Monday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Today’s morning briefing is served.


Latest: In Afghanistan, Taliban took more than 100 people, including women and children hostage in ambush in North. (AP)


The issue of migration and the current situation with Italy is the leading story on today’s newspapers in Malta. 


Our Malta’s Evening Roundup for Malta’s news can be accessed here.



London police arrested man with a Maltese surname, Joseph Xuereb, after violent assault in Greenwich leaves two women in critical condition.



Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven’t seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the war. AP



Federal prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen and could announce them by the end of the month, people familiar with the matter tell CNN. CNN



Former CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials’ security clearances. AP



President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and Russians “was originally for the purpose of getting information about (Hillary) Clinton,” but denied any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. CNN


The Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. New York Times


A fire in a residential building near Paris on Sunday left seven people with serious injuries including five children who were in a “life-threatening” condition, firefighters said. France 24



Sudanese-born British national Salih Khater was charged with two counts of attempted murder on Saturday and will appear in court on Monday after a car careered into people and a barrier at Britain’s parliament earlier this week, police said. Reuters/Euronews



A British woman has been rescued by the Croatian Coast Guard after spending what she said was close to 10 hours treading water overnight in the Adriatic Sea after falling off a cruise ship. Sky


Two strong earthquake has jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people.

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