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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.

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.
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