VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Maltese soldiers have pleaded not guilty to charges they participated in a racially-motivated, fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.
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.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on European migration issues (all times local):
The European Union's border agency says the number of migrants entering the bloc without...
Malta court fines German NGO Lifeline captain
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese court has fined the captain of the German humanitarian ship that rescued more than 200 migrants because it entered the Mediterranean island nation's waters last...
BRUSSELS (AP) — About 400 million Europeans from 28 countries will head to the polls May 23-26 to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. Here's a...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Ending another European standoff over immigration, Malta on Saturday announced a deal to distribute 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago among four European...
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...
Pregnant woman evacuated from NGO ship off Malta
MILAN (AP) — The German humanitarian aid group, Sea-Eye, says a pregnant woman has been evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on the eighth day at sea.
MILAN (AP) — Maltese armed forces on Tuesday evacuated for medical reasons one of 64 migrants aboard a German humanitarian rescue ship that has been at sea for six days as Europe haggles over...
MILAN (AP) — Germany has asked the European Union to find a safe port where a German humanitarian ship carrying 64 migrants in the Mediterranean can dock, following appeals from the aid group and...
Aid ship with 64 migrants stuck in Mediterranean Sea
ROME (AP) — A humanitarian aid ship carrying 64 rescued migrants was stuck in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday as both Italy and Malta refused it safe harbor, leaving the migrants sleeping in...
MILAN (AP) — Italy's interior minister said Wednesday that he won't offer safe harbor to 64 migrants rescued off Libya by the German humanitarian group Sea Eye.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Three teenage migrants were charged in Malta Saturday with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation against the crew, which is considered a...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A group of migrants desperate not to go back to Libya made it safely to Europe on Thursday after commandeering the oil tanker that rescued them at sea — a drama that...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on a ship seized by migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local):
Salah al-Hiblu, the owner of a tanker that was temporarily hijacked by...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in...
Italy leader: Migrants in latest standoff to disembark soon
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday that 47 migrants kept at sea for over a week as Europe squabbled over their fate will disembark "in the coming hours" after a half-dozen countries came forward to take them in.
Conte said Luxembourg had joined Germany, France, Portugal, Romania and Malta in agreeing to take some migrants from the Sea-Watch 3 ship operated by a German aid group.
47 migrants stranded off Sicily as Italy refuses entry
MILAN (AP) — Italy pressured the Netherlands on Friday to accept 47 migrants, including eight unaccompanied minors, who have spent seven days at sea aboard a humanitarian rescue ship that has been allowed to enter Italian territorial waters due to bad weather conditions.
Boat with migrants rescued off Libya looks for port to dock
ROME (AP) — A private rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants said Sunday that for a second day several nations had not given permission for it to enter a safe port, while another vessel filled with panicky migrants and described as taking on water in the southern Mediterranean was helped by a cargo ship.
Malta allows migrants off rescue ships in 8-nation EU deal
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels took to shore 49 migrants who were kept in limbo on private rescue ships until the island nation reached a deal Wednesday for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members.
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.
German rescue groups say migrants’ health worsening on ships
BERLIN (AP) — Two German nonprofit groups appealed to European Union countries Tuesday to take in 49 migrants waiting on rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea, warning of the passengers' deteriorating health.
Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye representatives told reporters in Berlin that drinking water was being rationed on their ships and some migrants were having trouble eating due to illnesses.
"Do people need to die before a solution is found?" Sea-Watch member Erik Marquardt asked.
Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea
ROME (AP) — The leaders of the populist parties that formed Italy's government sparred Saturday over more migrants stranded on private rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, exposing cracks in their coalition's position on immigration.
German humanitarian groups Sea-Watch and Sea Eye are seeking a port where two ships can disembark passengers who were picked up from unseaworthy smugglers' boats, 32 of them on Dec. 22 and 17 more in recent days.
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.
Boat with 300 migrants arrives in Spain after week at sea
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish aid boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued at sea arrived in Spain on Friday, ending a weeklong journey across the western Mediterranean.
The boat, operated by the nonprofit group Proactiva Open Arms, docked at the Spanish port of Algeciras.
