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April 13, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Elements with the State Department are attempting to silence an American diplomat who believes he was personally charged by the White House with promoting President Obama's interfaith initiatives. The diplomat is the U.S. ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine and former dean of the law school at Catholic University of America. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and, as a devout Catholic, for many years has been prominent in the antiabortion movement and among those arguing for a larger role for faith-based efforts in public life.
October 24, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Talk about tests of faith. Douglas Kmiec is an influential Roman Catholic scholar, a veteran of Ronald Reagan's Justice Department and a Pepperdine University constitutional law professor. What he's gone through in the last handful of years, he sums up pretty well with the title of his latest book, "Lift Up Your Hearts: A true story of loving your enemies, tragically killing your friends, and the life that remains. " His interfaith work earned him President Obama's appointment as ambassador to Malta.
The wave-tossed setting of the U.S.-Soviet summit this weekend might seem perfect for extending arms control negotiations into the relatively untouched field of naval weaponry--President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev meeting aboard two nuclear-capable warships here at the crossroads of European sea routes. And Moscow has signaled its growing impatience for curbing naval armaments. They are the only major category of weapons now exempted from the superpower dialogue.
January 24, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Jackie Nink Pflug was shot in the head at point-blank range, rolled down a set of metal stairs and left for dead on an airport tarmac in Malta in November 1985. The man wielding the gun was one of five Palestinian militants who had hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 bound from Athens to Cairo, where Pflug was a psychologist and special education teacher at a school for international students. By training and by nature, Pflug had always been a problem solver, quick to come up with a solution to a child's reading problem or a classroom dilemma.
October 11, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - At least 27 people drowned Friday  in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat packed with more than 240 would-be migrants capsized south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, scene of another deadly sinking last week. Military aircraft from Italy and Malta dropped inflatable life rafts to scores of people in the water, as ships raced to the site of the accident. An Italian navy spokesman said 221 people were rescued by vessels from both countries, with the injured taken to Lampedusa by helicopter.
December 3, 1989 | Associated Press
Here is a schedule of President Bush's remaining activities at the summit. Malta is nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. SUNDAY: 9 a.m.--Church service aboard U.S. cruiser Belknap. 9:55 a.m.--Greets Gorbachev; they tour Belknap. 10:15 a.m.--Meets with Gorbachev on Belknap. 1:10 p.m.--Delivers joint press statement with Gorbachev. 2:15 p.m.--Press conference. 4:20 p.m.--Leaves Malta for Belgium. 7:40 p.m.
August 19, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The freighter Arctic Sea seemed to have vanished in the Atlantic Ocean's vastness, but officials said they knew where it was all along and kept quiet to bring a hijacking to a bloodless end. A Russian naval vessel reached the Arctic Sea late Sunday near Cape Verde, thousands of miles from the Algerian port where it was to have docked Aug. 4. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Tuesday that eight suspected hijackers were in custody....
November 28, 1985
Scarlett Marie Rogenkamp, the Oceanside woman killed Sunday by terrorists during the hijacking of an EgyptAir airliner, will be awarded a Purple Heart during funeral services in Oceanside on Saturday, her mother said. Hetty Peterson said dignitaries from Malta and Great Britain would attend the funeral, along with a representative from the White House. Rogenkamp, 38, was shot and dumped from the Boeing 737 airliner in Malta before Egyptian commandos stormed the plane and ended the hijacking.
March 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Citizens of Malta voted on whether to join the European Union, the first such referendum among 10 nations invited to join the bloc next year. Opinion polls before the vote showed the Maltese almost evenly divided on the question.
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