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Malta: Island country in the central Mediterranean
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta and formerly Melita, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. With a population of about 515,000 over an area of 316 km2 (122 sq mi), Malta is the world's tenth smallest country in area and fourth most densely populated sovereign country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi). The official and national language is Maltese, which is descended from Sicilian Arabic that developed during the Emirate of Sicily, while English serves as the second official language. Italian and Sicilian also previously served as official and cultural languages on the island for centuries, with Italian being an official language in Malta until 1934 and a majority of the current Maltese population being at least conversational in the Italian language.


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An independent inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has found the Maltese state responsible because it created a "culture of impunity".
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Malta requires proof of vaccination before allowing visitors to enter

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Anyone over the age of 12 who travels to Malta after Tuesday must present a proof of full vaccination before they will be allowed into the country.
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Malta holiday plans in chaos for Britons as country says it will not accept NHS app as proof of vaccination

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Holidaymakers hoping to visit Malta have seen their plans derailed after the country announced it will not accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination.
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Malta, Balearic and Caribbean islands added to UK travel green list from today

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Malta, the Balearic islands and parts of the Caribbean are among the countries being moved to the UK's travel green list from today.
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UK tourists not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine, Malta's government says

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British holidaymakers who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus will have to quarantine when they arrive in Malta, the country's government has said.
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Spain's Balearic islands, Malta, Madeira and some Caribbean islands added to travel green list

Spain's Balearic islands, Malta, Madeira, and some islands in the Caribbean - including Barbados - have been added to England's travel green list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
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Haryana cabinet to decide on Malta-based company's offer for selling Sputnik-V vaccines

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Energetic start sees Euros-bound Ukraine secure home victory over dogged Northern Ireland in friendly

Northern Ireland are unable to build on Sunday's victory over Malta as an early goal saw them fall to a 1-0 friendly defeat away to Ukraine.
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International friendly: NI ease to friendly victory over Malta

Ian Baraclough secures a first win in 90 minutes as Northern Ireland manager at the 12th attempt thanks to a 3-0 victory over Malta in Austria.
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Malta to welcome fully vaccinated UK holidaymakers from June

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Malta has announced that UK travellers who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are welcome from 1 June.
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Malta to investigate ex-police chief in Caruana affair

A Maltese court on Monday ordered an investigation of former police chief Lawrence Cutajar after allegations that he had leaked information to a middleman in the murder of anti-corruption journalist..
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Europe rights body urges Malta to stop keeping rescued migrants offshore

Europe's leading human rights body urged Malta on Thursday to allow disembarkation of more than 400 migrants being held on four former tour group boats just outside the Mediterranean island’s..
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Malta to reopen its airport on July 1

Malta will reopen its airport to passenger flights on July 1, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday, as the Mediterranean island rolls back restrictions introduced in March to halt COVID-19..
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Russia denies U.S. claim that Libyan banknotes seized in Malta are counterfeit

Libyan currency worth over $1 billion which was printed in Moscow and seized by Malta is not counterfeit, Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday in response to U.S. claims.
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Malta rescues 140 migrants but holds them on tourist boats offshore

Malta on Friday rescued a group of 140 migrants from a sinking dinghy but refused to bring them to land, holding them instead on a chartered tourist harbour cruise boat just outside territorial waters.
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Malta envoy to Helsinki resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

Malta's ambassador to Finland resigned on Sunday after he came under fire for comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler, Malta's ministry of foreign affairs said in an emailed..
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Malta pulls out of new EU Libya sea patrols in migration row

Malta told its European Union partners on Friday it would no longer take part in a new Mediterranean mission to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, just four days after the naval and air..
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Anger after Malta prosecutor quits to defend journalist murder suspect

The family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has demanded an investigation after a lawyer in the prosecutor's office resigned and turned up in court within hours to represent the..
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Malta refuses to let migrant ship dock, awaits EU deal

Malta plans to keep 57 rescued migrants aboard a private ship anchored just outside territorial waters until the European Union finds a way to rehouse them, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Friday.
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Malta announces gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

Malta has announced a gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions as the number of new cases dwindles, with many shops allowed to reopen from Monday.
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Malta calls for EU aid to avert Libya humanitarian crisis

Malta is calling for a 100 million euro ($110 million) European Union aid package to avert a humanitarian disaster among people fleeing Libya, where rising violence is worsening the impact of the..
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Malta takes in rescued migrants despite coronavirus ban

