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Amongst various stories, the Maltese stories lead their papers with a variety of stories covering a number of events and issues.
The authorities are not prepared to process a large group of migrants like that left stranded just outside Maltese waters last week, sources in the Office of the Prime Minister are reported to have told The Sunday Times. MaltaToday reports that Maltese investigators collected CCTV footage from the Siggiewi neighbourhood where economy minister Chris Cardona had been allegedly witnessed in conversation with a murder suspect, when the Caruana Galizia family reported the information back in December 2017. The German police are only working the Panama Papers angle, Wiesbaden public prosecutor Oliver Kuhn has told The Malta Independent on Sunday, meaning that the German authorities have nothing to do with the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. We also read in Il-Mument that President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will be having an urgent meeting with the Pro-Life coalition in view of the amendments of the IVF Bill. Il-Kullħadd reports about the latest EU Barometer which shows that the Maltese trust the Government. It-Torċa reports about the change in the migratory routes taken by traffickers which is now using Tunisia as the point of departure.
A taxi mounted the pavement ploughing into a group of people on Saturday evening. Early reports say that Mexico fans are among the injured. Russian state media says the driver, who has a Kyrgyzstani driving license, likely lost control of the vehicle. Two ambulances quickly arrived at the scene.
Rare scenes have been reported in Afghanistan of Taliban fighters and government security forces shaking hands and embracing during an unprecedented ceasefire to mark Eid. The Afghan Taliban called last week for its fighters to observe a three-day truce — except against foreign forces — to coincide with a 10-day ceasefire declared by the Afghan government for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Spain will welcome hundreds of migrants to Valencia on Sunday after they were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea and turned away by Italy and Malta. Three vessels will arrive carrying 629 migrants who were rescued near Libya last weekend by the Aquarius ship.
In the meantime, earlier Spain said that it will treat the hundreds of migrants who are to arrive Sunday on board the Aquarius rescue vessel “totally normally”, the government said Friday, meaning some could be expelled. The ship’s plight has caused a rift across Europe this week, but Spain has agreed to take the 629 migrants after Italy and Malta refused the ship permission to dock. It is scheduled to arrive in Valencia on Sunday.
In the meantime, while much of the world’s attention is focused on the Aquarius, dozens of similar stories continue to play out across the Mediterranean. Often with tragic consequences. Spain’s maritime rescue service said on Friday it picked up 471 people from more than 50 boats trying to cross from North Africa. Four bodies were also retrieved from the sea.
Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its “human cargo” at an Italian port.
A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants elsewhere in the country celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire.
Australia will not be following Donald Trump’s lead and moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Julie Bishop has said, despite strong support from the party’s base. The Liberal party’s youth arm had called on the government to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s legislative capital, and to suspend all aid to Palestine “until it terminates its ‘Martyr’s fund”.
The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a U.S. drone strike. Mullah Fazlullah Khorasani was Pakistan’s most-wanted militant and blamed for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children and the 2012 shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Forces from a Saudi and Emirati-led coalition have captured the airport in Yemen’s port city of Hudaida, military officials announced on Twitter. In a post on Saturday, an account associated with the Saudi-aligned Yemeni military said the airport had been “freed from the grip of the Houthi militia” and that de-mining operations were ongoing.
Reasserting himself on the Washington stage after a week spent overseas or out of sight, President Trump went on offence on Friday in his multi-front war with investigators, eagerly framing a new Justice Department report as validation of his claim of a “deep state” conspiracy against him.
Conflicting messages from President Trump and his aides over whether he would support a compromise immigration bill sent House Republicans into fits of confusion on Friday, further diminishing the bill’s fortunes ahead of a showdown vote next week.
A world guided by self-centred logic has lost the sense of stable bonds. This makes it difficult to understand the value of the family. Civil institutions should rather work toward providing families with adequate support. Those who have learned “to live authentic relationships within the family” will also live them in other contexts in society. He added that abortion of sick children is a Nazi technique but done using white gloves. He also spoke about the family unit saying that today “we are talking about diversified families, of different types of family Yes, it is true that the word family is analogous and there are the family of stars, that of trees, that of animals … but the family, the image of God, man and woman, is one.”
Being laid to rest in Westminster Abbey is perhaps the greatest posthumous honour that can be given to any Briton, and when Stephen Hawking’s ashes were interred there on Friday, they were placed between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, two of the giants of science.
Paris is erecting bulletproof walls and metal fences around the Eiffel Tower in a move aimed at protecting the famous monument from terrorist attacks.
McDonald’s will end the use of plastic straws in its British restaurants next year, after nearly half a million people called on the company to ditch them. The decision by the US fast-food chain to switch from plastic to paper straws follows a trial at a number of outlets in the past two months. The firm uses around 1.8m straws a day in the UK.The switch will affect McDonald’s 1,361 outlets in the UK, but not the rest of its 36,000 restaurants worldwide.
A Banksy painting stolen from Toronto warehouse. A man sneaked into a Toronto warehouse wearing a black jacket, a green camouflage baseball hat and bluejeans. There, an exhibition of 80 prints and other artwork by the publicity-averse street artist and prankster was being readied for a coming show.
The royal family is getting ready for its first same-sex wedding as Lord Ivar Mountbatten prepares to tie the knot. The Queen’s cousin, who has three children, came out two years ago and he’s now set to marry his partner James Coyle. It’s the second time Lord Ivar will say his vows, and in an incredible sign of support his first wife Penny will give him away on the day
On day 3 of the World Cup we had 4 matches. Argentina was held to a 1 – 1 draw against Iceland. The French beat Australia 2 – 1. Peru were defeated in their match against Denmark 1 – 0. while Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0.
Commitment, passion and love for the cause are the key values which drive the 60 persons who are currently doing the 24 hour trial for the BOV/Marigold Foundation volleyball marathon in aid of Id-Dar Tal-Providenza. The 10th edition of this marathon will take place on the grounds of Id-Dar Tal-Providenza between the 29th of June and the 1st of July.