Monday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Your morning briefing with a quick roundup of the main headlines from the various portals, agencies and newspapers from Malta, Europe and the world to start your day informed.


The Headlines 

BREXIT – Opponents of British Prime Minister Theresa May are six letters short of the threshold to trigger a no confidence vote, The Sun newspaper reported. The Sun said that 42 lawmakers in May’s Conservative Party had given firm assurances that they had submitted no confidence letters, short of the 48 needed.

GERMANY – Macron tells German lawmakers that it was up to France and Germany to build a modern, efficient, democratic Europe fit for the future

GERMANY – Leading Christian Democrats are warning their colleagues not to call Germany’s participation in the UN’s Global Compact for Migration into question. Jens Spahn and other CDU members have gone rogue on asylum policy.

CALIFORNIA – The death toll from wildfires in Northern California has risen to 77, with thousands left homeless from the deadliest blaze to hit the US state in a century.

SYRIA – Russia, Turkey, and Iran will hold the next round of talks on Syria on Nov. 28-29 in Kazakhstan,

RUSSIA – Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Russia had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, Interfax reported on Monday, during discussions about an upcoming meeting between Putin and President Donald Trump.

ITALY – Standoff on Italian budget might stall eurozone reform

ISRAEL – Netanyahu warns of dangers of Israeli early elections

CAMBODIA – Cambodia has reiterated it intends to end the work of the UN-backed tribunal that last week convicted the last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

FRANCE – Fresh clashes in the “yellow vest” fuel price protests across France led to more injuries on Sunday, adding to the more than 400 already reported by the government, as some demonstrators vowed to continue their action over the coming days.

USA The New York Times reports that a quiet rebellion simmers in the ranks of the Democrats to block Representative Nancy Pelosi of California from being speaker.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis joins 1,500 poor people and a group of volunteers for lunch to mark the World Day of the Poor

INTERPOL – Nearly two months after the sudden disappearance of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, reports indicate that the international police cooperation organisation is likely to elect Alexander Prokopchuk, a former major-general of Russia’s MVD, the country’s powerful interior ministry, as Meng’s replacement following the former’s October resignation and later indictment by the Chinese Communist Party for allegedly accepting bribes and violating other state laws.

LATVIA  celebrated the 100th anniversary since the proclamation of independence. Various events marking Latvia’s 100th Independence Day took place all over the country today.

USA – Monica Lewinsky takes responsibility for the Clinton affair in new documentary which positions the story for the MeToo era

The News Paper Review

The Malta Independent speaks to geologist Dr Peter Gatt who says that the seabed between Malta and Gozo presents several geological challenges to construct a tunnel. Dr Gatt told the newspaper he fears the project could prove hazardous and ‘cost lives’ in the construction period.

Another story in The Malta Independent says that WastServ Amenity Sites are out of space after an accumulation of electronic waste. According to EU directives, the waste material classified as WEEE should be exported for re-use and recycling but due to a series of obstacles the process has stalled, and the material left to block Civil Amenity Sites until a solution is found.

The Times says that standard procurement practice is not being observed at Mt Carmel Hospital and hundreds of staff are being recruited by private companies that were handpicked to provide service without calls for tenders. The paper says that the situation has drawn the concern of government’s auditors.

The Times reports that Rabat residents are objecting to an application for the development of a 47-room hotel in Saqqajja hill, saying it will negatively impact the aesthetics of the area. The proposed boutique hotel would covert two properties in Saqqajja Square and St Augustine’s Avenue into a 4-storey structure.

L-Orizzont covers an address by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at a political activity where he said that this is a government of change. The Prime Minister said that the positive results the country is achieving are thanks to functioning institutions.

L-Orizzont speaks to parents who have adopted children, with the month of November dedicated to adoption. The parents insist they would like to see more countries open to adoption. In another story, the newspaper picks up reports that Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes is helping an individual who is close to an Azeri billionaire accused of fraud and assassination.

In-Nazzjon reports on an address by PN Leader Adrian Delia at a political activity in which he says that Malta’s reputation is being harmed by those who protect corruption and money laundering, not by those who speak against them.

In-Nazzjon carries a story about the resignation of Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers CEO Joseph-Michael Baldacchino. The paper said it had reported mismanagement at the Agency and discontent among the staff.


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