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Once again, the morning briefing, leads with death, this time of two women in a traffic accident in Mosta. This our selection of news from Malta, Europe and the world.

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Malta: Two women died and seven were injured in a major traffic accident in Buqana, Mosta close to the roundabout which leads to Mgarr on Sunday night. The accident took place at around 9pm in an area where road works are taking place. It involved a Maruti and an Audi. Health Minister Chris Fearne said that Mater Dei Hospital has declared a major incident after two people died and seven were taken to hospital. One of them is a young girl.

USA: Pete Buttigieg officially launched his candidacy for the White House on Sunday, against a backdrop of improving poll numbers and increasing national interest. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest city in Indiana, made the announcement at an afternoon rally in his home town.

Finland: Finland’s leftist Social Democrats won first place in advance voting ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary election, with 18.9% of the votes, after 35.5% of ballots had been counted, justice ministry data showed.

 

Malta’s Newspaper Front-page stories 

The Times reports on an anti-abortion demonstration held in Floriana on Sunday, demanding guarantees from politicians that abortion will not be introduced in Malta. The event was addressed by the leaders of Alleanza Bidla.

The Malta Independent quotes a spokesman for the Libyan National Army under Khalifa Haftar that weapons destined for Libya are leaving Turkey and passing through Malta. He said that the boats loaded with arms are supplying terrorists in Tripoli.

The Times says that a police operation found some 50 migrants living in a run-down apartment block in Qormi on Sunday. One of the migrants told the paper that he paid €150 a month to stay in the crammed building.

The Malta Independent publishes an interview with drug expert Godwin Sammut who warned that synthetic drugs, much more potent than traditional substances, are on the rise in Malta. Sammut said that users may not be unaware that cannabinoids can kill you directly.

L-Orizzont quotes Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who dismissed fears that foreign workers are stealing jobs from Maltese citizens. Speaking at a political event, Muscat said that foreigners are helping Maltese with their work.

In-Nazzjon says that the Catholic Holy Week started yesterday with the celebration of Palm Sunday. The paper reports on traditional events taking place in various parishes around the islands leading to Easter Sunday.

L-Orizzont reports on a major accident that claimed the lives to two people in Buqana street in Mosta on Sunday evening. The paper notes a heavy presence of police officers and members of the Civil Protection Department on site.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who accused the government of hiding the interests of the few from the interests of the many. Speaking at political event, Delia said that Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi tried to bury a €15-million hole at Air Malta.

Other news:

Libya: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met in Cairo with Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern-based Libyan forces, the Libyan National Army (LNA), who are currently advancing on the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Balkans: Once dubbed “Lady Macbeth of the Balkans,” Mirjana Markovic, the widow of ex-Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic has died in Russia. Her husband died in jail in 2006 while on trial in The Hague for genocide and war crimes.

Aviation: Around 1,100 Jet Airways pilots, represented by the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG) have decided to stop working from today Monday, 15 April.

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