The Sunday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Your Sunday morning briefing provides you an update of the latest developments are reported by the leading news outlets in a brief concise report. We also review what the Maltese newspapers carry on their front pages, to give you an informed start for the day. 



Maltatoday reports that Labour MEP candidate Cyrus Engerer received a new EU advisory role with the government, following his resignation from his previous Brussels posting. It also carries another survey, where according to the a Trust Barometer Prime Minister Muscat retained a trust rating which it deemed as impressive, with the gap between the two leaders standing at 36 points.

The Sunday Times leads with a story about UNESCO which raised alarm over quarry activity in Siggiewi near the ancient Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim Temples. In another story, police investigators confirm with the Sunday Times that online hate speech is growing at an alarming rate.

The Malta Independent on Sunday reports that the Consumer Watchdog, the MTA and police are mulling legal action over alleged timeshare fraud as clients might have been defrauded out of thousands of euros, in a case where the director and the company secretary are pointing figures at each other. In another story we read that the road known as ‘Tal-Balal is to be widened to four rather than three lanes

Illum carries comments by Fr Felix Cini, who is accused of paedophilia. In his comments the priest says that he never committed what he was accused of, and what he did was batted the boys shoulders and dressed them the ‘altar-boys’ clothing’.

It-Torca reports that Labour MEP Alfred Sant said that the issue of immigration can be explosive. In another story, Labour Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia is reported saying that Italy’s stance on the EU budget, following the immigration stand-off, has consequences.

Il-Mument refers to the fires which happened at Magħtab, saying that the incident is showing the deceptive approach of government, who keeps hiding facts about the plants operated by Wasteserv.

Il-Kulħadd reports an interview about 27 year old Ileana Brown, who suffered from rape and how she has battled against all she went through. The newspaper also reports that the number of people who are dependent on the ‘social benefits’ has went under the 8,000 figure for the first time in history.  In another story, we read that the PN is working to undermine the candidature of current MEP David Casa, and the fielding of journalist Dione Borg, is a step in this process.


Syria explosion sundaySyrian state media said loud blasts coming from an airbase early on Sunday were from an explosion at an ammunitions dump caused by an electrical problem, but an official in the regional alliance backing Damascus said they were from Israeli strikes.


img_4222-2The death toll of southern Tripoli clashes has risen to 39, while 119 people are wounded. Most casualties are civilians. The clashes continued as yet another truce failed to hold.



Med GeoThe Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Korolev announced that Russia’s  Navy and Aerospace Forces will hold joint large-scale naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea as from today 1st September, till the 8th.



Mc Cain FuneralJohn McCain laid to rest as message loaded memorial service brings to fore differences between what was and is US politics today.


may brexit updateBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said she would not compromise with Brussels over her plans for Brexit as a media report said rivals in her party were set to publish their own proposal calling for a cleaner break with the European Union.


Amsterdam UpdateAmsterdam police say that the Afghan persons who carried stabbing on Friday had terrorist motives.


sochi airplaneOne died, another 18 injured as passenger plane skidded off a runway in Sochi.


cocaine (1)Over half a billion Euros drugs seized in Europe since start of year. Police warn of tsunami of cocaine being supplied into Western Europe.


germany (1)Eight people were injured and three were hospitalized, some with serious injuries after a major fire erupted Saturday following an explosion at an oil refinery near the southeastern German city of Ingolstadt early Saturday morning, police said.


yemen (1)A Saudi-led coalition in Yemen acknowledged Saturday that an air attack last month that killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, was unjustified, and it pledged to hold accountable anyone who contributed to the error.


The US military plans to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad’s lack of “decisive actions” in support of American strategy in the region, the Pentagon said Saturday.


Nafta - UpdateU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday there was no need to keep Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement and warned Congress not to meddle with the trade negotiations or he would terminate the trilateral trade pact altogether.


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