Sunday Morning Briefing
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Your Sunday Morning Briefing covering the main news as reported around the world.

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lombok.pngA strong earthquake has jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured Sunday’s quake, which was centered in the northeast of the island, at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. A magnitude 7.0 quake on Aug. 5 damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced several hundred thousand people on Lombok.

Earlier a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 200 miles off Fiji.

39454434_2141919629354938_896562912527646720_nItaly’s President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte led mourners at the ceremony  of the state funeral for the victims of Genoa’s Bridge Collapse.

Newspaper Headlines Malta

Maltese headlines this morning report on a breadth of issues, the main story is the Maltese connection to a huge US anti-money laundering operation.

Malta Today story names Portmann Capital Limited as the Maltese wealth management company implicated in an American anti-money laundering investigation which embroiled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in an illicit $1.2 billion scheme.

The Sunday Times of Malta also reports on the involvement of Portmann Capital Limited in this case and says that the Maltese company received €20 million for launder the money between 2014 and 2015. The funds were pilfered off the Venezuelan State oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela.

The Malta Independent on Sunday spoke with the MFSA about the report of this investigation. The Authority is reported to have told the paper that it would not be prudent to comment at this stage on the complex case but assured that it was taking it seriously.

In another story Malta Today says that MEP David Casa has employed his brother-in-law and his uncle as assistants in the European Parliament. The MEP denies that he is in breach of EP rules.

Illum reveals that Stewart Health Care is concluding a process of scrutiny into the exclusive contract previously signed between Vitals Global Healthcare and Technoline Ltd for provision of equipment across its hospitals.

Il-Mument details the Attorney General’s role in the Egrant inquiry dispute with the Opposition, saying that the public servant is compromising his position.

It-Torċa also leads with a story about the Egrant Inquiry and the Opposition, but from the opposite view. It says that PN Leader Adrian Delia may have changed his tune about firing Simon Busuttil but he still expresses confidence in the Magistrate’s conclusions.

Another story by It-Torċa says that the Whitepaper on the rental market is due to be published in September.

The Sunday Times of Malta reports figures that show that half of those staying at homeless shelters in Malta are foreign and a third are EU citizens.

The Malta Independent on Sunday quotes John Fenech from the Noise Abatement Society of Malta that the country is in breach of EU law by allowing noise levels in cars and motorbikes to be modified.

Kulħadd carries a story about a direct order worth millions of Euros pushed by then PN Deputy Leader Lawrence Gonzi in 2002 and which runs until 2028. In another section, the newspaper lists a series of initiatives that demonstrate good government by the current administration.

img_3481Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

merkel putinChancellor Angela Merkel has received Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first bilateral visit to Germany since 2014. Their agenda listed Ukraine, Syria and piped gas for Europe but she dampened expectations.

Copy of NetanyahuRussian President Vladimir Putin has stopped off on the way to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today to attend the wedding of Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl – and brought a “gift” of an all-singing, all-dancing Cossack choir.

belarus.pngBelarus’s strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko has sacked his prime minister and other key members of government following a corruption scandal that saw top officials arrested.

SpainA year after a jihadist rampage in Catalonia killed 16 people, Spain paid homage to the victims Friday without managing to set aside bitter divisions over the region’s independence.

Brexit FarageNigel Farage is returning to frontline politics to “fight back” against what he describes as Theresa May’s “fraudulent” Brexit plan.

OmarosaOmarosa Manigault Newman does not just have tapes of conversations from her time as an adviser to Donald Trump, a person with direct knowledge of the records said on Friday. She also has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the White House.

Uk Westimenster attackThe Westminster terror suspect has been charged with two counts of attempted murder by driving a car through crowds outside Parliament.

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