Wednesday Morning Briefing
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Our morning briefing brings you the latest headlines as reported on major news portals, agencies and Malta’s newspapers.

Start your day informed.


The Latest

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Malta and Britain have agreed that, come Brexit, all bilateral arrangements between the two countries will remain in place, including the 40-year-old reciprocal agreement related to Maltese citizens receiving free health care treatment in the United Kingdom. Maltatoday

Queen  Elizabeth II has spoken publicly about Brexit for the first time, telling the King of the Netherlands that “as we look toward a new partnership with Europe” the values shared by the UK and Holland “are our greatest assets”. The Telegraph

The United States said Tuesday it was revoking visas of Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Donald Trump ridiculed the kingdom’s response as “one of the worst cover-ups” in history.

The European Commission has formally rejected Italy’s draft budget. The move which is an unprecedented step for eurozone fiscal authorities means that Italy’s government will have to rein in its spending plans. If this would not happen, Italy be facing fines from the Commission.

Twenty people, most of them fans of the CSKA Moscow football team, have been hurt after a crowded escalator at a Rome metro station suddenly sped up, hurling people down the staircase. The Guardian

Preliminary agreement has been reached on a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris on Nov. 11, a Kremlin foreign policy aide said on Tuesday.

Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro saw his lead narrow slightly over leftist rival Fernando Haddad in a new election poll published on Tuesday. The poll looked at voter intentions for Sunday’s run-off vote. Reuters

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci earned praise from the Red Devils boss after helping the dominant Bianconeri to victory at Old Trafford during Tuesday’s Champions League match programme. Bayern Munich beat AEK Athens while Ajax beat Benfica. Real Madrid won against Viktoria Plzen while Roma beat CSKA Moscow 3 -0, in an evening marred by the collapse of the escalator at Rome’s Repubblica metro stop.

The Review 

The Times reports on figures tabled in parliament by the Home Affairs Minister showing a substantial increase in confiscated drugs in the first 10 months of this year. Over 12 tonnes of cannabis resin were seized while higher finds of MDMA and amphetamine were also registered.

The Times carries a story about a ruling by the EU Court of Human Rights that the property owners of the King’s Own Band Club premises in Valletta are having their rights breached by the low value of the rent paid by the band club. The family was awarded over €600,000 in damages.

The Malta Independent speaks to an account holder in Satabank, which has been ordered to suspend services by the MFSA. The client told the newspaper that holders can’t move funds and currently only have viewing rights to their accounts.

Another story in The Malta Independent says that the government will focus on upgrading the roads network and the current public transport service before investing in any system of rapid mass transportation.

In-Nazzjon carries a story about a ceremony marking the first anniversary since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Malta-based international metal artist Marie Louise Kold presented a portrait of the journalist to EP President Antonio Tajani.

In-Nazzjon reports on a parliamentary sitting in which Opposition Leader Adrian Delia insisted that Malta needs to be prepared for every situation after Brexit. He said the Opposition is not satisfied with the conclusions of the recent Council of Europe summit, especially with regards to migration and security.

L-Orizzont carries two stories linked to the Budget presented on Monday. In one story, the newspaper carries comments by Sociologists Maria Brown and Godfrey Baldachhino who described the budget as a generous one which aims to achieve social justice. Economist Philip Von Brockdorff says that the budget proposals don’t create burdens on businesses.

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