After ‘Decreto Dignita’ the Italian political debate centres on the anti-facist Mancino Law

The Italian Parliament chamber gave the green light to the law Decreto Dignita which is the first law enacted and piloted by the new Italian government formation.

Italian news agency ANSA reports that Work and Industry Minister and Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said Friday that he was against Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana’s proposal to scrap the anti-fascist Mancino law.… Be Informed

European high temperature record of 48 degrees Celsius expected this week

CNN: Forecasters have warned of potentially record-breaking temperatures in Spain and Portugal this week as much of Europe swelters in a heat wave that has left some farmers suffering drought conditions.

The UK Met Office said parts of the Iberian peninsula could beat the all-time continental European record of 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) this week, with inland areas likely to be hotter than the coast.… Be Informed

Three youths suspected of attacking Italian athlete Osakue tracked down. One is son of a PD councillor

ANSA reports that the Italian Carabinieri police have said that they have tracked down three youths suspected of attacking Italian athlete Daisy Osakue by hurling an egg at her face near Turin earlier this week, causing an eye injury.

The three, residents of Vinovo, La Loggia and Moncalieri, have been reported to prosecutors for bodily harm and failure to provide assistance.… Be Informed

Bank of England governor warns that there is an uncomfortably high possibility of a no-deal Brexit

Mark Carney has warned that the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is “uncomfortably high” and will lead to higher prices.

The Bank of England governor said both the UK and EU should “do all things to avoid” a no-deal scenario. He added that the banks had done the “stockpiling” and the country’s financial system was in a position to be able to withstand a shock that could result from the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.… Be Informed

Budapest’s government initiated proceedings against Wizz Air for ruining holidays of passengers through its ‘check-in practices’

Daily Hungary reports that Budapest’s regional government office has initiated proceedings against low-cost airlines Wizz Air for its check-in practices which “ruin the holidays of dozens of passengers”.

According to a statement signed by Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as Bence Tuzson, state secretary for public services, the company’s approach is “dishonest” because they “fail to guarantee services pre-paid by passengers” and overlook “fundamental rules of customer protection”.… Be Informed

Young man with Down Syndrome shot dead by Swedish Police after interpreting his possession of a toy gun as a ‘threatening situation’

BBC / Expressen: A young man fatally shot by Swedish police while carrying a toy gun in Stockholm had Down’s syndrome and a form of autism, local media report.

Officers opened fire on Eric Torell, 20, in response to what they described as a “threatening situation” in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Egyptian politician arrested in Sicily exposes strains of relation between Egypt and Italy

The Guardian reports that the arrest of a former Egyptian politician in Sicily has highlighted growing ties between Italy’s rightwing government and the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

“Italian police have been holding me for three hours near the city of Comiso at the request of the Egyptian authorities to extradite me,” tweeted Mohamed Mahsoub, who was Egypt’s minister of state for parliamentary affairs from August to December 2012, representing the Islamist al-Wasat party.… Be Informed

President Trump unleashes attack on media – UN expresses concern, daughter distances herself

AP/BBC President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news” and casting journalists as his true political opponent.

Trump barnstormed Thursday night in a state that he swiped from the Democrats in 2016 and that is home to a Senate seat he is trying to place in the Republicans’ column this fall.… Be Informed

Insight: The political implications of the change of the Church’s position on Death Penalty

Based on reports from CNN and the Catholic News and Catholic News Agency

The Vatican changed on Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is ‘inadmissible,’ and its elimination should be sought.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

Good morning, 

Your Morning Briefing for today follows.

Newspaper Headlines MaltaBoth the Times and The Malta Independent refer to the S&P credit rating on the banking system. Respected credit ratings agency Standard and Poors has highlighted increased reputational and operational risks for Malta’s banking sector, moving its risk score up two notches on its 10point scale. 

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