Monday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Our morning briefing for today presents you the highlights of what we think were the news items worth reading about as reported in the news media.


Newspaper-Headlines-Malta-1The Times reports survey and random testing of schoolchildren aged 10 to 15 years are among options being studied for evidence-based clarity on illicit cannabis use among youths, according to Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli.


The Times also reports that discussion between the two sides of the House of Representatives was not possible because the government did not know where the Opposition stood on certain issues, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday. Saying it was essential for the good of the country that there be a united Opposition, the Prime Minister charged that some of the Nationalist MPs had not yet accepted the party delegates’ choice of leader.


USA Politics NewsDonald Trump has threatened to “shut down” the government unless Congress passes legislation that would fun a wall across the US border with Mexico.



Brexit UpdateThe army is on standby to help deliver food, medicines and fuels if there are shortages in the wake of a “no deal” Brexit, it has been reported.



killing serbiaA prominent lawyer who helped defend the former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic at his war crimes trial has been shot dead. Dragoslav Ognjanovic, 57, was killed on Saturday evening outside his apartment building in the capital, Belgrade in a gangland-style killing, police said.



gazaIsrael has intercepted a ship bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza on the grounds it was breaking international law. Activists countered that Israel had simply hijacked a ship full of medical supplies.


Newspaper-Headlines-Malta-1.pngPrime Minister Joseph Muscat is in Japanese capital Tokyo, where he will be leading a trade delegation this week. In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said that Dr Muscat would also be meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his time in the country. (The Independent) 


A group of migrants which came to Malta onboard MV Lifeline have left for Portugal. Portugal, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands also took a number of migrants. (The Independent)


Di Maio PoliticoItaly’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio defended the achievements of his 5Stars Movement in government and said the coalition with the League is “working well,” despite criticisms that he has been relegated to a junior partner role.


Newspaper-Headlines-Malta-1The Malta Independent reports that PL MEP Candidate Cyrus Engerer does not believe his past Court conviction will affect his dealings with other MEPs should he be elected in the coming 2019 elections.


Starwars (1)The Italian government’s nomination of an eurosceptic, pro-Russian journalist to be president of Italy’s venerable state-run broadcasting corporation RAI, the Italian BBC, set off a storm of protest on Sunday.



Earthquake indonesiaA strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.


Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 09.38.18On July 25th, an earthquake predictor said that an earthquake which could be as strong as a devastating seven on the Richter scale could strike somewhere across the globe this weekend.



Copy of GeoPolitics EuroMed LibyaTripoli, among other cities in Libya, saw angry protesters taking to the streets on Friday in protest of the “awful living conditions” as well as the continuous power cuts and the hike in bread prices, let alone the shortage of cash in banks.



netherlands potatoesThe continuing drought in the Netherlands, threatens to slash the size of this year’s potato crop, and this means French fries are likely to be smaller and more expensive this autumn and winter, the Telegraaf reported.



morsi egyptAn Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death for participating in a 2013 protest against the overthrow of the country’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.



Turkey oilTurkey, with the aid of the country’s first drilling vessel, Fatih, will drill its first well in the Mediterranean this year.



Spain migration (1)Spain said Saturday it had rescued more than 1,200 migrants from the sea in two days as the country’s interior minister called for a European-wide solution to illegal immigration.



zimbabweIn a surprise address to the nation after months of silence, Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe emerged just hours before Monday’s historic election declaring that “I will not vote for those who have illegally taken power” and turning his back on the ruling party he long controlled.



finance economy worldcupForeign visitors have reportedly spent $1.5 billion during the football World Cup over the past month in Russia.



wc 2022The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team ran a secret campaign in 2010 to sabotage competing host bids, according to a report published by the Sunday Times.



msliMicrosoft has added a new feature to the LinkedIn app for mobile users to enable faster communication in the messaging interface. With this new update, users on mobile are now able to record and send voice messages up to a minute, in addition to the regular messaging features the app already offers.



StarwarsStarwars Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams.



Ansa BaglioniSanremo Music Festival Director Caludio Baglioni has changed the rules at the iconic event so that big-name stars and newcomers are no longer put into two separate categories.


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