Your morning briefing bringing you the latest news developments as reported from around the world, while reviewing Malta’s Newspapers, major news agencies and several global and localised newspapers.
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The Malta Independent follows up on the case of a young German Michael Mansholt who was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Dingli in 2016. His family say they have now given up hope of getting answers. In another story the newspaper reports that the police are still investigating the case of the 120 immigrants found living on a farm earlier this month.
In-Nazzjon reports that a British man of Maltese descent is charged of assaulting a woman and her child with a hammer in London. A second story says that the Directorate for Animal Protection will take steps against the owner of the horse that died drawing a karozzin in Floriana.
The main story in L-Orizzont focuses on the immigration row with Italy and says that the Maltese government is following international rules. In a separate story, the newspaper speaks to the Foundation for Social Welfare Services which says that paedophiles have learnt how to circumvent the system of monitoring. L-Orizzont also quotes Simon Mercieca who does not agree that Simon Busuttil is more at risk now than when he was spokesperson for good governance.The Times of Malta say that employers are against new leave rules which, they say, ultimately lead to an unequal playing field. Industrial relations lawyer Ian Spiteri Bailey writes an opinion piece in the newspaper. The newspaper reports in a second story that the anti-money laundering investigation into the Petroleos de Venezuela has been ongoing for two years.
The Coast Guard’s Diciotti ship carrying 177 rescued migrants will dock at Catania, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said Monday. But Interior Minister Matteo Salvini won’t let any migrants off until the EU tells him they will go elsewhere, interior ministry sources said. “The gallant men of the coast guard,” Toninelli tweeted, “performed their duty saving human lives just 17 miles from Lampedusa”. ANSA/CD
Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the “crime” of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the self-referential clerical culture that has been blamed for the abuse crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children. CD/Vatican News
10 hikers died in Calabria, in the gorges of Raganello in Civita (Cosenza) following the flood wave of a torrent due to the violent rains. 23 were rescued so far. It’s the the third successive week that Italy has been hit with a tragedy which sees numerous deaths. (ANSA/Corriere/CD)
DEVELOPING STORY- Microsoft said it had seized fake websites, linked to a Russian military intelligence unit, meant to trick people into thinking they were sites for Republican-leaning think tanks that have criticized President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. The shift to attacking conservative think tanks underscores the Russian intelligence agency’s goals: to disrupt any institutions challenging Moscow and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. New York Times
US President Donald Trump has said he is worried he might face perjury charges if he gives statements under oath to the investigation into Russia’s alleged role in his election victory. He told Reuters news agency he feared any discrepancies between his account and others could be used against him. Mr Trump also suggested he could take over the investigation run by special counsel Robert Mueller, but said he’d decided to stay out of it.BBC/Reuters
Chris Watts, a murder suspect told police in Colorado he strangled his pregnant wife in a rage after he saw her on a baby monitor strangling the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Celeste, according to court documents. Watts confessed to burying his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, near two oil tanks and dumping his daughters’ bodies in the tanks, according to the affidavit. But prosecutors paint a different picture of the killing. Watts was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and young daughters. Two additional first-degree murder charges accuse him of causing the death of a child younger than 12. CNN
The Conservatives should not change the rules to make it easier to elect Boris Johnson because it could damage the party in the long term, William Hague has warned. The former party leader says that giving grassroots Tories a greater say in the election of their next leader could lead to entryism and see the party “swamped by new recruits”. The Telegraph
Hamas has pledged its support for Jeremy Corbyn as more evidence emerged on Monday of his long-running links to the Islamist group. Praising the Labour leader for his political activism, Hamas, which was recently proscribed by the European Court of Justice, declared “we salute Jeremy Corbyn’s supportive positions to the Palestinians”. The Telegraph
Australia‘s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in an internal government ballot that is unlikely to settle questions of his support. His challenger, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, resigned from Cabinet after the vote but the amount of support he gained a day after downplaying the possibility of a challenge surprised many commentators. Fox News/BBC
Venezuela resorted to desperate measures to arrest an economic collapse on Monday, lopping five zeros off the bolívar, devaluing it by 95 per cent and tying it to an obscure state-run cryptocurrency. Apart from devaluing its currency the country aims to raise the minimum wage by more than 3,000% in what the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared a visionary bid to tame rampant hyperinflation. Opponents of the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro called for strikes and protests on Tuesday, when shops and financial institutions reopen after a bank holiday was used to put the drastic reform into effect. As it tries to curb hyperinflation — which, by some measurements, is the worst in Latin American history — the government is also slashing fuel subsidies and raising the minimum wage by 3,000 per cent. FT
The story of the British air hostess who survived 10 hours floating at sea might have jumped off the cruise ship after a drunken row with her boyfriend, rather than falling back. Allegations surfaced on Monday suggesting Miss Longstaff had been arguing with her boyfriend in the hours before she plunged into the Adriatic Sea from the seventh deck of the liner about 75 ft above the water. Many also suggested there was no way she could have accidentally fallen from the ship, insisting that the security barriers were simply too too high to topple over. CNN/SUN
Spain is being forced to consider the environmental impact of its most famous product as figures show there are now more pigs in Spain than people. A report produced for the Environment ministry has revealed that in 2017, the number of pigs slaughtered for pork products exceeded 50 million, 3.5 million more than the 46.5 million human population of Spain. CD / Local
Italy’s TV Network SKY has announced that if the recent stories that emerged about Asia Argento are proved true, they will be removing her from the show X-FACTOR. Argento, One of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17.