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Good morning,

He came, he disrupted, he conquered. Or not? For sure he conquered the headlines.

In a nutshell that’s the essence of Trump’s visit to the UK impact. However back home in the US, news broke out of the indictment of Russians for hacking his opponent in the Presidency election. News broke out just before the summit between Trump and Putin.

That, in itself is already a lot for historians, and once again a proof that one day can be too long in politics.

We try to capture the relevant news which were reported, including the latest on Hugo Chetcuti’s murder in Malta.

SalviniMatteo Salvini has vowed Italy would bar a boat with 450 migrants currently in Malta’s search and rescue area.

Chetcuti (1)Hugo Chetcuti, who died Thursday evening after being stabbed in front of one of his establishments in Paceville on 6 July, had never met his attacker, sources close to one of his establishments told The Malta Independent. 

The Times that the investigation into Hugo Chetcuti’s murder has been extended beyond Malta’s shores with law enforcement agencies overseas roped in, according to police sources.

The possibility that the stabbing could have been a contract killing commissioned by Maltese nationals had all but been ruled out, the sources said.

They noted that although investigators were at this stage not discounting the possibility that the fatal stabbing of the Paceville tycoon could be linked to some form of international criminal elements, they also had their doubts that this was the real case scenario.

IndictmentSpecial counsel Robert Mueller has obtained a new indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democrats during the 2016 presidential election. The announcement came just a few days before President Trump is expected to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.

Voa Greece MacedoniaGreece has moved to expel two Russian diplomats accused of supplying funds to protest groups opposing a deal that would end Greece’s longstanding name dispute with neighbouring Macedonia.

German Foreign MiniserGerman foreign minister Heiko Maas said Mr Trump’s attacks against Germany during this week’s NATO talks endangered the West’s security. “Europe can’t accept that what’s been built up over many years is intentionally damaged for the thrill of being provocative,” he told Der Spiegel.

Newspaper Headlines MaltaFour Mount Carmel Hospital patients were rushed to Mater Dei, three of them unconscious, suffering from a synthetic drug overdose, Times of Malta has learnt. An internal probe has been launched also to establish whether the drugs were purchased from within the facility.

They were taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance. The three patients who were admitted unconscious were kept there for further treatment while the fourth was examined and released

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Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was “losing its culture” because of immigration.

Donald Trump’s incendiary newspaper interview on the eve of his first official visit to the UK, in which he took aim at Theresa May’s Brexit plans and suggested Boris Johnson would make a great prime minister, has been met with outrage by MPs, who have accused him of “disrespecting” the nation and suggested Theresa May should show him the door.

Trump Putin (1).pngIn a Press Conference with Theresa May, the U.S. president Donald Trump has described his interview with The Sun as “fake news” and says it missed out his positive comments about Theresa May.

Trump BalloonA six-metre “blimp” depicting President Trump as a snarling baby has been launched near parliament during  his UK visit.

Trump meets QueenDonald Trump has met Queen Elizabeth, enjoying some British pomp and pageantry in what was the highlight of his UK visit.

pakistan (1).pngA Pakistani government official says the death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in the country’s southwest has risen to 128.

RyanairEurope’s summer heatwave could prove a nightmare for those flying Ryanair. Pilots are striking Thursday in Ryanair’s home country of Ireland after the airline failed to shut down a Continent-wide rebellion of unhappy cabin crew and pilot unions. It’s the first in a series of actions threatened during the airline’s most lucrative period that could disrupt the travel plans of tens of thousands of holidaymakers.

Air China BoeingAir China will fire pilots of an aircraft that plummeted 25,000 feet in 10 minutes, after the state aviation regulator said one of them smoked an e-cigarette and made an error that forced the plane’s emergency descent.

Europe Explained 3European interior ministers have vowed to intensify the fight against illegal immigration by pushing ahead with the creation of “platforms” outside the continent to stop migrants arriving into the EU. Herbert Kickl, Austria’s far-right interior minister, has the support of Germany and Italy in fortifying Europe’s external borders as part of an alliance of anti-immigrant governments determined to stop the flow of migrants to Europe.

Johnson and JohnsonUS pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson was Thursday ordered to pay out $4.69 billion in damages in a lawsuit representing 22 women and their families who alleged a talc sold by the company contained asbestos and caused them to suffer cancer.

usa nkPresident Donald Trump on Thursday released a flattering letter he received from North Korea leader Kim Jong Un despite concerns that Kim is taking little action towards surrendering his nuclear arsenal.

Newspaper Headlines MaltaL-Orizzont reports that only 48.6% passed their SEC ‘O’ Level exams.

Twitter NYTMany celebrities, politicians and so-called social media influencers found their Twitter followings knocked down a few digits on Thursday as the company slashed tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users’ followers.

insightsPopulist movements have gained ground in many Western European countries, from the United Kingdom’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union to Italy’s formation of a populist government this spring. A new Pew Research Center report explores the attitudes that underlie some of these movements, based on interviews with more than 16,000 adults in eight Western European nations.

Brasil Twins.pngTwin brothers were found locked in a tiny wooden box that was padlocked and chained while their parents were out working.