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Five-star City edge thriller with Monaco

Manchester City came out on top in an epic Champions League battle against Monaco as late goals by John Stones and Leroy Sane secured a 5-3 victory in a last 16 first-leg tie that had goals galore and a missed penalty. City took the lead through Raheem Sterling but were then playing catch-up as ...

Teacher's conviction raised in parliament

The case of Dorianne Camilleri, the 34-year-old teacher who was sentenced to five years in jail for involuntarily killing a man and injuring his sister in a traffic accident in 2011, was raised in parliament this evening by Nationalist MP Antoine Borg. Mr Borg who called for the elimination of the ...

Parents are Youth FA's biggest concern

Parents are Youth FA's biggest concern,' Youth FA president Fr Hilary Tagliaferro told a meeting of the House Social Affairs Committee this evening. They do not know the rules, they dump kids at nurseries to be babysat, and they do not attend parents' meetings.' Fr Hilary referred to cases mentioned ...

No injuries in two armed hold-ups

No one was injured in thefts from two separate shops this evening. The police said a hooded man entered a shop in Triq Ġiovanni Curmi, Iklin, at 7pm, and asked the 44-year-old shopkeeper for money. The woman claimed he was carrying a firearm. He escaped with cash. Another hooded man carrying a ...

PN approves another 6 candidates for general election

The Nationalist Party today approved another six candidates for the general election, bringing the total number to 85. They are Ivan Bartolo, Errol Cutajar, Chris Sansone, Connie Scerri, Mary Grace Vella and Jason Zammit. In a meeting of the party's executive committee, PN leader Simon Busuttil said ...

Reform in media law intended to bolster press freedom

The reform in media laws was not coming from Pyongyang, but a government that wanted to bolster press freedom, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said this evening. He was speaking during a meeting with the Institute of Maltese Journalists, held to discuss the reform to the Press Act which proposes ...

710 people died of cancer last year

A total 710 people - 403 men and 307 women died of cancer between January and September last year, Health Minister Chris Fearne said this evening. Answering a parliamentary question by Anthony Agius Decelis , Mr Fearne said that was a patient younger than 15 and 51 aged over 85. The most common age ...

Minister objects to Opposition remarks on Media Bill

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici this evening objected to remarks by Shadow Minister for Justice Jason Azzopardi yesterday, who likened the Media Defamation Bill to similar legislation in Banglasdesh, Iran and Russia. This was because, according to Dr Azzopardi, those who commented on the Internet had ...

Robert Mugabe praises Donald Trump's 'America First' policy

Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's controversial leader Robert Mugabe, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking. President Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday and is the world's oldest head of state, spoke in a birthday interview with state-run media. "When it ...

€50 million project to add 640 social-housing units

A €50 million investment will see the first of 640 new social-housing units ready by the end of the year, the Social Solidarity Ministry said. This will be the first substantial drive in years by the Housing Authority to build social housing units as the government responds to growing criticism ...

Italian taxi drivers clash with riot police during strike over Uber

Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting against legislation they say will favour Uber have clashed with riot police during a week-long strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin. The cabbies marched through the capital and protested in front of parliament, at the ...

All sewed up: €100,000 direct order for prison sewing programme

A fashion designer who ran a controversial sewing programme at the prisons in 2014 received €100,000 via a direct order, government documents show. The amount makes up about a third of all the direct orders issued by the prison authorities so far this legislature. A breakdown of Corradino ...

Financial reporting season kicks-off

The share index partly erased yesterday's drop of 0.47% as it rebounded by 0.19% to 4,728.649 points.Trading activity was spread across eight equities: three moved higher, four closed the day flat whilst Malta Properties Company plc was the only negative performing equity with a decline of 1.3% to a ...

GO reports pre-tax profit of €28.1 million

GO has reported a profit before tax of €28.1 million, the company announced today.  It said its robust performance was underpinned by significant year on year increases in revenues, which grew by €33.3 million to €157 million, and in group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and ...

Melita must pay €10,000 fine for ignoring contract termination requests

Updated 6.45pm with Melita statement Melita must pay a €10,000 fine after it ignored customers' requests to terminate their phone and internet service contracts, an administrative review tribunal confirmed today. The tribunal was confirming a decision previously reached by the Malta Communications ...

Gay marriage to be introduced in Malta soon

Updated at 4.45pm Gay marriage could soon be introduced in Malta as a Marriage Equality Bill is in the process of being drafted, Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli announced this afternoon. Speaking during an event organised by the NGO Drachma, the minister said the Civil Union Law gave gay ...

Older diesel cars banned from Stuttgart to combat air pollution

Authorities in south-west Germany are banning older diesel cars from driving in the city of Stuttgart from next year. The measure is intended to reduce levels of fine particulate matter found in diesel emissions that are harmful to human health. Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg state, ...

