Malta http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/48512/all en Malta rescues 84 boat migrants in dinghy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/malta-rescues-84-boat-migrants-dinghy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Maltese navy rescued a group of 84 migrants on Friday, after the small dinghy they were sailing in got into difficulties while crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe.</p> <p>The group, which included 18 women and 32 children, was taken to Malta following a joint operation with the Italian coast guard.</p> <p>The migrants, who all claim to be Somali, were picked up 88 nautical miles off Malta after sounding the alarm when their vessel began taking on water.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/malta-rescues-84-boat-migrants-dinghy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Member states of the European Union Political geography AFP Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:31:47 +0000 5820400 at http://www.globalpost.com More migrants land in Malta after EU standoff http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130710/more-migrants-land-malta-after-eu-standoff <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Maltese military rescued a boatload of 68 undocumented migrants, a day after the European Commission warned Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat against sending possible asylum-seekers back to Libya.</p> <p>The migrants, who included a baby just a few hours old and a heavily pregnant woman, were spotted drifting some 30 nautical miles (35 miles) south of Malta because they were experiencing engine trouble.</p> <p>The migrants were transferred onto a patrol boat of the Maltese maritime squadron, an army spokesman said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130710/more-migrants-land-malta-after-eu-standoff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics AFP Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:35:58 +0000 5880140 at http://www.globalpost.com Malta insists rescued migrants to be denied entry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/malta-insists-rescued-migrants-be-denied-entry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Malta said on Tuesday it would not allow a tanker which picked up 102 migrants off the Libyan coast to dock, despite a call from the European Union for it to do so on humanitarian grounds.</p> <p>National Security Minister Manuel Mallia told a press conference that the captain of the Liberian-registered Salamis had ignored instructions by Malta and Italy to take the migrants back to Libya.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/malta-insists-rescued-migrants-be-denied-entry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics Thomson Reuters Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:03:15 +0000 5903979 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy agrees to take in stranded migrants after Malta refuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130807/italy-agrees-take-stranded-migrants-after-malta-refuses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA (Reuters) - Italy on Tuesday night agreed to take 102 migrants stranded on a tanker in the Mediterranean after Malta refused to allow them entry for three days.</p> <p>The migrants were rescued from a boat 24 miles off the Libyan coast on Sunday night by the Liberian-registered tanker Salamis. The tanker then headed for Malta but was refused entry to Maltese water by the Maltese government. The migrants are mainly from north Africa.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130807/italy-agrees-take-stranded-migrants-after-malta-refuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Malta Political geography Thomson Reuters Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:50:44 +0000 5904350 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy accepts boat migrants after Malta refuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130807/italy-accepts-boat-migrants-after-malta-refuses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Italy has agreed to take in 102 migrants rescued from a leaking dinghy after Malta refused to admit them despite EU pressure, the Maltese government said Wednesday.</p> <p>The migrants, including a five-month-old baby and four pregnant women, were rescued from their badly damaged inflatable boat on Monday by the Liberian-flagged Salamis oil tanker 80 kilometres (50 miles) off the Libyan coast.</p> <p>In a statement released overnight Wednesday, Malta said the Salamis, which had been moored off the Mediterranean island nation in international waters, was heading for Syracuse in Sicily.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130807/italy-accepts-boat-migrants-after-malta-refuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics Technology AFP Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:22:20 +0000 5904396 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian woman gives birth on Italy refugee boat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130828/syrian-woman-gives-birth-italy-refugee-boat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Syrian woman gave birth at sea during a risky Mediterranean crossing to Italy by up to 191 refugees fleeing the war-riven country who arrived on Wednesday, officials said.</p> <p>"We found her with a piece of the umbilical cord still attached," Luca Sancilio, the local coast guard commander in the port of Syracuse, in Sicily, told news channel SkyTG24.</p> <p>Sancilio said the woman had given birth to a little girl, although the hospital where they were taken later said the baby was in fact a boy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130828/syrian-woman-gives-birth-italy-refugee-boat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Malta Political geography Social Issues AFP Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:19:51 +0000 5919670 at http://www.globalpost.com China to gain solar foothold in EU with Malta stake buy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/china-gain-solar-foothold-eu-malta-stake-buy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA (Reuters) - China Power Investments is to take a minority stake in Malta energy supplier Enemalta Corporation, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday, in a move that gives the Chinese firm an EU foothold in producing photo-voltaic units.</p> <p>In the largest trade dispute between the European Union and China, EU companies accuse Chinese rivals of benefiting from unfair state aid and selling about 21 billion euros ($27.86 billion) worth of solar panels in Europe last year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/china-gain-solar-foothold-eu-malta-stake-buy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Joseph Muscat Malta Political geography Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:47:35 +0000 5930737 at http://www.globalpost.com US Navy rescues 128 Somali migrants in rough seas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/us-navy-rescues-128-somali-migrants-rough-seas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US warship has rescued 128 migrants from an inflatable raft that was threatening to capsize in rough seas in the Mediterranean after a request from Malta, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>The USS San Antonio, which is equipped with an amphibious transport dock that can help in rescue operations, was scrambled on Wednesday after a Maltese military aircraft spotted the dinghy.