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Photo Story: The giant pumpkins of Zamora

Farmer Manuel Ramos with one of his four giant pumpkins on his vegetable patch in Fermoselle, Zamora, Spain, near the border with Portugal.

Manuel, an … Read more

U.N. pays tribute to the strengthening role of women humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations … Read more

Kuwait insists emir in good health after reports that he was unwell

Kuwaiti state media reported Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had “recovered”, shortly after Iran’s foreign minister indicated that the 90-year-old was unwell.

The emir “has … Read more

Around 4,000 people evacuated from the Canary Islands fires

Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fires, which started on Saturday near the town … Read more

Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar, Iran ready to give it naval escort

An Iranian ship held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port.

The tanker is moving east into the … Read more

UK: 6-year-old who fell into river in Kent unlikely to be found alive (Update)

UPDATE: A six-year-old boy swept away after falling into a river in Kent is “unlikely” to be found alive, the police officer leading the search … Read more

DNA tests confirm that body found hidden in Valletta a month ago is of Charlene Farrugia

DNA tests carried out on the human remains discovered hidden almost a month ago in Valletta belong to Charlene Farrugia, the 25 year old who … Read more

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, under new Home Office plans – despite warnings of chaos and … Read more

British Government enacts law to repeal Act which set British EU membership

The British Government has signed into law legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972.

The … Read more

Trump’s foreign policy failures, analysed

Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clearcut foreign policy successes and a string of looming crises around the world that could … Read more

Spain offer safe harbour close to Gibraltar to Open Arms – Open Arms captain deems it too far for passengers safety

Spain’s acting PM Pedro Sánchez, offered the port of Algeciras (Cádiz) to the Open Arms ship.

However, an NGO spokesman has rejected the offer claiming … Read more

Investigation shows how the British Home office increased UK visa profits by millions since outsourcing operations to Dubai based firm

The Home Office has increased its profit on UK visas by millions of pounds a week since outsourcing visa operations to a Dubai-based firm that … Read more

French and Dutch seem to block Albania’s EU accession talks – Ambassador

Albania is at the “end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end” of its accession to the European Union, the bloc’s ambassador to … Read more

UN Security Council refrains from calling emergency session on Kashmir

Members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday refrained from calling for an emergency session on the disputed Kashmir region.

Instead, they urged India … Read more

Doctors treating Russians after nuclear explosion in training site were not informed of incident

Five hospital staff workers, including senior doctors, told The Moscow Times that FSB agents had their colleagues sign non-disclosure agreements.

The three injured men arrived Read more

Afghan IS affiliate claims responsibility for bombing which killed over 60 persons killed and injured more than 180 injured during wedding (Update)

Update via AP: The local Islamic State group’s affiliate claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.

Earlier: An Afghan official … Read more

This week’s news in Cartoons

From El Paso’s shooting aftermath to the Trade war, from Brexit to Salvini’s stance. These are this week’s news as seen by cartoonists around the … Read more

Western Libya civilian airport seriously damaged in fresh air strikes – UN

Eastern Libyan forces have seriously damaged with air strikes a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said on Sunday.… Read more

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DNA tests confirm that body found hidden in Valletta a month ago is of Charlene Farrugia

DNA tests carried out on the human remains discovered hidden almost a month ago in Valletta belong to Charlene Farrugia, the 25 year old who … Read more

Salvini’s use of the rosary beads and invocation of Catholic religion for his populist politics hurts – Gozo’s Bishop Grech

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech has said that it ‘hurts’ to watch Italy’s Home Affairs Minister Matteo Salvini brandish rosary beads and invoke European saints while … Read more

Eurostat figures show that Maltese holidaymakers are the EU’s third-highest spenders – The Headlines: The Malta Independent 

The Malta Independent says that the Central Bank has revised the GDP forecast for 2019 downwards by 0.1 percent after an unnamed project in the … Read more

Reinforced IT infrastructure repelled a recent hacking attempt into the government’s systems – The Headlines: The Times

The Times reveals that Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela will meet representatives of the Russian government next week after the Kremlin blocked attempts by Malta … Read more

Central Bank projections indicate that economic growth is expected to keep its pace of 4.4% between 2019-2021– The Headlines: L-Orizzont

L-Orizzont also reports on projections by the Central Bank and says that economic growth is expected to keep its pace of 4.4 percent between 2019 … Read more

Increase in the circulation of false banknotes, especially €20 and €50 notes – The Headlines: In-Nazzjon

In-Nazzjon says that a woman is in critical condition after a traffic accident in Mġarr Road, Għajnsielem; a man and a child travelling in the … Read more

Malta: Major investment project in private sector sees lowering of GDP forecast

A delay in a single “major investment project in the private sector” has seen the Central Bank of Malta lowering the entire country’s Gross Domestic … Read more

Malta : Bond Issuer Rankings – Edward Rizzo

All bond issuers on the Regulated Main Market and the companies that act as guarantors to several of the issuers have now published their annual … Read more

IoScoot celebrates a year of growth

IoScoot is celebrating its first anniversary. It’s been one year since the electric motorbike-sharing service was launched in Malta in 2018, introducing an innovative mobility … Read more

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Malta : Bond Issuer Rankings – Edward Rizzo

All bond issuers on the Regulated Main Market and the companies that act as guarantors to several of the issuers have now published their annual … Read more

IoScoot celebrates a year of growth

IoScoot is celebrating its first anniversary. It’s been one year since the electric motorbike-sharing service was launched in Malta in 2018, introducing an innovative mobility … Read more

Cathay Pacific CEO resigns

The chief executive of Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, has resigned in the wake of the protests in Hong Kong.

