Saturday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

The main story across all major news portals is related to FBI’s investigations regards the sending of various explosive devices to Trump critics, led to the arrest of a Florida man, who apart from being a fervent Trump supporter, has a criminal history.

In Malta, the main story is linked to the court case about the publication of the Egrant inquiry, which basically is covered prominently on all four front pages of the newspapers today.

This is your morning briefing.


The Latest 

 

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Federal authorities on Friday captured a Florida man with a criminal history and a fervour for President Donald Trump and accused him of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, capping a nationwide search in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S. AP

 

The Israeli military carried out extensive air strikes in the Gaza Strip Friday night, striking around 80 terror targets in the enclave, after a night in which around 30 rockets were launched across the border, sending many thousands of Israelis into shelters. Times of Israel

 

Turkish prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said on Friday, after President Tayyip Erdogan urged Riyadh to disclose who ordered the murder. Reuters 

 

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday said she did not accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to visit the White House because she thought it was aimed at influencing public opinion in his own favour. Euronews

 

Merkel wants to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia pending the investigation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Macron says such calls are “pure demagoguery. DW

 

Philip Hammond is preparing to use his Budget to bring forward income tax cuts for millions to a month after Britain leaves the EU in a Brexit boost, The Telegraph has learned. The Telegraph 

 

China will expel former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei from a high profile though largely ceremonial advisory body to parliament, state media reported, after the Chinese government put him under investigation for bribery and other violations. Reuters

 

The Mexican government has offered aid to members of the migrant caravan who wish to stay in Mexico. Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense has reportedly authorized the deployment of troops to the border. DW

 

Spain’s National Police announced on Thursday, October 25, they had seized more than six tons of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas imported to the southern city of Malaga from Costa Rica. Storyful

 

China and Japan on Friday pledged to forge closer ties as both countries stood together at an “historic turning point”, signing a broad range of agreements including a $30 billion currency swap pact, amid rising trade tensions with Washington. Reuters 

 

Several employees of Sir Philip Green who alleged the tycoon had sexually harassed or bullied them were given enormous seven-figure secret payouts to settle their claims, the Guardian has learned. The Guardian

 

Jair Bolsonaro is losing momentum ahead of the runoff vote for the presidency in Brazil, but he remains popular among his favorite targets. Pollsters are waiting to see if a last-minute swing against him continues. DW

 

Google handed a senior executive a £70 million pay-off after he was accused of sexual harassment by an employee, it has been claimed. The Telegraph 

 

Eight men were arrested in the idyllic German city of Freiburg on Friday in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old woman. Police said that seven of the suspects were Syrian men aged 19 to 29, and one native German aged 25. DW

 


The Newspaper Review

 

The Times reports that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claimed in court yesterday that he had not read the entire Egrant magisterial inquiry report despite saying that his entire career depended on its conclusion.Testifying in court, Dr Muscat said that apart from him, other people who had a copy of the inquiry were Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, who had a soft copy, his lawyer Pawlu Lia and his PR man Kurt Farrugia. The Malta Independent also reports this in its front-page, adding to the story comments given by the Nationalist Party Leader, Adrian Delia who while speaking to journalists after the sitting said there was “institutional incest” in the country.

Orizzont and in Nazzjon also carry with prominence the story about the Egrant inquiry publication court case.

 

“Facial recognition cameras have been announced at the right time,” Philip Fenech, President of the General Retailers and Traders Union’s (GRTU) Hospitality and Leisure division told The Malta Independent. Fenech said that the GRTU welcomed the initiative which was announced in last Monday’s budget. These cameras will be installed in the Paceville and Marsa area.

 

Trappers yesterday shot down a list of rules the government introduced as part of a deal with Brussels to reopen the trapping season. The Times reports that the hunters’ federation FKNK yesterday said that four issues surrounding the season were of “major concern” for its members and that it would be taking legal measures to address them. The government had announced the reopening of the controversial autumn trap- ping season earlier this month following what it said were lengthy negotiations with the European Commission.

 

L-Orizzont leads with comments from the GWU Secretary General, about the need to see how to make best use of the Maltese ‘geo strategic’ positioning.

 

In-Nazzjon reports that MCAST lecturers were angry after receiving a ‘drastically’ reduced pay cheque.

 

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