</p> <p>"We successfully transferred 128 men between the ages of 20 and 30 from an inflatable raft on the San Antonio," a US Navy official in Italy told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/us-navy-rescues-128-somali-migrants-rough-seas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics AFP Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:34:21 +0000 5963395 at http://www.globalpost.com US Navy rescues 128 Somali migrants in rough seas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/us-navy-rescues-128-somali-migrants-rough-seas-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US warship has rescued 128 migrants from an inflatable raft that was threatening to capsize in rough seas in the Mediterranean after a request from Malta, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>The USS San Antonio, which is equipped with an amphibious transport dock that can help in rescue operations, was scrambled on Wednesday after a Maltese military aircraft spotted the dinghy.</p> <p>"We successfully transferred 128 men between the ages of 20 and 30 from an inflatable raft on the San Antonio," a US Navy official in Italy told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/us-navy-rescues-128-somali-migrants-rough-seas-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics AFP Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:03:29 +0000 5963611 at http://www.globalpost.com Malta gets new female president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/malta-gets-new-female-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malta's Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was on Friday sworn in as the island state's ninth president after being named by the prime minister and approved by parliament.</p> <p>Coleiro Preca, a notary by profession, was previously minister for social policy after the Labour party returned to power following March 2013 elections.</p> <p>The 55-year-old is the second female president of Malta and was previously general secretary of Labour.</p> <p>Her appointment brings to 21 the number of female heads of state or government in the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/malta-gets-new-female-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Malta AFP Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:18:55 +0000 6113504 at http://www.globalpost.com Malta gets new female president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/malta-gets-new-female-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malta's Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was on Friday sworn in as the island state's ninth president after being named by the prime minister and approved by parliament.</p> <p>Coleiro Preca, a notary by profession, was previously minister for social policy after the Labour party returned to power following March 2013 elections.</p> <p>The 55-year-old is the second female president of Malta and was previously general secretary of Labour.</p> <p>Her appointment brings to 21 the number of female heads of state or government in the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140404/malta-gets-new-female-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Malta AFP Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:18:55 +0000 6113505 at http://www.globalpost.com Campaigners say protected birds in danger in Malta http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140424/campaigners-say-protected-birds-danger-malta <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Campaigners on Thursday said protected migratory birds were being shot in Malta and called for an exemption from EU hunting rules for the island state to be scrapped.</p> <p>The Committee Against Bird Slaughter's general secretary Alexander Heyd said only "a small percentage" of illegal activities by hunters were actually being documented.</p> <p>"Our teams can only monitor a small part of the island" during the spring hunting season, he said.</p> <p>A video from the group on YouTube shows two kestrels and two marsh harriers being targeted by hunters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140424/campaigners-say-protected-birds-danger-malta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Malta Political geography Republics AFP Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:36:13 +0000 6129759 at http://www.globalpost.com Former Maltese PM elected member of European Parliament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140526/former-maltese-pm-elected-member-european-parliament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Former Maltese Prime Minister Alfred Sant was elected a member of the European Parliament (EP), results of the first counting of votes showed Monday.</p> <p>Sant, a candidate of the ruling Labor Party who served as prime minister between 1996 and 1998, gained 48,739 votes in the first counting of ballots cast in Saturday's EP elections, easily surpassing the threshold of 35,979 votes.</p> <p>Local media forecast that the Nationalist Party's Roberta Metsola was to be elected in the second counting, which was expected to end later in the day.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140526/former-maltese-pm-elected-member-european-parliament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Malta Political geography Politics Xinhua News Agency Mon, 26 May 2014 15:20:29 +0000 6157819 at http://www.globalpost.com Chinese medical center in Malta celebrates 20th anniversary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140601/chinese-medical-center-malta-celebrates-20th-anniversary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Mediterranean Regional Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (MRCTCM) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday evening in Paola, Malta.</p> <p>Malta's Minister for Energy and Health Konrad Mizzi, Chinese Ambassador to Malta Cai Jinbiao were among the over 200 Chinese and Maltese guests who attended the ceremony.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140601/chinese-medical-center-malta-celebrates-20th-anniversary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Malta Political geography Xinhua News Agency Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:21:31 +0000 6163713 at http://www.globalpost.com 1st LD: Three people injured in Malta by home-made bomb explosion in car http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140601/1st-ld-three-people-injured-malta-home-made-bomb-explosion-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VALLETTA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A man and a woman were injured in a car explosion on Sunday afternoon in Marsaxlokk, some 10km away from Valletta, capital of Malta, according to local report.</p> <p>According to latest news release, another man, 39, who was driving on the opposite direction, was also injured by the blast, putting the number of the injured people into three.</p> <p>The incident happened at 3:50 p.m. local time (1350 GMT) in Zejtun Road, Marsaxlokk. Police sources said the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device, a home-made bomb.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140601/1st-ld-three-people-injured-malta-home-made-bomb-explosion-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malta Political geography Republics Xinhua News Agency Sun, 01 Jun 2014 21:46:39 +0000 6163863 at http://www.globalpost.com