This is our morning briefing, bringing you the highlights of the main news as reported in Malta, Europe and the World.
Two women were killed early yesterday morning in a residence in Gharghur in what appears to have been a domestic incident. The Times reports that a man gave himself up to the police after allegedly stabbing his mother and aunt to death over his suspicion they were secretly put- ting tranquillisers in his coffee.
The Malta Independent says that the publication of the conclusions of the Egrant Inquiry has exposed the ever-deepening chasms within the Nationalist Party, with 10 PN MPs (more than a third of the party’s representatives in parliament) marching in open revolution of Leader Adrian Delia’s decision to remove his predecessor, Simon Busuttil, from his shadow cabinet, and call on him to suspend himself from the PN parliamentary group. On the same lines, The Times reports that Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia was yesterday under intense pressure from his parliamentary group and PN grassroots following his “surprise” announcement on Sunday calling for his predecessor to step down as a consequence of the Egrant inquiry findings.
Recent polls show that for the first time in Italy, the parties in government are enjoying overwhelming support (60%) while the support for Forza Italia and PD has dwindled drastically.
Forest fires raging across Greece have killed at least 20 people, the government says, as the authorities there seek international assistance.
Tensions between Iran and USA high after recent exchange by distance between Trump and Rouhani.
A U.S. research group says North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor told parliament on Monday he would nominate no candidate for prime minister as no party enjoys majority support in parliament.
Within weeks, modifications to migrant rescue mission Sophia will be done and those changes which include the payment of €6000 for every migrant rescued by the EU would mean that Italy will open up again its ports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria.
230 persons have been injured in a series of earthquakes in Western Iran, local officials said.
Facing questions before France’s parliament on Monday, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb defended his handling of the so-called Benalla Affair. Hearings on Monday mark the latest episode in a damaging political scandal for President Emmanuel Macron.
Arsenal football player Mesut Ozil has decided he will no longer be playing with the German national team claiming racism after photo with Erdogan as the main cause.
Mounting tensions between Athens and Moscow have exacerbated growing friction on NATO’s south-eastern flank, with the two traditional allies locked in an increasingly hostile war of words.
Amazon’s UK boss has warned the country’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, that Britain would face “civil unrest” within weeks of a no-deal Brexit, adding the online retailer’s voice to a growing list of businesses voicing concerns .
Britain’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has warned there is a risk of the UK leaving the EU in March 2019 without a deal because of stalling by the bloc’s negotiators, and that British views of Europe would sour as a result.
The foreign ministry in Damascus condemned on Monday the evacuation of hundreds of trapped White Helmets rescue workers and their relatives from Syria’s south through its foe and neighbour, Israel.
Three men have been arrested in connection with a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Worcester. The boy was treated in hospital after suffering serious burns to his face and an arm, and has now been released.
Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman’s throat was cut at a Hilton hotel. Greater Manchester Police said the incident is not believed to be terror related or a “random attack”.
An elderly worshipper had a close call on Monday when a 100-kg stone suddenly fell from Jerusalem’s Western Wall and crashed at her feet.