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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...

People protest outside the office of the Prime Minister at Castille, in Valletta, Malta, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, as a delegation od European Union lawmakers is visiting the country after an investigation into the murder of leading investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia implicated Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff.  (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

EU deputy: Not a bad idea to question Malta PM in slaying

Dec. 4, 2019 2:37 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The head of an EU lawmaker mission to Malta on Wednesday suggested that police question the Maltese premier about the car bombing that killed a journalist investigating possible corruption in his government. “I think that it is a matter for the police to decide, but ... I...

A protestors holds up a pictures of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia during a demonstration outside Malta's prime minister's office in Valletta, Malta, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. On Wednesday Maltese police arrested Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s former chief of staff Keith Schembri for questioning as a person of interest in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. (AP Photo/Str)

Developments in Malta’s slain journalist investigation

Dec. 4, 2019 6:17 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The car bomb assassination of a leading investigative journalist in Malta in 2017 has put the small Mediterranean island nation and European Union member state in the international spotlight, raising questions about rule of law. Here are developments and fallout from the two-year...

EU special enjoy Sophia in 't Veld is seen talking to the press outside Castille, in Valletta, Malta, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, after a short meeting with the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat after an investigation into the murder of leading investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia implicated Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff. Sophia in ‘t Veld said outside the prime minister’s office that

EU mission in Malta expresses credibility doubts

Dec. 3, 2019 10:32 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The head of the European Union’s mission to Malta on Tuesday expressed doubts about the government’s credibility after meeting with the embattled prime minister of the Mediterranean island nation. With protesters shouting in the background, European lawmaker Sophia in...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday Dec. 1, 2019, that he would resign in January following pressure from citizens for the truth about the 2017 car bombing that killed a journalist. (Julien Warnand/Pool via AP, File)

Protesters block Malta’s leader from leaving Parliament

Dec. 2, 2019 3:38 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Some 4,000 angry protesters in Malta who want the prime minister to immediately step down briefly blocked him and his party’s lawmakers from leaving parliament on Monday, amid high public pressure over an investigative journalist’s car-bomb murder. Police prevented...