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These are the main news from today’s Malta newspapers. 

The Malta Independent speaks to former parliamentary secretary Deborah Schembri, who had led the campaign for divorce, about the newly set up coalition for abortion. Schembri said divorce and abortion are different causes and that she does not share the values with Voice for Choice.

The Times follows the story of two children, four and six, who were abducted by their Maltese mother in Australia without the knowledge of their father, who holds dual Maltese-Australian citizenship. The mother left for Malta while her husband was away at work and left him a message on Facebook informing him of her intention to never return.

The Malta Independent quotes the Attorney General who said in court on Monday that publishing a redaction version of the Egrant inquiry was ‘not an option’. The Attorney General took the witness stand in the case file against him by the Leader of the Opposition who is demanding access to the document.

In-Nazzjon quotes Opposition Leader Adrian Delia who said that the Attorney General is taking steps in the interest of government, not in the interest of justice. He vowed to keep the fight to correct the political imbalance created by the AG’s decision not to disclose the Egrant report with the Opposition.

The Times reports that no arrests have taken place in Malta after news of a car-smuggling operation broke in Italian media. Two Maltese nationals were said to be involved in the illegal operation moving luxury cars from Italy to Libya, through Malta.

L-Orizzont leads with the inauguration of the public health centre in Pietà and quotes Health Minister Chris Fearne who said the government’s strategy is to bring healthcare services close to the community.

L-Orizzont says that a verification process by the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools formally recognised the General Workers Union as the major trade union within the organisation. In another story, the Consumers Authority said it did not receive any complaints about gas cylinders in the past months.

In-Nazzjon says that a report following a security audit in schools means that safety is not being taken seriously enough in schools. Carrying a statement by the Nationalist Party, the paper says teachers are demotivated and last year saw the highest number of resignations by educators in the last 10 years.

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