Gay marriage to be introduced in Malta soon

Gay marriage could soon be introduced in Malta as a Marriage Equality Bill is in the process of being drafted, Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli announced this afternoon.  Speaking during an event organised by the NGO Drachma, the minister said the Civil Union Law gave gay couples the same ...

Watch: 'Choose Malta' video takes a leaf out of the Trainspotting manual

  Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh used the monologue to convey the despair of a heroin junkie caught in Edinburgh's drug scene.  Now the 'choose life' riff made famous by Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting has been given a new, brighter lease of life in a YouTube video urging tourists to 'choose ...

Prison inmate to serve additional time for having drugs in cell

A prison inmate with a long history of drug abuse was condemned to a further term of imprisonment after traces of heroin were discovered inside his cell following a surprise search by prison authorities. Andrew Bezzina, 34, from Ħamrun was found guilty of being in possession of heroin that was ...

Inquiry into allegations involving PN deputy leader concluded, will not be published as yet

An inquiry into claims that police halted a money laundering probe when they discovered of Beppe Fenech Adami's involvement as director of the firm involved has been concluded, the government said. It said in a statement today that the Prime Minister received the inquiry report yesterday. However, ...

Electoral Commission should take action against PM, PL for breaching law

The Labour Party including the Prime Minister breached legislation regulating the financing of political parties and the Electoral Commission should take action, Alternattiva Demokratika deputy chairman Carmel Cacopardo said.  Addressing the media following a meeting between AD and the Electoral ...

Naxxar resurfacing works tonight

Transport Malta will carry out asphalting works tonight and tomorrow night in Naxxar at Triq il-Balal near the junction to Iklin. The road will be closed between 8pm and 5am. Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes, drive carefully and follow instructions by officials on site.

EU clash in store as Austria decides to reward companies for hiring locals

Austria's coalition government has approved new employment rules to ensure workers already in the country are given priority for new jobs over potential immigrants from other EU states in an attempt to halt an increase in unemployment. However, the plans could undermine the European Union's ...

Giggs enjoying life outside coaching

Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has no qualms about extending his coaching break beyond the summer unless the right challenge crops up. After 29 seasons at Old Trafford as player and assistant manager, the 43-year-old moved onto pastures new in the summer with the hope of making his name in ...

Man who took €75,000 in benefit fraud is to avoid court after repayment agreement

A serial fraudster who took more than €75,000 in unearned social benefits has reached an agreement to repay the amount and avoid criminal proceedings. In 2015, this newspaper reported how the man had been discovered abusing seven different benefits sources, including pension schemes, as well as ...

Driver who injured four, two seriously, fined €2,000

A man who injured four women, two seriously, in a traffic accident three years ago has been fined €2,000 and banned from driving for a week. Charles Cutajar was found guilty of dangerous and reckless driving. Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit heard how on June 18, 2013 at around 10.45am the ...

Real Madrid expect Ramos boost for Valencia trip

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is expected to return from injury when his team plays at Valencia tomorrow, looking to move four points clear at the top of La Liga. Ramos missed Saturday's 2-0 home win against Espanyol with a hip injury sustained in last week's 3-1 home win over Napoli in the last ...

Spanish police shoot at speeding truck carrying gas cylinders

Police in Spain have detained a man who was driving a truck carrying butane gas tanks at high speed against the flow of traffic on a major route in Barcelona. Local media reported that policemen stopped the driver by firing at the truck.   The truck, which had been stolen, was travelling on a ...

Monaco look to Bernardo Silva in City clash

Monaco lose some of their best players every season but they keep attracting top youngsters like Bernardo Silva who they will be relying on when they visit Manchester City in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash tonight. The Portugal offensive midfielder, 22, has been nicknamed ...

Claudia Faniello on Times Talk

Fresh from victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Claudia Faniello speaks about the emotions of finally making it to the top on her ninth attempt.The singer, who will represent Malta at Eurovision in Kiev next May, talks about her relationship with her mother and brother Fabrizio, who twice ...

CCTV showed thief towing away construction equipment using his own vehicle, court told

A contractor who was allegedly captured on camera in the act of towing a piece of machinery taken from a construction site in Mosta, was granted bail today after pleading not guilty to theft. Antoine Borg, 35, from Swieqi, was arraigned this morning and charged with having committed the theft as ...

Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

Updated at 3.45pm with BirdLife statement The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday March 25 and Friday April 14, both days inclusive, the government announced today following advice by the Ornis Committee. Hunting may take place between two hours before sunrise ...

