Monday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

What follows are the latest headlines from Malta, Europe and the World. We read about the raids on the Gaza Strip, the latest on Brexit, the Libya Conference in Palermo and deadly fires in California.

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The Latest Headlines 

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an undercover raid that Hamas said targeted one of its commanders and the Israeli military said left one of its officers dead.

Many of Libya’s leading factions will meet on Monday in Palermo, southern Italy, in an effort to reunite the country’s institutions and find a new path to elections that a previous French-convened conference failed to achieve. The biggest doubt remains Haftar’s presence.

The number of people who have died in California has risen to 31, making it the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, US authorities have said. An additional 228 people remain unaccounted for.

The royal family’s Armistice Day centenary commemorations have wrapped up at Westminster Abbey where the Queen laid flowers on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

On Monday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Riyadh should “cooperate fully” with Turkey’s probe into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Meanwhile the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has discussed bilateral relations with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s special envoy, Simon McDonald, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has become the most significant European leader to call for a second vote on Brexit and lamented the UK’s decision to give into “self-absorption”.

Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring U.S. military dead, the White House says President Donald Trump didn’t want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France.

President Donald Trump confused the Baltic states in Europe with the Balkans—and chastised leaders of the former for starting wars 1990s that lead to the break up of Yugoslavia, French daily Le Monde reported.

A homeless man who used a shopping trolley in an effort to stop a terrorist attack has become a national hero. A campaign set up to help Michael Rogers has raised almost $117,000 (£65,000) in donations from those grateful for his attempts to stop Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.

Adam Schiff, the Democrat likely to lead the House intelligence committee next year said Congress would investigate whether Donald Trump used “the instruments of state power to punish the press” in at least two alleged instances.

A U.S. F/A 18 fighter jet crashed in the Philippine Sea on Monday after experiencing mechanical trouble during routine operations, the Navy said in a statement.

The News Paper Review 

The Times says that Satabank has enough funds to pay depositors back but the MFSA will first have to investigate the 12,000 accounts held at the bank. Depositors have been blocked out of their accounts since the authority froze the bank’s assets in October.

The Times speaks to Malta Insurers Association director general Adrian Galea who says that the newly-introduced National Alcohol Policy was rushed through and is not in sync with the drink-driving problem. Galea called for more frequent and random checks and highlighted growing cases of drug-driving.

The Malta Independent speaks to Commissioner for Children Pauline Miceli about the broad reporting of the case of 17-year-old Liam Debono, who stands accused of attempted murder of a police officer. Miceli said that the identity of minors should, as much as practically possible, be protected.

Another story in The Malta Independent says former Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin secretary general Gejtu Vella disagrees with proposals to make union membership mandatory, a proposal promoted by General Workers Union. Vella believes that such a measure breaches the rights of workers who, for any reason, do no wish to join a union.

In-Nazzjon covers an address by PN Leader Adrian Delia during a party event in which he said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat cannot continue to brush off his responsibility to safeguard Malta’s reputation. Delia said that the new power station was set up not because the country needed it, but so that Minsiter Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri could receive funds into their secret companies.

L-Orizzont reports on a political activity yesterday in which Prime Minister Joseph Muscat cast doubt on the allegation that 17 Black is owned by Tumas Group CEO Yorgen Fenech. The paper says Joseph Muscat told the audience that a court inquiry will establish the truth.

Another story in L-Orizzont says that interest in museums is increasing and quotes acting CEO of Heritage Malta Noel Zammit who says that by the end of the year 1.3 million tourists will have visited historical sites.

L-Orizzont and in-Nazzjon report on the official celebrations held at the monument of the fallen in Floriana on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the Great War.

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