Friday Morning Briefing – Updated
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Good morning,


CIVIL PROTECTION WARNING: People are asked to avoid the area of Magħtab while residents of Magħtab, Naxxar, and San Gwann to keep their windows shut. This is after a major fire broke out at Wasteserv in Magħtab at around 6.20am.



In other news we read that new threats of a US withdrawal from the WTO, McCain’s final sendoff, Labour’s Whip resignation, the risk of a new bloodshed in Syria, continuous clashes in Libya’s capital, the collapse of a ceiling in an Italian church, new research which shows that olive oil can help man’s performance in bed and the draws of what promises to be an exciting European football Champions League, are amongst the main news reported on the major news outlets.

Here’s your morning briefing, where in a five minute read, we try to brief you with the salient news, also includes a quick read through the headline’s of Malta’s newspapers.

Jesmond Saliba



Developing Story : People are asked to avoid the area of Magħtab while residents of Magħtab, Naxxar and San Gwann to keep their windows shut. This is after a major fire broke out at Wasteserv in Magħtab at around 6.20am.

A quick look outside their windows revealed a huge black plume of smoke.

Preliminary reports say no one was hurt. 



PaperA Scotsman who nearly died in last April’s horrific open-top double-decker bus crash that left two tourists dead, has vented his frustration over the complete silence by the Maltese authorities on investigations. – Times of Malta. It also carries a story saying that Arts Council chairman Albert Marshall has threatened to end Malta’s participation in the Venice Biennale amid controversy over his handling of the selection of curators for the prestigious contemporary arts exhibition.


Birdlife Malta has warned that this year’s autumn hunting season, which opens tomorrow, could be “the worst year for illegal hunting.” – The Malta Independent. We also read that the proposed Rehabilitation of Chadwick Lakes aims to restore the valley, also known as Wied il-Qlejgħa, to its optimal state, according to a project brief filed with the Planning Authority by the Energy and Water Agency last February.


In-Nazzjon reports about the possibility of more increases in the cost of living, as there’s a possibility of an increase in the price of milk. The newspaper also reports with prominence about the financial troubles of Karl Stagno Navarra, a former PN journalist, who in the past years joined the Labour Party media.


L-Orizzont reports about the Ġorg Agius, affectionately known as ‘Ġorġ tal-Mużew’, who is alive and well, following fake news which on Thursday morning, he passed away. It also reports about the welcome expressed following the news of enrolment of new nurses.


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President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the body fails to change the way it treats America. BBC


President Donald Trump wants to move ahead with a plan to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as soon as a public-comment period concludes next week, according to six people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg


Copy of McCain journey (1).pngBefore the plane carrying his casket rose to the skies for one final flight to Washington, DC, the late Sen. John McCain got his final sendoff from Arizona on Thursday with a funeral that honored both his enduring commitment to bipartisanship and the state that “enchanted and claimed” him. CNN


Frank field.pngFrank Field has resigned the Labour whip, accusing the party leadership of becoming “a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”. Sky


libya tripoliThe ambassadors of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States expressed their deep concern over the military clashes in Tripoli. In the meantime the field hospital in Tripoli announced that the number of casualties since the outbreak of the clashes in the capital has risen to 101, between dead and wounded. Libya Observer


idlib syriaThe Syrian government and its major ally Russia have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in Syria is only a matter of time, raising fears of a major humanitarian crisis. Al Jazeera


argentina pesoArgentina ratcheted up interest rates by 15 percentage points to 60 per cent on Thursday as the central bank sought to arrest the plunge in the peso to a new record low. FT



Dutch protest.pngDutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Thursday he was cancelling plans to hold a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, saying the danger of violence against innocent people was too great. Euronews


Zananin.pngBritish-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had a traumatic return to Iran’s Evin prison. She collapsed during a panic attack yesterday in her cell and was taken to the prison’s medical centre. It was her second panic attack this week, said her husband Richard Ratcliffe.


iran ayatollahIran’s supreme leader warned the country might abandon its nuclear deal with world powers, casting doubt on the ability of European states to save the accord following the US withdrawal.


Chemnitz 2.pngMore than 1,000 people have turned out for a right-wing demonstration in the eastern German city of Chemnitz on Thursday evening as local politicians met for a public forum to discuss violence in the city after a series of violent confrontations that followed the killing of a German man by two immigrants. DW


MAcron.pngUnions in France on Thursday called for a strike for October 9 in protest at the “ideological policies” of French President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The CGT and FO unions as well as two national student unions denounced “ideological policies targeting the destruction of our social model, favouring notably the explosion of inequality and the breaking of collective rights”. France 24


depardieuFrench star Gerard Depardieu is facing a probe over alleged “rapes and sexual assaults”, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday.


San giuseppe falegnami.pngThe roof of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, a historic church built on the remains on an ancient prison on Rome’s Capitoline Hill, caved in suddenly on Thursday, causing severe damage but no injuries. ANSA


olive oil.pngA weekly dose of olive oil could be better than Viagra at helping boost a man’s performance in the bedroom, new research suggests. Sky


royal westendPrince Harry stole the show in London’s West End after bursting into song at the hit US hip-hop musical “Hamilton.”


CLManchester United vs Juventus; Napoli vs Paris St Germain; Real Madrid vs Roma;  Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspurs; Paris St. Germain vs Liverpool; Barcelona vs Internazionale are some of the fixtures which we will have during this year’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.


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