Tuesday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Your morning briefing for today apart from the regular Malta’s newspaper front pages’ review also refers to the worrying developments in Libya’s capital Tripoli, the Mexico – US preliminary deal, Senator McCain’s last message to the Americans, the genocide accusations levied at Myanmar’s military  and the riots in Germany.

These are amongst the main events which dominate the headlines of the world’s leading portals and news agencies.

Wishing you a good day.


PaperThe Times leads with a story where the Transport Ministry has been ordered to amend a call for a €20 million tender for the provision of passenger and vehicle ferry services in Malta and Gozo. The subsidised service is currently provided by Gozo Channel.Upholding a number of objections made by Virtù Ferries, particularly on the terms of the call, the Public Contracts Review Board (PCRB) agreed the current tender, issued by Transport Malta, may be incongruent with EU rules, as it might restrict competition and the entry of new players to the market.

The Times also reports that a woman who was permanently disfigured when a dog bit her has informed police she is prepared to sue them to ensure they press charges against the dog’s owner.

The Malta Independent reports that Environment Minister Jose Herrera told the newspaper that all fish farm operators are ether now fully compliant with their permits, or on the way to becoming fully compliant.In another story, we read that the man accused of shooting a number of storks allegedly called up his friend shortly afterwards to say he “screwed up.”

In-Nazzjon carries an interview with a youth, whose life was ‘controlled’ by drugs and who now has chosen ‘life’. In-Nazzjon carries another story, this time about delays on Air Malta flights.

L-Orizzont carries multiple stories on its front page. In one story we read a reaction by the Foundation for Tomorrow Schools about the new school project in Qawra, following reports in yesterday’s papers about the delay in its completion. In another story, we read comments by Minister Fearne who expressed his views about the need for more nurses will increase every time new services are introduced.



Libya The Update

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the EU and the British and Italian  ambassadors called on all militias to observe an immediate ceasefire and restore calm in southern Tripoli. The call comes following clashes today in southern Tripoli between militias aligned to the internationally-recognized Presidency Council and Government of National Accord headed by Faiez Serraj. The indiscriminate firing has led to deaths and injuries to civilians as well as collateral damage. The Serraj Ministry of Health has reported 5 deaths and 31 injuries so far.


MyanmarUnited Nations investigators on Monday called for an international probe and prosecution of Myanmar’s army chief and five other top military commanders for genocide against the country’s Rohingya minority.



merkel trumpGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump share concerns about developments in Syria, especially the humanitarian situation in the region around Idlib, Merkel’s spokesman said after the two leaders spoke by telephone.


img_4209Germany will not tolerate “vigilante justice”, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday, after hundreds of far right protesters staged a violent demonstration in response to a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi. Rival protests have once again broken out in Chemnitz, a day after a deadly stabbing provoked an anti-immigrant demo. Chancellor Merkel condemned rioters who she said were “hunting down” foreigners.



MCain“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here,” McCain wrote shortly before his death. “Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.”


img_4211-2Flags at The White House was back at half mast after they were back at full-staff Monday. “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” said Trump, who added that Vice President Mike Pence would make remarks at Friday’s ceremony honoring McCain at the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s statement was made public moments after the White House flag was returned to half-staff Monday afternoon following complaints from two of America’s most prominent veterans’ groups.


Details about John McCain’s funeral services have been announced after the longtime Arizona senator died on Saturday. McCain, who died roughly a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, was 81.


USA MexicoCanadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is cutting short her diplomatic trip to Europe to head to Washington for trade talks with the United States. On Monday, Trump administration and Mexico have reached a preliminary accord to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a new deal that would be intended to encourage more manufacturing in the United States.


Macron The UpdatePresident Emmanuel Macron on Monday said preserving European Union unity was more important than forging a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, and hit out at what he called US President Donald Trump’s “aggressive” isolationism.


UpDate IranIran has full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the head of the Revolutionary Guards navy, General Alireza Tangsiri, said Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency. About 20% of the world’s petroleum (about 35% of the petroleum traded by sea) passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade.

In another story we read that Iran’s currency crisis has left ordinary citizens enduring soaring living costs, but prosecutors allege that corrupt business people have turned it into a money-making opportunity. In one case the name of a dead person was used to import 10,500 mobile phones using foreign currency issued at Iran’s favourable official rate. In another an unskilled worker thought to be someone else’s pawn managed to buy 38,000 gold coins from the central bank at below-market rates. (FT)


Copy of Copy of Brexit UpdateJoachim Lang, the head of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) said that “the risk of a hard [no-deal] Brexit is growing by the day.” He was speaking in a wide-ranging interview with the Rheinische Post newspaper.



the UpdateItaly’s Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Monday that the country would review its infrastructure concession system on a case-by-case basis to determine whether to nationalise some of them or renegotiate the contracts. “This government will do all it can to completely revise the concessions system and the contract obligations,” Toninelli said in testimony to a joint meeting of parliament’s transport committees.


Election Watch SwedenSwedes are heading to vote in a new government on September 9 and it’s shaping up to be historic. Like elsewhere in Europe in recent times the prospect of a sharp turn towards populism is looming over this election. Barring a major upset, Sweden’s far-right is on course for a record result in September 9 legislative elections, capitalising on the mood of voters who feel they are being left behind in favour of hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived asylum seekers.



img_4162The archbishop of Washington on Monday “categorically denied” ever being informed that his predecessor had been sanctioned for sexual misconduct, undercutting a key element of a bombshell allegation that Pope Francis covered up clergy abuse.



The CEO of EA says he will cancel the remaining Madden Classic qualifier events after two people were fatally shot and 10 others injured at a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. In a statement Monday evening Andrew Wilson said, “We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators. We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events.” Sheriff Mike Williams said 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore specifically targeted fellow gamers attending the tournament on Sunday before killing himself.



enquirer (1)Asia Argento was betrayed by a friend whom she confessed to having had sex with 17-year-old Jimmy Bennet. Rain Dove, the 27 year-old model companion of Rose McGowan, who with Asia gave birth to the #MeToo movement confessed to this. “I turned to the police because by Asia admitting to have had sex with the minor actually confessed to having committed a crime,” wrote Rain Dove on social networks. She denied having sent private messages to the site Tmz: “It was definitely some friend or collaborator with whom I had shared them to evaluate what to do … A greedy friend “.



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