Saturday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

From Malta to Kazakistan via Italy, to the UK and Brussels, from Libya to Singapore and our obvious stop in the US our morning briefing presents you how the major news agencies and outlets reported the salient happenings of the past 24 hours.



Hamas - AFPIsrael and Hamas have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Hamas said on Saturday, after the Israel Defence Forces launched a massive attack on the Gaza Strip late Friday evening, following an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinians in Gaza which saw one Israeli soldier, four Palestinians death and over 120 injured.



EU BarnierThe EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has taken apart Theresa May‘s new Chequers Brexit plan, just hours after the embattled Prime Minister insisted there would be no further compromise on her side.



May FTTheresa May on Friday urged the EU to “evolve” its position in the Brexit talks to resolve the vexed question of the Irish border, and warned Eurosceptics in the Conservative party that the UK cannot “wash our hands of any responsibility for it”.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaNewspapers report that Bank of Valletta has lost an appeal against an Italian court’s decision to freeze €363 million in a precautionary warrant, the bank said yesterday. The claim was filed by liquidators of the Deiulemar group and representatives of 13,000 Italian bondholders who lost their life savings in a fraud scheme dating back to 2009. (The Times)

The Malta Independent reports that the bank, however, is considering bringing up possible fair hearing issues on the basis that almost a third of the small Italian town where the case is being heard are aggrieved bondholders.



Michael CohenPresident Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.


merkel DWIn her yearly meet-the-press session before her summer vacation, Angela Merkel put forward the European Union as an example of cooperation and multilateralism. While reaffirming the centrality of Germany’s trans-Atlantic relations with the US, she acknowledged that US President Donald Trump had put the two country’s traditional friendship “under pressure.”


GermanyProsecutor told mass-market daily BILD that” a 34-year-old German citizen of Iranian origin” the suspected attacker, who was wielding a knife on a bus in Germany which injured several passengers  , was detained by German police.



Open Arms MigrationThe decision by Italy’s new populist government to close the country’s ports to migrants saved at sea is causing unease within the heart of the Italian coastguard, some staff say, who until recently played a key role in rescue missions.


zuw12Libya has rejected a European Union plan to establish migrant centres in the country, adding that its decision would not be swayed by any financial inducements.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaAirline operations controllers will be deciding how to proceed now that Air Malta has lost its court bid to stop them from taking industrial action, the Times of Malta has learnt. Sources said the Association of Airline Operations Controllers (AAOC) was due to meet soon to decide on what action to take after a judge threw out the national airline’s request for an injunction.



Macron AP - PoliticoFrench President Emmanuel Macron’s office launched dismissal proceedings on Friday against security aide Alexandre Benalla after video emerged of him assaulting a demonstrator during a street protest on May 1.


syria (1)Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender a sensitive area bordering the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, a monitor and opposition source said Thursday, the latest in a series of deals expanding regime control over key territory.


missouriA woman who lost nine members of her family, including her children and husband, when a “duck boat” sank in Missouri claims the captain told people not to put on life jackets.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) is hopeful that the sectoral agreement discussions with government won’t lead to further industrial action, Secretary General Colin Galea said, while adding that they can’t completely exclude it. (The Malta Independent)



facebook holocaustFacebook found itself embroiled a new in controversy Thursday after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg argued the leading social network should not filter out posts denying the Holocaust.



CataloniaSpanish authorities revoked European and international arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other leading separatist politicians currently in exile.



figure skatingKazakhstan authorities have detained one suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Olympic figure skater Denis Ten who was stabbed to death Thursday.


SingaporeHackers have stolen health records belonging to 1.5 million Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who was specifically targeted in the city state’s biggest ever data breach, authorities said Friday



The new BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L) landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, France, at 2:41 p.m. local time on Thursday after a flight of four hours and 11 minutes.



bearded soldiersNow that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards. The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and wider hair buns, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down.


holly e benjiIt was July 19th 1986 when the thanks to the ‘overspill’ transmission from Italy, Maltese children (and not only) were hooked on by the Cartoon series Holly e Benji. The series was transmitted by Mediaset.


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