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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.

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.

EU justice commissioner wants US reassurance on data protection deal

The European Union needs reassurance from the new US administration that an existing arrangement on protecting transatlantic data flows will continue, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said on Friday.

German minister urges processing migrants outside of the EU

Migrants should be processed in camps outside the European Union in case of a "mass influx" of refugees, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on the sidelines of an EU ministerial meeting in Malta Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.