The Times of Israel reports that Israel’s air force bombed 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip Wednesday night after dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Palestinian enclave, including one barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis.… Be Informed
Euronews : Spain has taken just over 40 percent of all irregular migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe this year, according to the UN Migration Agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that the number has nearly tripled compared to those registered at this time last year.… Be Informed
Retuers Libya’s sovereign wealth fund has decided to move from its main office in Tripoli due to security breaches after a number of staff were threatened or abducted, it said in statement on Wednesday.
The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which holds about $66 billion-worth of mostly frozen assets, has long been at the centre of leadership disputes and power struggles that reflect Libya’s political splits.… Be Informed
Bloomberg reports how the diplomatic spat with Canada has escalated very quickly, leaving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrestling with how to respond to cool the tensions without backtracking on his support for women’s rights.
Since Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called on Saudi Arabia to release rights activist Samar Badawi from prison on Aug.… Be Informed
History Channel: “In an evening televised address, US President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign.
With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House.… Be Informed
Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting “we are not slaves” Wednesday, protesting conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant workers died in two road crashes.
The near-identical accidents within 48 hours of each other have highlighted the plight of farm workers around the the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, where thousands of foreign nationals spend the summer season harvesting tomatoes, often at the mercy of day labourer recruiters sometimes linked to organised crime.… Be Informed
The Malta News Evening Roundup presents the highlights of some of the main stories presented by the Maltese News Portals.
The explosion at the Palumbo Shipyards, the interrogation of Jonathan Ferris and the death of a horse which is used for the cab service (Karrozzin) are the common stories.… Be Informed
The Independent (UK) said that Russia has issued a stern warning and threatened a “horrible” conflict if Nato were to incorporate Georgia into the alliance.
In a warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, said Nato’s plan to ultimately offer membership to the former Soviet republic was a “threat to peace”.… Be Informed
The Telegraph reports that Ian Paisley could become the first MP recalled from Parliament under new legislation, after failing to declare luxury holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.
Today a “recall petition” has opened in the DUP MP’s constituency, the first of its kind.… Be Informed
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday declared war on mafia networks exploiting foreign agricultural workers after 16 died in two crashes in the country’s south. The two near-identical crashes, which came within 48 hours of each other outside the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, have put a spotlight on the plight of foreign seasonal tomato-pickers during harvest season.… Be Informed
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to three new charges on Wednesday in connection to the alleged money-laundering of $10.3m deposited into his personal bank accounts.
It was the latest criminal proceedings Najib faces amid several other charges as the country’s new government looks for answers to how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund, known as 1MDB, during his reign.Wearing a dark grey suit, Najib, 65, smiled and waved to reporters as he arrived at court.… Be Informed
The IRISH TIMES writes that at least 25,000 passengers will be hit by cancellations as Ryanair pilots in up to five countries walk out this Friday.
Reuters reports that German pilots will be striking for 24 hours from Friday, their union said on Wednesday, adding to action already planned in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium. … Be Informed
Vladimir Putin presented President Donald Trump with a series of requests during their private meeting in Helsinki last month, including new talks on controlling nuclear arms and prohibiting weapons in space, according to a Russian document obtained by POLITICO.
A page of proposed topics for negotiation, not previously made public, offers new insights into the substance of the July 16 dialogue that even Trump’s top advisers have said they were not privy to at the time.… Be Informed
A brutal operation of mutilation intended to defraud insurance funds was uncovered. ANSA reports that consenting individuals join the shocking scheme enduring violent amputations of arms and legs to later claim insurance cover for ‘traffic accident damages’.
Italian Police moved in on two rings suspected of the practice and arrested 11 people in Palermo in connection with this brutal inhuman racket. … Be Informed
Estonian World reports on how a Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally launched an air-to-air missile in the Estonian air space on 7 August.
The incident occurred on 7 August at 3:44 PM EEDT near the town of Otepää in a temporarily segregated area.… Be Informed
Your Morning Briefing for today covers some of the headlines covered by Malta’s Newspapers, the latest update from around the world and other stories which hit the headlines in the past 24 hours.
We wish you a good day.… Be Informed