Macron survives no-confidence vote

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron survived an unexpected no-confidence vote over claims his government covered up a scandal involving his ex-bodyguard.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has plummeted to its lowest level since his election in May 2017, according to data released by seven French polling institutes.… Be Informed

Malta Evening News Roundup – Tuesday 31st July

All media: The magistrate has ruled that there is sufficient evidence for Bojan Cmelik to face trial for the murder of well-known entrepreneur Hugo Chetcuti. In the last sitting, the court presided over by Magistrate Marseanne Farrugia, heard the testimony of Hugo’s brother Isaac Chetcuti, his bodyguard James Farrugia, as well as a number of police officers who described how they tracked down, and eventually arrested Cmelik.

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Manafort’s trial to start today

AP reports that two questions loom large as Paul Manafort prepares to walk into a federal courtroom later on today.

“Will Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman spend what effectively could be the rest of his life in prison? Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team’s first trial since his appointment more than a year ago?”

Those questions will be answered by 12 jurors selected this week as Manafort’s trial on tax evasion and bank fraud charges gets underway at the courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.… Be Informed

UK: More than half of 18 to 34 year olds feel that reality TV and social media have a negative effect on how they see their bodies

BBC: More than half of 18 to 34-year-olds feel that reality TV and social media have a negative effect on how they see their bodies, a survey has found.

The ComRes survey of 2,000 British adults for BBC 5 Live also suggested that younger people were more likely to consider having cosmetic surgery.

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2017 Manchester suicide bomber was rescued by British Navy from Libya via Malta

The Daily Mail: the suicide bomber who killed 22 people during Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena in 2017 was rescued by the Navy from war-torn Libya three years before his pop concert atrocity, the Mail reveals today.

HMS Enterprise plucked Salman Abedi, then 19, from the Libyan coast and took him to Malta for a flight home to Britain in August 2014.… Be Informed

Migrant rescue operation might be in breach of International law by Italy


TGCOM – SKYTG Nicola Fratoianni, a member of Liberi and Uguali the Ace 28, a support vessel to an oil rig, was involved in the rescue operations of a dinghy with 108 people on board. The operative room of Rome gave indications to coordinate with the Libyan Coast Guard and, taken on board the people, the Asso 28 followed the directions and disembarked them in the port of Tripoli.… Be Informed

On this day, 1931 37.2% of Germans voted for Hitler’s NSDAP

On this day, in 1932, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party  garnered 37.2% of the popular vote in the second of three elections that year.


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The election campaign took place under violent circumstances, as Papen lifted the token ban on the SA, the Nazi paramilitary, which Brüning had banned during the last days of his administration.… Be Informed

FT: EU softens opposition to May’s post-Brexit plan for London Financial services

The FT reports that the EU’s chief negotiator has softened his opposition to Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan for London’s financial services industry after UK negotiators acknowledged Brussels would have ultimate control over the City’s access to European markets. London’s future as a global financial centre is tied to its ability to serve as a gateway to Europe for international banks, and UK negotiators had originally hoped they would be able to secure a special arrangement with Brussels to retain access even as Britain began to set up its own regulatory regime.… Be Informed

Tuesday Morning Briefing

Good morning

With every news cycle, a number of events take place. Your media briefing is intended to present you a snapshot of the main events of the past 24 hours through a review of over 30 news portals and agencies from Malta, Mediterranean, Europe  and the rest of the world.… Be Informed

Hero dog which found survivors in Amatrice earthquake poisoned and killed

The Guardian: Animal rights activists in Italy have called for tougher penalties against animal cruelty after a rescue dog that saved people in a major earthquake was poisoned and killed.


Kaos, a German shepherd, was hailed Italy’s “hero dog” after finding survivors buried beneath the rubble in the hours after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the hilltop town of Amatrice in central Italy in August 2016, killing 230 people.… Be Informed

‘Maltese’ companies spend £21 million to sponsor 4 British Premier League teams as a group of ‘Maltese’ entrepreneurs eye Italian club Cesena

According to a report on the Mail on Sunday, four English Premier League teams are being sponsored by Maltese companies.

Westham is being sponsored by Betway to the tune of £10 million. Crystal Palace are being sponsored £6.5 million by MainBetX, Burnley are being sponsored over £3 million by a company called Laba (which in Maltese sounds as the word Lagħba which translates in gamblers) and Huddersfield are sponsored by the company Ope Sports to the tune of £1.5 million.… Be Informed

More turbulence for Ryanair as German pilots vote for industrial action

Ryanair’s German pilots have voted for industrial action, joining several of the airline’s other unions across Europe, as a summer of strikes looks set to spread.

The pilots, 96 per cent of whom voted for industrial action in support of their preferred labour contracts, have given the airline until August 6 to submit “a workable proposal” before announcing a date for action.… Be Informed

Bill Cosby’s lawyers challenging the legality of the process regards classification of former actor as ‘sexually violent predator’.

AP reports that Bill Cosby’s lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator.

They also claimed in a court filing last week that the state’s recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively.… Be Informed

Something got broken as make-do cardboard casts are used in Italian hospital as it runs short of plaster

Corriere Della Sera: The hospital in Reggio Calabria, Italy resorted to an unusual alternative to orthopaedic casts as the emergency service was running short of plaster supplies. Patients with broken limbs were treated, instead, with makeshift cardboard casts while they waited for the hospital’s orthopaedic department to open the morning after.… Be Informed

Qatar denies reports about wrongdoings in 2022 World Cup Bid

AIPS Media : Shortly before the World Cup kicked off in Russia sports journalists covering the FIFA ‘beat’ began receiving a stream of virulent PR attacks on the staging of the 2022 finals in Qatar.

The message was old. Qatar has been under attack ever since its shock victory over the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia in a ballot of the world federation’s executive committee on December 2, 2010.… Be Informed