Monday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Our morning briefing for today covers news in Malta, the Mediterranean, Syria, the US, Turkey, the Korean peninsula and the Sun.



aquarius (1).pngAfter saving 141 migrants off Libya with the ship Aquarius, Sos Mediterranée and Doctors Without Borders launched the alarm saying that “The rescued people said they had crossed five different ships that did not offer them assistance, before meeting the Aquarius. Ships may not be willing to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of getting stuck and being denied a safe haven. In the meantime it asked for instructions from the EU to where it should take the people on board”. (TGCOM/EPA) 



NK sK aug.png A senior North Korean official suggested Monday that the leaders of North and South Korea may meet in Pyongyang, as envoys from the rival nations discussed setting a summit date and venue amid an ongoing nuclear standoff. (AP) 



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Malta Independent leads with a story that the Government seems to have no intention to lift the ban on the exit and entry of the migrant rescue ships.


The paper also carries an interview with newly elected IGM Chairman Yannick Pace, who said that there should be a European Solution for the SLAPP law.


The Times, L-Orizzont and In-Nazzjon carries separate stories reflecting the speeches of the two political leaders which took place on Sunday. You can read more here about what was said in our Malta News Evening Roundup. 


Syria (2).pngAn explosion at a weapons depot that toppled buildings in a rebel-held town of northwest Syria killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children Sunday, a monitor said.


Omarosa.pngFormer presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. It was a highly unusual admission, which drew immediate fire from allies of the president and national security experts.



supremacist.pngA white supremacist rally outside the White House a year after the deadly extremist march in Charlottesville has drawn only a few dozen supporters. The event was overshadowed by thousands of chanting counter-protesters.



Turkish LiraAsian markets tumbled and the Turkish lira dived almost eight percent Monday on fears that the economic crisis gripping Turkey could spill over into the global economy. (France 24)



Sun mission 2

NASA launches first visit to the Sun


Estonia Nato

Spanish aircraft suspended from NATO’s Estonian mission




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