Friday Morning Briefing
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Your morning briefing with a roundup of news from Malta, Europe and the World.

Quote of The Day

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. ― Roy T. Bennett

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The Times reports that the number of prison inmates grew by more than 80 percent over a decade, according to a Council of Europe study. There were 74 inmates for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2005, with the figure increasing to 134 by 2015.

The Malta Independent speaks to Commissioner for Gender-Based and Domestic Violence Simone Cini who said that shelters welcome many foreign women, whose countries of origin often do not protect against violence. Commissioner Cini also said that the law prohibits victims from being sent back home after filing a police report for abuse.

The Malta Independent covers a debate in parliament about an Opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, as well as the removal of the current Police Commissioner and Attorney General. Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said in session that the inquiry should establish whether the killing could have been avoided.

In-Nazzjon covers the address by the Leader of the Opposition in the parliamentary debate who says that the Nationalist Party will remain the voice of justice in the country, Adrian Delia criticised the Minister for Justice for ‘attempting to silence’ civil society.

The Times says that the courts turned down an appeal by developers to build a residence in Wied Għomor. This was the third time the project has been blocked after the Planning Authority board and the planning appeals tribunal rejected the plans, citing concern for the protection of the valley between Swieqi and San Ġwann.

L-Orizzont says that the economic growth registered in the third quarter compared to the same period last year was four times bigger than the EU average. The paper says that the latest NSO statistics show a €280 million increase in the economy.

L-Orizzont reports that genitourinary medical consultant Dr Philip Carabott is urging government to introduce Prep – a pill with 96 percent effectiveness in the prevention of HIV transmission.

Another story in L-Orizzont quotes Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi who says he intends to contest the next general election because he wants to remain part of a ‘positive change’ for the country. The Minster was being interviewed on TV programme Xtra on Thursday.

In-Nazzjon says that Libyan nationals are ready to testify against Neville Gafa’ in the alleged case of medical visa racketeering. Speaking on a TV programme, Alleanza Bidla leader Ivan Grech Mintoff said that the police are not being allowed to carry out investigations related to this case.

The Headlines 

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Eiffel Tower to close down as Paris braces for more violence

UN General Assembly rejects US resolution seeking to condemn Hamas

EU warns Switzerland that it will be disconnected from EU stock exchanges unless it approves new relations framework

CNN offices and studios evacuated after bomb threat

George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

Reason for helicopter crash which killed Leicester City chairman identified

Doctors Without Borders ends MV Aquarius rescue operations

Plans to host Brexit debate between Corbyn and May scrapped by both ITV and BBC

Heather Nauert to be nominated as US ambassador to UN

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