Good morning,

Here is our morning briefing. An update of the salient events of the last hours.

Speculation about an empty seat, next to Prince William also led to various interpretations as to whether this was a tribute to Princess Diana. According to Royal reporter Rebecca English “it wasn’t empty for that reason. The seat in front of the Queen is always left empty”. Various news portals also referred to the sermon by Most Rev Michael Curry’s sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the highlight of the Royal Wedding.

No damage or casualties reported in 4.3 earthquake in Piacenza, Italy. Dimitrios Pagourtzis is arraigned in court over Santa Fe shool shooting. Malaysia’s former Prime Minister criticisedpolice raids linked to investigations in misappropriation of €700m. China carries training exercises on islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Ceasefire between loyalists to Al-Bashar and the IS has been in place in Southern Damascus, Syria. Pope Francis announced that Pope Paul VI and Bishop Romero are to be canonised in October.

Anti-abortion activismin Italy take new lease of life following Irish referendum debate. We also learnt that Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Maltese newspapers cover a number of stories, including the influence from the Swedish Government not to have the Krona printed in Malta’s Crane facility, the decision by UNESCO to block the construction of an artificial laguna in St Elmo and the re-location of BET365 to Malta, after the UK leaves the EU. In another story we read about the perceptions of the Maltese about pornography and the solidarity march with the Police following this week’s incident which put the life of a police constable in danger.