Sunday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

This is the morning briefing for today.

Chetcuti (1)Malta’s newspapers report that Bojan Cmelik a Serbian national with no fixed address this morning was accused of attempting to kill businessman Hugo Chetcuti.

 

NK PompeoNorth Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.

Malta had almost 38,000 Schengen visa applications in 2017, mainly from Chinese and Russians according to a report on The Malta Independent.

 

Thai Coach

Rescuers have begun a mission to evacuate 12 boys and their coach from the cave where they have been trapped for two weeks.

Teams entered the cave at 10:00 local time (03:00 GMT), operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters.

Thai authorities told media on Sunday to leave a camp site near the cave where 12 boys and their coach have been trapped for more than two weeks so that “victims” could be helped, possibly signalling a rescue effort to get them out.

 

The Captain of the MVLifeline told the Sunday Times that the coming month will be the deadliest month for those attempting to cross the Mediterranean.The growth of anti-migrant populist coalition from both sides of the political spectrum is dealt with in a front page story on The Malta Independent on Sunday. About migration we read that MEP Miriam Dalli said that the EU summit took the situation several steps back. MEP Roberta Metsola argues the same in the same story which continues in the inside pages.

 

NATONATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said more NATO members will in 2018 meet a pledge to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense. This declaration comes a week before the NATO summit.

 

The dire situation at Mount Carmel Hospital, as highlighted by the NAO, is dealt with in the front page of Illum. In the meantime, MaltaToday reveals that CARE Malta has landed a lucrative €3 million direct order to receive elderly patients who will be transferred out of Mount Carmel hospital.

 

Orban IsraelThe Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube was involved in a campaign to discredit NGOs ahead of Hungary’s April election, according to a former Black Cube employee and a person with knowledge of the company’s inner workings.

 

Anne FrankAttempts by Anne Frank’s father to escape the Nazis in Europe and travel to the United States were complicated by tight American restrictions on immigration at the time, one of a series of roadblocks that narrowed the Frank family’s options and thrust them into hiding, according to a new report.

 

easy jetAn EasyJet passenger was pinned to the ground at Paris CDG after head-butting an air steward while being removed from a delayed flight to Mallorca.

 

spidermanStephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died at 90 years old.

World Cup England vs SwedenHarry Maguire and Dele Alli headers, along with crucial Jordan Pickford saves, ended Sweden’s run and put England into their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

 

croatia vs russiaTwenty years on from Croatia first taking the FIFA World Cup™ by storm, Zlatko Dalic’s team have booked the country’s place in the semi-finals for the second time in their history.

 

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