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The Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini said that in the new decree for the security in Italy, the ‘ethnic shops’ will be only allowed to open till 2100h, in an attempt to clamp down on those shops were there’s drug trafficking and a hub for the underworld. Ansa
Russia has suspended manned space launches after the failure of one of its rockets carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station, casting doubts over the future of the orbiting laboratory. FT
Turkish authorities say they have explicit audio recordings as well as video footage showing that Saudi agents killed the dissident Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to two people the Turks have briefed on their findings. New York Times
Sir Richard Branson has halted discussions with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund about a planned $1bn investment in Virgin’s space companies and suspended his participation in two advisory boards after the disappearance of a Saudi journalist. Financial Times
The European Parliament and the Council came to an agreement on the Commission’s second proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. With this agreement, 8 additional cancer-causing chemicals will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, including diesel exhaust. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, welcomed the agreement.
Facebook has banned hundreds of pages and accounts which it says were fraudulently flooding its site with partisan political content – although they came from the US instead of being associated with Russia. The Telegraph
The head of global Orthodox Christianity has decided to grant Ukraine its own church independent of Russia’s patriarchate, in a politically charged move that defies sharp warnings from Moscow. FT
Theresa May is facing the threat of Cabinet resignations after she accepted EU demands that there will be no time limit on her controversial Brexit backstop plan. The Telegraph
Five months on from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale nuptials, the time has come for “the other” royal wedding between Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank.
The two Italian trawlers Matteo Mazzarino and Aphrodite Pesca, which had been seized by the Libyan military units since Wednesday, have been granted permission to return to Italy. “Our citizens can finally return home”, said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the Trump administration on Thursday of seeking to assassinate him, as relations strain between the ideologically opposed nations. Asked about Maduro’s comments, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said: “U.S. policy preference for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains unchanged.” Reuters
A minister cannot be expected to resign over a newspaper report, Labour MP Edward Zammit Lewis said, when taking part on the first episode of the InDepth, produced by The Malta Independent and presented by Malta Independent’s Editor in Chief Rachel Attard. Zammit Lewis said this is not rule of law, where trial by media takes place of formal justice. PN MP Jason Azzopardi is reported saying that Cardona’s explanations following La Repubblica’s allegations are a red herring.
A request by PN leader Adrian Delia for an inquiry on whether the Government did its duty in the investigations related to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder take the lead on In-Nazzjon’s front page.
In a reaction by Interior Minster Farrugia to LaRepubblica’s story on Malta as a hub of trafficking in the Mediterranean, Minister Farrugia insists that all the Mediterranean is a centre for all sorts of trafficking, L-Orizzont reports.
Three in five people are worried they would not have an adequate income when they reach old age, according to an EU survey on social insecurities. The study by Eurofound, the EU agency for the improvement of living and working conditions, shows that 61 per cent of women in Malta fear the income they would receive once they retired would be insufficient. Men too had similar concerns and 57 per cent of the male respondents admitted they were worried about their income in the future. The figures were slightly higher than the EU average: 58 per cent in the case of women and 54 per cent for men. The Times
Two law students who had been found guilty of theft were given a warrant to practise despite strong objections by the Chamber of Advocates and the former chief justice, the Times of Malta is informed.
The Planning Authority chairman said had no say in decision to fly a member of the board by private jet, reports The Independent.
The Malta Independent also has a photo story showing PN Leader Adrian Delia taking a selfie with a student during a visit to MCAST. Similarly does In-Nazzjon, which dedicates space for this on its front-page.
L-Orizzont quotes Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi who said that the Malta wants to become the destination of the Mediterranean. It also reports the court proceedings in the case of Lourdes Agius, who was found dead in her home, and for which her former partner is being charged with her death. The newspaper also reports that the proposal from the GWU, that every worker should be a member of union, of his/her choice, is finding support at international level.