Paul Loo is also leaving as … Read more

Midday Dispatch – Corporate and Financial News

Fears over a global economic downturn were intensified by disappointing data from China and Germany, sending bond yields tumbling to new lows and weighing on … Read more

Talks to avert Ryanair’s Irish pilots strike

Ryanair’s directly employed pilots in Ireland agreed to attend mediated talks starting on Wednesday to avert a strike their trade union said would go ahead … Read more

Midday Dispatch – Corporate and Financial News

Argentina’s peso lost 14 percent of its value against the dollar when exchange markets opened on Monday after President Mauricio Macri suffered a crushing defeat … Read more

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Photo Story: The giant pumpkins of Zamora

Farmer Manuel Ramos with one of his four giant pumpkins on his vegetable patch in Fermoselle, Zamora, Spain, near the border with Portugal.

Manuel, an … Read more

U.N. pays tribute to the strengthening role of women humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations … Read more

Kuwait insists emir in good health after reports that he was unwell

Kuwaiti state media reported Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had “recovered”, shortly after Iran’s foreign minister indicated that the 90-year-old was unwell.

The emir “has … Read more

Around 4,000 people evacuated from the Canary Islands fires

Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fires, which started on Saturday near the town … Read more

Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar, Iran ready to give it naval escort

An Iranian ship held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port.

The tanker is moving east into the … Read more

UK: 6-year-old who fell into river in Kent unlikely to be found alive (Update)

UPDATE: A six-year-old boy swept away after falling into a river in Kent is “unlikely” to be found alive, the police officer leading the search … Read more

DNA tests confirm that body found hidden in Valletta a month ago is of Charlene Farrugia

DNA tests carried out on the human remains discovered hidden almost a month ago in Valletta belong to Charlene Farrugia, the 25 year old who … Read more

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, under new Home Office plans – despite warnings of chaos and … Read more

British Government enacts law to repeal Act which set British EU membership

The British Government has signed into law legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972.

The … Read more

Trump’s foreign policy failures, analysed

Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clearcut foreign policy successes and a string of looming crises around the world that could … Read more

Spain offer safe harbour close to Gibraltar to Open Arms – Open Arms captain deems it too far for passengers safety

Spain’s acting PM Pedro Sánchez, offered the port of Algeciras (Cádiz) to the Open Arms ship.

However, an NGO spokesman has rejected the offer claiming … Read more

Investigation shows how the British Home office increased UK visa profits by millions since outsourcing operations to Dubai based firm

The Home Office has increased its profit on UK visas by millions of pounds a week since outsourcing visa operations to a Dubai-based firm that … Read more

French and Dutch seem to block Albania’s EU accession talks – Ambassador

Albania is at the “end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end” of its accession to the European Union, the bloc’s ambassador to … Read more

UN Security Council refrains from calling emergency session on Kashmir

Members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday refrained from calling for an emergency session on the disputed Kashmir region.

Instead, they urged India … Read more

Doctors treating Russians after nuclear explosion in training site were not informed of incident

Five hospital staff workers, including senior doctors, told The Moscow Times that FSB agents had their colleagues sign non-disclosure agreements.

The three injured men arrived Read more

Afghan IS affiliate claims responsibility for bombing which killed over 60 persons killed and injured more than 180 injured during wedding (Update)

Update via AP: The local Islamic State group’s affiliate claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.

Earlier: An Afghan official … Read more

This week’s news in Cartoons

From El Paso’s shooting aftermath to the Trade war, from Brexit to Salvini’s stance. These are this week’s news as seen by cartoonists around the … Read more

Western Libya civilian airport seriously damaged in fresh air strikes – UN

Eastern Libyan forces have seriously damaged with air strikes a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said on Sunday.… Read more

Ten European cities seek EU help in battle between tourists’ impact on short-stay lettings and residents needs

Ten European cities have demanded more help from the EU in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, which they argue are locking … Read more

No-Deal Brexit doomsday scenario dossier revealed

The UK Times reports that Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine, a three-month meltdown at its ports, a hard border with Ireland … Read more

UK

MPs urge Johnson to recall parliament immediately

More than 100 MPs from all sides of the House of Commons have urged Boris Johnson to recall parliament immediately.

“Since the Second World War, … Read more

Hong Kong protests underway

Protesters march with umbrellas amid heavy rain in an anti-government rally in Hong Kong, China, 18 August 2019.

 

Hong Kong braced itself for another … Read more

5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Taiwan

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Hualien County in eastern Taiwan at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter, with a … Read more

Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

Good morning,

These are today’s main stories carried by Malta’s newspapers.

Malta Today quotes World Health Organisation figures showing that measle cases in Malta increased … Read more

Israel army kill armed Gazans on border as tensions increase

Israeli forces shot dead a group of armed Palestinians along the Gaza Strip’s security fence late Saturday night, hours after three rockets were fired at … Read more

3 killed, 10 injured in riots before football match in Honduras

Three persons were killed and at least 10 injured in riots Saturday night before a football match between rival teams after suspected fans attacked a … Read more

Boris Johnson to meet Macron and Merkel in attempt to break Brexit impasse

Boris Johnson is expected to make a diplomatic dash to meet Emmanuel Macron in Paris and Angela Merkel in Berlin early next week as he … Read more