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Queen Elizabeth set for emotional 'home-coming' in Malta

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth arrives in Malta on Thursday for a state visit to the Mediterranean island where she reputedly spent her happiest years 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.

EU, Africa seek migration crisis plan as Slovenia barricades border

Valletta - European and African leaders gathered Wednesday for talks on joint action on the migration crisis, as Slovenia became the latest EU member to act on its own by barricading its border.

ECB to keep gunpowder dry in Malta, despite deflation fears

Valletta - The European Central Bank looks set to keep its key rates steady and refrain from any additional stimulus measures at a meeting in Malta on Thursday, despite concern about chronically weak inflation, analysts said.

UN group still sees concerns in Malta's treatment of migrants

Valletta - Conditions for migrants on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta have improved but still fall well below international standards, a UN group said Thursday.

Aid groups launch Med migrant rescue ship

Valletta - Europe's only non-governmental rescue vessel set sail on Saturday from Malta, launching a six-month mission to reduce the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Malta holds funeral for migrant shipwreck victims

Valletta - Malta on Thursday honoured the memory of the estimated 800 people who perished in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster with a poignant inter-faith funeral service for 24 of them.

Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

Valletta - The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel's hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.

Record prices at 2014 Le Mans Classic car auction

Le Mans - Records of a different kind were broken at the Le Mans 24 Hours race-track in France, Saturday, as prices soared at an auction of classic cars.

Denmark’s Eurovision ‘industrial chic’ to continue in Malta

The industrial-chic theme that began earlier this year in Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest is continuing for the forthcoming junior version of the popular music event.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Ousted Libyan PM 'heading for Germany'

Valletta - Libya's fugitive ex-prime minister Ali Zeidan has flown to Germany in defiance of a travel ban after changing planes in Malta, Maltese government sources told AFP Wednesday.Zeidan arrived in Malta on a Libyan state plane Tuesday evening but then switch...

European Central Bank interest rate reduction from .50% to .25%

The European Central Bank cuts interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.25 percent. The historically low rate shows E.C.B.’s intentions to save the Euro but may have quickened the abolishment the Euro instead.

USS San Antonio rescues 128 Somali migrants from inflatable raft

Valletta - Thanks to the U.S. Navy's USS San Antonio a rather large group of Somalis did not fall victim to the forces of the Mediterranean Sea.

New airline invites the public to 'Take a Wizz'

In what will prove to either be the biggest blooper in marketing — or the most brilliant — "Take a Wizz" is a slogan that will be heard about for a long time.

Snowden disclosures: EU votes for in-depth inquiry on NSA spying

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted a resolution, Thursday July 4, giving the go-ahead for the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs.
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