Malta

Thousands protest in Malta against controversial press law reforms

Thousands of people attended a demonstration in Malta on Sunday, answering a call by the main opposition party to protest against what it described as a threat to democracy and freedom of expression.

Leaders aware unity needed for EU's survival

The heads of state or government of European Union member states have sent at their informal summit a clear signal about the need for unity in dealing with internal and external challenges, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday.

Trump woes loom over EU summit as leaders agree to migration plan

EU leaders agreed on a plan to stem the flow of migrants via the Mediterranean at a summit in Malta on Friday, yet they repeatedly found themselves addressing the elephant in the room: US President Donald Trump.

Croatian PM calls for unity and new cohesive narrative in EU

The European Union must maintain its unity in the new global context and seek a new cohesive narrative, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday where he arrived for an informal summit meeting of EU heads of state or government who are expected to discuss the Central Mediterranean migratory route and Libya as well as preparations for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties.

Merkel: Europe must define its role in the world

Europe must clearly define its role in the world in response to US President Donald Trump's actions, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel before an EU leaders' summit in the Maltese capital.

Austria's Kern: US shares responsibility for migrant flows

US President Donald Trump's travel ban and halt to refugee admissions are worrying, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern says at the sidelines of an EU summit in Malta, noting that the US has a share of the responsibility for the flow of migrants.

EU leaders to meet in Malta to show unity, discuss migration crisis

EU leaders are meeting in Malta this week to discuss stemming the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean and to show unity in the face of Brexit and a new US president who has sown seeds of discord within the EU.

Maltese bishops' communion guidelines stir controversy, confusion

The Maltese bishops' new guidelines that make it possible for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion have triggered confusion among priests and criticism from conservative factions, local media reported on Sunday.

Malta PM: EU members need 'mutual understanding' to tackle migration

Members of the European Union need "mutual understanding" of concerns about migration, said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday, noting that securing European borders was essential to reaching an agreement on burden sharing.

Malta assumes EU presidency, Aarhus and Pafos capitals of culture

Malta on Sunday took over a six-month rotating presidency over the European Union from Slovakia that chaired the presidency in the second half of 2016.

EU presidency billboard embarrasses Maltese authorities

Embarrassed Maltese authorities acted quickly on Friday to rectify a spelling blooper on a roadside billboard to promote the island's upcoming EU presidency.

Malta wants to reunite Europe

Presiding over the European Union in the first half of 2017, Malta will try to restore citizens' trust in the EU, focusing on key issues such as migration, security and strengthening the single market.

Gaddafi loyalists charged in Malta with hijacking plane

Two Gaddafi loyalists who hijacked a plane in Libya with 117 on board before diverting it to Malta were charged in a court in Valletta on Sunday.

Passengers of hijacked Libyan plane arrive in Tripoli from Malta

Passengers of a Libyan plane, which was hijacked and forced to land in Malta the day before, arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, Libya's state news agency LANA reported.

Weapons used in Malta hijack were fake, government says

Hijackers who diverted an aircraft from Libya to Malta used replica weapons, the Maltese government says.

Hijackers of Libyan plane in custody, hostage drama ends in Malta

Two men who hijacked a plane from Libya to Malta surrendered on Friday and the passengers and crew were safe, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed.

All passengers released from Libyan plane hijacked to Malta

All the passengers have been released from a hijacked Libyan plane in Malta, the Maltese state broadcaster reported on Friday.

Hijackers threaten to blow up Libyan jet with 118 on board: reports

Two hijackers who forced a Libyan passenger plane to be diverted to Malta on Friday have threatened to blow it up, according to Malta's state television and Libyan media.

Malta becomes first country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta's human rights commission on Tuesday hailed parliament's decision to ban gay conversion therapy, the first country in the world to do so.

Eight migrants found dead off Malta, one in intensive care

Eight migrants died and one is intensive care in Malta after they were found in a floating dinghy between the Mediterranean island and Libya, according to press reports on Sunday.

Malta withdraws permission for Russian ship refuelling amid protests

Malta withdrew permission for a Russian military tanker to refuel off the island following international pressure, Times of Malta reported on Friday, two days after Russian ships called off plans to stop at the Spanish port of Ceuta.

Mystery over identity of French killed in Maltese plane crash

Valletta (dpa) - Five French nationals were killed when a military aircraft crashed on take-off from Malta on Monday, the Maltese government said.

Mogherini: Flight that crashed in Malta not linked to EU activity

The plane that crashed on take-off from Malta was not linked to any EU activity, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says, after media reports that it was being used by the EU border agency Frontex.

Five feared dead in Malta air crash

Five people are believed to have been killed when a military aircraft crashed on take-off from Malta on Monday, local media reported.

Malta football chief: evidence of suspicious betting in WC qualifier

Malta's football chief says there is "overwhelming evidence" of suspicious betting around a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania last week which Malta lost 2-0.

Bodies of two Syrian girls among migrants transported to Italy

The bodies of five refugees, including two young Syrian girls, had arrived along with hundreds of shipwreck survivors in the Italian city of Trapani on Saturday, the Italian Red Cross reported.

Malta effectively deports 20 North Korean workers: report

Malta has effectively deported some 20 North Korean workers over concerns they were being subjected to unfair working conditions to earn hard currency for Pyongyang, South Korean media reported Thursday.

Malta parliament debates no-confidence vote over Panama Papers leaks

Malta's parliament was on Monday debating a motion of no confidence in the government over Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's failure to sack a minister and his chief of staff, who are implicated in the Panama Papers affair.

Thousands march to demand Maltese premier resign after Panama Papers

Thousands of people took to the streets in Malta on Sunday, calling on the prime minister to resign in the wake of the Panama Papers data leak that implicated two senior members of government. 

Match-fixing probe into Malta v Montenegro Under-21 qualifier

A police probe has been launched into match-fixing claims around last week's European Under-21 championship qualifier between Malta and Montenegro, the Malta Football Association said on Monday.

Croatia, Malta report highest increases in number of employed persons in Q4 2015

Croatia and Malta are the two EU countries that saw the highest increase in the number of workers in the last quarter of 2015 as against the previous quarter, the EU's statistical office Eurostat said on Tuesday.

Thousands join Malta rally accusing government of corruption

Thousands of people took part Sunday in a protest organized by Malta's conservative opposition against an alleged corruption scandal involving two top officials from the island's Socialist administration.

Migrants terrorized in drive-by attacks in Malta

A series of drive-by attacks at a popular meeting place in Malta has terrorized migrants over the last three weeks, according to witnesses and a local newspaper report.

Maltese man held in isolation after contracting Zika virus

A 32-year-old Maltese man is being held in isolation at his home after contracting the Zika virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

One dead after car bomb explodes in Malta

A man was killed in Malta on Saturday after a bomb planted in his car exploded, police said.

Boy, 2, is first migrant casualty of the year, with 10 others injured

A 2-year-old Syrian boy became the first sea migrant casualty of 2016, while 10 other asylum seekers were injured during their sea crossing, the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station said on Saturday.

The Netherlands holding EU presidency in 1st half of 2016

The Netherlands is one of the six countries that founded the European Union and has presided over the Union eleven times and last time it was 2004. It is one of the ten most competitive countries for doing business in the world.

Croatia among few EU states with employment decrease

In Q3 2015, the number of persons employed in Croatia decreased 0.6 percent from Q2, when it increased 0.1%. In Portugal, employment decreased 0.5% and in Malta 0.3%.

Civil society group for support to refugees calls for greater responsibility

The conference on migrations to be held in Malta on November 11-12 is just one in a number of meetings aimed at establishing efficient cooperation between specific African and European countries