European diplomats vow to work together to preserve nuclear deal with Iran

Europe’s top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on Tuesday.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement will maintain “effective financial channels” with Iran and ensure its continued export of oil and gas.… Be Informed

Canada expresses serious concern as Saudi Arabia expels Ambassador UPDATED

Update Saudi Arabia’s state airline has suspended flights in and out of Toronto amid an intensifying diplomatic row with Canada. (The Independent – UK)

Al Jazeera reports that Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador over alleged interference in the kingdom’s domestic affairs after Ottawa’s foreign ministry rebuked Riyadh for jailing human rights activists.… Be Informed

Death toll of Indonesian Earthquake nears 100 as hundreds of tourists and locals are evacuated

Indonesia evacuated hundreds of tourists from popular resorts and sent rescuers fanning across the holiday island of Lombok after a powerful quake killed at least 91 people and reduced thousands of buildings to rubble.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok, killing at least 17 people.… Be Informed

Twelve persons, all migrants die in collision between their work van and a truck in Foggia, two days after a similar accident which saw four die and five injured

Twelve people, all migrant workers, have died in a collision between their work van and a truck loaded with tomatoes in countryside near Foggia, Puglia. The victims were returning from working in the fields when their van collided “very violently” with the truck, La Repubblica reports.… Be Informed

US President signed executive order reimposing sanctions on Iran (UPDATED)

Times of Israel: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Washington’s call for new negotiations at the same time as it reimposes crippling sanctions “makes no sense.”

Rouhani said “Negotiations with sanctions doesn’t make sense. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation.” He was referring to fears that essential supplies such as medicines would be affected when sanctions return.… Be Informed

Malta News Evening Roundup – Monday 6th August 2018

Good evening,

These are the main news as reported on Malta’s news portals.

This year’s budget will be focusing on quality. One News reports about the meeting the Finance Minister had with the MCESD where this year’s budget was discussed. The report quotes Minister Scicluna speaking about the rate of inflation which is less than 2% and also about the issues related the importance of continuity and as such this year’s budget will be building on what has been achieved and delivered so far.

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2 die and 67 injured as a truck carrying flammable fluids exploded in Bologna, Italy. Bridge collapses and cars in nearby dealership explode UPDATED


UPDATED: 1700 (Local Time) According to TGCOM at least 2 people died and 67 were injured after the deadly explosion that happened in Bologna earlier today. ANSA confirmed the two deaths and mentions 55 as injured.

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On this day in 1945, the US dropped the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima

Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony Monday to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui opened his peace address by describing the hellish scene of the blast that morning 73 years ago and the agony of the victims, telling the audience to listen “as if you and your loved ones were there.” He raised concerns about the rise of egocentric policies in the world and warned against the idea of nuclear deterrence as a threat to global security.… Be Informed