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Storm destroys Malta's famous rock window

Valletta - Gale force winds and huge waves on Wednesday destroyed the iconic Azure Window, a coastal rock formation on the Maltese island of Gozo.

Ageing Europe needs immigration: EU foreign affairs chief

Valletta - With its ageing population, Europe needs immigration and can only resolve the migrant crisis through cooperation and not by "closing its doors," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday.

Ageing Europe needs immigration: EU foreign affairs chief

Valletta - With its ageing population, Europe needs immigration and can only resolve the migrant crisis through cooperation and not by "closing its doors," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday.

Merkel says Europe's future could be two-speed

Valletta - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European leaders may commit to a union of "different speeds" when they make a major declaration on its future at a summit in Rome next month.

EU to enlist Libyan tribes to stem migrant flow

Valletta - The European Union is to enlist the help of nomadic tribes in southern Libya to stem the flow of African migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Malta's premier said Friday.

EU leaders unite over Trump concerns

Valletta - European Union leaders voiced concerns about US President Donald Trump at a summit in Malta on Friday, saying they needed to stick together to face an increasingly uncertain global future.

Rights groups say child migrants will suffer from EU's Libya plan

Valletta - Rights groups Friday attacked EU plans to help Libya stem migrant departures as a recipe for children being sent back to squalid detention centres in the north African country.

France's Hollande says Trump pressure on EU 'unacceptable'

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande on Friday criticised "unacceptable" pressure on the European Union from his US counterpart Donald Trump, who has predicted a break-up of the bloc.

Migration, Trump to dominate EU summit

Valletta - European Union leaders will try to rally together to revive the beleaguered bloc at a special summit in Malta Friday in the face of "threats" from migration, Brexit and Donald Trump.

EU must help 'abused' migrant children: commissioner

Valletta - EU countries must do more to stop the trafficking of unaccompanied migrant children, some of whom are suffering sexual abuse, the bloc's migration commissioner warned Friday.

EU urges end to deadlock over asylum rules

Valletta - The EU on Thursday urged member states meeting in Malta to break a long deadlock on sharing the burden of asylum seekers as a new migrant crisis brewed in the central Mediterranean.

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.
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