Thursday’s Morning Briefing
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Your morning briefing with the latest headlines from Malta, Europe and the world to start your day informed, based on a round up of the main news outlets around the world.

Latest Headlines

BREXITBrexit GenericNegotiators have just 24 hours left to resolve outstanding issues with the Brexit deal if a summit on Sunday is to go ahead, Brussels has warned. A senior EU official said on Wednesday that time was running out to produce a final text in time for the planned summit, with last-minute concerns around fishing rights and Gibraltar  which might force late discussions.


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Russia – The head of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence, the organisation accused of being behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, has died.

UK – The British whistleblower who exposed the €200bn money laundering scandal at Danske Bank has lashed out at the UK for its role in facilitating corporate corruption.

Libya In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ghassan Salamé, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said he was encouraged by the “conviviality” witnessed at a Libya summit hosted by Italy last week, despite General Khalifa Haftar snubbing the main conference, adding that Haftar is interested to be part of the political process.

Libya – Egyptian workers taken hostage in Libya this week over a financial dispute between Libyan contractors and their Egyptian partner have been freed, a relative of one of the hostages said, Reuters reports.

US – Facebook admitted on Wednesday that a top executive hired a public relations firm to attack George Soros and undermine critics by publicizing their association with the billionaire Jewish philanthropist.

USJohn Roberts, chief justice of the US supreme court, has chastised Donald Trump for calling a judge who ruled against his migrant asylum order an “Obama judge”.

Turkey and the EU to restart dialogue after 1.5 years. (Click here for more)

Over €70 million in assets in Malta, UK, Austria and the Isle of Man seized in an anti-Mafia controlled online gaming money laundering raid. (Click here for more)

The European Commission gave the thumbs down to Italian budget. (Click here for more). 

Malta’s News Paper Review 

The Malta Business Weekly follows up on the freezing of the Satabank assets and says that disappointed investors are “never looking at Malta again”.

The Malta Business Weekly picks up an announcement by the European Commission where it said the Draft Budget Plans of 10 member states including Malta complies with the 2019 Stability and Growth Pact.

The Malta Independent reports on a court judgement that overturned a prison sentence on the basis that the convict was interrogated without legal assistance and irregularly searched.

The Times says that 96 patients, mostly suffering from fibromyalgia, have been prescribed medical cannabis, closely supervised by the superintendence of public health.

L-Orizzont, too, reports on the story and says that the medicine is currently being administered by 14 doctors, with the number expected to increase after analysis of results.

The Malta Independent quotes Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who said that magisterial inquiry involving Chief of Staff Keith Schembri is about 17 Black “and nothing else”.

In-Nazzjon covers a press conference by PN Leader Adrian Delia who said the Prime Minister is not telling the truth about 17 Black and is trying to trick people.

The Times features the discovery of a tomb at the Msida Bastion Cemetery of a British woman who died in Malta in 1848 aged 21.

L-Orizzont says Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is satisfied with the improvement in the waste collection of organic waste but says more needs to be done.

In another story, In-Nazzjon reports that PN Secretary General Clyde Puli on Wednesday presented the General Council document which is ongoing during this week.


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