The latest on the deadly bombing in Pakistan, the hostage situation in Toulouse, the geopolitical situations in the Gulf, the situation in Iraq and Liverpool’s comeback and the Eurovision song contest are amongst the headlines for this morning’s news briefing.
Start your day informed with our morning briefing for Wednesday.
At least four have been killed in an explosion outside a major Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore, local media report.
Jean Vanier, Champion of people with disabilities dies aged 90 – He visited Dar Tal-Providenza and inspired Dar Nazaret
Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq, stepping up warning to Iran
Detained persons in Toulouse hostage situation released ‘safe and sound’
Student killed, seven wounded in Colorado school shooting
‘Anonymous’ hacks the emails of 30,000 Italian lawyers
Two Israelis arrested in global ‘dark’ Internet probe
Farage wants a seat at Brexit negotiating table
Libya’s Sarraj to meet Macron today
Speculation mounts on royal baby’s name
90ft Migrant boat on which around 800 persons died in the Mediterranean on display at Venezia Biennale
Mourinho praises Jurgen Klopp as the one who made Liverpool’s comeback possible. On Tuesday night, Liverpool beat Barcelona 4 – 0 in Anfield to reach the UEFA Champions League Final.
All set for the Eurovision in Tel Aviv
Malta’s newspaper front pages review
MaltaToday quotes Environment Minister Jose Herrera who said that if land reclamation projects are at all considered they would not allow for skyscrapers or hotels to be built. The minister said developers have been calling the shots for 50 years.
The Malta Independent says that MP Anton Refalo has no declared savings or current account, according to the declaration of assets for 2018. The former Gozo Minister, who own some 25 properties, declared he has an income of €3,700.
The Times reports that a new temporary work system by Identity Malta is attracting hundreds of non-EU citizens. Business owners in the catering and restaurant sector have been approached people, especially from South East Asia, looking for jobs.
The Malta Independent says that the architect behind the Ħal Far racetrack plans published in April is urging government to suspend any negotiations involving the use of land in question until a decision of the track has been taken.
MaltaToday reveals plans for an afforestation project on an 30,000 square metre site in Bengħajsa, behind the Freeport. 8,000 trees are expected to be planted at an investment of €400,000 to transform the disused area into a park.
The Times says that House Speaker Anġlu Farrugia told Opposition Leader Adrian Delia that he could not investigate claims made by Delia in his declaration of assets. The Opposition Leader said he has €670,000 in loans but no current or savings accounts.
In-Nazzjon carries a story about the Spring Economic Forecast by the European Commission which, tha paper says, predicts the Malta’s public finances will continue to contract.
In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who said at a political activity on Tuesday that a vote for Socialists in the MEP elections is a vote against Malta, but a vote for PN candidates is a vote in favour of Malta.