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Two Italian officers to stand trial over deadly 2013 shipwreck

Rome - Two Italian officers accused of delaying the response to a 2013 shipwreck in which some 260 migrants drowned will stand trial for manslaughter, a court in Italy ruled Monday.

Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants

Six EU countries Friday agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean after a two-week standoff again exposed the failure of European leaders to deal quickly with desperate people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa.

Malta PM says EU nations to take Ocean Viking migrants

Rome - Malta's prime minister said on Friday that six EU countries had agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean as charities warned food supplies onboard were running out.

Italian court suspends anti migrant rescue ship decree: NGO

Madrid - A Spanish charity which operates a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean said Wednesday that a court in Italy has suspended a government decree banning its vessel from entering Italian territorial waters.

Spanish charity rejects Malta offer to take some migrants, not others

Valletta - The Maltese government said Saturday it would take in 39 migrants just plucked from the Mediterranean but refused entry to 121 others aboard the same rescue vessel for more than a week.

Migrant rescue NGOs defy European states

Barcelona - A Spanish charity that saved 121 migrants in the Mediterranean last week vowed Monday to continue sea rescue operations, the latest NGO to defy moves by European nations to shut down a route exploited by trafficking gangs.

Spanish charity wants to disembark rescued migrants in Italy or Malta

Barcelona - A Spanish migrant charity demanded Monday that EU nations agree to take in 121 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean so they can initially disembark in either Italy or Malta.

Three charged over Maltese anti-corruption journalist's murder

Valletta - Three suspects were formally charged on Tuesday over the 2017 murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Three charged over Maltese anti-corruption journalist's murder

Valletta - Three suspects were formally charged on Tuesday over the 2017 murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Alan Kurdi rescue ship picks up another 44 migrants

Valletta - The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants from their stricken vessel in the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday.

Malta to relocate 65 migrants after rescue ships defy Italy ban

Rome - Malta's prime minister said Sunday his country would relocate to other EU nations 65 migrants from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, after two other boats defied efforts to stop them landing in neighbouring Italy.

Migrant rescue sailboat defies Salvini, docks in Italy

Rome - A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's bid to close Italian ports to them.

Malta heads off crisis with Italy migrant swap

Rome - Malta on Friday appeared to have headed off a brewing standoff between a charity rescue ship and Italy's far-right interior minister by offering to take in migrants saved in the Mediterranean.

South Europe summit calls for 'fair' migrant distribution

Valletta - Southern European leaders called Friday for a fair distribution of migrants arriving from across the Mediterranean as the latest NGO boat carrying rescued families was denied a safe port by Italy.

Malta navy rescues 370 migrants from Mediterranean

Valletta - Malta's navy said on Wednesday that it had rescued a total of 370 migrants from the Mediterranean in four separate operations.

Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean

Valletta - The Italian navy rescued 100 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 178 others were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Malta, officials said.

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.
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