Monday Morning Briefing
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Good morning

The main news around the world report how thousands of years of historical artefacts were destroyed as a huge fire has engulfed Rio’s history museum in Brazil. In the meantime in the last hours a court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas. These two news items are set to dominate today’s headlines.

An eye has to be kept on the quick escalation of violence and clashes in Tripoli which last night saw 400 escape from prison.

Your morning briefing provides you with a quick review of the main headlines and news in Malta, Europe, the Mediterranean and the world.

Jesmond Saliba



img_4308A huge fire has broken out at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country.


Myanmar JournalistsA court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas.



Libya PrisonSome 400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the police said. In the meantime the Libya’s U.N.-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital and its outskirts as ongoing fighting has killed some 39 people including civilians in the past days.




The company that operated the open-top bus involved in a fatal accident in Żurrieq last April blamed Transport Malta for what happened, holding it responsible for damages. – The Times

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has called on the police to step up patrols in Marsa after residents complained of lax public order and street fights. The Times

L-Orizzont also reports the speech in its front page, using the quote that this government keeps its word as the headline

A second application regarding a dwelling and a pool next to the Xagħra stone circle is set to be decided by the Planning Authority Board this Thursday. The Xagħra Stone Circle, also known as the Xagħra Hypogeum, is a Neolithic funerary complex consisting of a series of underground caves which were used to bury the dead, and which were surrounded by a walled enclosure. It mainly dates back to around 3000 to 2400 BC, although the earliest tombs at the site date back to 4100 to 3800 BC. The caves collapsed sometime before 2000 BC and the site. The Malta Independent

Enforcement and explanations as to why people should not litter but recycle instead are two of the main concerns surrounding Malta’s litter problem, as the necessary laws and fines are already in place, environmentalist and founder of the group Malta Clean Up Cami Appelgren has told The Malta Independent.

An individual working in the private secretariat of Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis has been requested to appear in front of a tribunal to defend an individual in relation to a traffic contravention. In-Nazzjon

L-Orizzont also reports that the final preparations for the Pride week are well underway.



Germany far rightGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said citizens must do more to tackle racism and the far right in the wake of a week of often violent protests in Chemnitz.


Amsterdam UpdateThe US State Department on Sunday condemned the stabbing of two U.S. citizens in Amsterdam’s major train station this weekend as an “unprovoked, horrifying attack” and offered assistance to Dutch authorities conducting a terrorism-focused investigation.


img_4282Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to all parties who have influence in Syria to defend human rights and safeguard the civilian population in the rebel-held northern region of Idlib, which faces an imminent attack by government forces.


img_4293Thousands of people across Russia joined protests on Sunday against government plans to raise the pension age, despite recent promises by President Vladimir Putin to soften the unpopular measure.


img_4289-1At least six people were killed when a suicide car bomb struck a local government office in central Mogadishu on Sunday, destroying the building and a Quranic school opposite.


Tony Blair BrexitFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair has described the UK government’s Brexit proposal as “doomed to fail,” predicting it will be voted down in Parliament.


Scotland Brexit.pngBritain’s exit from the European Union could tip public opinion in Scotland in favor of seeking independence, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.


May BarnierFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair has described the UK government’s Brexit proposal as “doomed to fail,” predicting it will be voted down in Parliament.


Gordon BrownGordon Brown has warned that the “soul” of the Labour Party is at risk because of Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the anti-Semitism crisis. The former Labour Prime Minister said that Labour must take action “immediately” to right the “hurt” that it has caused the Jewish community.


img_4291Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defense capacities, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States.


img_4295Rescue groups, supporters and refugees held a demonstration in central Athens to highlight what they call the increasing criminalisation of sea rescues and the anti-migration policies of some EU countries.


img_4288Kuwait’s ruler will travel to Washington on Monday and hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, the state news agency KUNA announced on Sunday.


South Korea ToiletThe South Korean capital, Seoul, has pledged to carry out daily checks in all public toilets for hidden cameras. Secret cameras in toilets and changing rooms are a serious problem in South Korea – with more than 6,000 cases of “spy cam porn” reported last year.


img_4284China culled more than 38,000 hogs as of Sept. 1 due to African swine fever outbreaks, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday.


img_4280Italy’s populist government will make a “historic choice” between what citizens need and what ratings agencies say should be done, the deputy prime minister said on Sunday, responding to Fitch’s cutting the outlook on Italian debt.



img_3666U2 frontman Bono has been forced to cancel a Berlin gig just four songs in to the show after losing his voice.


img_4299Lewis Hamilton won his fifth Italian Grand Prix after a first-lap clash with title rival Sebastian Vettel which spun the Ferrari driver back to 17th.


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