SKY: From hitting a post-referendum peak of $1.4376 on 17 April, the pound has hit the skids on the foreign exchange markets, plunging earlier today to $1.2840 – a level not seen since 25 August last year – before recovering slightly.… Be Informed
BBC : In India, politicians have promised to give voters everything from sandals and eyeglasses to smartphones and televisions.
In Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez shored up popular support by making broadcasts of Argentine first division football free.
And now in Canada, one politician is promising a “buck-a-beer”.… Be Informed
A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which former Administrator Scott Pruitt refused to do last year.
The decision is a major win for environmentalists and health advocates. The EPA’s own research, as recently as 2016, linked chlorpyrifos to developmental and neurological disorders, especially in children and infants.… Be Informed
Dr Mark Muscat from the World Health Organisation told Euronews about the WHO concern about Italy because the number of measles cases that are being reported over the last years.
“Last year over 5,000 cases were reported and this year in the first 6 months we have over 2,000 cases reported.… Be Informed
Vice President Mike Pence announced the Pentagon’s detailed plan for President Donald Trump’s vision of a Space Force on Thursday, which would establish the first military branch in over 70 years.
Trump first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy March 13.… Be Informed
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Net News reports that Opposition leader Adrian Delia has presented an application before the Constitutional Court seeking a complete copy of the Egrant inquiry report. The Times reports that Dr Delia said the report should be presented to the opposition so that it could fulfil its constitutional function, and in the interests of freedom of expression because expression had to be based on correct information.
Italian police have seized more than 20 tons of hashish, 400 thousand litres of diesel and the ship that transported them, ‘ Remus’, flying the Panamanian flag.
The Guardia di Finanza arrested the crew members: 11 people from Montenegro.
The ship, was escorted to the port of Palermo for inspection. … Be Informed
According to the Libya Observer, the Spokesperson of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army, Ahmed Al-Mismari, has requested a Russian intervention in Libya similar to the one in Syria “to get rid of foreign players in the country.”
Speaking to Sputnik, Al-Mismari said Libya’s situations need Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s personal intervention “to directly eliminate foreign players in Libya such as Qatar, Turkey and Italy.”
“We are very confident that Russia is a superpower and its words will be heard if it holds talks with Italy, Turkey and Qatar or other countries such as Sudan, regarding the smuggling of terrorists into Libya,” he said.… Be Informed
A fresh strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, causing buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation’s meteorology and geophysics agency.
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The strong aftershock today was felt strongly on the island — and in nearby Bali — and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 347 people and damaged thousands of houses.
The Balkan Insight reports that a Romanian cabinet move to cut the spending of the country’s presidential administration and intelligence service and fund a huge Orthodox cathedral has boosted political tensions in Bucharest.
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Described as a “positive overhaul” by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the move sparked concerns that the ruling party is moving funding from state institutions that have expressed criticism of the government towards dependent institutions and local administrations that are subordinate to the cabinet.
The Press Democrat reports that the largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.… Be Informed
Marie Skłodowska Curie has been voted the woman who has made the most significant impact on world history.
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In a reader poll conducted by BBC History Magazine of the 100 women who changed the world, the pioneering scientist came out on top, above the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Diana, Princess of Wales, Emmeline Pankhurst and the Virgin Mary.
At the first meeting of the new Council, Mr William Spiteri Bailey was re-elected as President, Mr Fabio Axisa as Vice-President, Mr David Delicata as Secretary and Mr Noel Mizzi as Treasurer
“Accountants have to be the enabling partners to their clients and stakeholders and help them harness disruption by providing the necessary peace of mind.… Be Informed
Estonia urged the head of NATO on Wednesday to investigate the accidental launching of an air-to-air missile in its airspace on Tuesday by a NATO Air Policing mission plane.
The Estonian government said in a statement Prime Minister Juri Ratas had discussed the incident with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg over the phone.… Be Informed
The Argentine Senate voted against the legalisation of abortion. The vote took place this morning after a session where there was a debate and vote on a bill legalising elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
France 24 reported that demonstrators on both sides of the issue have rallied outside Congress, braving the cold and rain to stand vigil as the Senate debates the bill.… Be Informed
The Trump administration has signed off on sweeping new sanctions against Russia following a near-fatal nerve agent attack against British citizen and former Russian spy Sergei Skripal — a move that could hit hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Russian state imports.… Be Informed
Your morning briefing brings you some of the main news reported by the Newspapers in Malta, the latest from the major news agencies in Europe and the World and the stories which hit the headlines in the past 24 hours from the Mediterranean, Europe, the Middle East and the World, spanning from Italy to Canada, looking into Spain and Malaysia, the UK and China.… Be Informed