Sunday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

The morning briefing for Sunday leads with the death of Senator John McCain, who at 81, passed away after losing the battle with cancer. During the night, the Diciotti saga ended, however the issue will have serious ramifications between the EU and Italy and also a new struggle for Salvini with the Italian judiciary.

Malta Today opens with a heart-wrenching story about six children who were left to fend for themselves in shocking conditions after their father died and their relatives abandoned them. The eldest among them, of fifteen years, assumed the role of mother to the other five siblings, the youngest aged just five. Social workers have taken on the case some weeks ago.

The Sunday Times of Malta says it has received information that the kitchen at St Vincent de Paul home was demolished even before the €274 contract to build a new one was signed between the government and the consortium. A second story by the paper reports that a police investigation inquiry is underway at MCAST after claims of sexual misconduct.

Seven localities in Gozo and one in Malta could be soon hit with a waste emergency, reports The Sunday Times of Malta, as talks between local councils and service provider Green MT are in deadlock over the collection of grey bags.

The main story in Illum reveals that the Malta Developers’ Association is proposing a modular tax regime for property owners whereby they pay less for lower rents. In a second story, the newspaper says that karozzini owners disagree with a two-hour break during the summer season.

Il-Mument says that the Labour Party is trying to convince Alfred Sant not to contest the European Parliament elections in order to appease Miriam Dalli. The paper says the former PL leader has instead been promised Karmenu Vella’s job within the European Commission.

The Malta Independent on Sunday says that pick-pocketing has grown into ‘transnational organised crime’ as it speaks to Inspector Kurt Zahra from the Criminal Investigations Department. Another story by the paper reveals that 108 newly-graduated nurses will start working tomorrow to alleviate the shortage in hospitals across the islands.

It-Torċa leads by covering a report in the Financial Times which it says places Malta’s Individual Investment Program among the best systems in the citizenship-by-investment industry. Another story in the newspaper reports that the police have made a series of raids in Marsa to ensure the locality’s safety.

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US Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and Vietnam War hero, died Saturday after losing his battle with brain cancer, his office said in a statement.

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Catholic bishops, Albania and Ireland agreed to take the 140 migrants blocked aboard an Italian coast guard vessel, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday, announcing the end of 10-day standoff over the asylum-seekers but making clear an angry Italy could avenge a perceived lack of overall European Union solidarity by refusing to approve the bloc’s next multi-year budget. Read more here. 

Matteo Salvini is being investigated by Italian magistrates from Agrigento for abuse of power, and the accusation of holding people against their will, in connection to this case.

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Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church’s failure to adequately address the “repellent crimes” of sex abuse by clergy.

The Vatican says Pope Francis has met with eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse on the first day of his trip to Ireland, which is ground zero for the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.

The Irish prime minister has called for a new relationship between church and state in which religion is no longer at the centre of society, as the pope made his first visit to Ireland this weekend. Read more here.

Three earthquakes, included one at magnitude 6, have struck western Iran, with state media reporting at least two people killed and 241 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey says two other earthquakes, measuring 4.4 and 4.2 magnitude, struck early Sunday near the city of Javanrud in Iran’s Kermanshah province. State TV reported the toll, citing Reza Mahmoudian, a governorate official. The state-run IRNA news agency says one of the two killed was a 70-year-old man who died of a heart attack during the earthquakes. Iran is prone to earthquakes. Last November, a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same region, killing over 530 people and injuring thousands. AP

In Libya, the Ministry of Interior declared the state of general alarm and the high-alert status in all its security units. On its Facebook, the ministry called on all citizens to cooperate with security men on any suspicious acts or security breaches.

Other News

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.


Police in Argentina have begun searching properties belonging to the former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as part of a major corruption investigation.


Firefighters in Germany are battling to subdue one of the largest forest fires in recent decades, around 50km (30 miles) south of Berlin.


Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and Parliament was shut down for an afternoon.


An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week.


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