Your morning briefing with a review of the headlines from Malta, Europe and around the world.
Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after reporting on the military’s abuses against the ethnic Rohingya minority were freed Tuesday, coinciding with a broader presidential amnesty for more than 6,000 prisoners.
The royal birth announcement has been also formalised by the traditional display outside Buckingham Palace. The palace’s announcement also included a subtle nod to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Malta’s Newspaper Front Pages
The Malta Independent leads with the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday of a new project to build 500 social housing units. These will be added to the previously announced social accommodation project, spread across 22 towns.
L-Orizzont quotes the Prime Minister who said that social mobility built on social justice remains the best weapon against risk of poverty. He said that the 500 new social housing units will represent a €450 million investment.
The Times reports that two-fifths of people in Malta aged 11 and over suffer from loneliness. The results are from the first national study on solitude conducted by the Faculty of Social Wellbeing.
The Malta Independent quotes the Minister Joseph Muscat who said that he did not express himself precisely when, in a TV debate with the Opposition Leader, he said that he would rather leave unskilled jobs for foreigners
The Times also covers the press conference during which Joseph Muscat was questioned about his comments. He said he was ‘insensitive’ in his choice of words and apologised for the misunderstanding.
L-Orizzont quotes recently set-up group “Doctors for Choice” who said that underground abortion services are posing health risks to women. The group says that abortion should be considered a right for women and call for a debate on the subject.
In-Nazzjon leads with launch of electoral programmes for every locality by Partit Nazzjonalista for the Local Council elections. Addressing a press conference, Secretary General Clyde Puli said the programmes make over 2,000 proposals.
In Other Stories
Turkish election board orders re-run of the Istanbul local elections – Turkey’s High Election Board has ordered a re-run of the Elections in Istanbul. The new vote will be held on June 23.
The Pope in Bulgaria – On his second day in Bulgaria, Pope Francis made an early morning visit to a refugee center, thanking children and families for their joy despite their suffering.
Pilot states Aeroflot plane was hit by lightning –Russian media have quoted the pilot of the airliner that burst into flames during an emergency landing in Moscow as saying the plane was without radio communications because of a lightning strike.
In Malta, Augustinian sisters inaugurate new 16+ centre for former St Monica students. The Augustinian sisters in Gżira opened a new centre for former students from their schools in Birkirkara and Gżira. The idea came from the teens themselves who wanted to keep in touch with one another and the Augustinian community after their school years.
Scientists warn one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction. Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our needs for ever more food and energy are the main drivers. These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take “transformative change” in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.