The Friday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

The world news scene was ‘overshadowed’ by Trump’s tirades and comments at NATO summit and in Britain. He can easily be dubbed as a the ‘agent of disruption’ and not necessarily in a positive way as his comments, actions and views are indicative of a trait aimed disrupting world order. Malta woke up to the night news about the death of Hugo Chetcuti following the stabbing of last weekend.

Our morning briefing follows.

Chetcuti (1)Entrepreneur Hugo Chetcuti has died six days after he was stabbed in Paceville. Chetcuti, 51, was stabbed twice in the stomach by a former employee. He had been receiving care at Mater Dei Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where he underwent a number of surgeries. Orizzont reports that this murder might have ripples in the organised crime world.


Copy of WC TrumpUS President Donald Trump arrived for a visit to the United Kingdom. During a dinner at  Blenheim Palace, Theresa May said “As we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more.”


Sun May Trump.pngTrump says May wrecked Brexit, claims that her Brexit plan will ‘kill’ US trade deal as he laments that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests including giant balloon depicting him as an angry baby in a diaper in an exclusive interview with The Sun


Trump Shadows.pngTrump’s visit followed an important NATO summit where Trump’s tirade against Germany, his indication that the US might leave the alliance and demands for more funding overshadowed the agenda of the summit.


macronFrench President Emmanuel Macron has denied reports that U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the United States from the NATO military alliance in a dispute over funding.


SyriaSyria’s army entered rebel-held parts of Deraa city on Thursday, state media said, raising the national flag in the cradle of the uprising that sparked the country’s seven-year war.


Newspaper Headlines Malta.png“I hate myself because he died because of me. I can’t imagine what his family must be going through… I would like to give his family compensation, it is the least I can do, even if I have to work for the rest of my life. He shouldn’t have died, I should have died.” These are the words of Michael Caruana Turner, the 20-year-old drunk driver who killed a pedestrian and injured seven others when he lost control of his car in St Julian’s in the early morning hours of last Friday.


T MayThe British government’s long-awaited white paper laying out its Brexit proposals has been published, the longest and most detailed explanation yet of the government’s hopes for the future relationship with the EU. It lays out many of the same elements detailed after the cabinet’s meeting at Chequers last week.


Europe Explained 3Unfavourable external environment, such as growing trade tensions with the US, can dampen confidence and take a toll on economic expansion. – EU Commission


Europe Explained 2On 11 July 2018, EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on the 2019 EU draft budget in advance of  negotiations with the European Parliament.


Ansa DiciottiDisembarkation of immigrants from Diciotti authorised following intervention by President Mattarella.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe media needs to understand that Mount Carmel Hospital is not a prison, Mental Health Commissioner John Cachia has said in the Malta Independent’s online interview programme Indepth. Interviewed by Malta Independent editor-in-chief Rachel Attard, Cachia said that a balance needed to be struck when it came to running a hospital such as Mount Carmel.


Putin Yeltsin28 years ago, Yeltsin resigned from President of Russia paving the way for Vladimir Putin to become President.


EXPRESS - STAY SAFEExpress Trailers will be supporting this year’s ALIVE2018 Cycling Challenge for Cancer by providing all the logistics and transport of the cycling equipment from Malta to Austria. Besides this logistical support, Express Trailers is also supporting one of its employees who is currently training to take part in this gruelling 1200km challenge.


CataloniaEx-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited from Germany to Spain for misuse of public funds, a court has ruled.


img_2792Charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels for allegedly touching three undercover detectives while performing at an Ohio strip club were dismissed Thursday, her attorney said.



SouthgateIt’s arguable whether Gareth Southgate’s greater achievement was getting his young team to a World Cup semi-final, or the reconnection with the supporters.

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