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The Police issued a statement stating that former Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit and Economic Crimes Unit officer Jonathan Ferris was never threatened with arrest. Ferris lawyers published the warrant notice in response.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Times of Malta leads with comments from Dutch MEP Sophie in’t Veld who said that the unresolved murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a “clear signal to journalists they are under threat because people who kill them may go unpunished.” The Dutch MEP said the authorities needed to send a clear message that Ms Caruana Galizia’s murderers could not remain unpunished.

Four women working in brothels disguised as massage parlours had paid sex with between five and 12 men each on any given day, a court heard on Friday in a case that exposed the complex workings of Malta’s underground sex trade. The story is reported with prominence also on today L-Orizzont’s front page.


The Malta Independent reports with prominence the results of the financial year of the Maltese church, highlighting how the increase in the wage bill and higher subsidies led to lower surplus.


In-Nazzjon leads with the story that one of the passengers who was in a car which was involved in a traffic accident in Naxxar yesterday, lost her unborn child.



Officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane that was stolen by an airline employee and has crashed in Washington state. (AP/Sky)


Romania Protests.pngRomanian demonstrators face off against riot policemen during an expatriates protest against the government at the government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, 10 August 2018. Thousands of Romanians living or working abroad returned to the Romanian capital to demand the government’s resignation and calling for early elections. The government recently pushed legislative changes in parliament that were considered by civil society to weakening the nation’s fight against corruption. More than 40 people have been reported injured according to interior ministry (EPA/Al Jazeera/Euronews)


yemen (2)The UN chief Antonio Guterres called for a prompt independent investigation into the airstrike Yemen which killed children. UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore issued a powerful statement condemning the attack.


coast guardThe favourable weather conditions reopened the emergency landings of migrants with several episodes in the last twenty-four hours. (TGCOM)


San Francisco jurors just ruled that that Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer. He was awarded $289 million in damages — mostly to punish the agricultural company Monsanto. Dewayne Johnson’s victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases claiming Monsato’s famous herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma(CNN)


Turkish LiraA statement by the Kremlin announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke by phone with Vladimir Putin to discuss “trade and economic cooperation. Turkey was thrust into a full-blown currency crisis on Friday, as a defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of an “economic war” against the country and Donald Trump imposed even higher tariffs on its steel and aluminium exports to the US.  (CD/FT/Bloomberg)


Fires (1)Gusty winds continue to drive a wildfire through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles and crews are still struggling to keep the flames away from homes. Fire officials say the blaze near homes in the hills above Lake Elsinore has grown to nearly 30 square miles (77 square kilometers) after nearly doubling in size overnight. However, firefighters also doubled their containment from 5 to 10 percent. (AP)


The Opposition Leader’s wife made an emotional plea on her Facebook page, saying that her son is suffering from exclusion ever since his father became a political figure. This plea follows a similar plea about bullying the children of the Prime Minister suffered because of their father’s political role by the Prime Minister’s wife.


Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday said he has ordered to change “parent 1” and “parent 2” into “mother” and “father” on forms to get an electronic identity card on his ministry’s website.


Daisy ItalyDiscus-thrower Daisy Osakue will compete in the finals of the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, days after she was targeted in a drive-by attack that left her with a black eye.



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