- A group of North African migrants rescued from a sinking boat came ashore in Malta early on Friday, hours after the government had said no further groups would be allowed in after it closed its ports..
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Malta says it can no longer rescue, accept migrants

Malta can no longer guarantee the rescue of migrants or allow their disembarkation during the coronavirus emergency, the Malta government said on Thursday.
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Malta records its first coronavirus death

Malta announced its first death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, a 92-year-old woman with severe underlying medical problems.
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Malta locks down migrants camp, puts 1,000 in quarantine after COVID cluster

Some 1,000 African migrants were placed under mandatory quarantine on Sunday after an outbreak of COVID-19 and their camp at Hal Far in the south of Malta was surrounded by police and army trucks to..
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Pope Francis' May 31 trip to Malta postponed due to coronavirus

Pope Francis's trip to Malta, which had been scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Malta to stop all incoming flights from Saturday

Malta will stop all incoming passenger flights on Saturday and only allow cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights to land to stop the spread of coronavirus, officials said on Wednesday.
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Malta rescues 112 migrants from sinking boat

A group of 112 North 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,..
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Malta imposes 14-day quarantine on all arrivals in bid to stop coronavirus

Malta has imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine period on all arrivals in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Friday.
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Malta bans travel from four more European countries because of coronavirus

Malta on Wednesday banned travel with Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Robert Abela said.
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Malta halts all passenger travel with locked-down Italy

Malta has stopped all travel links with Italy, its nearest neighbor and main source of food and other essentials, after confirming its fourth coronavirus case since Saturday, Prime Minister Robert..
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Italian girl becomes Malta's first coronavirus case

Malta's first case of coronavirus has been detected in a 12-year-old Italian girl who lives on the island, Health Minister Chris Fearne said on Saturday.
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More than half Malta's traffic police arrested for fraud

More than half of Malta's traffic police force were arrested on Tuesday for suspected overtime fraud, forcing officers to draw up emergency plans to ensure they have enough police to put on the..
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Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.
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Malta court condemns minister for clearing journalist memorial

Malta's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that former justice minister Owen Bonnici had violated freedom of expression when he repeatedly ordered government workers to clean away a makeshift..
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Malta minister quits in latest fallout from journalist murder

Another Maltese minister has quit after a paper reported links between her policeman husband and the man suspected of masterminding a journalist's murder, the government said on Monday.
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Malta police chief quits after criticism over journalist's murder

Malta's police chief has quit following criticism of his handling of the investigation into the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
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New Malta PM reshuffles ministers, shuns controversial names

New Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, sidelining some of the politicians who had faced fierce criticism from an anti-corruption journalist before her murder in..
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Robert Abela sworn in as Malta's new prime minister

Lawyer Robert Abela, 42, was sworn in as Malta’s prime minister on Monday, succeeding Joseph Muscat who resigned over his handling of investigations into the murder of anti-corruption journalist..
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Malta's new leader promises to keep strengthening rule of law

Malta's incoming leader Robert Abela promised to strengthen the rule of law and said the country would emerge stronger after recent events, in an address on Sunday a day before he is due to succeed..
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Political newcomer to become Malta's prime minister

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.
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Malta ruling party members vote to elect new leader and PM

Members of Malta's ruling Labour Party voted on Saturday to elect a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who is stepping down following an investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist..
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Malta suffers second nationwide power cut in a month

Malta suffered a nation-wide power cut on Monday, the second in less than a month, shutting off electricity to all homes, businesses and factories and causing rush-hour road chaos as traffic lights..
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Ex-aide to Malta's PM denies leaking details of probe into reporter's murder

The former chief of staff to Malta's prime minister denied on Wednesday leaking information about an investigation into the killing of an anti-corruption reporter to the man accused of masterminding..
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EU tells Malta to hasten push for independent judges, prosecutors

The European Commission urged Malta on Monday to speed up reforms to ensure the independence of its judiciary amid uproar over the investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana..
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Malta's PM Muscat should resign now, European Parliament tells EU leaders

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should resign immediately to avoid risks of political interference with the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the European..
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Activists storm into Maltese government HQ demanding PM's resignation

Activists staged a protest in government headquarters for five hours on Monday to demand the immediate resignation of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat amid an investigation into the 2017 car bomb..
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Activists storm into Maltese PM's office building

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..
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Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder

Pope Francis on Saturday gave a private audience to outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, ignoring an appeal to cancel the meeting with a premier engulfed in crisis over a probe into a..
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