Sunday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

The conclusion of the Egrant inquiry dominates the front pages of the Maltese newspapers. The developments in the US following a hostage situation in Los Angeles is currently the most viewed item in the world.

Our Sunday morning briefing brings you a digest of the happenings that characterised the headlines as reported by the newspapers, news websites and agencies from Malta, Europe and around the world in the past hours.



Newspaper Maltija Egrant.pngThe magistrate investigating claims that the Prime Minister’s wife is the owner of a secret offshore company in Panama, has concluded his inquiry and handed his findings to the Attorney General. The story was also the main story on the local Newspapers for Sunday.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaA group of Pilatus Bank depositors are threatening to sue the financial services watchdog in a bid to reclaim about €80 million in frozen assets, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt.


LA.pngA woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police. No hostages were seriously hurt.


Syria Al JazeeraThe first group of Syrian rebels and their families evacuated from southern Syria after a deal was struck with the government has arrived in the country’s northwest.



Trump NYTPresident Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Saturday, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Mr. Cohen’s decision to record a discussion they had two months before the 2016 election about paying a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.



Open ArmsA boat belonging to Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms has docked in Spain carrying a woman rescued from the wreckage of a dinghy off the coast of Libya.



Fiat MarchionneSergio Marchionne will be replaced immediately at carmaker Fiat-Chrysler after suffering serious complications following shoulder surgery several weeks ago, the company has announced.



Casado SpainSpain’s conservative Popular Party (PP) on Saturday picked Pablo Casado, 37, to replace Mariano Rajoy after the former prime minister was ousted in a no-confidence vote in June.



CSUIn recent months the keynote in the public debate has been changed to win back voters of the AfD. But this was not only unsuccessful for the CSU, “but was also inappropriate content.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Sunday Times reports that Minister for Transport Ian Borg (inset), whose remit includes the Planning Authority, has applied for a planning permit to turn a field in an Outside Development Zone into a swimming pool and dining area for his Rabat house.


It-Torċa reports about the increase in the price of fuel around Europe. In another story it reports about investment by the Water Services Corporation to change the whole system’s infrastructure within the next three years.


FacebookFacebook, which is still dealing with fallout from the scandal over user data improperly obtained by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, has suspended another data-analytics firm over possible policy violations.



Newspaper-Review-3254639422-1525074685113-1-263313097-1526198440299Illum reports that the plans for the privatisation of Air Malta has been shelved. In the meantime in another story we read that there will be no amendments to planning rules which might lead to increases in floors.


Il-Mument carries a story where it claims that Minister Edward Scicluna didn’t defend the national interest in the case of the FIAU’s investigation on Pilatus Bank.


Toblerone BBCThe makers of the Swiss chocolate bar, Toblerone, are to scrap its latest incarnation which saw wide gaps between its distinctive triangular chunks.



Poland EuronewsHundreds of demonstrators gathered in Warsaw  to protest changes to Poland’s judiciary.



VOA EstoniaEstonian intelligence] have detected a network of politicians, journalists, diplomats, business people who are actually Russian influence agents and who are doing what they are told to do.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaMaltaToday reports that the Labour Party undervalued the disputed land and property occupied by the historic Australia Hall in Pembroke by millions, and has been called upon by the Inland Revenue Department to pay up thousands in capital gains tax.



Cocaine haulTwo men have been charged following a “major seizure of cocaine” from a boat in the English Channel.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Independent on Sunday reports that €12 million project to upgrade national blood transfusion service will include stem cell banking



Health TimeNew study shows that complementary Cancer therapies can increase risk of early death.



DTP PAragliding.pngTwo wheelchair bound residents of Dar Tal-Providenza yesterday experienced the unique sensation of flying, as they fulfilled their dream and went paragliding over the Maltese islands.



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