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Migrants demand "freedom" at Malta's Marsa detention center

VALLETTA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Police were called in on Tuesday to help quell a protest at one of Malta's detention centers where hundreds of migrants were demanding "freedom."

The protest, which lasted from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., was kept under control. No major incidents were reported.

The migrants held at a detention center in the harbor village of Marsa waved towels, banged on windows and chanted "We want freedom."

Maltese envoy resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

VALLETTA, May 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Malta’s ambassador to Finland has resigned after a Facebook post in which he compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler, The Times of Malta reported.

“75 years ago we stopped hitler. Who will stop Angela merkel? She has fulfilled hitlers dream! To control Europe,” envoy Michael Zammit Tabona wrote in the post which has since been deleted.

The Maltese foreign ministry told him to remove the message and the diplomat, who served as ambassador to Finland since 2014, had resigned, the newspaper said Sunday.

Malta rescues 112 migrants from sinking boat

16 Mar 2020; MEMO: A group of 112 African migrants was rescued from a sinking dinghy and landed in Malta early on Sunday, supervised by troops in special protective clothing against possible coronavirus infection, authorities said, Reuters reports.

The dinghy was spotted in Malta’s search and rescue region north of Libya on Saturday. Those on board included several women and children. The armed forces said the nationalities of those aboard was not immediately known.

Malta rescues 47 migrants from rough sea

VALLETTA, Feb 3 (NNN-Xinhua) — The Armed Forces of Malta rescued 47 migrants from rough seas between Malta and Libya and brought them to land on Sunday.

The meteorological situation is worsening as wind speeds pick up due to a low pressure system forming over Italy.

The rescue came after another group of 77 migrants was brought to Malta on Thursday.

Robert Abela Sworn In As Malta’s PM

VALLETTA, Jan 14 (NNN-XINHUA) – Robert Abela, the newly-elected leader of Malta’s Labour Party, was officially sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday, at a ceremony at the President’s Palace in Valletta.

Abela won the Labour leadership election early on Sunday, beating Deputy Prime Minister, Chris Fearne.

He replaces Joseph Muscat, who was forced to resign, over an investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat resigned from his post shortly before Abela took his oath of office.

Robert Abela sworn in as Malta's PM

VALLETTA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Robert Abela, the newly-elected leader of Malta's Labour Party, was officially sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday at a ceremony at the President's Palace in Valletta.

Abela won the Labour leadership election on early Sunday, beating Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.

He replaces Joseph Muscat who was forced to resign over an investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat resigned from his post shortly before Abela took his oath of office.

Political newcomer to become Malta's prime minister

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Political newcomer Robert Abela was set to become Malta’s new prime minister having been elected leader of the ruling Labor Party following a vote on Saturday.

Joseph Muscat is stepping down as leader and prime minister amid claims that he protected associates who had links to people allegedly involved in the 2017 murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Malta gets new PM after reporter murder outcry

Valletta, Jan 12 (AFP/PTI) Outsider Robert Abela is set to become Malta's new premier on Sunday after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's downfall over the murder of an investigative journalist.

Abela, who is seen as representing continuity, was elected leader of the Labour Party, meaning he automatically takes the role of prime minister.

Fire causes evacuation of migrants at reception center in Malta

VALLETTA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Close to 500 migrants who are being detained in a reception center in Malta had to be evacuated on Wednesday after a massive fire broke out here.

The fire, which created a large plume that could be seen from all over the island, broke out at around 1:00 p.m. local time. Sources said preliminary indications showed that the fire was not the result of a riot, but other sources said the fire broke out after an altercation between some of the detainees.

Activists storm into Maltese PM's office building

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Activists barged into the building that houses the office of Malta’s prime minister early on Monday to demand Joseph Muscat’s immediate resignation amid an investigation into the 2017 killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat is not directly implicated in the investigation but has said he will resign in mid-January after an election for a new leader of his ruling Labour Party. Testimony by the self-confessed middleman in the murder plan has linked people in the prime minister’s inner circle to attempts at a cover-up.

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