Fake news stories about MMR vaccine leads to rise in measles

The Irish Independent reports that measles cases have almost trebled from just 25 cases in 2017 to 66 this year, as the disease enters the country via EU holidaymakers and immigrants.

Statistics obtained by the Irish Independent reveal the rise, with the spread of the disease across Europe being partly being blamed on “fake news” stories about the vaccine.

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Merkel & Sanchez discuss fair distribution of migrants across the EU

DW reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated a “fair distribution” of migrants across the EU. She also spoke out against racism during a press conference in Spain after a working lunch on Saturday with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Both advocated a “fair distribution” of migrants — an approach they intend to promote at next month’s EU summit in Austria.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

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Start your day informed with your morning briefing providing you the highlights of what happened in the last 24 hours Malta, Europe and the World,  in just under 5 minutes.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Opposition leader Adrian Delia has presented an application before the Constitutional Court seeking a complete copy of the Egrant inquiry report

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Thursday Morning Briefing


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Your morning briefing brings you some of the main news reported by the Newspapers in Malta, the latest from the major news agencies in Europe and the World and the stories which hit the headlines in the past 24 hours from the Mediterranean, Europe, the Middle East and the World, spanning from Italy to Canada, looking into Spain and Malaysia, the UK and China.… Be Informed

Germany to increase powers to block foreign investments

The Financial Times reports that Germany is to increase its powers to block foreign investments by significantly lowering the threshold for deals that can be subject to ministerial veto.

The newspaper refers to this as being a further sign of “growing protectionist sentiment towards Chinese acquisitions.”

Berlin can veto deals that involve the purchase of at least 25 per cent of the equity of a German company by an entity from outside the EU, and only if they endanger public order or national security.… Be Informed

European diplomats vow to work together to preserve nuclear deal with Iran

Europe’s top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on Tuesday.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement will maintain “effective financial channels” with Iran and ensure its continued export of oil and gas.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

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Newspaper Headlines MaltaBoth the Times and The Malta Independent refer to the S&P credit rating on the banking system. Respected credit ratings agency Standard and Poors has highlighted increased reputational and operational risks for Malta’s banking sector, moving its risk score up two notches on its 10point scale. 

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On this day, 1931 37.2% of Germans voted for Hitler’s NSDAP

On this day, in 1932, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party  garnered 37.2% of the popular vote in the second of three elections that year.


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The election campaign took place under violent circumstances, as Papen lifted the token ban on the SA, the Nazi paramilitary, which Brüning had banned during the last days of his administration.… Be Informed

Tuesday Morning Briefing

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With every news cycle, a number of events take place. Your media briefing is intended to present you a snapshot of the main events of the past 24 hours through a review of over 30 news portals and agencies from Malta, Mediterranean, Europe  and the rest of the world.… Be Informed

Sunday Morning Briefing

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The conclusion of the Egrant inquiry dominates the front pages of the Maltese newspapers. The developments in the US following a hostage situation in Los Angeles is currently the most viewed item in the world.

Our Sunday morning briefing brings you a digest of the happenings that characterised the headlines as reported by the newspapers, news websites and agencies from Malta, Europe and around the world in the past hours.… Be Informed

INSIGHT: Germany – In an attempt to get AFD votes, the CSU loses its grip and plot and support

What is going on in Bavaria? Or better: at the CSU. First it goes against the Chancellor, and now is arguing with each other: party leader Horst Seehofer against the recently celebrated without hope, Prime Minister Markus Söder. But even after his seizure of power, the party is far from the desired absolute majority in the surveys. 

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Saturday Morning Briefing

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From Malta to Kazakistan via Italy, to the UK and Brussels, from Libya to Singapore and our obvious stop in the US our morning briefing presents you how the major news agencies and outlets reported the salient happenings of the past 24 hours.… Be Informed

Several people injured in attack by a man wielding knife on a bus in Germany

UPDATE:  Prosecutor told mass-market daily BILD that” a 34-year-old German citizen of Iranian origin” the suspected attacker, who was wielding a knife on a bus in Germany which injured several passengers  , was detained by German police.

“We have no indication of political radicalisation of any kind,” she said, adding that the suspect had so far not spoken about the incident.… Be Informed