Thursday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

The day after for Trump, meant he had the opportunity to say his views, and he did via his preferred monologous channel – Twitter. Twitter, again, was the channel for the Diciotti saga, where Salvini and Fico engaged in a war of tweets.

But there’s more. Your morning briefing aims at keeping you informed.

 

Newspaper Headlines MaltaMalta’s newspapers this morning report on the 100 migrants that were rescued by the Armed Forces yesterday from a sinking boat off the island. The bodies of 68 more migrants were also retrieved from the sea. Tension between Malta and Italy continue to rise as Italian Interior Minister Salvini said Malta is failing to adhere to an agreed redistribution mechanism. Malta responded by saying that the country is fulfilling all its obligation under international laws.

The Times of Malta reports that Air Malta is operating at a loss while accumulating millions of Euros in debt on fuel. The paper says that state company Enemed is in a dispute with the airline as payments for refuelling are not being respected.

The Malta Independent reveals that the policy on plastics currently being drafted by the ERA will seek to curb single-use plastics at feasts and events. The newspaper asked Environment Minister Jose Herrera about the guidelines after plastic confetti used at the summer carnival drew criticism from various quarters.

L-Orizzont speaks to GWU Secretary General Josef Bugeja about the current debate on the legal notices on employment regulations. Mr Bugeja says he disagrees with the retraction of the legal notices after pressure from employer organisations but says the union is ready to discuss the details of the proposals.

 

malta migration.pngThe AFM has rescued 102 migrants 68 nautical miles south of Malta, as their dinghy was taking on water and the people on board were in distress. Two of the migrants were found dead. The patrol boat with the migrants onboard arrived at Haywharf AFM base at around 1.15pm.  The migrants were taken for processing while the dead bodies were offloaded from the vessel. The Malta Independent

 

 

Diciotti (1)The war of tweets, where Salvini retains a primary role, has now focused on the Italian speaker Fico. In his words, Salvini criticised Fico in rather offensive way. He also said that if he’s not happy he either change country or change the Minister. In his reply, Fico reminded the importance of respecting dignity. ANSA

 

 

img_3651-3Donald Trump lashed out at his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday as he fought back against a deal struck by his one-time confidant with federal prosecutors that casts an ominous threat over his presidency. He accused Mr Cohen of “making up stories” to secure a plea agreement from prosecutors that implicates the president in an illegal scheme to pay off two women alleging affairs during this presidential campaign. FT

 

 

US russia summitPresident Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, was a “significant turning point” for his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen in deciding to turn against the president, Cohen’s attorney said Wednesday. Politico/Sky

 

 

Australia PMAustralia’s prime minister says he’ll quit Parliament if his party wants a leadership ballot. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he plans to hold a party meeting on Friday if a majority of his ruling conservative Liberal Party lawmakers want it. If that meeting calls for a leadership ballot, he will quit Parliament. That would create a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority or spur his replacement to immediately call a general election. AP

 

 

img_3547Ahead of the visit of Pope Francis in Ireland, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has admitted the Church no longer has the trust it once had among Catholics. Archbishop Eamon Martin blamed clerical sex abuse, which he called “heinous crimes”. He made the comments during a keynote address on the first full day of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The Pope will address the issue when he arrives in Dublin at the weekend. BBC

 

 

latest update

 

A new round of U.S. tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese imports has kicked in, even as officials from the world’s two largest economies meet for negotiations in Washington, prompting opposition from Beijing. CNBC

 

The EU’s financial services chief has warned that Brussels will be strict in policing the Britain’s rights of access to the bloc’s market after Brexit. FT

 

Jeremy Corbyn has declared Labour would “absolutely” vote against a “no deal” Brexit in Parliament, as he again failed to state whether he believes Britain will be better outside the EU.  Sky

 

Theresa May must “believe in Britain” and “chuck Chequers”, Jacob Rees-Mogg and more than 60 Tory Eurosceptics have said in a letter to grassroots Conservatives. Telegraph

 

The German foreign minister has said it was high time that Europe reassessed its partnership with the United States. He advocated an EU payment system independent of the US in order to save the nuclear deal with Iran. DW

 

Israel has advanced plans to build more than 1,000 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Final approval for construction was given for 382 homes, while the others cleared an earlier planning stage. BBC

 

Over 100 African migrants forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Wednesday after storming a barbed-wire border fence with Morocco and attacking police with caustic quicklime, a local official said. Telegraph

 

Hungarian authorities have stopped food distribution for rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the country’s border with Serbia since early August, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Al Jazeera

 

Russia will begin S-400 missile system deliveries to Turkey in 2019 – a year earlier than previously announced. The move comes amid a growing rift between Turkey and its NATO allies in the West.

 

Coconut oil, championed by clean-eating advocates as a healthy alternative to butter, is “pure poison” that increases cholesterol, a Harvard professor has said. Telegraph

 

Saudi Arabian prosecutors are seeking the death sentence for five human rights activists, including a woman who is thought to be the first female campaigner in the country facing execution, rights groups have said. The Guardian

 

Kabul will not be sending a delegation to Russia-led peace talks with the Taliban in September, the Foreign Ministry told DW. The Afghan government said only it can initiate a peace process. DW

 

Czech President Miloš Zeman was roundly criticized for refusing to take part in Tuesday’s commemoration of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces. Politico

 

A 31-year-old Chechen man who is alleged to have stored large quantities of explosives in his Berlin apartment has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. DPA/Local

 

More than 1,000 children born in the UK to parents from eight EU countries have been refused British passport renewals because of a Home Office error. Families were not asked for full documentation when they initially applied for and got passports. BBC

 

A large-scale illegal gun factory has been discovered on a Sussex industrial estate, the National Crime Agency has announced.  Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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