Saturday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

The latest about the death of the Bulgarian journalist, another stand-off about migrants in the Mediterranean and the investigations into the death of the journalist Khashoggi are among the headlines one finds on the global news scene.

Your morning briefing brings you the latest headlines and a review of Malta’s newspaper front-pages.

Start your day informed.

The Latest 

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A boat in distress with 70 migrants on board was at the center of a new case. The Jonio ship, involved in the Mediterranean project promoted by non-profit organizations and associations, issued a warning on Friday evening: “The boat is damaged, but Italy and Malta do not want to intervene”. Corriere Della Sera/Repubblica

A Saudi delegation on Friday arrived in Turkey for a joint Riyadh-Ankara investigation into the mysterious disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, several media outlets reported, citing unnamed sources. France 24

Global business leaders are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to a dissident writer who disappeared after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. AP

Saudi Arabia denied allegations regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Interior Minister said late on Friday. Reuters

The U.S. pastor which was freed  from two years of detention in Turkey, was flown out of Turkey on Friday. The step is seen as one that could improve U.S.-Turkish ties strained by disputes over Syria, Iran and Ankara’s planned purchase of Russian military equipment.

Seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on Friday during stormy protests along the fence dividing Israel and Hamas-run Gaza, according to Gaza health officials. New York Times

Whatever happens in Bavaria’s election on Sunday, it promises to be a bellwether for German, or even European, politics for years to come. DW

Nasa’s chief has praised the Russian space programme and said that he expected a new crew to go to the International Space Station in December, despite a rocket failure. The Guardian

Australia aims to ban private or religious schools from expelling students on the basis of their sexuality, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Reuters 

Romelu Lukaku struck twice to give Belgium victory against Switzerland while Croatia and England drew. Greece beat Hungary while Finland beat Estonia in Friday’s European Nations league matches. UEFA

 

The Review 

 

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The Bulgarian Prime Minister, told the media, not to compare his country to Malta and Slovakia. He was referring to the case of the murder of Victoria Marinova, the journalist who was killed in country and who according to the Prime Minister wasn’t related to the writings of the journalist. The newspaper adds that when the Slovakian journalist was killed in March 2018, the Slovak Prosector also said that his country is neither Malta nor Russia (with reference to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia). In-Nazzjon

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi is reported by The Malta Independent saying that on Egrant he agrees with Simon Busuttil. Dr Azzopardi was speaking during Indepth, the interview programme of the Malta Independent, which had Azzopardi engaged in a debate with Labour MP Edward Zammit Lewis. Dr Zammit Lewis is quoted saying that Azzopardi is like Sherlock Holmes, except that he finds more questions than answers.

L-Orizzont carries a story about the works undertaken in the improvement of the road infrastructure in Malta over the summer months, which meant an investment of €17 million.

Malta is still lagging behind the EU average in gender equality, leaving “considerable room for improve ment”, especially when it comes to political and economic power, according to a new report. Despite a slight improvement over 2005, Malta still ranked 15th in the EU28, according to an index published by the European Institute for Gender Equality. – Times of Malta

The Malta Independent quotes the Prime Minister speaking about the need to regulate, in the future, the rights of robots. Dr Muscat was speaking during a conference on A.I. and innovation.

Almost two years after the Permanent Commission Against Corruption said it was “morally convinced” ex- Labour general secretary Jimmy Magro received kickbacks, the police are still “actively” investigating. – The Times 

 

In-Nazzjon and The Times carry a photo story showing the ‘royal wedding’ which took place on Friday.

The role of trade-unions and how they can be pro-active in economic measures is dealt with through comments by an ex member of what was ‘Xirka għall-Ġustizzja Soċjali’, who referred to the role of the GWU in this regards.

The newspaper also carries an interview with Ms Adriana Chircop, wife of late Dr and politician Karl Chircop.

The Malta Independent also carries a photo story showing Judge Grazio Mercieca holding his first official sitting in Court.

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