Friday Morning Briefing
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Your morning briefing presents you the essential headlines from Malta, Europe and the World.

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The Latest Headlines

Theresa May has put on another show of defiance after two cabinet ministers quit and numerous MPs declare they have lost confidence in her leadership over Brexit. As speculation mounted that a no-confidence vote was imminent, the prime minister appeared in front of the cameras at Downing Street and declared she was “going to see this through”. Sky News – Follow more on Brexit here. 

Two top officials of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge were found guilty of genocide by a U.N.-backed court on Friday, almost four decades after the apocalyptic regime which oversaw the “Killing Fields” was overthrown. Reuters

The number of people missing in northern California’s devastating wildfire has leapt to more than 600, and seven more bodies have been found, according to local authorities. BBC

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five of the 11 suspects indicted over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”, Pyongyang’s state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks. France 24

American prosecutors have obtained a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published thousands of classified U.S. government documents, a U.S. federal court document showed on Thursday. Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was behind a massive dump of classified US documents in 2010, has been charged in the United States, WikiLeaks said Thursday. Prosecutors revealed the existence of the sealed indictment inadvertently in a court filing in an unrelated case, WikiLeaks said.The exact nature of the charges against Assange was not immediately known. AFP

The Review

The Malta Independent quotes Transport Minister Ian Borg who said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is being consistent in his handling of the 17 Black case. The minister was taking part in a debate with Opposition MP David Stellini who argued the PN was right to call for the resignation of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

The Times reports that there are currently no full-time child or adolescent psychiatrists in the national health services when, according to international standards, Malta should have nine. The Maltese Association of Psychiatry issued its first report on staffing levels in public health.

The Malta Independent covers the story too and says that Malta has the lowest number of psychiatrists per capita in Europe. Meanwhile, the report indicates that the increasing rate of patients seeking psychiatric help is among the highest.

The Times says that 86 court cases have been anonymised since, removing the individuals’ personal detail from the record. The paper says the practice of the ‘right to be forgotten’ was introduced by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and was only discovered accidentally.

L-Orizzont says that use of antibiotics in Malta has decreased by 6 percent, the third-biggest decrease in the EU. The paper notes that, despite the reduction, the Maltese remain the second-highest consumers of antibiotics, at 45 percent.

Another story in L-Orizzont quotes Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri that the government implemented ‘a chain of initiatives’ to make Malta a powerhouse of economic innovation. Schembri said that the net asset value of Malta-based funds has now increased to more than €12 nillion.

L-Orizzont announces that the General Workers Union has registered an industrial dispute with the Malta Maritime Agency, considering the financial package presented to employees inferior to what was expected.

In-Nazzjon says that PN Leader Adrian Delia will participate in TV programme Xarabank which is going to discuss the case of 17 Black. The newspaper says Delia is insisting with the government that it cannot continue to ignore the situation.

Another story in In-Nazzjon says that Economy Minister Chris Cardona ‘attacked’ journalists who questioned him about Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. The paper says that, pressed by The Times journalist Jacob Borg, the Minister replied that he had lied about him.

You can also follow our evening news round up from Malta here.


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