Saturday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Your daily Morning Briefing is aimed to deliver the latest news to start the day informed, the Maltese papers review to get an overview of what the headlines are, and our headline digest in case you missed anything.

Reports include the latest about the newborn found on Friday, the situation in Syria, the daily (nightly) tweet update by Trump and other news.

Have a good day

Jesmond Saliba 

The Latest

Start your day informed 

the latest morning

The baby that was found abandoned on the doorstep of a block of apartments in Buġibba has been given the name Cristiano. It was at about 4pm that the baby was found abandoned and asleep and still carrying an umbilical cord. Police were on the spot and conveyed the newly-born baby to hospital. The Emergency Department established Cristiano was born at about 12 noon. As the spot where he was found there were no signs of blood, this is an indication he was born somewhere else and then placed there. Health Centres and private clinics have been alerted in case the mother requests medical assistance there. – TVM 


America’s top general on Saturday said he was involved in “routine dialogue” with the White House about military options should Syria ignore U.S. warnings against using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib. Reuters


President Donald Trump declared Friday that the Justice Department should investigate and unmask the author of a bitingly critical New York Times opinion piece.


Iran has “infiltrated” the British Labour Party, one of the party’s pro-Israel MPs has warned. The Telegraph


Brazil’s presidential front-runner, Jair Bolsonaro, lost 40% of his blood after he was stabbed on Thursday, hospital officials say.  BBC


The Palermo prosecutor sent the Salvini-investigation file on the Diciotti case to the court of the ministers of the Sicilian capital. RaiNews24


Canada’s top trade negotiator said on Friday she and her U.S. counterpart were making “very good progress” in talks to save the North American Free Trade Agreement. Reuters


Talks of partitioning Kosovo from Serbia, scheduled for Friday, were called off in Brussels, dashing hopes of a potential land swap that would resolve a decade-long stalemate between the two foes. Euronews


By October 2019, November at the latest, Genoa will have a new bridge over the Polcevera stream “.  Ansa


U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States and Japan have begun discussion over trade, saying that Tokyo “knows it’s a big problem” if an agreement cannot be reached.


A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic News Service


The United States said on Friday it had recalled its top diplomats in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over those countries’ decisions to no longer recognise Taiwan.  Euronews


Robbie Williams has become a father for the third time . Tgcom24


Swedish nationalist party with roots in neo-Nazi movements is set to bring the once-unthinkable idea of leaving the EU onto the country’s agenda, as polls suggest it could win up to a quarter of the vote in elections this weekend. The Telegraph



The Paper Review

Malta’s News Front Pages


In-Nazzjon leads with the story about the new-born found in Buġibba, giving details on the news which dominated headlines yesterday. L-Orizzont also covers the story saying that rather than ‘judging’ one should help.

The Independent leads with the situation in Libya and migration. It says that there’s an increase in the presence of ISIS in Libya and also quotes an NGO which is stating that Malta is abandoning migrants. This is also dealt with by The Times which said that the rescue plane has stopped flying since May.

The Times leads with a story that new motorists should be given First Aid training.

In another story, The Times reports about the summit held between Iran, Turkey and Russia on Syria.

In-Nazzjon reports that Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia was reported saying that Independence Day should be Malta’s only national day.

L-Orizzont reports that Minister for Economy Chris Cardona hailed the positive economic results Malta is attaining, as confirmed by Eurostat. 

In another story on L-Orizzont, we read that Malta’s Tourism numbers registered another increase during July. In fact tourism between January and July, the report says, increased by 16.9%.



Corporate Dispatch Headline Roundup

in case you missed anything 


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No agreement reached – Idlib prepares for horrifying offensive

Trump is the symptom and not the cause – Obama

George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying about suspected

Russian operative Joe Mifsud’s involvement in US presidential campaign

Haftar eyes ‘liberating’ Tripoli, criticises Italy

Tripoli airport to reopen

Boris Johnson and wife announce divorce after The Sun reveals Johnson’s marital problems – Dents his Leadership ambitions

Barnier did not say that UK Brexit proposals are dead

5.5 Earthquake strikes Iranian city of Zahedan

Ukraine: Lack of legal regulation surrounding the process can increase the risk of crimes such as human trafficking

A closer look to planet Mars surface

British Airways is committed to fully reimburse affected passengersAmerican rapper Mac Miller dies of apparent overdose


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