Friday Morning Briefing

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This is your Friday morning briefing with the latest news, the Maltese newspaper review and a headline digest so that you can start your day informed.


The Latest

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the latest morning

  • A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. AP

  • Theresa May has accused Moscow of “insulting the public’s intelligence” after the two Russian agents suspected carrying out of the Salisbury poisonings claimed they were merely tourists. The Telegraph

  • Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, is close to reaching a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial on further criminal charges, according to reports.

  • The rival Koreas on Friday opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders’ summit in Pyongyang next week.

  • Heavy rain, gusting winds and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence deluged the Carolinas on Thursday as the massive, slow-moving storm crept toward the coast, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf. France 24

  • More than 4 million people in the Philippines are in the path of destructive typhoon-force winds caused by Super Typhoon Mangkhut. CNN

  • A decree authorising the exhumation of late dictator Francisco Franco from his tomb in the Valley of the Fallen monument near Madrid was approved in Spain´s congress on Thursday.

  • President Emmanuel Macron officially acknowledged on Thursday that the French state was responsible for the disappearance of Maurice Audin, an anti-colonial activist who was arrested during the 1957 Battle of Algiers and never seen again. France 24

  • A Spanish doctor faces trial in Sweden, charged with sexually abusing 52 child patients, including several counts of aggravated rape, between 2015 and 2017. The 29-year-old is accused of having assaulted a total of 70 patients, including 18 adults, while working in several hospitals and health facilities in Sweden. The Local

The Review

Malta’s News Front Pages



  • The Times, The Malta Independent and In-Nazzjon report about the story involving environmental NGOs Moviment Graffitti and Kamp Emergenza Ambjent who turned up in protest at the Planning Authority offices this morning, when a hearing about an application for the relocation of a fuel station to ODZ land in Żejtun. Activists unfurled a streamer saying “Tiżfnu għad-daqqa tal-iżviluppaturi” (You dance to the tunes of developers) while beating a drum. They demanded that all pending applications for fuel stations be dropped until a new service station policy promised nine months ago is enacted. Acting chairman Elizabeth Ellul told the protestors that the hearing had to take place by law and invited them to address the meeting “calmly”. When the activists refused to leave the meeting, police and RIU officers were called in who forcibly ejected them. Media footage shows the protestors being dragged out of the building, with at least two of them suffering bleeding wounds. The hearing went ahead, and the application was turned down with 10 votes cast against and one in favour.

  • The Malta Independent reports about signs that people are living rough at abandoned White Rocks complex. On entering one of the many buildings of the White Rocks Complex, one can see the derelict state of the building. No one would suspect people could be living in such an environment. However, an on-site investigation by The Malta Independent found a number of personal belongings indicating people may be living there.

  • The Times also reports that sources who spoke to the Times of Malta said that their doctors were warning patients with chronic illnesses that they would have to wait for treatment as there were long waiting lists at the Pain Management Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital.

  • In-Nazzjon leads with comments from the Nationalist Party Secretary General, Clyde Puli, who said that without a plan in migration, the government can bring an economic collapse.

  • L-Orizzont quotes an expert in diving, who speaks about the dangers. The report stems from the fact that Malta had two deaths of young divers in a relatively short time.

  • L-Orizzont also reports the Prime Minister saying that the government will intensify police presence in Marsa and Hamrun on a more permanent basis. In another story we read that comments from Ms Michelle Muscat, chairperson of the Marigold Foundation about this year’s edition of Pink October.


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