Thursday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Your morning briefing for today takes you the US, Libya, Greece, Italy, Marseille, Romania and obviously also refers to Malta’s newspapers. We deal with migration, aviation, elections and more.

We wish you a good day



zuwaraIn the early hours of Thursday, the Security Directorate of Zuwara, Libya, 27 people of different nationalities including Algeria and Tunisia were ‘saved from drowning from a dilapidated boat’.



image AquariusThe rescue boat Aquarius, run in partnership between SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), will set sail today from Marseille after an extended port call. Aquarius is heading back to the Central Mediterranean in order to render assistance to people in distress at sea.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaIn-Nazzjon carries a story from the court, where yesterday a man from Niger and one from Mali were accused of raping and prostituting a 14 year old homeless girl.


russia us electionOn Wednesday Trump unleashed several tweets on Wednesday attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible ties to the president’s campaign. This triggered reactions and accusations of obstruction with procedures.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Independent Tuna Pen operators announced self-regulation measures as minister sounds warning over sea slime which has extended on vast stretches of the Maltese coast.

The Times of Malta reports that bakers have been warned they cannot just agree collectively to raise the price of Maltese bread, even if free market rules prevail.

The Times of Malta reports that Malta will be opening the trapping season in October despite the threat of Malta being taken to the European Court of Justice again.

The Malta Independent reports that Michael Caruana Turner the 20 year old chard with negligently causing death of a Dutch national had given a fake name in the preliminary investigations after the death caused by negligent driving.

The Malta Independent also reports that the Grape Harvest is in full swing.

The Malta Business Weekly reports that Malta is one of the countries, which despite all European Union member states agreed in 2016 to take measures to prevent cyber attacks from disrupting essential services, like railway traffic control services or water suppliers, they did not implement the necessary requirements.


img_3047Metropolitan police commissioner has criticised hypocritical middle-class cocaine users who care about fair trade and organic food, but who she said are fuelling the drug trade.


Copy of Greece Wild FireThe first lawsuit by the family of two victims of the East Attica fires was filed against the Greek State on Wednesday. The political gloves have come off in Greece amid a deepening row over the government’s response to the worst wildfires in recent history.



Floods RomaniaIn Romania, hundreds of courtyards, gardens and households have been flooded, while 50 trees have been put down in the past 24 hours, following heavy rains. A woman died in Hunedoara, and several people have been temporarily evacuated in Neamt.



US SoldiersIn an emotional and solemn ceremony in Hawaii, the remains of dozens of presumed casualties from the Korean War were escorted by military honour guards onto U.S. soil on Wednesday, 65 years after an armistice ended the conflict and weeks after President Donald Trump received a commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for their return.



Copy of GeoPolitics EuroMed LibyaA security bureau under the command of the Presidential Council’s Interior Ministry freed four Libyan journalists after detaining them for ten hours since last night, reported Libyan Center for Freedom of Press (LCFP).


Newspaper Headlines MaltaL-Orizzont leads with a story about ‘Maltese’ companies which are bringing over to Malta Philippine women for ‘marriage’.

The newspaper also carries a story quoting Simon Mercieca saying that those who donate money to the Nationalist Party today are stupid.

In-Nazzjon leads with comments from PN leader Adrian Delia during a TV interview who spoke about the issue of the energy bills. In his comments Delia says that the government is stealing 80% of the population with the energy bills.


Copy of RyanAirRyanair woes continue as Swedish and Netherlands-based pilots vote for industrial action


jewels royal swedenPolice in Sweden are searching for robbers who stole two crowns worn by King Charles IX and his wife Queen Christina from Strängnäs Cathedral.



FBFacebook has blocked hundreds of thousands of apps from accessing its user’s data.



Copy of Copy of RyanAirOne of Australia’s largest hotel chains has been fined $2.2 million ($3 million AUD) for trying to prevent negative reviews on the popular TripAdvisor website.



calaisIn Calais, emergency services rushed to the scene after a “suspicious vehicle” was stopped at a passport control booth on the French side of the border, Lille-based newspaper La Voix du Nord reports.



Copy of Copy of Copy of Brexit Update150 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) have been considering mounting a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy at conference this autumn, with an apparent rise in support for a referendum on a final deal among some of his key allies.



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