The dust haven’t settled yet on Monday’s summit Trump invites Putin for a second meeting for Autumn, this time in Washington. The EU issued a stark warning to all member states about the possible repercussions of a no-deal Brexit (or Brexit in any form) as the March 30 2019 date looms. These two items should be enough in terms of international news.
However, there’s more. In our briefing, we try to synthesise what the major news outlets reported from Malta and the World.
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country.
“Caro nonno mi dispiace per il 19 luglio 1992. Certo se tu fossi vivo avresti capito quanto ti coccolerei. Ti voglio bene. La tua nipotina Fiammetta Borsellino”. With these words, the grandchild of Paolo Borsellino sends her love to her grandfather who was killed by the Mafia in 1992.
Russian President Putin says his meeting with President Trump was “successful and has led to useful agreements”.
Time Magazine morphed the faces of Putin and Trump in its cover for this week depicting the various controversies and confusion following the Helsinki meeting.
Thursday, the EU Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Latvia and Spain, and an additional reasoned opinion to Malta for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law. If Malta, Latvia and Spain fail to bring their national legislation into line with EU law within the next two months, the Commission may decide to refer the cases to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s body was only identified after a DNA analysis had been carried out, as her it was beyond recognition, forensic expert Mario Scerri told the court yesterday. (Maltese Media)
Police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, the Press Association has reported.
Syrian rebels have reached an agreement with government forces to leave the strategic area of Quneitra along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
Human life has to always be cherished, whether it is in the form of eight cells in the womb, or in the form of a person in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, said Auxiliary Bishop Elect Joseph Galea Curmi on the Malta Independent’s online interview programme Indepth.
The Times of Malta reports that persistent complaints that the bus service is not coping with demand on certain routes might force the operator to ask for higher government subsidy to expand the network.
The Conservatives have been forced to admit that their chief whip asked MPs to breach Commons voting conventions in knife-edge Brexit votes on Tuesday, as opposition parties demanded he quit and queried the accuracy of the prime minister’s account of events.
On Thursday, the Israeli government formally passed the “Jewish nation state”law. With the Knesset’s summer recess on the horizon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to pass the law ahead of the break.
Maria Tabone, widow of former president Censu Tabone, passed away today. She was 98. Besides being a First Lady, her characteristic care and love towards her family and grandchildren was also expressed in her interpretation of the role, so much, that we can safely and with respect call her Malta’s ‘First’ Grandma.
Kazakhstan’s Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten has been stabbed to death at the age of 25.
Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he has “lost trust” in her ability to deliver the EU referendum result.
Relatives and friends paid their last respects to Hugo Chetcuti, who died last Thursday, six days after being stabbed in the stomach in one of his Paceville establishments.
Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told EURACTIV.com.
Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighbourhood that had recently become a centre of resistance to President Daniel Ortega’s government.
Google accused Brussels of trying to dismantle its lucrative business model for smartphones and other mobile devices on Thursday, as it considered asking for emergency court protection against the EU’s record-breaking €4.3bn antitrust ruling.
A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalised, a sheriff said.
More than 100 cases of fraudulent or irregular use of EU funds were detected in Malta over the last legislature, according to anti-fraud investigators. Olaf, the European Commission’s anti-fraud office, reported that the Maltese authorities had detected 117 cases of fraud or irregularities in the management of the EU’s structural, investment and agricultural funds between 2013 and last year. (The Times of Malta)