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Brexit deal must be worse than EU membership: Malta PM

Valletta - Britain's deal for leaving the European Union must be worse than the terms of its membership, said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whose country has just taken on the six-month EU presidency.

Cyprus talks 'very last chance', says EU's Juncker

Valletta - Rival Cypriot leaders meeting in Switzerland are facing "the very last chance" to end the four-decades-old division of Cyprus, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday.

Alleged hijackers of Libyan plane appear in Malta court

Valletta - The two men accused of using fake weapons to hijack a Libyan plane earlier this week with 117 people on board before diverting it to Malta appeared in court Sunday.

Libyan plane hijacked, lands in Malta: PM

Valletta - A man who said he was armed with a grenade Friday hijacked a Libyan plane which landed on the Mediterranean island of Malta with 118 people on board, Malta's prime minister and government sources said.

Five dead as French surveillance plane crashes in Malta

Valletta - A reconnaissance plane working for France's defence ministry crashed in a ball of flames at Malta's international airport on Monday, killing all five people on board, officials said.

Malta government survives 'Panama Papers' no confidence vote

Valletta - Malta's left-of-centre government survived a no confidence vote linked to revelations from the so-called Panama Papers, which named the energy minister and the prime minister's chief-of-staff.

New Commonwealth chief pledges group will get gutsy

Valletta - Critics brand the Commonwealth ineffectual, but its incoming chief believes the 53-country organisation can use its strength to achieve miracles -- such as eradicating domestic violence.

More hope for Paris climate deal after Commonwealth accord

Valletta - The Commonwealth climate change agreement has made a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely, the 53-country organisation said Sunday, though one country expressed reservations over parts of the accord.

Commonwealth leaders retreat to fortress to finalise climate deal

Valletta - The Commonwealth was finalising fresh agreements on climate change and turning its focus to tackling radicalisation and corruption on Saturday as leaders retreated to a medieval Maltese fortress for intimate talks.

Queen wraps up nostalgic Malta visit with boat trip

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth prepared for an action-packed final day of a state visit to Malta on Saturday, including a picturesque boat trip around the Mediterranean island she once called home.

Hollande fears handful could block climate summit

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande called on all countries to back a UN climate deal at talks opening in Paris on Monday, but said he feared "a few" nations could derail the process.

Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus

Valletta - World leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change as the 2015 Commonwealth summit launched Friday following a colourful ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II.

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit

Valletta - The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change.

Prince Charles warns of 'perfect storm' should Paris climate talks flop

Valletta - Prince Charles warned Thursday that if international leaders fail to clinch a deal on climate change at talks in Paris next week, it would leave mankind facing a "perfect storm".

Queen Elizabeth makes nostalgic 'homecoming' to Malta

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth II arrived in a rainswept Malta on Thursday for a memory-evoking state visit to the Mediterranean island where she lived as a carefree princess in the early 1950s.

EU leaders agree to hold summit with Turkey

Valletta - EU leaders have agreed to hold a summit with Turkey before the end of this year, officials said Thursday, clearing the way for fresh talks aimed at securing Ankara's help to resolve the migration crisis.

Hollande demands 'all information' on reported German spying

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Berlin to supply all the information it had after reports Germany's foreign intelligence service spied on Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, saying it was not the kind of behaviour he expected betwee...

EU, Africa agree migration plan despite divisions

Valletta - European Union and African leaders on Thursday ended an acrimonious summit by approving a 1.8-billion-euro plan to stem an unprecedented and politically explosive flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

EU looks to clinch deal with Africa to stem migrant flows

Valletta - EU leaders hope Thursday to clinch an aid-for-cooperation deal with their African partners to tackle an unprecedented migration crisis and rebuff fears a "fortress" Europe is emerging.

EU-Africa summit on migration crisis opens in Malta

Valletta - European Union and African leaders on Wednesday began a two-day summit in Malta aimed at agreeing a joint strategy to tackle the migration crisis.
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