The Latest: Boat which rescued migrants hopes for safe port
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
A private rescue boat with 33 migrants aboard for days in the Mediterranean is appealing for a safe port.
The crew aboard Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German humanitarian group, has tweeted that the migrants were rescued from waters off Libya on Dec. 22.
Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Foreign Ministry gave permission Saturday to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer its request to dock.
The boat belonging to the Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms saved 313 migrants Friday in waters near Libya. A baby and its mother were then evacuated from the boat.
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.
Maltese coast guard takes 11 migrants saved by trawler
MADRID (AP) — Eleven migrants rescued by a trawler last week have been handed over to the Maltese coast guard and will soon reach port in Malta, a Spanish aid group said Sunday.
Proactiva Open Arms says on Twitter that the Spanish trawler Nuestra Senora de Loreto radioed them to say the migrants had been transferred.
Earlier Sunday the Spanish government told the trawler that it had permission to dock in Malta, putting an end to its weeklong wait in the open sea.
The Latest: Spain holds talks over fate of rescued migrants
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
The Spanish government says is holding "intense diplomatic talks" to resolve the stranding of a Spanish fishing vessel for nearly one week after it took on board 12 migrants, including two children, north of the Libyan coast.
Pope gives Vatican’s sex abuse expert new role amid crisis
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis.
Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a deputy, or adjunct secretary, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally.
Malta academic in Trump probe often vanishes after scandals
LONDON (AP) — The Maltese academic who allegedly dropped the first hint that Russians would interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has gone missing — and an Associated Press investigation shows that this isn't the first time.
Joseph Mifsud has emerged as one of the more enigmatic players in U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
Malta academic in Trump probe has history of vanishing acts
SWIEQI, Malta (AP) — It was her last day of class and Leida Ruvina was getting suspicious.
The Albanian student had just finished the first module in what was purported to be a doctoral program co-administered by Slovenia's Euro-Mediterranean University, but the place didn't look like much of a university.
The Latest: Group: Malta finally allows rescue ship to leave
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):
A humanitarian group says its migrant rescue ship has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs, after being prevented from doing so for months by the island's authorities.
The German group Sea-Watch said Saturday that the vessel, Sea-Watch 3, has been "blocked" from leaving Malta since July 2 amid an investigation into Dutch-registered rescue ships.
The Latest: Migrants delayed by bad weather reach Malta
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local):
A group of migrants who were stuck at sea in bad weather for five days have arrived in Malta after being transferred to a Maltese naval vessel from a humanitarian rescue ship.
The Latest: Migrant rescue ship has dog aboard
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local):
One of five countries taking in the 58 migrants saved on the rescue ship Aquarius 2 will also get a dog — large, white and named Bella.
5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants
MADRID (AP) — Five European Union countries struck a deal Tuesday to distribute between them 58 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and left stranded by continuing disagreements in the bloc over how to cope with the influx of people trying to enter illegally from North Africa.
The Latest: Malta contests Italian PM’s account of rescue
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
Malta is contesting the Italian premier's assertion that it had responsibility for a group of nearly 180 migrants eventually picked up by an Italian coast guard ship and brought to Italy.
The Maltese government called Giuseppe Conte's remarks while testifying before lawmakers on Wednesday "inaccurate."
AP PHOTOS: Malta comes to life on Feast of Assumption
RABAT, Gozo (AP) — The streets and quaint lanes of Rabat on the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago come to life during the annual religious feast day of the Assumption of Mary.
The holiday is the peak of the summer season of religious village feasts and is celebrated in seven towns and villages, including Rabat.
EU seeks hosts for migrants amid new Italy, Malta standoff
MILAN (AP) — The European Union is trying to find countries willing to take 177 people rescued at sea after Italy sought its help to deal with yet another migrant standoff with Malta.
Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff
ROME (AP) — Italy's firebrand interior minister threatened Sunday to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded that other European countries take in the migrants after his Maltese counterpart, Michael Farrugia, insisted that the "only solution" is for the Diciotti ship to dock at the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local):
Malta says that Italy will take in some of the 141 migrants rescued by the aid ship Aquarius last Friday, in what amounts to a reversal for the hard-line anti-migrant government in Rome that had previously refused to host any.
Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants
ROME (AP) — Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbor for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.
SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.