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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. The white cetacean, which feeds...

  • 18-year-old threatened to publish pictures after sex with girl, 13

    18-year-old threatened to publish pictures after sex with girl, 13

    An 18-year old man accused of corrupting a 13-year-old girl threatened to publish compromising pictures of the girl if she ended the relationship with him, a court heard on Thursday. Police charged the 18-year-old man from Gharghur after the...

  • Brexit and Budget to dominate EU leaders' meeting

    Brexit and Budget to dominate EU leaders' meeting

    European Union leaders gather for their December meeting on Thursday afternoon, with the focus being on Brexit and the EU Budget. The meeting had initially been set to be the first post-Brexit agreement summit but the British government on Tuesday...

  • CCTV footage leads to man’s arrest for theft

    CCTV footage leads to man’s arrest for theft

    A 41-year-old man was on Thursday arraigned on theft charges after the police traced him through CCTV footage. Mark Scerri, from Marsascala, admitted stealing €350 in cash from a Zebbuġ garage and €430 from a Fgura hardware store in October. The...

  • Bruised UK leader returns to Brussels for Brexit help

    Bruised UK leader returns to Brussels for Brexit help

    Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit. May won the backing of 200 Conservative Party...

  • Suspended sentence for man caught at the airport with bullets in his hand luggage

    Suspended sentence for man caught at the airport with bullets in his hand luggage

    An American man on Thursday admitted to trying to leave Malta with 29 bullets and a firearm magazine in his hand luggage. Dwyer William Edward, 63, from Philadelphia, was held at Malta International Airport before a flight to Frankfurt en-route to...

  • Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

    Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

    A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence US policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors...

  • Traffic policeman injured in horrific incident gets Republic Day medal

    Traffic policeman injured in horrific incident gets Republic Day medal

    A traffic policeman who was almost killed in a hit-and-run incident near Luqa has been awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. PC Simon Schembri lost an arm but was able to recover from the horrific accident on May 16 which saw him being...

  • President starts her goodbyes in final Republic Day address

    President starts her goodbyes in final Republic Day address

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca started saying her goodbyes on Thursday as she delivered her last Republic Day address. Her five-year-term expires in early April and the Constitution makes no provision for a second term. "This is my last...

  • Marsa junction lights dismantled after 21 years

    Marsa junction lights dismantled after 21 years

    The traffic lights installed at the Marsa junction near the Addolorata Cemetery 21 years ago were dismantled overnight as Infrastructure Malta sets out new temporary lanes to facilitate work on the new junction project. The lights will eventually...

  • NGO commissioner downplays issues flagged by Auditor

    NGO commissioner downplays issues flagged by Auditor

    Voluntary Organisations Commissioner Anthony Abela Medici has downplayed issues flagged by the Auditor General on NGOs. Among other things, the National Audit Office commented that the commissioner still lacked adequate information about...

  • 102-year-old great-granny becomes 'oldest' skydiver

    102-year-old great-granny becomes 'oldest' skydiver

    A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world's oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) through the South Australian sky. Centenarian adrenaline junkie Irene O'Shea said she "felt normal" after a 220...

  • Domestic violence has devastating impact on children

    Domestic violence has devastating impact on children

    Lawyers at a seminar on domestic violence heard about a child who was sat at a table by her father, given a gavel and asked to choose between him and her mother. The father was very eloquent and she would get upset at her mother, eventually...

  • Two hit by car, seriously injured in Birkirkara

    Two hit by car, seriously injured in Birkirkara

    Two men were seriously injured when they were hit by a car at the Birkirkara bypass early on Thursday. The accident happened at 1.30am in Dun Karm Street (the Birkirkara bypass) when the two men were reportedly replacing a wheel following a...

  • Today's front pages - December 13, 2018

    Today's front pages - December 13, 2018

    The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Thursday. Times of Malta reports how a court in Gozo concluded that new, larger mesh nets used by trappers in line with changes to the law earlier this year were a form of animal cruelty,...

  • Turkish train crash in Ankara kills nine, injures 47

    Turkish train crash in Ankara kills nine, injures 47

    Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured in Turkey when a high speed train collided with a locomotive and crashed into a station platform and overpass in an Ankara suburb early on Thursday, officials said. Rescuers worked to free people...

  • UK PM May lives to fight another day

    UK PM May lives to fight another day

    Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote from her Conservative party on Wednesday, but 117 of her lawmakers said she was no longer the right leader to implement Britain's exit from the European Union. Britain's March 29 exit has been...

  • Sparkasse bank ‘restricts’ non-euro payments to certain sectors

    Sparkasse bank ‘restricts’ non-euro payments to certain sectors

    Sparkasse has decided to restrict non-euro payments to certain sectors, the bank’s chief risk officer, Dominic Fisher, confirmed. Mr Fisher said the bank’s risk appetite was regularly calibrated. Social media reports said on Tuesday Sparkasse...

  • New mesh nets used by trappers ‘a form of animal cruelty’, court says

    New mesh nets used by trappers ‘a form of animal cruelty’, court says

    New, larger mesh nets used by trappers in line with changes to the law are a form of animal cruelty, a magistrate concluded. The law was changed earlier in the year introducing larger 45mm gauge nets to prevent smaller birds such as protected...

  • It's foundation, not fawndejxin, but ħelikopter is fine

    It's foundation, not fawndejxin, but ħelikopter is fine

    New rules on how English loan words should be written in the Maltese language have been published, bringing years of work and consultation by the National Council for the Maltese Language to an end. The new rules, which will become official on...

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