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EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

Sprint king Bolt rejects Malta football offer

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The eight-time Olympic champion hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer in Australia

STILL TRAINING. Usain Bolt will continue with his ‘indefinite training period’ with the Australian club Central Coast Mariners. Photo by Peter Park/AFP

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club – reports

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Usain Bolt continues his boyhood dream of becoming a football player after retiring from athletics in 2017

LIVING THE DREAM. Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, playing for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners, scores his first two goals in his competitive start against Macarthur South West United. Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP.

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'One person was killed, nobody has been punished, nothing has changed,' says the sister of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

ONE YEAR ON. Justice remains elusive for family, friends, colleagues, and supporters of slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo from Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Facebook page.

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

Malta to accept stranded migrant ship if EU states help

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The vessel Lifeline had rescued the 234 migrants, including children and pregnant women, but Malta and Italy initially refused to take it in

ACCEPTED. This handout picture taken and released June 25, 2018 by German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Photo by Felix Weiss/Mission Lifeline e. V./AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Spain offers to take in stranded migrant ship

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by the French charity SOS Mediterranee on Saturday

AQUARIUS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Maltese demand justice for murdered reporter

Oct 22, 2017 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands join the 'national demonstration for justice' in honor of Daphne Caruana Galizia

CAR BOMBING AFTERMATH. Matthew Caruana Galizia (C) and Peter Caruana Galizia (2ndL), son and husband of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and policemen walk past the wreckage of a car bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017. AFP photo

Slain Maltese journalist's sons dismiss reward, tell PM to quit

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat rules out quitting and vows to bring those responsible for killing a reporter he has described as his 'greatest adversary' to justice, with the help of FBI investigators

JUSTICE FOR DAPHNE. People gathered outside the law court in Valletta, Malta, on October 17, during a protest demanding for justice following the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb close to her home in Bidnija. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Son of slain Malta whistleblower assails 'complicit' PM

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Matthew Caruana Galizia, himself a journalist involved in digesting the Panama Papers, says his mother had been assassinated for doing her job in investigating alleged corruption

CAR BOMBING AFTERMATH. Matthew Caruana Galizia (C) and Peter Caruana Galizia (2ndL), son and husband of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and policemen walk past the wreckage of a car bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017.

Maltese journalist who accused government of corruption killed by car bomb

Oct 17, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Daphne Caruana Galizia had filed a police complaint earlier this month about threats she had received

CRIME SCENE. Police and forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car bomb believed to have killed journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her home in Bidnija, Malta, on October 16, 2017.  Stringer/AFP

Malta votes as corruption clouds bright outlook

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:44 PM

Despite corruption allegations Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle appear relaxed as they cast their votes

POLLS. Policemen stand guard outside a polling station in Burmarrad before the arrival of Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on June 3. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP  POLLS. Policemen stand guard outside a polling station in Burmarrad before the arrival of Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on June 3. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Alleged hijackers of Libyan plane appear in Malta court

Dec 26, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Moussa Saha and Ali Ahmed Saleh plead not guilty in Valletta s law courts to a string of offenses including hijacking a plane and threatening passengers

NOT GUILTY? A picture taken on December 23, 2016 shows a group of hostages being released in Valletta, Malta, from the Afriqiyah Airways A320 after it was hijacked from Libya. File photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Hijackers of Libyan plane surrender in Malta

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:59 PM

5th UPDATE Libyan Foreign Minister Taher Siala says the two hijackers are supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi and are requesting political asylum in Malta

A picture taken on December 23, 2016 shows a hijacked Airbus A320 operated by Afriqiyah Airways after it landed at Luqa Airport, in Malta. A hijacked plane from Libya landed on the Mediterranean island of Malta on December 23 with 118 people including seven crew members on board, Malta's prime minister and government sources said. The Airbus A320 had been on a domestic Libyan route operated by Afriqiyah Airways from Sabha in the south to the capital Tripoli but was re-routed.  / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUT

5 dead as French Med reconnaissance plane crashes in Malta

Oct 24, 2016 - 4:40 PM

3rd UPDATE The plane which had been chartered by French customs plummets into the ground shortly after take off for the surveillance flight the Maltese government says in a statement

Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Matthew Mirabelli / AFP

Why boo Wayne Rooney at home? Southgate bewildered by fan reaction

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Despite being England s all time leading scorer and most capped outfield player respect continues to elude Wayne Rooney at home

BOO BIRDS. Wayne Rooney isn't the first England stalwart to be booed by home fans. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

England win in Southgate's debut, Germany cruises in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:36 AM

England tops Malta 2 0 while defending champs Germany stroll past Czech Republic 3 0

