Saturday Morning Briefing
Today’s morning briefing. The migrants on the Diciotti saga continues as no deal was agreed on Friday. Trump’s challenges continues, while he ‘engages’ in new diplomatic twists in what looked like his main ‘jolly’ in his presidency, the North Korean peace deal. Mixed feelings will await Pope Francis in Ireland as he visits the country today.
In Malta the owner of a string of massage parlours who admitted to charges that he was living off the proceeds of prostitution. Four Colombian ‘masseuses’ also pleaded guilty of running a brothel as commercial partners.
This is your morning briefing.
All eyes on Friday were on an informal meeting of senior European leaders organised by the European Commission to discuss disembarkation amid threats by Italy to pull funding for the European Union unless member states agreed to take people from the Diciotti in. But the talks ended without producing a solution for the stranded refugees and migrants, some of whom earlier on Friday reportedly started a hunger strike.
The Malta Independent says that the Planning Authority told the press that an application has now been submitted for works on the Tal-Balal road. An announcement last week that the road would be widened raised eyebrows as no permit had been issued by the PA.
Another story making The Malta Independent and The Times of Malta headlines concerns the owner of a string of massage parlours who admitted to charges that he was living off the proceeds of prostitution. Four Colombian ‘masseuses’ also pleaded guilty of running a brothel as commercial partners.
The Times of Malta reports on a project piloted by the University of Malta of installing sensors of buildings to keep their state in check. Architect Reuben Paul Borg told the newspaper the network of sensors can accurately detect deterioration in buildings such as bridges and towers.
L-Orizzont reports the announcement of the inauguration of a new water treatment plant in Ta’ Barkat by Minister for Energy and Water Joe Mizzi. The project will benefit farmers in the south of the island, says the newspaper.
In-Nazzjon says that people seeking medical help in Gozo are turning to private clinics as the state in the Gozo General Hospital is now “at the worst possible”. Another story by the paper cover a demonstration in Valletta yesterday by refugees who said they pay taxes and national insurance but do not enjoy basic human rights.
President Donald Trump’s bookkeeper for his personal and business affairs for decades has been granted immunity in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
In another story, a former doorman at the Trump Tower said “I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump, which produced a child.” CNN
The United States, has cut more than $200m in economic aid to Palestinians, in a move that comes months after also drastically cutting its contribution to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). Various
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had canceled a planned trip to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying progress toward the U.S. goal of a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was too slow. CD/AP
Pope Francis will touch down at Dublin airport on Saturday morning for a 36-hour trip to a country whose national identity was once steeped in conservative Catholicism but which has undergone a social revolution in the four decades since the last papal visit. CD/The Guardian
Venezuelan women are being driven into the sex trade in Colombia in order to survive, a Sky News investigation has found.
John McCain will no longer receive treatment for brain cancer, the Arizona senator’s family said in a statement on Friday. The McCain family statement said: “The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed 30 people, including 22 children, in a rebel-held area in northwestern Yemen on Thursday, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry.
Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has unanimously dismissed a bid by the largest opposition coalition to annul the results of last month’s presidential election, which gave a victory to incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba’s candidacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s upcoming presidential elections was deemed “inadmissible” by the country’s election commission on Friday, as opposition groups cried foul. France 24
Low cost airline Ryanair has cut its hand luggage policy for the second time in a year, restricting customers to a single small bag unless they pay €6 for priority boarding in a move it said would cut delays. Read More
Spain’s center-left government approved Friday legal amendments ensuring that the remains of former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco will be dug up and removed from a controversial national mausoleum honoring its civil war dead. Read More
Italian Formula 1 squad Ferrari will be showing a special addition on its car during this week’s race of Spa. La Gazzetta Dello Sport