Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Start your day informed with the latest headlines, a review of the local newspapers and a digest of the salient news which characterised the last hours.


The Latest

Start your day informed 


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  • Theresa May is travelling to Salzburg, in a bid to find some much-needed harmony on Brexit at a two-day summit of European leaders.  Sky News

  • Clashes erupted on Tuesday on the Tripoli Tariq Al-Matar (Airport Road) between Liwaa Al-Summod forces led by former Libyan Dawn leader Salah Badi and Central Security Department forces in Abu Salim led by Abdelghani Al-Kikli. CD

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North. AP

  • President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed. But the decision, made against the backdrop of Trump’s spiraling outrage at the special counsel’s Russia investigation, may expose sensitive sources and methods and brush up against privacy law protections, experts say. AP

  • Donald Trump is considering a request from Poland to install a permanent US military presence in the eastern European country to bolster its defences against Russia, in a decision that the US president said came after Warsaw offered to pay Washington billions of dollars to host US troops. FT

  • Spain is calling for tougher legal guarantees on Gibraltar to be included in Britain’s exit treaty from the EU, a move that could complicate the UK’s drive to agree a deal in the next two months.

  • The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor announced Tuesday that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh. France 24

  • More than 5 million children are at risk of famine in war-torn Yemen, according to charity Save the Children. Renewed attacks on the key port city of Hodeida could further disrupt food, fuel and aid supplies. DW

  • At least eight people at a publicly listed hotel in the Australian city of Sydney were hospitalized on Wednesday after breathing toxic gases flowing through the building’s air conditioning system, an ambulance official said. Reuters

  • Roberto Firmino’s injury-time winner gave Liverpool a dramatic victory over Paris St-Germain in their opening Champions League Group C game at Anfield. Lionel Messi scored his 48th career hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in their opening Champions League group game. Late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino stunned Tottenham as Inter Milan celebrated their return to the Champions League with a dramatic Group B win. – BBC 


The Review

Malta’s Newspaper Front Pages


  • Most of the media lead with photo stories, regards the biggest drug haul ever seized in Malta. Malta Today reports on the 10 tonnes of cannabis uncovered by the customs at the freeport. The paper says that this is the largest drug haul ever to be made in Malta, with a value of €28.5 million. Cannabis resin was found in four containers originating from Syria and destined for Libya. L-Orizzont, too, follows the story and speaks to the General Director of the Customs Department about the case. Joseph Chetcuti said that the find was aided by high-tech scanners introduced by customs and that technology is helping the department fight organised crime.

  • Nexia BT partner Karl Cini risks facing an investigation by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Times of Malta has learnt. In a letter sent to the global network of accountants, Nationalist MEP David Casa listed cases of alleged wrongdoing resulting from the Panama Papers and involving Mr Cini. – Times of Malta

  • According to Huawei Technologies Italia Srl, a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational, which was competing for the supply of a fibre optic link between Malta and Gozo, the Department of Contracts preferred to grant the tender to another company offering the same service but costing €237,000 more than contact them to solve the software problem. – Times of Malta

  • The European Parliament’s rule of law delegation is leaving its door open for meetings with other NGOs, one if its members has said in response to claims that the meeting line-up could be one-sided. – The Malta Independent

  • Three local councils and twelve non-governmental organisations yesterday spoke out against the proposed development by the db Group on the former ITS site, saying that the Planning Authority (PA) should refuse the proposal in “no uncertain terms” due to the long list of harmful consequences that it would bring. – The Malta Independent

  • Ahead of Thursday’s PA vote, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said he was informed by the PN’s representative on the PA Board Marthese Portelli that the project was not within regulations and that she would be voting against it. – Malta Today

  • In-Nazzjon, too, quotes Adrian Delia’s comments to Malta Today journalist Kurt Sansone during the Independence festivities on The Granaries. The PN Leader said that the environment and development must no longer go against one another and the party is looking at ways to make the environment a new economic engine.



The Headline Roundup

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