The situation in Gaza and the escalation of violence, the latest about Khashoggi’s gruel murder and commissioning, Brexit and the death of Stan Lee dominate today’s world headlines. In Malta the parliamentary debate on the 17Black revelations dominate the front pages.
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- IDF says 370 missiles fired since Monday, including 70 after midnight, some 100 intercepted by Iron Dome and over 150 sites were targeted in Gaza. Both sides warn of heavier fighting to come.
- A member of a Saudi assassination squad phoned a superior shortly after Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and told him “tell your boss” their mission had been accomplished, The New York Times reported.
- Everyone needs to make plans for a hard Brexit just in case, German Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Kukies said on Monday.
- Amnesty International has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi, following what it described as a “shameful betrayal” of the values she once stood for.
- Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic-book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.
- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Florida election officials to end a recount and declare his fellow Republicans the winners of disputed races in last week’s elections, while Democrats picked up a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.
- The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating reports of bright lights and UFOs off the south-west coast of Ireland.
- The Malta Independent follows a sitting in parliament in which Opposition Leader Adrian Delia filed for a motion to discuss the resignation of Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. The House Speaker said there was agreement between the two sides and accepted the motion.
- The Times also reports from parliament and says Adrian Delia insisted that the revelations about 17 Black are not rumour, but fact. He said that, when negotiating the new power station contract, then Minister for Energy Konrad Mizzi had his own financial interests in mind, not those of the country.
- L-Orizzont quotes Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne who, during the parliamentary debate, said that the only member of the House facing allegations but is not subject to an inquiry is Adrian Delia himself. The government side wanted to open the discussion into allegations concerning all members of parliament, not only Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.
- In-Nazzjon also covered the parliamentary session and quoted the Opposition Leader who, at the end of the sitting, said that none of the seven MP’s on the government side who addressed the House mentioned the word ‘17 Black’. Adrian Delia called on the Prime Minister to act in the interest of Malta’s reputation.
- The Malta Independent reports that the board of the Malta Council for Science and Technology has still not been reconstituted, 18 months after the election. The selection of the board members has since passed from the Ministry of Education to the Office of the Prime Minister. Only the chairman, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, had not resigned.
- The Times says the Planning Authority and the Environment and Resources Authority have resumed investigations into excavation works at a quarry in Gozo which has been under an enforcement order for 20 years. The quarry owners have encroached on other private and public land.
- L-Orizzont reports on the opening of a Gender Wellbeing Clinic in Imtarfa offering free services to transgender and other persons with sexuality concerns. The clinic provides a series of services including psychological therapy and surgical interventions. Another story in L-Orizzont picks up a Facebook comment by Gozo Channel chairman Joe Cordina who described a strike by Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin for ferry crew as “vengeance against Gozitan workers”.
- In-Nazzjon carries a story on the appointment of George Hyzler as the first Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. The newspaper says Hyzler was nominated by the Opposition and was unanimously approved by parliament.