CCTV showed thief towing away construction equipment using his own van, court told

A contractor who was allegedly recorded captured on camera in the act of towing a piece of machinery taken from a construction site in Mosta, was granted bail today after pleading not guilty to theft. Antoine Borg, 35, from Swieqi, was arraigned this morning and charged with having committed the ...

Bayer Leverkusen bank on Euro form to carry them past Atletico

Bayer Leverkusen will hope to put their erratic Bundesliga form behind them and adopt their most determined European game face when they host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg today. The Germans have lost nine times in their domestic campaign while dropping to eighth in ...

Guilty of sexually assaulting woman while giving her a lift

A Gozitan man who sexually assaulted an English woman will spend time behind bars after a court of appeal overturned his earlier acquittal by a magistrate's court. Paschalino Cefai, had been acquitted on charges of having committed a violent indecent assault upon the woman whom he met at a bar in ...

Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday March 25 and Friday April 14, both days inclusive, the government announced today following advice by the Ornis Committee. Hunting may take place between two hours before sunrise and noon. Only those persons who are issued ...

74 dead migrants washed ashore in Libya

Dozens of bodies presumed to be African migrants have washed ashore in the western Libyan city of Zawiya, humanitarian officials said. At least 74 bodies were found on the beach in Zawiya but the circumstances of their drowning remain a mystery, said Mohammed al-Misrati, a spokesman for Libya's Red ...

Gabigol never doubted he would repay Inter

Gabriel Barbosa, the Brazilian striker nicknamed Gabigol, has been made to wait for his chance and has struggled to make an impact with Inter after moving to the club for nearly €30 million in the close season. Yet after finally breaking his duck in their 1-0 win at Bologna on Sunday, the ...

de Valette's dagger to return to Malta for the first time since 1798...on loan

The dagger that belonged to Grand Master de la Valette is to be brought to Malta on loan from the Louvre for a Heritage Malta exhibition coinciding with Malta's EU Presidency. The dagger, together with a sword, had been presented to the grand master by King Philip II of Spain after the victory of ...

Czech Republic fed up of being 'Europe's garbage can'

The Czech Republic will push for the European Union to ban the sale of inferior food in eastern European under the same brand name as better food sold in the west, the country's agriculture minister said. The Czechs are joining Slovakia and Hungary, who also say multinational food companies sell ...

Street vendors 'making Malta a giant flea market'

Street vendors are turning Malta's prime sites into flea markets, the GRTU and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said in a joint statement yesterday. "We are concerned that anyone who wishes to start selling anything to just set up a stall at a place of their choosing and start trading. ...

Gaddafi son's trial unfair, should be sent to ICC - UN

The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader sentenced to death in absentia, did not meet international standards and he should face murder charges at the International Criminal Court , the United Nations said. Since his father's toppling in 2011, Saif has been held in ...

EU finance ministers agree to new anti-tax avoidance rules

Updated 11.55am European Union finance ministers moved closer to devising common rules to counter multinationals' tax avoidance and drawing up a common list of tax havens at a regular meeting in Brussels today. The agreement goes some way towards overcoming different positions on how to tax the ...

Paris SG need to learn to open up defensive teams – coach Emery

Paris St Germain boss Unai Emery rued missed chances in the 0-0 draw with Toulouse as his side failed to take advantage of Monaco's slip. Ligue 1 leaders Monaco were held by Bastia on Friday but the gap was only closed back to three points after PSG failed to break down the Toulouse defence. Edinson ...

Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet Lebanon's Grand Mufti

Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate for France's far-right National Front party, has cancelled a meetingwith Lebanon's Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. "You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up," Le Pen told reporters. The ...

Eurozone, interest rates and the reflation trade

The rate of growth in the single currency region continued to gather steam in the last months of 2016, with the leading indicators and key economic data releases so far this year pointing towards persistence in this trajectory and momentum in growth. It is still too premature to predict the rate of ...

Record 821 knee replacement operations last year

A record 821 knee replacement operations were performed last year, including operations performed in state hospitals and others paid for by the government and conducted in private hospitals. Health Minister Chris Fearne told Nationalist MP Chris Said in reply to a parliamentary question that while ...

Norway pledges $10m to counter Trump's cut in abortion funding

Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by US President Donald Trump's ban on US-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion. In January, the Netherlands started a global fund to help women access abortion services, saying ...

150kg goalkeeper who ate a meat pie during match to be 'brought back to earth'

A 150kg reserve goalkeeper is facing disciplinary action after television cameras caught him digging into a meat pie during an FA Cup fifth round match against Arsenal.  Sutton keeper Wayne Shaw, 45, ate the pie as his non-league side trailed 2-0 to Arsene Wenger's men during yesterday evening's ...