Valetta  — Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, engulfed in crisis over the probe into a murdered journalist, announced on Sunday he planned to step down, saying he would ask his ruling Labour Party to start a process in January to choose a new leader for the country.

Calls for Muscat to quit had intensified after the investigation into the 2017 car bomb killing of anticorruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia led to charges on Saturday against a prominent businessman with alleged ties to government ministers and senior officials...

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