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  • Leaked 2011 e-mails reveal Cambridge Analytica parent firm talked up Joseph Muscat

    Leaked 2011 e-mails reveal Cambridge Analytica parent firm talked up Joseph Muscat

    Leaked e-mails sent in June 2011 show that SCL, the group behind data mining company Cambridge Analytica, offered to broker a meeting between then-Opposition leader Joseph Muscat and passports czar Christian Kalin. The e-mails, seen by the Times...

  • PL did meet data mining group, UK parliament insists; 'Not true,' says government

    PL did meet data mining group, UK parliament insists; 'Not true,' says government

    A UK parliament report about disinformation and fake news has flagged “dealings” it says Malta's Labour Party had in 2013 with the group that set up the notorious data-mining company Cambridge Analytica. The claim, concerning PL involvement with...

  • Millions at stake in wrangle over Malta firm

    Millions at stake in wrangle over Malta firm

    Shareholders in a Maltese company behind a Russian online retail giant are locked in million-euro legal battles that have been playing out in London, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Russia and Malta. The Russian online retail giant Ulmart is...

  • Watch - Sant: Friends of friends is just how Malta works

    Watch - Sant: Friends of friends is just how Malta works

    ‘Friends of friends’ networks are an inevitable way of life in a small society like Malta’s, MEP Alfred Sant told The Sunday Times of Malta in an interview. During his time as Opposition leader, Dr Sant would frequently criticise PN governments...

  • Norway bans transactions to six Malta-based gaming firms

    Norway bans transactions to six Malta-based gaming firms

    Norway has banned transactions with six Malta-based gaming firms, which it accuses of operating “illegally” within its territory, the Times of Malta has learnt.  A spokesman for the Norwegian Gaming Authority said the regulator had ordered banks...

  • Bonnici's "Russia-style" presentation hurt Malta - Swedish MEP

    Bonnici's "Russia-style" presentation hurt Malta - Swedish MEP

    A Swedish MEP deplored what he termed as a “Russian-style” presentation made by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici to the European Parliament’s committee on financial crimes on Monday. MEP Gunnar Hökmark told the Times of Malta Dr Bonnici’s attempts to...

  • Fact-checking Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs

    Fact-checking Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs

    Updated with ministry's reaction How did Justice Minister Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs on Monday stack up against the facts? Jacob Borg looks at four key claims.  Citizenship Claim: “In its commitment towards transparency, Malta is one of the few...

  • Government mulls giving parties vote data access

    Government mulls giving parties vote data access

    A proposal by the Electoral Commission to give political parties uncontrolled access to scans of votes cast during the election process has raised fears among some quarters that the data could be misused. A spokesman for the Office of the Prime...

  • We do not want children attending school in containers - Delia

    We do not want children attending school in containers - Delia

    Updated at 6.50pm with government reaction Opposition leader Adrian Delia on Sunday blasted what he described as the government’s lack of respect towards children and teachers. He said the fact that children were now being taught in “containers”...

  • Busuttil will summon 17 Black e-mail author Cini to testify

    Busuttil will summon 17 Black e-mail author Cini to testify

    Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has vowed to summon Nexia BT’s Karl Cini to testify in a libel case linked to the Panama Papers and 17 Black. In an e-mail to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, Mr Cini had said 17 Black would send up to $2...