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Malta closes ports on 265 migrants rescued by Open Arms
A group of 265 migrants, 96 of which were rescued in Malta’s search-and-rescue (SAR) zone, will be taken to Sicily after Maltese authorities allegedly ignored distress calls, according to the NGO Open Arms.
Malta in 'global race' to attract tourists back in 2021
Malta will be in a "global race" against other countries competing to attract tourists ready to travel again this year, the tourism minister has said.
Italy considers charges over Malta's 'shocking' refusal to rescue migrants
The Italian government confirmed that Malta’s Armed Forces turned a migrant boat away at gunpoint from Maltese waters, after giving them fuel and the GPS coordinates to reach Italy.
Twelve die as Malta uses private ships to push migrants back to Libya
Further evidence of Malta’s strategy to push migrants back to the conflict zone of Libya has been revealed by a woman who survived a Mediterranean crossing in which 12 people died.
Sole migrant survivor describes 11 days in dinghy
"There were 15 of us on the boat and I am the only one alive," said Mohammed Adam Oga from his hospital bed in Malta.
Pope urges EU leaders to show solidarity with refuges off Malta
Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show "concrete solidarity" with 49 refugees stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
Italian minister calls for sanctions on Malta over refugees
Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli on Sunday called for sanctions against Malta, accusing it of not rescuing refugee boats in the Mediterranean and leaving the burden to Italy, in the latest row between the two countries over the issue.
Migrant rescue ship arrives in Malta after EU states agree to take migrants
The Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius arrived at Valletta harbor in Malta on Wednesday to disembark 141 migrants, ending a five-day tug-of-war between European Union countries which had seen the vessel banned from docking in several ports.
Malta detains second charity ship as death toll at sea rises
For the second time in a week, Malta has detained a humanitarian vessel that normally rescues boat refugees off the coast of Libya, where two shipwrecks have claimed the lives of as many as 200 people in recent days.
Italy refuses third refugee ship to dock, sparking new dispute with Malta
The Italian government has once again closed the country’s sea ports to a rescue boat carrying 60 refugees stranded at sea off Libya, igniting yet another dispute with Malta over who should allow the boat to dock.
Spain offers to take in drifting migrant ship
Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.
Joseph Muscat sworn in as Malta's prime minister
The leader of Malta's Labor Party, Joseph Muscat, has been sworn in as prime minister, a day after his party's second landslide victory in four years.
Five killed as plane on French surveillance mission crashes in Malta
A small aircraft conducting a surveillance mission over the Mediterranean for France's Defense Ministry has crashed in Malta, killing all five people on board.
Queen Elizabeth II opens 2015 Commonwealth meeting in Malta
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has formally opened the two-day Commonwealth summit with a gala ceremony attended by world leaders in Valletta, the capital of Malta.
Malta renews shipping deal with Iran
Malta Freeport has renewed its contracts with Iran’s Hafiz Darya Shipping Lines (HDS) amid rising anticipation that sanctions will be removed on Tehran later this year, the national paper Times of Malta has reported.

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