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Update 3 - Abducted Maltese released - thanks Maltese consul in Libya for saving his life

Kidnapped Maltese oil worker Martin Galea was released in Libya this afternoon and arrived back in Malta on a special flight this evening. He thanked all those who worked for his release, particularly the Maltese consul to Tripoli who, he said, had saved his life. Mr Galea was held captive for 11 days and was released to the Maltese consulate in Tripoli...

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  • Press digest

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    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. All national newspapers today lead with the story of oil worker Martin Galea who was abducted by Libyan rebel militias last week and whose fate was still unknown...

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  • Defence of action over Libya crisis

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