Sunday’s morning briefing follows.
Spain said that Barcelona will be the docking port for an aid boat that rescued 60 migrants in waters near Libya but was not allowed to land by both Italy and Malta. A spokesman with the prime minister’s office said the Open Arms boat, run under Spanish flag by the Barcelona-based aid group Proactiva Open Arms, had the right to dock in the eastern city.
The Malta Financial Services Authority has recommended that the European Central Bank withdraw Pilatus Bank’s license following the indictment in the US of the bank’s owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, and breaches in liquidity coverage.
In other news from Malta we read that hundreds of people gathered in front of Parliament on Saturday calling on politicians to protect trees and the overall environment. A banner reading ‘bypasses are still not a solution’ and others calling for politicians to ‘save our soil’ led the way as activists made their way down Republic Street.(Times)
The U.S. ambassador to Estonia says he will resign late next month, making him the third U.S. ambassador to step down in 2018. In a private Facebook message shared with NBC News by a former U.S. official, U.S. Ambassador James D. Melville Jr. said he will retire on July 29. The announcement was first reported by Foreign Policy magazine.
North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at secret sites in recent months, contrary to Donald Trump’s claims that it was “no longer a nuclear threat”, according to a new report.
The Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Luigi Di Maio, has announced that he intends to start to necessary legal procedures which will lead to an absolute ban on betting advertising, irrespective whether it is TV or football jerseys (and not only) of the Italian teams.
Pope Francis celebrated Sts Peter and Paul feast doing what he loves doing best. His freshly-minted Cardinal-Almoner Krajewski asked by Pope Francis to invite 250 of Rome’s poor to have lunch with him at the Vatican canteen.
The surge in the price of oil has pushed eurozone inflation above the European Central Bank’s target, but policymakers in Frankfurt are expected to ignore the rise as broader price pressures across the region remain weak. Headline inflation rose to 2 per cent in the year to June from 1.9 per cent in May
In the first of the Round of 16 encounters at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, France defeated Argentina 4-3 in a spectacular game to match their achievement from four years ago and book a place in the quarter-finals.
A day that started with Lionel Messi being knocked out of the World Cup ended with his rival as the world’s best player, Cristiano Ronaldo, eliminated as well as Uruguay beat Portugal, 2-1, in Sochi on Saturday on two goals by Edinson Cavani, It advances to face France in the quarterfinals.