Monday Morning Briefing
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Good morning

Malta’s budget, a train derailment in Taiwan, Australia’s apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and Saudi’s foreign affairs minister comments on Khashoggi’s murder are amongst the main headlines one can read on the various news outlets we review.

Your morning briefing on Monday helps to start the day informed.

 


The Latest 

 

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At least 18 people have been killed and 187 injured after a passenger trained derailed in north-east Taiwan. BBC

Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a “huge and grave mistake,” but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware. Reuters 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday offered a rare national apology, only the second since 2008, to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and their families, bringing some survivors to tears. Reuters/Guardian

French politicians on Sunday reacted with outrage to a video of a teenager in a tough Paris suburb threatening his teacher with a fake gun. France 24

Irish voters will decide Friday whether to remove the offence of blasphemy from their constitution, in a referendum that will again test how far the country has moved from its traditional Catholic heritage. Politico

Russia has warned US president Donald Trump that his plans to ditch a key nuclear arms-control agreement risk a military escalation and will strike a major blow against global security. FT Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who called the decision reckless and not the work of “a great mind.”NYT

Prince Harry has revealed he hopes to have a baby girl with his wife the Duchess of Sussex. In the meantime the Duke of Sussex jokes plaque unveiling ‘runs in family’ as Duchess takes break from busy Australia tour. . The Telegraph

Polish voters sent a warning to Poland’s rulers in the first electoral test in three years. Local elections on Sunday saw the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party win nationally, according to exit polls, but the result was disappointing enough to put wind in the sails of the opposition. It also underscored how divided the country is. – Politico 

 

The Review 

Monday is budget day. This aspect was the theme addressed by Prime Minister Muscat during his Sunday speech. Muscat was quoted saying that the budget is expected to include measures to eradicate poverty. (Independent/Orizzont). L-orizzont quotes Minister Scicluna saying the this budget is expected to deliver unprecedented infrastructural works related investment and social benefits are expected to remain a priority. In-Nazzjon also reports the fact that today is budget Day. Prime Minister Muscat is quoted by The Times, as promising a Budget that gives rather than takes. In a political speech, he said Labour had a 10-year plan to transform the country and that while some people may feel like they had not yet received their dues, the Budget would seek to help everyone. He said the departure point when Labour swept to power in 2013 had been a situation where the government spending deficit had exploded, and civil servants were advising that taxes had to be increased.

In-Nazzjon gives prominence to the speech given by PN leader Adrian Delia who said that a PN government will guarantee that every Maltese and Gozitan will have a house, referring to the fact that more than 3,000 people are waiting for social housing, while the Government is planning to get 15,000 foreigners to work in Malta, every year without the necessary analysis of how this will be impacting a number of sectors, such as the rental market.

€20,000 in donations has been raised for several NGOs to move forward with an appeal against the controversial db City Centre project in Pembroke, reports The Malta Independent. 

In another story, the newspaper quotes Joseph Cannataci saying that facial recognition technology is not a proportionate response to the occasional pick-pocket. The first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy said that it is the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to drive a nail into the wall.

In-Nazzjon’s front page reports about the traffic accident which saw Chris Marlin lose his life on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

L-Orizzont publishes the report about the work done by the European Court of Auditors, as published in the annual report.

More than 100,000 cars that crossed to Gozo from Ċirkewwa over the past eight years never went back to Malta, official statistics have shown. According to the ferry company in its official explanation of the discrepancy to the National Audit Office, the source of the counts is different: the one at Mġarr is taken from the tickets sold while the other at Ċirkewwa is done by employees through a tally clock,  so it is subject to human error. The Times 

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