The Latest: 50 Iraqi passengers turned back from Bosnia
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Border police in Bosnia have turned back 50 Iraqi citizens who arrived at Sarajevo...
Malta: Not all EU nations keeping word on migrant-sharing
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's interior minister says that only Germany and France have maintained their commitment to take migrants under distribution pacts reached when the small EU nation...
5 EU nations reach temporary deal on rescued migrants
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Five European Union nations agreed on Monday to a temporary arrangement for disembarkation and relocation of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean from human...
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ROME (AP) — The leaders of southern European nations have gathered in Malta to build a united front on key economic and political issues ahead of next week's European Council meeting.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Italian authorities say they have taken 54 migrants from Pakistan to a migrant center after finding...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese authorities say they have rescued 216 migrants aboard two dinghies in distress in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta.
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...
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...
3 teen migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea
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...
AP Exclusive: Captain feared death in migrant hijack at sea
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...
Rescued migrants safe in Europe after hijacking oil tanker
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...
Rescued migrants hijack ship, demand it head toward Europe
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...
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.
Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise."
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Italy's anti-migrant interior minister wants tighter criteria for granting humanitarian protection to migrants rescued at sea.
Matteo Salvini says he has asked authorities to speed up processing asylum requests and be more "rigorous" before granting internationally recognized forms of protection that fall short of asylum.
Captain pleads innocent as Malta seeks to seize rescue boat
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The German captain of a private ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea pleaded innocent Monday to charges that he entered Malta's waters illegally and without proper registration, a case that reflects Europe's heightened determination to keep asylum-seekers from reaching the continent.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration: (all times local):
Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says it has rescued another 109 people from the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach the country's southern coasts from North Africa.
The rescue service said a crew encountered one vessel in the western part of the Strait of Gibraltar on Monday with 52 migrants on board, while a second one carried 49.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local):
European Union leaders got a breakthrough deal on how to deal with migration after all-night talks to overcome Italian demands for more help.
EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet early Friday that the 28 EU "leaders have agreed" on a migration compromise which was at the heart of their two-day summit.
Rescuers face scrutiny as 234 migrants reach safe haven
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.
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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — An open-top double-decker tourist bus slammed into a low-hanging tree branch in Malta on Monday, killing two people and injuring 50 others, including a dozen children.
The accident happened in Zurrieq, a popular tourist destination just outside the capital that is famous for its ruins and "blue grotto."
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Lawmakers in Malta have unanimously approved constitutional amendments lowering the minimum voting age for general elections and national referendums to 16.
The Maltese Parliament's approval on Monday night makes Malta the second European country after Austria to give 16-year-olds the right to vote in national contests. They have been able to vote in City Council elections since 2015.
Malta’s only airport reopens after 2-hour closure for fire
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Authorities at Malta's only airport say a fire in a fish tank pump room forced the airport to close for two hours while half-a- dozen incoming flights were diverted to Sicily.
No one was injured in the fire on Tuesday, which began in a room that holds pumps for a decorative aquarium located in the arrivals area at Malta International Airport.
European Parliament report urges 2 Malta officials removed
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A European Parliament report says two top Maltese officials should be removed and brought to justice for alleged money laundering, saying their continued presence in the government fuels the perception of impunity on the Mediterranean island.
3 ordered to stand trial in murder of Maltese journalist
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Three Maltese men believed to have triggered a powerful car bomb that killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia were ordered Thursday to stand trial for murder.
A magistrate ruled that evidence including mobile data and DNA results presented during the preliminary hearing were enough to support charges against Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat for the Oct. 16 murder. No trial date has been set.
Malta magistrate recuses herself in slain journalist case
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese magistrate has recused herself from hearing preliminary evidence in the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, citing a conflict of interest.
In the first hearing Thursday, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech declared that she had attended school with one of Caruana Galizia's three sisters and had recently exchanged condolences.
Maltese court charges 3 with murder of journalist, 7 on bail
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese court charged three men Tuesday with the car-bomb slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, as details from the investigation indicated she was killed by a remote-controlled explosion of TNT.
Seven other Maltese men were released on bail pending further investigation.
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 delegates slam Malta after reporter’s death prompts visit
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A delegation of European Union lawmakers ended a fact-finding mission to Malta Friday with a warning that that "the perception of impunity" in the tiny EU nation continue.
The delegation's two-day visit followed the Oct. 16 bombing death of a Maltese journalist who investigated money laundering in the island country. Its inquiry was focused on that topic, as well as on corruption.
Malta: Slain reporter’s family warns against sabotaged probe
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The family of a Maltese journalist killed by a car bomb has accused a government minister of divulging confidential information that could hamper the investigation into her Oct. 16 killing.
Malta's government released a letter on Wednesday in which Daphne Caruana Galizia's family objected to a statement Home Minister Michael Farrugia made in Parliament.
Slain Maltese journalist’s family wants top cop off probe
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The family of a Maltese investigative journalist killed by a car bomb blast wants a top police official removed from the murder probe.
Therese Comodini-Cachia, a lawyer for Daphne Caruana Galizia's family, said a first hearing was set Thursday for Dec. 12 as part of the family's legal efforts aimed at getting Deputy Police Chief Silvio Valletta off the case. Valletta and his wife, Justyne Caruana, minister for Gozo island, were targets of the journalist's criticism.
Funeral held for Malta journalist; some officials stay away
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's Roman Catholic archbishop warned those who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb that they "would never escape the justice of God" and urged other journalists Friday to pursue the truth without fear.
Europol to help probe Malta journalist’s death
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Europol, the European Union's police agency, has sent a team of organized crime experts to help Maltese police investigate the assassination of a prominent investigative journalist, a spokesman said Friday.
Daphne Caruana Galizia died Oct. 16 when a bomb shattered her car as she was driving close to her rural home in the Maltese town of Mosta. The slaying sparked outrage in Malta, where she was well known as a dogged crusader against corruption.
Italy anti-mafia panel asks Malta’s help, cites car bombing
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The head of Italy's anti-mafia parliamentary commission is calling for greater cooperation from Malta in fighting organized crime, which she says has found a "hospitable" home on the Mediterranean island thanks to its shady financial regulations.
Rosy Bindi led an Italian parliamentary visit to Malta this week that was planned before the Oct. 16 car bomb slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Fire official returns to work amid ongoing assault case
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The deputy chief of the Cranston Fire Department has returned to the job six weeks after he was placed on paid leave following an arrest for an alleged assault.
Officials have confirmed Paul Valletta, who is also head of the firefighter's union, returned to work Monday. He was arrested and charged with assault after Lt. Scott Bergantino reported Valletta punched him in the head and threw him over a recliner during a fight at a fire station in September.
Hundreds attend Mass for slain reporter in Malta
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a Mass in Malta to celebrate an investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb, and the archbishop prayed Monday that the nation would seek to promote a culture of "integrity and honesty."
Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna celebrated Mass in Daphne Caruana Galizia's memory in a small chapel a few hundred meters (yards) from where her rental car was blown up as she drove near her home. It began the same hour that she died on Oct. 16.
Malta’s people and media take up slain reporter’s message
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honor an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia's reporting did not attend.
Participants at the rally in Malta's capital, Valletta, placed flowers at a memorial to the journalist that sprang up opposite the law court building after her Oct. 16 slaying.
Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's government on Saturday offered an "unprecedented" 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.
The government statement called the Oct. 16 car bomb slaying of Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, whose reporting on corruption targeted the prime minister and other top figures on the southern Mediterranean island, a "case of extraordinary importance."
Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation.
Foreign experts to help Malta investigate reporter’s killing
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the car bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed the anti-corruption crusader.
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.