Saturday Morning Briefing
As expected the death of Shannon Mak is the lead story on Malta’s Newspapers. Various happenings take different priorities around the world. As we go through 40 major international and local news portals, your Morning Briefing provides you with the salient news as reported in Malta, Europe and the World.
> The Maltese newspapers lead with the murder of 30-year-old woman, from the Netherlands, Shannon Mak who was found murdered in Santa Venera yesterday. The Times reports that investigators believe was a “crime of passion” allegedly motivated by jealousy. In fact her ex boyfriend was assisting the police and media outlets reported that he allegedly admitted to the police. The latter point is confirmed on Orizzont’s front page in its sub-headline.
> TVM reports that Mak used to live in Malta for some time, used to work in a gaming company situated in Luqa and she had ended her relationship with the alleged aggressor of late. This is also an insight provided on the front page of In-Nazzjon which presents the salient points of what is known so far.
> In other stories The Times reports that parents are heeding the authorities’ advice and rushing to health centres to get children vaccinated against measles.
>The Malta Independent reports about the set up of Ambjent Malta which during its launch, Minister Herrera said that there is a study underway on the concept of land recycling.
>L-Orizzont reports Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri saying that the Government’s digital policy is bearing its fruit.
> Russia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a U.S. government memo. (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May has met with Emmanuel Macron in a bid to secure an eleventh-hour Brexit breakthrough. The aim is that of convincing the French leader to throw his weight behind her vision for the British exit from the EU. Mrs May has met Mr Macron at his island retreat, the Fort de Bregancon in the south of the country as she ramps up her attempts to deal directly with EU leaders on Brexit. (Express)
> China proposed retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft on Friday, as a senior Chinese diplomat cast doubt on prospects of talks with Washington to solve their bitter trade conflict. (Reuters)
> A suicide bomber attacked a Shi’ite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing 25 people and wounding 40, police said. (France 24)
> Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza health officials said, as diplomats sought to secure a durable ceasefire deal. (Reuters)
> North Korea has resorted to a “massive increase” of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea to evade UN sanctions and enlisted a Syrian arms broker to sell weapons to Yemen and Libya, a UN report said Friday. (AFP)
> Chilean Catholic bishops apologized on Friday for having “failed” victims of sexual abuse and promised to work with prosecutors to prevent a repeat of the crimes dating back five decades. (AFP/France24)
> Zimbabwe: Chamisa rejects Mnangagwa’s poll win, vows legal action. Nelson Chamisa says will pursue ‘legal and constitutional’ means, but Emmerson Mnangagwa hails ‘free and fair’ election. (Al Jazeera)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Singapore to seek the release of detained American pastor.
Italian news agency ANSA reports that Work and Industry Minister and Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said Friday that he was against Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana’s proposal to scrap the anti-fascist Mancino law.
A young man fatally shot by Swedish police while carrying a toy gun in Stockholm had Down’s syndrome and a form of autism, local media report. Officers opened fire on Eric Torell, 20, in response to what they described as a “threatening situation” in the early hours of Thursday morning.
President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news” and casting journalists as his true political opponent.
Conservatives have been accused of “trying to rig the next election” after new analysis found that planned changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries would disproportionally benefit the Tories if both main parties won the same number of vote.
The Italian Carabinieri police have said that they have tracked down three youths suspected of attacking Italian athlete Daisy Osakue. The youths said the attack on the discus thrower, who was born in Italy to Nigerian parents, was a prank and was not motivated by racism. One of the youths is the son of local councillor for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
The Morning Briefing is based on a review of Malta’s newspapers, portals and over 40 international news outlets, aimed at giving you a general overview of the main news of the last hours.