Thursday Morning Briefing

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From Trump’s back pedalling to the Queen’s messages hidden in brooches. From the court room in Valletta to the temporary beach volley court in the same city.

Our Morning Briefing for Thursday, bringing you the salient news, as reported around in Malta and around the World.… Be Informed

Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Matteo Salvini denounces photos of people stranded at sea by Libya as fake after being accused that this is a result of his action.

Donald Trump blames his ‘phonetics’ and ‘grammar’ for being understood correct on something he didn’t actually want to say.… Be Informed

Trump condemned as treasonous by US for siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies

Donald Trump has been condemned as “treasonous” for siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies after a stunning joint appearance with Vladimir Putin in which he seemingly accepted the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling.

At a joint press conference after one-on-one talks lasting more than two hours in the Finnish capital, the US president offered no criticism of Putin or the cyber-attacks that the US intelligence community says he coordinated to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign.… Be Informed

Trump – Putin summit : No high expectations for Trump

AP: President Donald Trump says “nothing bad … maybe some good” will come out of Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump’s national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”

He also called the European Union a “foe” of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.… Be Informed

The Friday Morning Briefing

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The world news scene was ‘overshadowed’ by Trump’s tirades and comments at NATO summit and in Britain. He can easily be dubbed as a the ‘agent of disruption’ and not necessarily in a positive way as his comments, actions and views are indicative of a trait aimed disrupting world order.… Be Informed

Trump visits Europe for summits with NATO and Russia against a backdrop of ‘geopolitical disruption’

AP: President Donald Trump launched a weeklong Europe trip Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted predicted  that his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin “may be the easiest” of the meetings he has scheduled for his weeklong trip to Europe.… Be Informed

Putin denies that missile which brought down Malaysian aircraft was a Russian military equipment

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Vladimir Putin denied that the missile which brought down a Malaysian airliner in July 2014, killing almost 300 people was a Russian military piece of equipment.

This was the first reaction for the Russian President after a  Dutch investigation report published this week concluded that the Buk missile had come from the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade in Kursk.… Be Informed

Salisbury poisoned agent leaves hospital

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Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, whose poisoning with a nerve agent in the UK triggered a diplomatic crisis with Russia, has been discharged from a British hospital.

The 66-year-old, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.… Be Informed

Vladimir Putin meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said their “military success” in Syria allowed for a large-scale “political process” leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the country’s reconstruction. A day after UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that a government assault on the rebel-held area of Idlib could affect 2.3 million people, Putin met Assad in the southern Russian city of Sochi.… Be Informed

Putin takes oath of office

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Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president on Monday and promised to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. In a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall, Putin said improving Russia’s economy following a recession partly linked to international sanctions would be a primary goal of his next six-year term.… Be Informed