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Joseph Muscat leaves his office of Castille for the last time, as he goes to the president with his resignation, in Valletta, Malta, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Robert Abela is replacing Muscat as premier after weeks of protests demanding accountability in the investigation of the car bomb slaying of an anti-corruption journalist who targeted his government. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

France probes financing around Maltese journalist's killing

Feb. 12, 2020 2:21 PM EST

France's national prosecutors' office opened a preliminary investigation Wednesday of shady French finance trails involving unnamed individuals who are suspected of a role in the killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigation led by France's Central Office for the Fight...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Malta on May 31 in first foreign trip of 2020

Feb. 10, 2020 8:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope's first foreign trip for the year. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said he expected the visit would highlight the need for Malta to welcome migrants, despite its...

People wait to disembark from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, at the Taranto harbor, Southern Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.  The SOS Mediterranee NGO ship disembarked 403 migrants rescued over the weekend in the Mediterranean Sea. (Ingenito/LaPresse via AP)

Rescue boat with 363 migrants cleared to disembark in Italy

Feb. 1, 2020 4:13 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A Spanish non-profit group said its migrant rescue boat received permission Saturday from Italy to disembark 363 passengers after several days in the Mediterranean Sea. Maritime rescue organization Open Arms said its boat, also named Open Arms, took the migrants aboard during five separate...

People wait to disembark from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, at the Taranto harbor, Southern Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.  The SOS Mediterranee NGO ship disembarked 403 migrants rescued over the weekend in the Mediterranean Sea. (Ingenito/LaPresse via AP)

Aid ship with 403 migrants rescued off Libya docks in Italy

Jan. 29, 2020 3:32 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — A European aid organization that co-operates migrant rescue ships denounced what it characterized as a chaotic maritime rescue system in the central Mediterranean Sea as one of its vessels disembarked hundreds of rescued passengers at an Italian port Wednesday. The Ocean Viking, which is...

The new Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela salutes the crowd as he walks out of the Presidential palace in Valletta, Malta, after the swear-in ceremony, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Abela is replacing Joseph Muscat after weeks of protests demanding accountability in the investigation of the car bomb slaying of an anti-corruption journalist who targeted his government. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Malta's new leader takes office amid demands for truth

Jan. 13, 2020 2:14 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's new prime minister has been sworn into office, replacing Joseph Muscat who stepped down after public protests related to the murder of an anti-corruption journalist. Robert Abela took the oath of office Monday and kissed a crucifix in the traditionally Roman Catholic...

Robert Abela, who will be sworn in as Prime Minister of Malta Monday, addresses a large crowds of supporters inside a volleyball court in Kordin, Malta, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. A first-term lawmaker whose father was Malta's president, Abela has been chosen to be the country's prime minister, replacing Joseph Muscat after weeks of protests demanding accountability in the investigation of the car bomb slaying of an anti-corruption journalist who targeted his government. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Malta's next premier vows 'continuity' amid car bomb fallout

Jan. 12, 2020 1:46 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A first-term lawmaker whose father was Malta's president was chosen to be the country's prime minister, replacing Joseph Muscat after weeks of protests demanding accountability in the investigation of the car bomb slaying of an anti-corruption journalist who targeted his government....

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat waives during his farewell speech as Labour Party leader in Kordin, near Valletta, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A new leader will be elected during the weekend. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

Malta's Labor Party picks new chief after reporter's slaying

Jan. 11, 2020 5:38 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta’s Labor Party was choosing a new leader Saturday to replace Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who announced his resignation amid increasing demands at home and abroad for accountability following the assassination of an anti-corruption journalist. Around 17,500 Labor Party...

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat waives during his farewell speech as Labour Party leader in Kordin, near Valletta, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A new leader will be elected during the weekend. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

Malta's PM on way out: I paid price for reporter's slaying

Jan. 10, 2020 3:59 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister told the nation Friday night that he had paid “the highest political price for a dark episode,” a reference to the assassination of an investigative journalist whose work targeted his government and whose death led to demands for his resignation. ...

Malta court overturns rescue ship captain's conviction

Jan. 7, 2020 5:43 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese appeals court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a German captain of a private ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, declaring there was no criminal intent when he entered Maltese waters without proper registration. Claus Peter Reisch had been found...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. Heavy fighting raged over the past 24 hours between rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, who is attempting to take control of the capital Tripoli, and an array of militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government based there, officials said Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The fresh bout of fighting comes after Hifter, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, declared Thursday that the “zero hour” of the battle for Tripoli had begun, nearly eight months since he began his offensive to take the city.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Libya’s east-based forces release ship with Turkish crew

Dec. 23, 2019 7:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s forces based in the country’s east said Monday they have released a vessel with Turkish crew members seized over the weekend amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over a contentious maritime border deal involving Tripoli and Ankara. Ahmed al-Mosmari, a...