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Malta institutions under scrutiny after journalist's murder

Dec. 14, 2018 12:32 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Mediterranean island nation of Malta needs better checks and balances to address the way the prime minister's powers currently eclipse other institutions, experts from Europe's top human rights body said on Friday. The critical assessment issued by the Council of Europe's advisory body...

Maltese coast guard takes 11 migrants saved by trawler

Dec. 2, 2018 7:07 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Eleven migrants rescued by a trawler last week have been handed over to the Maltese coast guard and will soon reach port in Malta, a Spanish aid group said Sunday. Proactiva Open Arms says on Twitter that the Spanish trawler Nuestra Senora de Loreto radioed them to say the migrants had been...

The Latest: Slovak minister quits over UN migration pact

Nov. 29, 2018 1:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Slovakia's foreign minister has resigned from his post over his disagreement with his country's negative stance on a United Nations pact seeking to promote an international approach to safe and orderly migration. Miroslav Lajcak...

The Latest: Spain holds talks over fate of rescued migrants

Nov. 28, 2018 11:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Spanish government says is holding "intense diplomatic talks" to resolve the stranding of a Spanish fishing vessel for nearly one week after it took on board 12 migrants, including two children, north of the Libyan coast....

The Latest: 3 arrested in Greece for smuggling migrants

Nov. 26, 2018 12:00 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6 p.m. Greek authorities say they have broken a criminal ring that smuggled migrants that had entered Greece illegally to Italy by using small vessels departing from remote beaches. A police statement Monday said three men have been arrested...

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a...

Norwegian frigate is rammed by tanker in harbor, could sink

Nov. 8, 2018 10:52 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An oil tanker rammed a Norwegian navy frigate Thursday in a harbor on the country's western coast, tearing a large hole in its side, the military said. The frigate's 137 crew members were evacuated amid fears that it may sink. Eight people on the KNM Helge Instad were injured in...

Malta academic in Trump probe often vanishes after scandals

Oct. 22, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Maltese academic who allegedly dropped the first hint that Russians would interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has gone missing — and an Associated Press investigation shows that this isn't the first time. Joseph Mifsud has emerged as one of the more enigmatic players...

Malta academic in Trump probe has history of vanishing acts

Oct. 22, 2018 7:47 AM EDT

SWIEQI, Malta (AP) — It was her last day of class and Leida Ruvina was getting suspicious. The Albanian student had just finished the first module in what was purported to be a doctoral program co-administered by Slovenia's Euro-Mediterranean University, but the place didn't look like much of a university....

The Latest: Group: Malta finally allows rescue ship to leave

Oct. 20, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A humanitarian group says its migrant rescue ship has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs, after being prevented from doing so for months by the island's authorities. The German group Sea-Watch said Saturday...