MILAN (AP) — Forty migrants rescued off the coast of Libya were successfully transferred Sunday to Maltese military boats and brought to port, the German rescue group Sea-Eye said, ending another...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister has announced that two armed forces members have been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.
PARIS (AP) — Germany and France said Friday they are prepared to take in more than half of the rescued migrants on board a rescue ship in the Mediterranean that has been stranded at sea for nine...
Malta to take stranded migrants off boats in EU deal
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese military vessels will soon take ashore 49 migrants who have been stranded aboard private rescue vessels since last month and the asylum-seekers will be distributed among eight European Union nations, Malta said Wednesday.
The Latest: Malta offers safe haven to migrant rescue ships
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Malta is letting two private migrant rescue ships, including one that has been seeking to disembark rescued people for 12 days, shelter in port from a Mediterranean storm.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted that while the rescues didn't happen in the Maltese search-and-rescue area, Malta was letting SeaWatch 3 and another vessel enter Maltese waters.
Malta institutions under scrutiny after journalist’s murder
MILAN (AP) — The Mediterranean island nation of Malta needs better checks and balances to address the way the prime minister's powers currently eclipse other institutions, experts from Europe's top human rights body said on Friday.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The captain of a German humanitarian ship that spent nearly a week searching for safe harbor before being allowed to bring 234 migrants rescued at sea to Malta on Wednesday declared during the odyssey: "Saving people is not a crime." Still, once he was on land he was placed under investigation for allegedly breaching maritime regulations.
MILAN (AP) — Italy and at least three other countries agreed Tuesday to accept migrants from an aid ship that has been in a holding pattern off Malta for five days, but the vessel's destination remained unclear during Europe's second impasse this month over rescues in Libyan waters by humanitarian groups.
ROME (AP) — A private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants remained at sea Sunday evening after more than a day of not receiving permission to dock in either Italy or the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta.
Malta announces 10 arrests in journalist’s car bomb killing
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Ten suspects were arrested Monday for the car bomb slaying of a prominent Maltese journalist who covered corruption, the prime minister and other authorities said.
The arrests came seven weeks to the day after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. They were the first known break in a crime that shocked Malta and motivated European Union officials to look into the EU island nation's laws and government.
EU lawmakers to probe Malta in wake of reporter’s slaying
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is sending a delegation to Malta to investigate how the government there tackles corruption, ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat following the slaying of a Maltese investigative journalist.
Top Liberal EU lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt said of Malta on Thursday: "Corruption seems to be widespread and has become a profitable business model."
Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader’s resignation
MILAN (AP) — Maltese authorities faced mounting pressure Thursday to ensure an independent investigation into the slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was known for her fearless reporting on corruption in the small Mediterranean island nation.
The 53-year-old journalist's three grown sons called on Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to resign, saying he should take political responsibility for "failing to uphold our fundamental freedoms" by not rooting out corruption.
Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta's main island, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle's wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local):
Malta's prime minister says he is starting to believe that Britain's divorce from the European Union will not happen as doubts creep in among voters who backed the Brexit.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Joseph Muscat said, "For the first time, I am beginning to believe that Brexit won't happen."
Gay marriage to be on new Malta government’s agenda
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's new government is pledging to push quickly for the legalization of gay marriage, the tiny EU nation's head of state said on Saturday.
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said the government's agenda includes introducing more civil rights in what had been long a socially conservative country.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat won a second straight term in June 3 elections.
Malta’s Labour Party declares election victory
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister claimed victory Sunday in early elections called to consolidate the government's position after his wife was implicated in the Panama Papers scandal, saying unofficial results indicate a "sizeable" win for his Labour Party.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told Malta's national broadcaster that voters had "chosen the positive campaign of the Labour Party as against the negativity and bitterness of the Nationalist Party."
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese voters went to the polls a year early Saturday in a snap election called by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after allegations his wife owned a company linked to the Panama Papers scandal sparked an official investigation.
Surveys showed Labour's Muscat was likely to win a second, five-year term. But polls indicated one-fifth of voters were undecided, giving the National Force made up of the Nationalist Party and newly formed Democratic Party a slight chance.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese voters are heading to the polls a year early after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called snap elections following an investigation into allegations his wife owned a company related to the Panama Papers scandal.
Surveys show Labour's Muscat is likely to win a second, five-year term Saturday. But polls indicated one-fifth of voters were undecided, giving the National Force, made up of the Nationalist Party and newly formed Democratic Party, a slight chance.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Monday called elections for June 3, a year early, to test his popularity following allegations that his wife owns an offshore company in Panama.
With the announcement, Labor party leader Muscat, whose 2013 election as prime minister broke a 15-year-old tenure by conservatives in Malta's government, defied opposition demands for his resignation.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Azure Window, a natural rock arch which jutted onto the sea off Malta and was a backdrop for the "Game of Thrones" TV series, has collapsed in a storm.
Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted his "heartbreaking" sadness at the loss Wednesday of one of the main tourist attractions on the island of Gozo.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials are underlining the bloc's commitment to an open multilateral trading system amid rising protectionist sentiment worldwide.
EU President Donald Tusk said Wednesday leaders of the 28 EU countries at a summit this week will "want to signal our continued strong support for free and fair trade and an open and rules-based multilateral trading system."
He added: "This message matters, not least in view of the protectionist signs around the globe."
The Latest: Maltese leader calls for deal on Med migrants
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The head of the European Union's presidency is urging member countries to consider opening up humanitarian corridors to allow people fleeing conflict to cross the Mediterranean.
EU presidency calls for urgent migrant deal with Libya
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The leader of the European Union's presidency says that record numbers of migrants will try to cross the Mediterranean this spring and he wants the EU to work with Libya now to stem the flow.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday that "we will have a crisis."
Muscat said Europe can choose between "trying to do something now, or meeting urgently in April, May ... and try to do a deal then."
Leader of tiny Malta sees tough EU exit talks for Britain
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The leader of the country holding the European Union's presidency says EU nations should hold off on starting bilateral talks with London on future relations until Britain completes it departure from the bloc.
Britain has voted to become the first member to leave the EU, probably in 2019, and the government says it will officially trigger exit talks in late March.
EU gets tough: Bloc tells UK Brexit is lose-lose situation
LONDON (AP) — Since Britain voted to leave the European Union, U.K. officials have had one message: Brexit means Brexit.
Now they have EU leaders' reply: And it's going to hurt.
The prime minister of Malta, whose country is about to assume the EU presidency, is the latest leader to dash Britain's hopes of an easy divorce, signaling that the 27 other nations will drive a hard bargain.
Joseph Muscat told the BBC that "there will not be a situation when the U.K. has a better deal than it has today."