accountant General announces the issue of €120,000,000 Malta Government Stocks subject to an over-allotment option of an additional amount up to a maximum of €80,000,000 as follows:(i)1.5% Malta Government Stock 2022 (IV), and &n...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:25:00 +0100
Plan your journey - Malta Public Transport prepares route map
A new route map was launched today by Malta Public Transport to help passengers plan their journeys using the public transport network. This map has been developed by Freytag & Berndt – an Austrian market leader in cartography, MPT said in ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:20:00 +0100
Foreign direct investment in Malta amounts to €148.2 billion - NSO
As at the end of June 2015, the stock position of Foreign Direct Investment in Malta stood at €148.2 billion, while Direct Investment abroad amounted to €62.3 billion, the NSO said today.Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in MaltaForeign direc...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:59:00 +0100
EU policy on Maltese agriculture must be contested on all levels - Alfred Sant
Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said the European Commission’s policy on Maltese Agriculture must be contested on all levels. The EU is very reluctant to apply special measures to Maltese farming.  Dr Sant, addressing the Labour Party Ge...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:45:00 +0100
Nigerian teenage suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill
Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.Her two companions, however, com...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:50:00 +0100
Sunderland fire Adam Johnson after guilty pleas in sex case
Sunderland has fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial.Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:26:00 +0100
Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead
A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country's deadliest prison melee in years.No escapes were reported in the clash at the Topo ...

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:02:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 11 February
MEXICO-PRISONMONTERREY, Mexico — A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico's overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting ...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:21:00 +0100
Maltese man, 32, being held in isolation at his home after being infected with Zika virus
A 32 year old Maltese man who recently recovered from Zika virus is being kept in isolation at home after visiting American Samoa in January and returning back to Malta, via Dubai, on 3 February.He had symptomatic fever on 29 January, but it had subs...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:12:00 +0100
Updated: Minister Chris Cardona avoids a scheduled meeting with monti hawkers
Minister Chris Cardona did not show up for a meeting he had scheduled with Monti hawkers representatives today.Monti hawkers received an invitation by post to meet up with the Minister to discuss the relocation and stalls design issue. However, the r...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:45:00 +0100
Xghajra deputy mayor threatened to burn former partner’s daughter alive, court hears
The ex-partner of the Xghajra deputy mayor Neil Attard testified in court today, saying that Mr Attard has threatened her on a number of occasions. One such threat she received, she told the court, was that he would burn her daughter alive.Taking the...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:59:00 +0100
Watch: Women still suffer from discrimination in science related professions – Coleiro Preca
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca expressed her concern over the fact that women and girls are still facing discrimination in achieving science-related professions. In her video message on the occasion of the first UN day for Women and Girls in Sc...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:24:00 +0100
Chamber of Advocates agrees with PN's proposal to temporarily freeze judicial appointments
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil today proposed a freeze on appointments of the judiciary until judicial reforms conclude. On this point, Chamber of Advocates President George Hyzler agreed with such a freeze, "on the assumption that this would be fo...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:43:00 +0100
Police officers testify against Libyan ‘accomplice’ of Joe Sammut
Police officers testified in court today against a Libyan man with alleged ties to Joe Sammut, who currently facing charges related to the Libyan visas scandal, stating that he would present void property lease agreements to authorities.Inspectors Jo...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:15:00 +0100
Updated: PN proposes bill to set up authority to select members of the judiciary
The Nationalist Party, through shadow minister Jason Azzopardi, today presented a private member’s bill proposing the setting up of an authority which would be responsible for the selection of judges and magistrates.The bill was presented by Dr...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:19:00 +0100
Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure heavily condemns illegal dumping of furniture in Selmun
The Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure has heavily condemned the illegal dumping of broken furniture in a touristic spot in Selmun.Unfortunately, these cases happen frequently despite there being a bulky refuse removal service offered for free...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:21:00 +0100
Financial results 2015: GO reports €34.2 million pre-tax profit
GO p.l.c. today published its financial results for 2015, showing a profit before tax of €34.2 million as the group continues to register a strong performance in its core operations. The group's operating profit amounted to €27.8 million, u...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:39:00 +0100
Justice Ministry speaks of efforts to conclude court cases pending more than six years
The Justice Ministry today said that a stronger effort is being made for court cases that have been pending more than six years to be concluded.The ministry was reacting to a sentence given on Tuesday in a libel case that was instituted in 1999.In a ...



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