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Ex-Maltese PM's chief of staff arrested in fraud probe

Valletta - Maltese police arrested former prime minister Joseph Muscat's chief of staff Keith Schembri Tuesday, as part of a probe into alleged kickbacks connected to the sale of so-called golden passports.

Italy warns of migrant strain as virus repercussions felt

Lampedusa - Italy's interior ministry on Wednesday said it was finding the migrant situation "much more complex" than in previous years, and was upping returns to Tunisia as it struggled to house new arrivals.

Middleman in Malta reporter murder 'attempted suicide' before hearing

Valletta - The self-confessed middleman in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was in a critical condition Wednesday, after what police said looked like a botched suicide attempt.

Inquiry clears Malta's PM over migrant deaths

Rome - An investigation has cleared Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela of any blame over the death of migrants at sea, his government announced Saturday.

Maltese envoy resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

Valletta - Malta's ambassador to Finland has resigned after a Facebook post in which he compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler, The Times of Malta reported."75 years ago we stopped hitler. Who will stop Angela merkel?

UN decries dangerous Med migrant pushbacks

Geneva - The UN voiced alarm Friday at reports that countries are failing to help migrants in distress on the Mediterranean Sea, blocking assistance by NGOs and coordinating pushbacks of their boats.

Splendid isolation: islands prove safe ports in virus storm

Ayia Napa - Enjoying the loosening of a six-week coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, Michalis Eveledis charged across pristine white sand and plunged headlong into the cool Mediterranean under a glaring sun.

Rescue group, EU officials dispute fate of 85 sea migrants

Rome - Europe's coast guards and rescue agencies were at loggerheads Monday about the fate of four dinghies and up to 85 migrants potentially lost at sea after setting off from Libya.

France opens probe into Maltese journalist's murder

Paris - French prosecutors on Wednesday launched an investigation into the business dealings in France of a suspect in the 2017 killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

France opens probe into Maltese journalist's murder

Paris - French justice officials have opened an investigation in connection with the 2017 killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to determine if there was a French connection, they said Wednesday.

Pope to visit Malta in May

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make an official trip to Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, bringing the pontiff to one of the top disembarkation spots for migrants fleeing Libya.

Malta minister quits over husband's links to reporter murder 'mastermind'

Valletta - Maltese minister Justyne Caruana resigned Monday after her husband, a former investigator into the murder of a prominent journalist, was revealed to have holidayed with the alleged mastermind behind the killing.

Malta PM hands over to colleague after resignation

Valletta - Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat resigned Monday, handing over to Labour Party colleague Robert Abela, who promised better times without mentioning either the murder of a blogger or the corruption the slain reporter highlighted before paying with h...

New Malta PM pledges rule of law after journalist murder 'storm'

Valletta - Malta's incoming prime minister promised Sunday to strengthen the rule of law after the "storm" caused by the probe into the murder of a journalist that toppled his predecessor.

Malta gets new PM after reporter murder outcry

Valletta - Outsider Robert Abela is set to become Malta's new premier on Sunday after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's downfall over the murder of an investigative journalist.

Malta PM Muscat exits under journalist murder cloud

Valletta - Malta's outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Friday said he was "paying the highest political price" for failing to solve a journalist's killing, the investigation into which he has been accused of hampering.

Pope meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Vatican City - Pope Francis held a private audience with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Saturday, despite a plea to cancel the meeting over a scandal-hit investigation into the murder of a journalist.

Slain Maltese reporter lived in fear, family says

Valletta - The husband and son of a slain Maltese journalist said she had lived in fear as she investigated government corruption, at the start of a highly scrutinised inquiry into her death Friday.

MEPs voice 'serious concern' about Malta's Muscat

Valletta - The head of a European Parliament mission to Malta on Wednesday voiced "serious concern" about Joseph Muscat remaining prime minister during a probe into journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder.

MEPs voice 'serious concern' about Malta's Muscat

Valletta - The head of a European Parliament mission to Malta on Wednesday voiced "serious concern" about Joseph Muscat remaining prime minister during a probe into journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder.

Maltese journalist murder probe 'has damaged relations' with EU

Valletta - A scandal-dogged probe into the murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia has damaged relations between Malta and the EU, the head of a European Parliament fact-finding delegation said Tuesday.

Slain reporter's family want Malta police to probe PM

Valletta - The family of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia called Monday for police to investigate Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, as a European Parliament delegation was set to arrive in Malta on a fact-finding mission.

Malta PM to resign amid journalist murder probe protests

Valletta - Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, under fire over his handling of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said Sunday he would step down after his replacement is chosen in January.

MPs back Malta PM to keep job despite protests over murder probe

Valletta - Malta's prime minister Sunday won his party's backing to stay on in his post despite protesters' calls for him to go for his handling of a probe into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Joseph Muscat: Malta's PM tarnished by reporter's murder and graft claims

Valletta - Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who according to sources will resign over the murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, became premier in 2013 at the age of 39 and remained in power despite corruption scandals that dogged him and h...

Malta PM to step down over slain reporter case: party sources

Valletta - Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will step down on January 18, party sources told AFP Saturday, following mounting criticism of his response to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Malta PM says no immunity for top suspect in journalist killing

Valletta - Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Friday the main suspect in the 2017 killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia would not be granted immunity to disclose what he knows about the case.

Top Malta politicians quit as probe into slain reporter widens

Valletta - Two high-ranking politicians in Malta's government resigned on Tuesday, with a third "suspending himself" in the biggest political fallout to date from a widening probe into the brutal murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Malta PM grants immunity to one suspect in reporter murder case

Valletta - A man suspected of being the middleman with information about the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta has been granted immunity to reveal what he knows about the killing, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told parliament late ...

Maltese tycoon re-arrested in journalist murder case

Valletta - Maltese police on Friday re-arrested a tycoon in connection with the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, just hours after releasing him on bail, police said.
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