BLANKED. Daniel Sturridge (L) scored one of two goals for England as the home side kept a clean sheet against Malta. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Malta government survives 'Panama Papers' no confidence vote

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Revelations from the Panama Papers led to the resignation of the country s energy minister and the prime minister s chief of staff

R2-D2 creator Tony Dyson found dead in Malta

Mar 05, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Tony Dyson the creator of R2 D2 from Star Wars is found dead at his home in Malta

Paris climate deal 'more likely' due to Commonwealth accord

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Commonwealth summit host Malta says near unanimity on a very focused statement on climate change may lead to success at COP21

CLIMATE ACCORD. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (middle) says a climate change agreement signed by the Commonwealth's 53 countries made clinching a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

'We'll meet again': Queen Elizabeth's long goodbye to beloved Malta

Nov 29, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Queen Elizabeth II: Visiting Malta is always very special for me I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married

ROYAL WAVE. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to British Royal Navy crew members performing a salute on the HMS Bulwark amphibious assault ship during a tour of the Grand Harbour in a traditional Maltese fishing boat in Valletta, Malta, November 28, 2015. Toby Melville/Pool/EPA

EU looks to clinch deal with Africa to stem migrant flows

Nov 12, 2015 - 2:26 PM

The EU leaders aim to sign a 5 point action plan with their African counterparts aimed at providing funds to tackle the root causes of migration such as poverty and conflict

In this file photo, refugees from Afghanistan arrive in an overloaded rubber dinghy at the coast near Mytilini, Lesbos island, Greece, September 9, 2015, after crossing over the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Canada's new leader to step out on world stage

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:28 AM

UPDATED Justin Trudeau takes over as Canada s prime minister on Wednesday November 4 striking out on the diplomatic stage with a fortnight of back to back summits leading up to the UN climate talks in Paris

MR PRIME MINISTER. Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau walks from the parliament to give a press conference in Ottawa on October 20, 2015 after winning the general elections. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Meanwhile mass drownings in the Mediterranean have claimed nearly 1 800 lives so far this year

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Crown Copyright/Handout/EPA

UN chief, Italy PM, EU's Mogherini visit navy ship in 'sea of misery'

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:38 AM

The symbolic visit to Italy s San Giusto vessel off the coast of Sicily comes just over a week after more than 750 people drowned in the Mediterranean s worst migrant shipwreck yet

'SEA OF MISERY' A handout photograph made available by the Palazzo Chigi press office showing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R), the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2-L), and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (2-R), being briefed by an Italian naval officer (L) on board a helicopter heading to the Italian Navy ship San Giusto, in the Strait of Sicily, Italy, April 27, 2015. Toberio Barchielli/Press Office Palazzo Chigi/Handout/EPA

Under-fire EU to consider military action at migrant summit

Apr 23, 2015 - 8:44 AM

In the draft statement for the summit leaders will commit to undertake systematic efforts to identify capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers

WECOME TO EUROPE? Some 545 migrants arrive in Salerno aboard the Italian navy 'Chimera' vessel, Italy, April 22, 2015. Ciro Fusco/EPA

EU under pressure as details of migrant disaster emerge

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Only 28 survivors and 24 bodies are recovered The lucky few who survived say there were hundreds on board capsized boat carrying migrants

Boat skipper facing charges over migrant disaster

Apr 21, 2015 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED Italian prosecutors say the collision was caused by steering mistakes by the captain and the panicked movements of the hundreds of passengers

ARRIVAL. Surviving wreckship migrants aboard Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrive at Catania's port early Tuesday, Italy, April 21, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

Apr 21, 2015 - 9:23 AM

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says member states have no more excuses not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean

RESCUED. Migrants after being rescued aboard Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, April 21, 2015. Ivan Consiglio/EPA

'Worst ever' migrant shipwreck prompts calls for EU action

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED EU ministers head into crisis talks under pressure to confront people smuggling gangs

SEA RESCUE. A handout picture provided by Guardia di Finanza shows a Ifra-red camera screen shot during an operation to rescue migrants after their wreckship in Strait of Sicily, 19 April 2015. Guardia di Finanza/Handout/EPA

Fury as 700 feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:27 PM

UPDATED An overcrowded boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsizes off Libya prompting a UN official to call it the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean ; Amnesty says it is a predictable man made tragedy

RESCUED. A migrant is carried on a stretcher as a group of migrants who were rescued at sea disembark from the 'Zeran' cargo ship at the harbor of Palermo, Italy, 18 April 2015. Mike Pallazzotto/EPA

