Monday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

The reunification of mother and child in Malta is perhaps the best news one could lead with this Morning. In other news, we have the latest results of the Swedish Election and the stabbing which took place in Paris last night.

This is your morning briefing.


The Latest


the latest morning

The centre-left coalition appears to have barely edged out the centre-right bloc, but not without taking hits. Preliminary results — with over 97% districts counted — showed the governing Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party coalition winning with 40.6% of the votes while the opposition bloc made of the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Centre Party and the Liberals winning 40.1% of the votes. – Euronews/BBC

Seven people have been injured, four seriously, in an attack by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar in the French capital, Paris, police say. The man, said to be an Afghan national, was arrested. Sources said there was no indication it was a terrorist attack. BBC

The 22-year-old mother of the baby found in Buġibba on Friday just hours after he was born was yesterday identified and reunited with her son at Mater Dei Hospital. Sources said that the Maltese mother was “in tears” when she got a glimpse of the baby she had abandoned on a porch just 36 hours before. Times of Malta

The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he would proceed with a planned sales tax hike in October 2019 and carry out fiscal reform, while taking steps to cushion the economic impact of the higher levy. Reuters

Hundreds of people were arrested in Russia on Sunday during nationwide protests against deeply unpopular pension reforms as the country voted in local elections. Gulf News

Argentines are struggling in crisis in what was once one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Consumer prices are soaring, unemployment is high and the Argentine peso has plunged, bringing back haunting memories of the country’s economic meltdown in 2001 that pushed millions into poverty. AP

At least 19 people died in South Sudan when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol crashed on Sunday. Various 

Moldovan President Igor Dodon has been injured in a traffic accident north-west of the capital Chisinau. A lorry overtook a vehicle in wet weather near the town of Straseni and crashed into the presidential convoy. Various

North Korea has staged a huge military parade that focussed on peace and development to mark its 70th anniversary as a nation but refrained from displaying its most advanced missiles. Al Jazeera

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has dissolved the government in a bid to fix the country’s troubled economy. Al Jazeera

A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags. AP 

Novak Djokovic wins third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Novak Djokovic says he thinks the chair umpire interfered too much in Serena Williams’ match but stopped short of saying men and women are treated differently. Djokovic says Carlos Ramos “just maybe changed — not maybe, but he did change the course of the match” in Williams’ 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday night in the U.S. Open final.



The Review



In-Nazzjon leads with the story about the reunification of Cristiano with his mother.

L-Orizzont leads comments by Prime Minister Muscat, regards the case of ‘Cristiano’. He was reported saying that one should show empathy in this case, avoid judgmental comments and above all remind the shared responsibility of the father (just as much as that of the mother).

In another story, In-Nazzjon reports about the speech delivered by the Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia, where he stressed that the party won’t allow the Attorney General act above the law.

In a photo story The Malta Independent writes that activists marked seven different national monuments with tributes to Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The Malta Independent quotes the President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) Tony Zahra warning that delayed flights do not help Air Malta’s reputation.  He said, however, that he had been informed that “more aircraft are coming in for the next year.”

Property prices are on the rise as a result of a spike in the value of land, raw materials and labour costs and not because developers are becoming greedy, the Malta Developers Association president is insisting. The Times of Malta

In another story, The Times reports that traffic police are issuing 26 fines an hour on average to drivers when using laser guns that can detect a speeding vehicle from more than two kilometres away.

The Malta Independent, in another story says that a Finnish teen who swindled a Maltese online casino out tens of thousands of euros has been sentenced along with his parents.

In another story, L-Orizzont reports about the civil protection, which received 5,200 calls for help. We also read the story about Maltese mentality vis-a-vis property ownership and the property market.






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