Thursday Morning Briefing
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From Malta to Washington, from Pakistan to Brussels, from Syria to France, from Italy to Mars and back…  here are the main news as reported by main news outlets around the world.


eGRant UpdateThe Egrant Publication Inquiry aftermath entered its third day with the significant highlights being the request from the PN leader for the publication of the entire document, the Attorney General’s refusal and the reiterated commitment by the Prime Minister of having it published. Read more here



Copy of eGrantThe Times reports that long-standing “stalwarts” are mediating in a bid to avoid a split within the Nationalist Party as internal unrest grows in the wake of the findings of the Egrant inquiry. These involve MEPs Francis Zammit Dimech and former deputy leader Tonio Borg. They had the blessing of PN leader Adrian Delia to try to broker a deal, thesources added. Former prime minister and party leader Lawrence Gonzi is also known to have offered his help.

The Independent reports an Indepth interview with Nationalist Party Leader Adrian Delia who condemns the ridiculous behaviour of his dissenting MPs.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Business Weekly reports during the first quarter of 2018, the economic sentiment indicator edged up. Sentiment improved among consumers and within industry and was broadly unchanged in construction. In contrast, sentiment declined within the retail and services sectors, though here too it remained high from a historical perspective. This is the gist of the business and consumer surveys carried by the latest issue of the Central Bank’s Quarterly Review, issued yesterday.



Greece Wild Fire80 people dead, 200 houses destroyed, 234 more badly damaged, 125 cars burnt out . These are the numbers of apocalyptic fires in Greece.


img_3135-2European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is visiting the USA for a meeting with US President Donald Trump. Juncker told  Trump that the E.U. and U.S. are partners and allies, “not enemies,” and must work together at the start of trade negotiations between the two major economies. Read more here.


USA Politics News.pngThe White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn’t going to happen. Read more here


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Independent reports that a man told police that he murdered his mother and aunt because he suspected that they had put something in his coffee. Before magistrate Josette Demicoli yesterday morning, Kevin Micallef , 42, of Gharghur was charged with two counts of murder. Inspector Kurt Zahra explained how on Monday the police had been informed by Kevin Micallef himself that he had just murdered his mother and aunt. The man had also called the ambulance.

The Times reports how a 16-year-old boy from Cospicua was among several people involved in what investigators described as a “Wild West-style” fight in his home town late on Tuesday.


trump cnn playboyA secretly recorded tape of Donald Trump by his longtime personal lawyer was played on CNN Tuesday night in which the two can be heard talking about a potential payment for a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair and the soon-to-be president is heard discussing whether to “pay with cash.” Read more here


MArchionneSergio Marchionne, the former chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler and architect of the automaker’s dramatic turnaround, has died. He was 66. Read more here



syria unActing Charge d’ affairs of Syria’s permanent delegation to the UN Munzer Munzer said on Tuesday that Syria affirms its sovereign right on the Syrian Golan is not negotiable and can’t be abandoned or prescribed, and “our occupied territory should be fully restored.” Read more here


syria suicide bombingOver 212 citizens were killed and others were injured on Wednesday morning in a suicide terrorist bombing in Sweida city, Syria. Read more here


Pakistan Elections.pngAt least 31 people have been killed in an explosion outside a polling station in Pakistan, officials have said.

The head of Pakistan’s former ruling party has rejected the results of the country’s parliamentary elections before the results are announced, claiming the vote was rigged.



migration euronewsHolidaymakers and locals at Cape Rizzuto in the Italian region of Calabria assisted 56 migrants that arrived on the beach by sailboat, reported Italy’s news agency ANSA. Read more here



macron 24French President Emmanuel Macron responded to a growing political storm over a video showing his top bodyguard assaulting May Day protesters by saying he bore responsibility, lawmakers from his party said on Tuesday. Read more here



RyanairRyanair has threatened to cut 300 jobs among its Irish pilots and crews as a dispute over pay and conditions continues. The low-cost airline also said it would reduce the number of planes based in Dublin to 24 from 30 for the winter season. Read more here



thai buddistsEleven members of the football team who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand have taken their first steps to being ordained as Buddhist novices, a gesture to honour those who took part in their rescue. Read more hereEleven members of the Thai rescued team take first steps to become Buddhist novices




The European Court of Justice has decided that the iconic four-fingered design of Nestlé’s KitKat chocolate bar is not entitled to protection under the EU’s intellectual property protection scheme. Read more here



life on marsThe first large, stable mass of liquid water has been detected on Mars – boosting the chance of one day finding life on the planet. Read more here






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