Breaking News: US intelligence raise alarms about potential efforts to influence 2018 and 2020 elections

AP reports that National Security Adviser John Bolton says President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016. In a letter to Senate Democrats Thursday, he says: “President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America’s system of representative government.”

Top U.S.… Be Informed

Nobel Prize medal stolen within minutes of being awarded to Kurdish Iranian refugee

New York Times: A 14-karat gold medal often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics was stolen minutes after it was awarded to a Cambridge University professor at a ceremony in Brazil on Wednesday.

Caucher Birkar, 40, a former refugee of Kurdish Iranian origin, was one of four joint recipients of the Fields Medal, which is awarded every four years to the youngest and brightest stars in mathematics.… Be Informed

Apple becomes world first publicly traded company to be valued $1 trillion

Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.

The milestone marks the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined society since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago.

The peak reached Thursday seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, with its stock trading for less than $1.… Be Informed

Breaking News: Pope Francis announces important change in Church teachings (Updated)

AP: Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church teachings on death penalty. In an announcement he said that the death penalty is always inadmissible as it goes against human dignity.

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis apart from ordering a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church he also stated that the Church will commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.… Be Informed

On This Day, 1991 Iraq invades Kuwait

History Channel: At about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait’s defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. The emir of Kuwait, his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia, and within hours Kuwait City had been captured and the Iraqis had established a provincial government.… Be Informed

South Korea deploys warship to Libya in relation to South Korean national kidnapped

The Star (Malaysia): Seoul said Thursday it had deployed a warship to Libya in an apparent show of force to secure the release of a South Korean national kidnapped along with three Filipinos in the North African country.

The 4,000-tonne vessel, Munmu the Great, which takes part in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, was now on its way to Libya, officials said.… Be Informed

Eiffel Tower closes for public as staff went on strike

France 24 reports that the Eiffel Tower closed to the public on Wednesday afternoon as staff went on strike over how to organise tourists visits to the monument.

“Staff from the Eiffel Tower operating company, SETE, are protesting how visits to the iconic Parisian monument are organised, complaining of the sometimes “monstrous” queues that form for the popular tourist attraction.

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Thursday Morning Briefing

Good morning,

Your morning briefing for today takes you the US, Libya, Greece, Italy, Marseille, Romania and obviously also refers to Malta’s newspapers. We deal with migration, aviation, elections and more.

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zuwaraIn the early hours of Thursday, the Security Directorate of Zuwara, Libya, 27 people of different nationalities including Algeria and Tunisia were ‘saved from drowning from a dilapidated boat’.

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Russian Election Interference Probe investigations : Trump tweets that Attorney General should stop “Rigged Witch Hunt’ – Giuliani: Mueller should put up or shut up – Mueller insists Trump should answer in person – White House argues Trump’s tweets are just an opinion and not orders

On Wednesday Trump unleashed several tweets on Wednesday attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible ties to the president’s campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered to reduce the number of obstruction-related questions President Donald Trump would be asked by investigators, sources familiar with the negotiations tell CNN.… Be Informed