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ANZAC Day 2014: Maltese Contribution to ANZAC Spirit

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A Tribute to the fallen Maltese-Australian ANZACs killed in action

 BLOG   On Friday 25 April, we commemorate the 99th anniversary of ANZAC Day. It is a fitting occasion to pay a special tribute to seven brave, young Maltese soldiers, who joined the ranks of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, better known as ANZAC, and gave up their life on the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front in Europe during the First World War. Six were immigrants from Malta and one was a second-generation Australian Maltese from Melbourne. Their remains are buried in foreign soil at Gallipoli in Turkey and in cemeteries in France and Belgium. Read more …

Civil Unions Bill passes through Maltese Parliament

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 NEWS   The Maltese Parliament yesterday approved the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading. All government MPs present voted in favour of the bill, while all opposition MPs abstained. The bill grants same-sex couples the opportunity to enter lawful civil unions, an arrangement which is virtually equivalent to marriage in all but name. Read more …

Marie Louise Coleiro Preca sworn in as Malta’s ninth President

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 NEWS  Early this morning Australian time an emotional Marie Louise Coleiro Preca was sworn in as Malta’s ninth and the second female President, promising to stay close to the people despite taking on her new role. In her first official speech soon after being sworn in, Ms Coleiro Preca made a special mention of the importance of strengthening ties with the Maltese diaspora spread around the world and particularly with the younger generations of Maltese and Gozitans abroad. Read more …

BirdLife Malta launches legal challenge to spring hunting

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 NEWS   BirdLife Malta today launched a legal challenge to spring hunting in Malta by filing a Judicial Protest in the Maltese courts, while at the same time in Brussels, a delegation representing 39 MEPs met with EU Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, to call on the European Commission to suspend any further derogations to allow spring hunting. Read more …

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