Tuesday Morning Briefing
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Good morning

Your morning briefing brings you the headlines and a review of the salient stories as covered by the main news outlets and Malta’s newspapers.

The Review 

The Times says that a 2017 national study has found Malta to be at “high risk” in terms of money-laundering activities and at a “medium-high risk” in terms of terrorist financing.

 

The Malta Independent reports that an outline planning application was submitted to build a five-thousand square-meter logistics hub on ODZ land in Żebbuġ.

 

The Times says that Mapfre Middle Sea Insurance has not yet reached agreements with the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation over compensations to the Paqpaqli accident victims.

 

The Malta Independent says that Malta ranks fourth lowest in the EU for students who take vocational training.

 

L-Orizzont speaks to Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manche who said that the council will not accept any tinkering with the plans and will look closely at the new proposals.

 

Another story in L-Orizzont says that the Justice Ministry is considering the removal of time-barring in cases involving sexual abuse.

 

In-Nazzjon says that waste bags separated by households are being mixed together on collection.

 

Another story in In-Nazzjon says that the European Central Bank has approved the withdrawal of Pilatus Bank’s licence, eight months after its chairman Ali Sadr Hasheminejad was arrested in the US.

The Latest Headlines 

 

Americans face a choice that could shape the nation for years after a campaign that left it politically torn, at war with itself over race, and mourning tragedy. CNN reports that voters must decide on Tuesday whether to constrain President Donald Trump and his compliant Republicans after the first two years of a demagogic presidency that widened national divides and unfolded in a torrent of scandal. Trump also tested constitutional norms and engineered a sharp shift in the country’s attitude toward the rest of the world.

 

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, held a meeting on Monday with the Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, Justice Minister Mohammed Abdelhamid, and the Head of the Investigation Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour as well as the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame. Libya Observer

 

Five men have been arrested after a video showed a group of people laughing, cheering and mocking residents of Grenfell Tower while burning a cardboard effigy of the block of flats. The Telegraph reports that the “sickening” video, which was described by the Prime Minister as “utterly unacceptable”, was shared on the instant messaging service Whatsapp and appears to have been taken over the weekend.

 

According to Sky News internet adverts for well-known brands could be funding the sexual exploitation of children online by unwittingly appearing on websites hosting child abuse, the home secretary will warn today.

 

Theresa May is to face her cabinet at a critical point in the Brexit negotiations after the Irish premier told her he could not allow the UK to dictate the terms of any backstop. The Guardian reports that May needs to secure the backing of her cabinet on Tuesday over the issue, which No 10 sources indicated was the sole remaining sticking point in Brexit talks that need to be concluded by the end of the month.

 

Economy Minister Giovanni Tria has “understood” the need to act within the EU rules on Italy’s 2019 budget bill, Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Monday. ANSA reports Moscovici said “he is my interlocutor, I have no other type of information”.

 

Financial Times reports that Eurozone finance ministers have urged Italy to bow to Brussels’ calls to redraft a bud­get plan  that breaks European spending rules, brushing aside attempts by Rome to defend the fiscal expansion as key to reviving the country’s economy.

 

French prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for three senior Syrian intelligence and government officials, including security chief Ali Mamlouk, for alleged collusion in war crimes, legal sources said Monday, France 24 reports. 

 

According to France 24 Turkey has warned Washington against its new sanctions on Iran, saying isolating the Islamic Republic is “dangerous”, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.  DW reports that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that several countries secured oil import exemptions, including: India, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

 

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, responded to a post on social media platform Instagram by what now is his ‘ex’ partner, who announced that the couple split. In his post on Monday evening he said that he had loved, forgiven and made some mistakes, but even if he believed till the very end, others (referring to his ex partner) had other priorities. Corriere Della Sera 

 

French rescue workers were searching into the night Monday for possible victims under the wreckage of two dilapidated buildings that suddenly collapsed in the centre of Marseille. France 24

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