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The latest on the Notre Dame cathedral fire, Libya and the front page stories in Malta’s newspapers in your Wednesday’s morning briefing.

Notre Dame France’s president Emmanuel Macron has told France Notre Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, and it must be rebuilt within five years.

LibyaThe Italian Interior Ministry issued a directive aimed at dealing with terrorists possibly escaping and arriving from war torn Libya.

Egypt – Egypt’s parliament has approved constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030.

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These are the main stories from Malta’s newspaper front pages. 

MaltaToday speaks to orthopaedic specialist Ray Gatt who said that traffic accidents are becoming an ‘epidemic’ in Malta. Gatt told the paper that the effects of road accidents have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

The Times reports that Infrastructure Malta has been ordered by the Environment and Resources Authority to reverse the widening of thoroughfares in Wied l-Isqof, Rabat, in a project to rebuild rural roads.

The Malta Independent says that more than 240 cases of illegal dumping have been reported since 2017. The environment watchdog said that no one has been prosecuted yet, but fines have been imposed.

The Times follows the compilation of evidence against Joseph Bonnici, accused of killing his mother and sister. An officer told court that the victims’ house appeared to be inhabited when they visited and that the suspect told him the two were scared.

The Malta Independent also follows the case and says that investigators grew suspicious when they noticed that the victims left their personal belongings including mobile phone and documents in the house before ‘leaving’.

MaltaToday reveals that the Prime Minister’s special envoy Alex Sciberras Trigona held talks with Russian deputy minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko after Malta refused a request by Russia to enter its military airspace, this week.

L-Orizzont quotes the Prime Minister who said that the government will carry out a consultation process to implement the EU’s Work-Life Balance directive in a way that fits the ‘needs and realities’ of our country.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who, at a political event, said that the government is not interested in families and has resigned any pretence of decency because it only wants to keep its power.

L-Orizzont reports that the validity of the yellow health card will be extended to 10 years. Minister Chris Fearne said that the card will now be renewed automatically.

In-Nazzjon says that the Health Minister declined to answer to questions about the number of foreign nationals working in the healthcare sector.


Other headlines: 

Europe – Whistleblowers across the European Union have won greater protection under landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. This is the first time whistleblowers have been given EU-wide protection.

Poland Poland is unlikely to exclude all Huawei equipment from its next generation mobile networks, a government minister told Reuters, in part to avoid increased costs for mobile operators.

Italy – Italian police have recovered and an ancient Roman statue stolen from comic Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni.

Aviation Lufthansa has become the latest European airline to reveal it is suffering financial turbulence and said it would make a €336m loss for the first quarter of 2019.

Champions LeagueAjax produced yet another stirring Champions League comeback on Tuesday, this time coming from a goal behind to beat Juventus in Turin  2-1 qualifying for the next round with an aggregate score of 3-2.  In the other match Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday.

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