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Suspected burglars arrested in Santa Venera

Two suspected burglars were arrested this evening in Santa Venera after residents on Triq il-Ferrovija called police after hearing unusual sounds on their roof.  Police said they were called to the area at around 7.15pm, with officers spotting two men running out of a private residence. The two ...

Watch: Superheroes unite in first Justice League trailer

  Warner Bros has released the first full trailer for forthcoming comic book action adventure Justice League.The promotional clip shows Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg teaming up against a super threat that Wonder Woman warns is "already here".Wonder Woman is played by Gal ...

Turkey could hold referendum on EU accession - Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan said today that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks, following a planned vote on April 16 that could give him sweeping new powers. "Right now we are holding a referendum on April 16 and after that we could choose to ...

Unit to recover organised crime proceeds stuck in limbo

A unit set up in 2015 to trace and recover the proceeds of organised crime has not become operational, this newspaper is told. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici described the establishment of the Asset Recovery Bureau as another important step in the fight against organised crime. The confiscation and ...

With healthcare bill dead, US Republicans turn to taxes

After failing to repeal Obamacare, Republicans in the US Congress quickly pivoted yesterday to President Donald Trump's next priority: overhauling the federal tax code, but their plan has already split the business community. Division among Republicans was the chief cause of the embarrassing setback ...

Nine out of 10 theatre spaces are outside Valletta

Ninety per cent of the 78 theatre spaces in Malta and Gozo are located outside Valletta, the first audit of theatres unveiled yesterday shows. Only 37 per cent of theatres are public with the majority – 45 per cent – belonging to the Church, while the remaining 18 per cent are privately owned. ...

Why was UNESCO report on MCC project not made public, eNGO asks

Plans to restore the Mediterranean Conference Centre have been marred by authorities' failure to provide complete information about the works to be carried out, an environmental NGO has said.  In a statement, Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar said that a UNESCO report on the proposed works had not been ...

Poor sound quality ruined our exams, say foreign language SEC students

Updated 5.45pm - Added Matsec Office statement Students sitting for their Italian SEC exams are up in arms after poor acoustics meant many could not understand what was being said during the exam's listening comprehension component.  White noise and unclear audio reportedly threw off many of the ...

Watch: Sciberras to quit international football

Gareth Sciberras will bid farewell to international football tomorrow night when Malta take on Slovakia in a World Cup Group F qualifier at the National Stadium .The Birkirkara midfielder announced in a press conference that he had informed his club and national coach Pietro Ghedin that he will hang ...

How much did this eternal flame monument cost?

The government has failed to give a breakdown of costs related to the new 'Monument for the Maltese people', originally designed as an abstract work of art commemorating former Prime Minster Dom Mintoff. Questions sent to the chairman of the Grand Harbour Regeneration Project, former Labour Party ...

Thousands march in London to protest against Brexit

Thousands of people marched through London today to protest against Britain leaving the European Union, just four days before Prime Minister Theresa May launches the start of the formal divorce process from the bloc it joined 44 years ago. The Unite for Europe march was due to end with a rally in ...

We're not interested in one-sided coalitions, says Alternattiva Demokratika

Alternattiva Demokratika is not interested in one-sided coalitions in which small political parties end up being gobbled up by their larger partners, AD chairman Arnold Cassola said today.  Prof. Cassola said that while coalitions in more advanced democracies allowed parties to keep their identity ...

Damon Albarn teams up with Noel Gallagher at Gorillaz comeback

Damon Albarn called on an all-star cast - including former nemesis Noel Gallagher - as his band Gorillaz played a thrilling surprise comeback show in London last night. At the start of the show at Printworks in the south east of the capital, the former Blur front man promised that many of the ...

Photographers sought underage girls for lewd photo shoots, court told

A photographer was charged with having sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl after enticing her via Facebook for a photoshoot. Michael Kingswell, 36, from Żebbuġ was remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty to the charges. The police got to Mr Kingswell after it had been tipped off by ...

UKIP's only MP quits party to become independent

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell is leaving the party and will sit in the House of Commons as an independent. Mr Carswell said he was leaving "amicably" and that there will be no need to call a by-election in his Clacton constituency as he will not be rejoining the Tories or switching allegiance to ...

Date set for Messi tax fraud appeal

Spain's Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said. That date is three days before the Clasico' between Barca and Real Madrid which could go a long way to deciding this season's La Liga ...

Construction dust storm in Sliema. Who cares?

