Passengers were forced to evacuate a Ryanair flight after a mobile phone connected to an external battery pack burst into flames.
The first lawsuit by the family of two victims of the East Attica fires was filed against the Greek State on Wednesday.
The lawsuit is directed against Secretary General of Civil Protection Yannis Kapakis, Governor of Attica Region Rena Dourou, Marathon Mayor Ilias Psinakis, officers of the Civil Protection Secretariat of Attica Region and Marathon Municipality, officers and the Head of the Fire Department of East Attica, officers and the Head of the Hellenic Police of East Attica, and against all responsible for the tragic events of July 23.… Be Informed
A quick browse of the main news as reported by Malta’s News portals follows in our Evening News Roundup.
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Perhaps the most serious story that emerged from today’s court sessions through the media is the one where two men charged with raping and trafficking a 14-year old homeless girl have been remanded in custody after denying the charges in court.
Mashable reports that Facebook has blocked hundreds of thousands of apps from accessing its user’s data.
Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.” That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.… Be Informed
The Romania Journal reports that hundreds of courtyards, gardens and households have been flooded, while 50 trees have been put down in the past 24 hours, following heavy rains. A woman died in Hunedoara, and several people have been temporarily evacuated in Neamt.… Be Informed
The Libyan Observer reports that a security bureau under the command of the Presidential Council’s Interior Ministry freed four Libyan journalists after detaining them for ten hours since last night, reported Libyan Center for Freedom of Press (LCFP).
LCFP reminded on Twitter the Interior Minister Abdelsalam Ashour of the need to take precautions to protect journalists and to establish a friendly environment for dialogue between journalists and security personnel for the best interest of Libya.… Be Informed
The History Channel: Four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Germany and Russia declare war against each other, France orders a general mobilization, and the first German army units cross into Luxembourg in preparation for the German invasion of France.… Be Informed
The rescue boat Aquarius, run in partnership between SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), will set sail today from Marseille after an extended port call. Aquarius is heading back to the Central Mediterranean in order to render assistance to people in distress at sea.… Be Informed
Euronews: The political consulting work that President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort did to earn $60 million in Ukraine is expected to take the spotlight on Wednesday on the second day of his criminal trial.
The first witness set to be questioned by prosecutors is Daniel Rabin, a political consultant who produced TV ads for Manafort in Ukraine.… Be Informed
CNN reports that one of Australia’s largest hotel chains has been fined $2.2 million ($3 million AUD) for trying to prevent negative reviews on the popular TripAdvisor website.
Australia’s federal court said that Meriton Property Services violated consumer law by preventing guests who had complained or may have had negative experiences from getting a “Review Express” email inviting them to review the property on TripAdvisor.… Be Informed
Airwise reports that industrial strife continues at Ryanair with the airline’s Netherlands-based pilots voting for industrial action.
The Dutch Airline Pilots Association said 99.5 percent of votes cast in a ballot supported industrial action, despite negotiations for a collective agreement with the carrier still going on.… Be Informed
Police in Sweden are searching for robbers who stole two crowns worn by King Charles IX and his wife Queen Christina from Strängnäs Cathedral.
The two thieves launched their operation at around lunchtime on Tuesday, and two men were seen jumping into a motorboat that sat moored in the lake adjacent to the church before making their escape.… Be Informed
A spokesman for the U.N. migration agency said it could not establish the location of the rescue, which is key to establishing migrants’ rights, although some other parties involved in the case have made contradictory assertions about the incident including where it took place.Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms say the Asso 28, an oil rig support vessel rescued them from international waters on Monday and took them to Libya, their country of departure.… Be Informed
The Guardian reports that the Metropolitan police commissioner has criticised hypocritical middle-class cocaine users who care about fair trade and organic food, but who she said are fuelling the drug trade.
Here’s your morning briefing with some of the main news as reported in Malta, Europe and around the globe.
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An Aeromexico jetliner crashed while taking off during a severe storm in northern Mexico on Tuesday, smacking down in a field nearly intact then catching fire, but officials said everyone on board escaped alive.
Express: Emergency services rushed to the scene after a “suspicious vehicle” was stopped at a passport control booth on the French side of the border, Lille-based newspaper La Voix du Nord reports.
A source told French radio network France Info the driver of the car had threatened to blow himself up along with his vehicle.… Be Informed
The Guardian : 150 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) have been considering mounting a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy at conference this autumn, with an apparent rise in support for a referendum on a final deal among some of his key allies.… Be Informed
Dozens of Facebook fake accounts are being used to try and change the result of November’s U.S. midterm election, the company reported. But it is not clear what the secretive group were actually trying to do, or how they were planning to do it.… Be Informed