Friday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Australia has a new Prime Minister, while the US Media is analysing the Trump legal issues. In Italy, the Diciotti saga saw its umpteenth twist in political drama, at the expense of human one, while the UK published its position papers in case of a No Deal Brexit. In Malta news was mainly dominated by what happened in the courts.

Your Friday Morning Briefing brings you the latest news as reported around the world.

Paper.pngPolice Inspector Simon Schembri’s testimony in the case again hit-and-run teenager Liam Debono is the major story across In-Nazzjon, L-Orizzont, and The Malta Independent this morning. Schembri described the gruelling instant when he was pulled down under the speeding car and told the court only his effort to continue breathing kept him alive.


L-Orizzont quotes Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who welcomes the country’s A3 rating by Moody’s. The minister warned that credit rating agencies are receiving reports intended to harm our economy.


The Malta Independent says that a petition in support of the Central Link project by the Malta Automobile Club (MAC) has so far garnered 1,100 signatures. Alfred Farrugia from the MAC told the newspaper he does not foresee the new bypass increasing traffic congestion in the area.


Another story by The Malta Independent reveals that the three men accused of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia received social benefits for years despite leading lavish lifestyle and owning luxury cars and pleasure boats.


The Times of Malta reports that Sliema Wanderers FC will be the first sports organisation in Malta to exploit new legislation and commercialise its premises. The football club plans to convert its indoor pitches at Tigne Point into office and retail space.


Australia Prime Ministe (1)Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Morrison defeated the key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40.Dutton’s supporters had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and later confirmed his intention to quit politics. Get insights on The Update


brexit 4The British Conservative government published a series of notes advising people and businesses how to protect themselves from the potential disruption of a ‘no deal’ break with the E.U. on Thursday, from stockpiling drugs to new paperwork for trade. Get insight on The Update


Diciotti (1)The Diciotti ship saga, moored in the port of Catania with 150 migrants still on board entered its third day and is charged with new political and judicial tensions. Get Insight on The Update.



Donald Trump and his legal team have hit back at suggestions he could soon be impeached, with his lawyer saying that the American people would “revolt” if such a move was taken.


Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush money payments made on behalf of Donald Trump, his longtime friend, media outlets reported on Thursday.


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has responded to Donald Trump’s latest attack on him by insisting that the justice department he heads will not bend to political pressure.


A juror in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts.


Get more insight on The Update


img_3603A man armed with a knife killed two people and seriously injured another Thursday morning in the Paris suburb of Trappes. The assailant was shot and killed by police. Prosecutors are not treating the attack as a terrorism case, but were following it closely. France24


iran detenutaBritish Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from a prison on furlough in Iran for three days, according to campaigners. It comes almost two years after she was convicted for spying against the Iranian regime and sentenced to five years behind bars. Yet the 40-year-old has always maintained her innocence. Various


A surprising armed attack targeted early Thursday a security checkpoint in Wadi Kaam area between the Libyan western cities of Al-Khums and Zletin, local media reported. Libya Observer


Egyptian security forces arrested former diplomat Maasoum Marzouk and two others in Cairo on Thursday ahead of planned protests calling for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi’s government. AP


Saxony police has been forced to ask whether it is harboring far-right sympathizers, after a TV crew was prevented from filming at a rally. It’s not the first time German security forces have come under suspicion. DW


GoogleGoogle on Thursday said that it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Google has also removed 39 YouTube channels and six blogs on Blogger and 13 Google+ accounts.


Nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September. The Guardian





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