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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.

Malta says migrants on board Lifeline rescue ship mainly Sudanese

Valletta - Maltese authorities said Thursday the migrants on board the rescue ship Lifeline, which docked in Malta after nearly a week stranded at sea, were mainly from Sudan.

Migrant rescue ship docks in Malta as EU nations reach deal

Valletta - A rescue boat stranded for nearly a week in the Mediterranean with over 200 migrants docked in Malta Wednesday, after a deal was struck between a group of EU states to take them in.

Malta to accept stranded migrant ship if EU states help

Valletta - Malta said Tuesday it would only allow a stranded rescue ship carrying over 200 migrants to dock if other EU states agreed to take in some of those onboard.

German NGO rescue ship Lifeline may dock in Malta: France

Paris - France said Tuesday that "a European solution seems to be emerging" for the humanitarian ship Lifeline, stranded at sea with 234 migrants on board, and it may be allowed to dock in Malta.

France calls for sanctions as Italy defiant on stranded migrant ship

Rome - EU states that refuse to accept migrants should face financial penalties, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, prompting a furious response from Rome on the eve of an emergency mini-summit in Brussels about the escalating crisis dividing Eur...

EU commisioner calls for 'thorough' probe into murder of Maltese journalist

Valletta - EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was a "wake up call" Thursday while also raising concerns over the island's compliance with EU money laundering laws.

Greece refuses to extradite Russian 'whistleblower' to Malta

Atenas - Greece's top court on Thursday rejected Malta's request for the extradition of a Russian alleged whistleblower in a corruption and murder scandal, a court source said.

Fear, fatigue, relief on migrant rescue boat

Rome - Exhausted and thirsty, the migrants crowded in the heat on board the Aquarius panicked when they thought for a moment that they might get sent back to Libya.

What rules apply to migrants rescued at sea?

Geneva - In the standoff between Italy and Malta over a migrant ship stranded in the Mediterranean, both have insisted on their right to refuse a vessel entry to their ports.

Italy, Malta must allow disembarkation of stranded migrants: UN

Geneva - The UN refugee agency on Monday called on Italy and Malta to immediately allow a boat carrying hundreds of migrants to dock, describing the situation as "an urgent humanitarian imperative.

Italy and Malta under pressure to take in stranded migrant boat

Rome - Italy and Malta faced international pressure Monday to come to the aid of a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants which is stranded in the Mediterranean as the two countries refuse to open up their ports.
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