Residents and motorists were treated to a cloud of construction dust this morning as work on the former Imperial Hotel in Sliema start. Part of the building was demolished with no dust mitigation measures, turning the popular seaside town into a veritable construction site. While cars were stopped ...

Watch: Doing nothing is not an option for EU - Muscat

Updated 1pm with Muscat comments The future of the EU hinges on Europe's ability to implement a social dimension, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned this morning in Rome. In his speech, just before all member states signed the Rome Declaration, Dr Muscat warned that Europe was at a juncture where ...

Don't forget to turn your clocks forward tonight

We might be losing an hour of sleep tonight but it will be compensated by longer days from tomorrow.  Clocks turn forward by an hour at 2am tomorrow, which means more extended daylight. One of the downsides of the clocks changing is a disruption of sleep patterns, potentially leaving you feeling ...

Pochettino meets Barcelona president Bartomeu

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino held a meeting with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week. Press Association Sport understands Pochettino and Bartomeu met at a restaurant in the city, where the Spurs boss still owns a house from his days playing for Espanyol. Pochettino has been ...

Doing nothing in not an option for EU - Muscat

The future of the EU hinges on Europe's ability to implement a social dimension, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned this morning in Rome. In his speech, just before all member states signed the Rome Declaration, Dr Muscat warned that Europe was at a juncture where every turn will have consequences ...

Elderly man seriously injured after fall

An 83-year-old was grievously injured after he fell on a pavement in Santa Venera this morning.  The police said the incident happened around 7am in Triq San Ġużepp, when the Santa Venera resident was found lying face down on the ground.  An ambulance rushed the victim to hospital where he was ...

Want to join the police force?

A recruitment drive to beef up the police force has been announced. Applications will be accepted at the police headquarters in Floriana until April 17, the Home Affairs Ministry said this morning. The selection process for the applications will be based on a physical test, an interview and a ...

Young England must grow up fast, says Dier

Eric Dier said England's young players cannot play the age card forever' as they seek to grow into a World Cup campaign and end the country's familiar under-achievement at big tournaments. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Group F qualifier at home to Lithuania, the England midfielder was asked if a ...

Muscat did not contact me, BA head says

Broadcasting Authority chairwoman Tanya Borg Cardona said yesterday that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had not yet contacted her, as the three-week crisis at the authority persists. Alternattiva Demokratika yesterday wrote to the President of Malta calling for her immediate sacking in addition to the ...

Stranded for days, woman began making farewell videos

A college student who was stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon said she began making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help. Amber VanHecke, 24, said she was trying to find an Arizona hiking trail but was led astray by her maps app, and ended up in the middle of ...

Wenger's contract is the priority – Pires

Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger signing a new deal at Arsenal is more important than extending the contracts of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Gunners boss Wenger has yet to announce whether he will agree to a new two-year contract which is currently on the table, despite revealing last ...

Watch live: EU leaders seek unity in Rome, despite Brexit and protests

Leaders of the European Union met in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaty and demonstrate that the EU can survive the impending departure of major power Britain. Under heavy security as the Italian capital braced for anti-EU protests and the risk of attacks such as ...

Koscielny not taking Luxembourg lightly

France defender Laurent Koscielny has warned it would be wrong to underestimate the challenge of minnows Luxembourg when they head to Stade Josy Barthel. Les Bleus currently top Group A, three points ahead of Holland and Sweden, while their hosts have just one point from their opening four World Cup ...

First Kappara slip roads open for traffic today

Drivers will start using two new slip roads built for the Kappara project from tonight, as the east side of the project has been practically completed. Vehicles coming from St Julian's going towards University roundabout will start using the newly built slip roads, instead of the current temporary ...

The sustainability of our economy

There is no doubt that the economy of this country is doing well. We have a GDP growth of five per cent in real terms, the number of unemployed persons is down to 2,889, we have reached the two million mark in terms of tourist arrivals, our exports are 141 per cent of the gross domestic product, the ...

Air strike kills 16 in Syrian prison

At least 16 people died after a Friday night air strike on a prison in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province including both prisoners and staff, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said. Idlib is one of the most important strongholds of rebels, including jihadist ...

Hamilton takes pole for first race of the season; Ferrari second

Briton Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into second on the grid. Three-times champion Hamilton's new team-mate Valtteri Bottas will start third ahead of fourth-placed Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton's flying ...

