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These are the salient news from Malta’s leading news portals.

“What you do is of an example.” With these words, Pope Francis greeted H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta in her last visit as President of Malta, One News reports.

The government is proposing amendments to the constitution to separate the role of Prosecutor General from the Attorney General, as was recommended in the Venice Commission report. The Times says that the first reading in parliament will be on Monday and government expects laws to come into effect by summer.

The government launched a national policy for Artificial Intelligence aiming to place the country among the leaders in the field. LovinMalta says that the strategy has three core themes: investment; start-ups and innovation; and applicability to public and private sectors.

APS Bank reports record-breaking profits of €45.7 million for the year ending 2018, according to Newsbook. Pre-tax profits increased by 1.5 percent over the previous year while deposits grew by just under 35 percent.

A court sitting had to be postponed after technical issues prevented the courtroom from establishing a Skype connection with Libyan witnesses. MaltaToday reports that three witnesses were due to testify in the medical visas case against Neville Gafa’.

Net News reports that the rate of inflation in February was the highest in two years. Figures by the National Statistics Office show that inflation grew from 1.49 percent in January to 1.92 in February, with food prices registering the highest increase.

The Malta Water Association announced that it will wind down after eight years of activism. The Malta Independent quotes a statement by the NGO which says it is fighting a losing battle in its demands for water sustainability.

TVM reports that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of an EU Leaders’ Summit that will discuss Brexit. The two leaders discussed the EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

One News picks up a CNN report naming Malta among 19 destinations to visit during springtime. Malta’s history, climate, cuisine, and traditions related to Easter helped the country to the ninth place.

The European Federation of Journalists unveiled eight principles for media freedom as part of a manifesto ahead of the MEP elections in May. The Shift News carries the story urging MEPs to defend media pluralism and commit to the protection of journalists.

The end-of-day roundup is based on a review of the salient news from Malta as part of the Be-Informed Media Monitoring service by CI Consulta.