Sunday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

The news of the possible death of ‘ambassador’ and Professor Joseph Mifsud makes it Maltese and International headlines in view of the alleged links between Trump’s campaign office and the Kremlin.

Your Sunday’s morning briefing includes a review of the main stories one finds on the front pages of Malta’s papers, the latest headlines and a reminder of the salient news of what was reported in the past 24 hours, to make sure you start your day informed.

the latest morning

Professor Joe Mifsud the link between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin’ is ‘missing and may be dead’ – reports (Malta Independent on Sunday, Bloomberg) 

Swedes vote on Sunday in a tight election dominated by fears over asylum and welfare, with the populist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats vying to become the biggest party in a country long seen as a bastion of economic stability and liberal values. Reuters

UK facing ‘crisis of capitalism’, says Archbishop of Canterbury.  Financial Times 

Relations between Dublin and London are the worst they have been in 30 years because of Brexit, the leader of Fianna Fáil has said. The Guardian

Greek PM announces tax breaks. Reuters 

Russia’s GRU spy network targeted UK power networks before Salisbury attack.  The Telegraph

Turkey warns Russia an attack on Idlib will turn it into ‘lake of blood’. The Guardian 

Trump axes $25m in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals. Gulf News

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recommended that thousands of refugees who escaped from detention centers amid clashes between militia in Tripoli be directed to a facility in the capital to help them to safety. – Reuters

Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers. New York Times

Salvini: “No judicial coup . Do it good and fast”  – Rai News 24

President Donald Trump agrees with Apple that potential tariffs on Chinese imports could make its gadgets more expensive, but he says the tech company can fix the problem by moving production to the U.S. AP

European finance ministers agree to intensify talks on tech tax. Financial Times 

Debenhams fears for its future worsen. The Telegraph

Serena Williams has accused an umpire of sexism and treating her more harshly than men as she used a press conference to double down on her earlier on-court tirade at the official during her US Open final defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka. The Guardian




The Malta Independent on Sunday carries the story that Professor Joe Mifsud, the person who allegedly acted as a go-between Trump’s campaign office and Russia ‘may be deceased’ according to the US Democratic National Council’. It adds, that when and if found alive, he will be served with a criminal complaint.

The Sunday Times reports that President Marie-Louise Coleiro-Preca believes the time is ripe for Malta to decide “once and for all” on a national day following a period of reflection and a national debate.

The paper also reveals Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s personal lawyer is redacting the 1,500-page Egrant inquiry report himself, despite the Attorney General, the magistrate who wrote it, police investigators and several legal minds all being against its release.

About the Egrant Inquiry, we find a story on Il-Mument, which says that the Attorney General is making obstacles for PN Leader Adrian Delia to give his witness in the Constitutional case filed by Delia.

The Malta Independent on Sunday carries an interview with Frederick Azzopardi, CEO of Infrastructure Malta, who said that the traffic bottlenecks plaguing Marsa, will soon be a thing of the past. The report says that Marsa will be having seven lanes by the time the school starts and 10 by October.

It-Torca refers to the story of Cristiano, the newborn found abandoned in St Paul’s Bay. Quoting the Gozitan Bishop, the paper refers to the appeal for help rather than passing on judgements at the unknown parents of this child.

It-Torca also refers to a story, how a foreigner did not managed to get employed, even though he’s legally in Malta, just because being African.

In another story we read that parents will be saving €700 a year on school transport fees thanks to the agreement announced this week. Il-Kulħadd also leads with the story related to the free school transport initiative, which is hailed as a major change.

MaltaToday reports that a Television Malta documentary has tracked down survivors and children from the over 2,000 Maltese nationals who in 1942 were forcibly removed from Tripoli in Libya, where their families had migrated, to concentration camps in Italy for refusing to renounce their British citizenship. Some of those interviewed claim that their loyalty was hardly paid.

In another story, we read that Labour Party delegates who are employed in the country’s national health- care system have been asked to attend meetings with health minister and deputy prime minister Chris Fearne, over a possible future party leadership bid. Two health workers who spoke to MaltaToday on condition of anonymity said they were summoned to a party meeting to form part of a possible future leadership bid by the minister. Il-Mument, carries a story, claiming that there are currents, originating from the Prime Minister’s office, which want that Fearne gives up his Health Ministry portfolio.

The newspaper has a follow-through story, quoting bishops on housing saying that ‘developers must be just and compassionate’.

Illum’s front page carries follow-through story on its front page which is based on an interview with PN leader Adrian Delia, who is quoted saying that the MEP election results will not be reflecting on him. The interview is done a year since Dr Delia has been elected PN leader.

The newspaper also has refers to potential developments, regards the development at the White Rocks.

Il-Mument carries a follow-through story on its Frontpage based on an interview with the Nationalist party secretary general, Clyde Puli, who speaks about the Independence day festivities organised by the party are important, so that the party can continue to build its vision.


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