Order of Malta turns over housing for Yolanda victims

Mar 03, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta SOM Fra’ Matthew Festing is also awarded the Order of Sikatuna for his humanitarian efforts in the Philippines

MALACANANG WELCOME. President Benigno Aquino III welcomes The Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Malacañang Palace Grounds during the welcome ceremony. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Order of Malta head to visit PH

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:02 PM

The official visit of Fra Matthew Festing coincides with the 50th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Sovereign Order of Malta

COMING TO PH. 79th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Fra' Matthew Festing is visiting the Philippines on March 7, 2015. Photo by Lajos Soos/EPA

Convicted rapist Evans offered chance to revive football career

Jan 03, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Ched Evans who was found guilty of raping a 19 year old woman in 2011 is offered a contract by Maltese club Hibernians

Ched Evans served two-and-a-half years of a 5-year sentence after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011. File Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/EPA

Record numbers trying and dying to reach Europe – UN

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:20 PM

More than 207 000 people have made the crossing almost three times the previous high recorded in 2011 with about 60 000 coming from war torn Syria says the UNHCR

A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. Mike Palazzotto/EPA

Malta turns away ship with suspected Ebola case on board

Sep 19, 2014 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED An initial medical assessment in Italy of a sick Filipino passenger suggested he may be suffering from hepatitis

Pregnant Kate cancels Malta trip due to morning sickness

Sep 18, 2014 - 5:03 PM

The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits an M-PACT Plus Counseling program at Blessed Sacrament School on July 1, 2014 in London. Stuart C. Wilson/Pool/AFP

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Sep 18, 2014 - 8:55 AM

The survivors have told International Organization for Migration that their boat was sunk by the people smugglers after the migrants refused to change to a smaller less seaworthy vessel

SURVIVOR. Mohamed Raad, a 23-year-old from Gaza, talks to Agence France-Presse at the port town of Chania on Crete island on September 17, 2014. Raad, who was a barber in Gaza, is one of just 10 survivors of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck, caused when traffickers rammed a migrant vessel off Malta on September 10 and left some 500 people on board to drown. Makis Kartsonakis/AFP

'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

Sep 15, 2014 - 8:36 PM

As many as 500 are feared dead after traffickers sank the boat in what has been described as the worst shipwreck in years

810 Filipinos from Libya to arrive in Philippines

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Having fled strife torn Libya the Filipinos sail to Malta where a chartered Philippine Airlines flight will bring them back to Manila

BACK HOME. More than a dozen Filipino workers from Libya arrive on August 6, 2014 after fleeing the strife-torn North African country. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:26 PM

The number of Africans risking their lives on dinghies has surged officials say – many searching for refuge from war and oppression or in the simple hope of achieving a better life

RESCUED. A sub-Saharan migrant gestures after the arrival of a Spanish rescue boat, at Tarifa port, southern Spain, 12 August 2014. A. Carrasco Ragel/EPA

British, other evacuees from Libya land in Malta

Aug 04, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The group includes 4 pregnant women 30 children 12 infants and one elderly person according to British officials

LIBYA. Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after rockets fired by one of Libya's militias struck and ignited a tank in the capital's main fuel depot in Tripoli, Libya, August 3, 2014. Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

Libya waives exit visas for Filipinos: 'No need to beg'

Aug 01, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Philippine officials in Libya won t have to negotiate with Libyan employers to issue exit visas for their Filipino workers Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is in Tunisia to oversee the repatriation

STRIFE. Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot near the airport in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2014, after it was hit by a rocket fire. Foreign governments have ordered their citizens to flee Libya. Photo by EPA/STR

Foreigners urged to leave Libya amid rising violence

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:16 AM

The Tripoli clashes started with an assault on the airport by a coalition of groups mainly Islamists which has since been backed by fighters from third city Misrata

Smoke, believed to come from explosions near Tripoli International Airport, rises in the sky over the Libyan capital on 23 July 2014. Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

UN urges Europe to bolster Mediterranean plan as migrant toll hits 800

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:50 PM

UN refugee agency chief: The death of 260 people in less than ten days in the most horrifying of circumstances is evidence that the Mediterranean crisis is intensifying

SAFE ASHORE. Migrants, rescued in the Channel of Sicily, arrive on the ship 'Vega' of the Italian Navy at the port of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy, 23 July 2014. Franco Cufari/EPA

Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The boat is estimated to have had 400 people on board and was first spotted by a Danish ship south of the Italian island of Lampedusa in waters between Libya and Malta

RESCUE. A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. The Italian Navy said that it had saved over 2,500 immigrants at sea as part of the the Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) Rescue Operation that Italy launched after around 400 people were killed on two migrant-boat disasters in October. Photo by Mike Palazzotto/EPA