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Three African migrants charged in Malta over oil tanker hijacking

Valletta - Maltese authorities charged three young African migrants on Saturday with committing an act of terrorism for hijacking a vessel that rescued them off the coast of Libya.

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Valletta - A tanker that was hijacked by migrants off Libya docked in Malta on Thursday after the Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel.

Italy says migrants hijacked rescue tanker off Libya

Rome - A tanker that picked up migrants off Libya has changed course for Europe, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday, accusing those rescued of having hijacked the vessel.

Somalia port boss killed, car bomb leaves 9 dead in Shabaab attacks

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants shot dead the Maltese manager of a major northern port and detonated a car bomb in the capital on Monday, killing nine people, in a deadly day for the restive nation.

Italy far-right minister furious after migrant deal

Rome - Italy's populist coalition has reached agreement on the fate of 10 migrants the country agreed to take from Malta despite the fury of far-right anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Stranded migrants disembark in Malta after EU deal reached

Valletta - Nearly 50 migrants stranded at sea for weeks aboard two rescue ships arrived in Malta on Wednesday after the island nation reached a deal with other EU member states, ending a standoff that rights groups branded "shameful".

Malta demands EU solution before migrants disembark

Valletta - Malta is pushing other European countries to take in around 250 migrants currently in its care before it will allow dozens of people stuck on two rescue boats to disembark, a government source said Tuesday.

69 migrants rescued off Malta: navy

Valletta - A group of 69 migrants on a rickety wooden boat were rescued Sunday off Malta, the navy said, while 49 more were still at sea waiting for a country to allow them to dock.

UN 'concerned' over 12 migrants stranded in Mediterranean

Madrid - The UN refugee agency appealed on Friday for an urgent solution to the plight of 12 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, as activists said they had evacuated one of them to Malta.

Malta journalist murder masterminds identified: report

Valletta - The masterminds behind the 2017 car-bomb murder of Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia have been identified according to unnamed police sources quoted by The Sunday Times of Malta.

Murdered journalist's son blasts 'system of impunity' in Malta

Paris - The son of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday blasted a "system of impunity" he said was protecting those who ordered her death in a car bombing a year ago.

Malta takes migants after Italy stand-off

Valletta - Migrants rescued at sea by a merchant vessel are being taken to Malta after two days in limbo following Italy's refusal to accept them, the Maltese armed forces said Wednesday.

Activists demand independent probe into Maltese reporter's murder

Apo - International media freedom groups urged the Maltese government to open a public and independent investigation into anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder a year ago on Tuesday.

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Valletta - A year after a car bomb killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, those who ordered the murder remain free while others continuing her work in the EU's smallest state are branded traitors.

Journalist murder a toxic mystery in Malta one year on

Valletta - A year after a car bomb killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, those who ordered the murder remain free while others continuing her work in the EU's smallest state are branded traitors.

After standoff, Aquarius migrants finally disembark in Malta

Valletta - The Maltese authorities on Sunday finally allowed 58 migrants from the Aquarius ashore after days waiting in rough seas on board the rescue ship that can no longer go to port after its flag was pulled.

Aquarius migrants land in Malta after standoff

Valletta - The Maltese authorities on Sunday finally took 58 migrants from the Aquarius to Valletta after they had waited for days in rough seas on the rescue ship that can no longer go to port after its flag was pulled.

Aquarius faces fate of other migrant rescue ships

Valletta - The last civilian rescue ship in the central Mediterranean is unable to take 58 migrants to port for fear of being impounded as other boats have been in what aid groups say is an illegal campaign to stop their work.

Aquarius rescue ship migrants to disembark in Malta: PM

Valletta - The 58 migrants on board the Aquarius rescue ship will be taken to Malta and from there on to four other European countries, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted on Tuesday.

France suggests Aquarius migrant ship dock in Malta: presidential source

Paris - France is pushing for the Aquarius rescue ship to dock in Malta and unload the 58 migrants on board, a source in the presidential office said on Tuesday.

German NGO says Malta to blame for migrant deaths

Rome - German NGO Sea-Watch accused Malta Tuesday of thwarting Mediterranean migrant rescues by detaining its ship, and blamed it for "preventable" deaths at sea.

Malta rescues 100 migrants from boat in distress

Valletta - Maltese coastguards rescued 100 migrants and recovered two bodies from a small boat south of the island on Wednesday.

Migrants stuck off Lampedusa to be allowed to land in Sicily

Rome - Around 180 migrants who have been stuck off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa for four days will be allowed to land in Sicily, Italy's transport minister said Monday.

Italy threatens to send stranded migrants 'back to Libya'

Rome - Italy's far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send "back to Libya" nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta.

Maltese PM says name cleared in Panama Papers probe

Valletta - Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday a year-long inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing linked to the Panama Papers scandal had cleared him.

Malta to take in 19 migrants after shipwreck in Mediterranean

Valletta - Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Sunday said his country will take in 19 migrants rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean overnight.

France, Malta will take 50 rescued migrants each: PM

Rome - France and Malta have agreed to take 50 migrants each out of 450 stranded at sea on two EU border agency vessels, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Saturday after pressing his European peers to keep their promise to share the burden.

New row brewing between Italy and Malta over migrant arrivals

Rome - Italy and Malta appeared to be heading for another spat over migrant arrivals after the Italian interior minister on Friday said he would not allow a ship carrying over 400 people to dock.

Malta detains second migrant rescue ship as hundreds die at sea

Valletta - Malta on Monday stopped a second migrant rescue ship from leaving its port, as the UN refugee agency reported over 300 migrant deaths at sea in four days.

Lifeline migrant ship captain faces Maltese court Monday

Valletta - The captain of the German NGO ship Lifeline, accused of breaking international law by picking up migrants off the Libyan coast, will appear in a Maltese court on Monday, a government spokesman told AFP.
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