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  • 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...

  • Residents to vote on Marsaxlokk market closing time

    Residents to vote on Marsaxlokk market closing time

    Marsaxlokk residents will this week vote in a referendum whether the town’s seaside open market should have a strict closing time or not.   Mayor Horace Gauci told the Times of Malta the vote would decide whether the monti should be made to close...

  • Watch: Stranded migrants dehydrated, not eating, NGO says, as it defends rescue methods

    Watch: Stranded migrants dehydrated, not eating, NGO says, as it defends rescue methods

    Some of the 49 migrants who have been stranded on the NGO rescue ship Sea Watch for almost three weeks have stopped eating and others are being treated for dehydration, the vessel's captain said on Sunday. Contacted by radio during a press...

  • Defiant Delia complains of coordinated media attacks against him

    Defiant Delia complains of coordinated media attacks against him

    Some sections of the media were harming the country, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday, standing by his decision to sue a media organisation that reported details about his marital breakdown and the ensuing political fallout. Speaking...