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  • Leaks in the House: Speaker laments water damage to Parliament building

    Leaks in the House: Speaker laments water damage to Parliament building

    Valletta’s iconic parliament building is leaking during bad weather, raising concerns of structural and equipment damage, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia warned on Monday. “This is a problem that started three years ago, and has been getting worse...

  • Busuttil identifies ‘avenues for justice’ on Panama Papers

    Busuttil identifies ‘avenues for justice’ on Panama Papers

    It is not the end of the road for the Panama Papers scandal, with former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil saying that “a number of avenues for justice” remain.   The Criminal Court last week turned down a request for an inquiry into the local...

  • Local pig farmers facing the chop

    Local pig farmers facing the chop

    Cut-throat competition from imported meat may force Malta’s pork industry into collapse, farmers have warned as they also grapple with a new threat: food fraud. Oliver Frendo, a veterinarian, has long been campaigning on behalf of Maltese pig...

  • Car importers revved up over Miriam Dalli's emissions drive

    Car importers revved up over Miriam Dalli's emissions drive

    MEP Miriam Dalli’s mission to curb transport emissions across the EU enjoys wide-ranging support from environmentalists and every-day citizens, but the matter does not appear to have gone down well with Malta’s car sales lobby. The MEP’s ambitious...

  • Busuttil assessing options after request for inquiry turned down

    Busuttil assessing options after request for inquiry turned down

    Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is assessing his options after his request for a magisterial inquiry into the Panama Papers was turned down.  The Criminal Court on Tuesday said that Dr Busuttil had failed to indicate sufficiently that any...

  • Estate agency lobby groups attack each other

    Estate agency  lobby groups attack each other

    Malta’s two estate agency lobby groups have taken digs at one another as infighting in the industry reaches boiling point.  Members of one of the two groups, the Estate Agents Section (EAS) within the Malta Developers’ Association, have claimed...

  • Watch: ‘Please don’t leave us out at sea in the storm’

    Watch: ‘Please don’t leave us out at sea in the storm’

    Updated Wednesday 10.15am with David Casa statement Bobbing along the waves between Filfla and the Żurrieq coast, a rescue vessel packed with migrants braces itself for the rough weather expected to make its way towards Malta from tomorrow.  “We...

  • Marsaxlokk hawkers dead set against 3pm closing

    Marsaxlokk hawkers dead set against 3pm closing

    Marsaxlokk’s monti hawkers are dead set against a move to close the open air market by 3pm.  The association of open-air market sellers told the Times of Malta that some 300 families depended on the trade plied from the stalls along the Marsaxlokk...

  • ‘Migrants can only disembark when host agreements are in place’ - Government

    ‘Migrants can only disembark when host agreements are in place’ - Government

    Migrants stranded off the Maltese coast will only be allowed to disembark once EU member states agree to host them, Malta government sources said. Some 49 migrants have been marooned for almost three weeks on board two NGO rescue vessels just a...

  • Brussels 'working the phones' to find migration solution

    Brussels 'working the phones' to find migration solution

    Intensive talks are ongoing in Brussels to find a solution to the migration impasse in Maltese territorial waters, according to the European Commission’s chief spokesman. Margaritis Schinas on Monday said that diplomatic efforts had been going on...