Grech handed U-21 call-up

Floriana goalkeeper Matthew Grech has been called up to the Malta U-21 squad for the European U-21 Championship Group Six qualifying match against Belgium on Monday. Malta U-21 coach Silvio Vella has decided to rope Grech into the squad after Philip Schranz, of Tarxien Rainbows, suffered an injury ...

Progress against 'global tobacco epidemic' made but not enough

A global tobacco treaty put in place in 2005 has helped reduce smoking rates by 2.5 per cent worldwide in 10 years, researchers said, but use of deadly tobacco products could be cut even further with more work on anti-smoking policies. In a study published in the Lancet Public Health journal, ...

What would you do with €40,000?

At some point, most of us have read about a social issue here in Malta and felt the need to help or contribute in some way. From problems with traffic, to elderly not given the respect they deserve, issues with bullying, poverty, social issues, environmental issues, rubbish in our seas, living ...

Amy Schumer can't doll up for Barbie

Amy Schumer has said she was bummed' she would no longer star in a live-action Barbie film. The US comedienne was expected to play the lead role in the big screen adaptation of the famous toy, which is due to start filming this summer. But in a statement to Variety, Schumer said: Sadly, I'm no ...

Weekend sports fixtures

Centenary Stadium: BOV Division Two 2pm Għaxaq vs Siġġiewi; 4.15pm San Ġwann vs Marsaxlokk. Luxol Stadium: BOV Division Two 2pm Swieqi United vs Mġarr United; 4.15pm Mellieħa vs Qrendi. Sirens Stadium: BOV Division Two 2pm St George's vs Attard; 4.15pm Żejtun Corinthians vs Gudja United. ...

Controversial hunting season opens today

This year's controversial spring hunting season opens today and will run until April 14. The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only following a moratorium imposed last year on the turtle dove in reaction to statements by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and ...

'I want some blood, I want to kill someone,' enraged London attacker told friend

Violent episodes betraying the murderous intent of which Khalid Masood was capable were peppered throughout his past. The attacker who stormed Parliament armed with two knives was said to have held a blade to a friend's throat 16 years earlier and later told him: "I dream about killing someone." ...

FA pursues 'disrespectful' England fans after Germany friendly

England's football authorities are still working with the police to identify the national team's supporters who were involved in disrespectful and disappointing' behaviour during Wednesday's international against Germany in Dortmund. English FA officials are liaising with the UK Football Policing ...

Good week for sovereign debt issues

It was a good week for local sovereign debt issues as almost all government stock traded recouped some of the recently lost ground as out of 22 active issues, 20 headed north while only two declined. The biggest gains were registered by the more volatile long-dated issues such as the 2.2% MGS 2035. ...

Multidisciplinary care tied to improved liver cancer survival

Curative therapies are more likely to be prescribed when liver cancer patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists such as hepatologists, oncologists or surgeons, rather than general gastroenterologists, researchers say. Dr David Kaplan of the Hospital of the University of ...

Car goes up in flames

A car was destroyed after being engulfed in fire as it was parked in Cospicua early this morning. Pictures sent to Times of Malta showed a raging fire engulfing the Toyota Vitz, which was parked close to the post office in Triq Felic. Nobody was injured in the incident which happened at 2.40am.  An ...

Eurozone growth 'nears six-year high'

If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the eurozone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European Central Bank policymakers of a pull-back from their easy-money regime. IHS Markit's eurozone Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' ...

FIFA looking to ease the fixture burden on players

FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer's governing body told Reuters yesterday Victor Montagliani said that the international calendar and the transfer system were among the priorities for the football ...

Football news

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for three European games after picking up a straight red card in Tottenham's 2-2 Europa League draw against Gent in February. Alli was dismissed for a wild challenge on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in the first half of the match at Wembley ...

Today's front pages

These are the main stories featured in today's newspapers: Times of Malta reports that a unit set up in 2015 to trace and recover the proceeds of organised crime has not become operational. It also reports that the world-renowned chain Marriott International will acquire the Le Méridien St ...

Young people behaving badly

The violent behaviour of youth league players during a football match at the Mosta ground recently and the vandal acts at the Tal-Qroqq swimming complex changing rooms, allegedly committed by people in their early teens, are, of course, worrying. Though it would be wrong to generalise, such ...

Emma Thompson asked out by Trump

Emma Thompson has said she once turned down an offer from Donald Trump to stay in Trump Tower and have dinner with him. The Saving Mr Banks actress was a guest on Swedish news outlet SVT when she revealed that Trump had asked her on a date years before he became US president. As the host and guests ...