The Thursday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

From the NATO summit to the World Cup, here are the most salient news reported by news outlets and which we think are worth knowing of.

Nato Summit (1)NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We don’t accept his legal annexation of Crimea, we don`t accept cyber propaganda, interference in domestic political processes. “But for me that is not an argument in favor of isolating Russia or stop talking to Russia. Actually, I think the opposite. I think when tensions are high it is even more important to talk to Russia.”


Trump PlaneIn a combative start to his NATO visit, President Donald Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” and blasted allies’ defence spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American allies.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Times reports that is has learnt that no politicians were interrogated in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s car bomb murder, a police inspector leading the investigation told MEPs.


The European Banking Authority said that the FIAU, the government’s anti- money-laundering unit breached a directive on the prevention of money laundering when it failed to conduct “effective supervision” of Pilatus Bank. MEPs called on the European banking watchdog last February to see whether there had been a breach of EU law.



Ansa DiciottiA report on British The Times said that African migrants threatened to kill the crew of an Italian cargo vessel that had rescued them in the Mediterranean, in an attempt to avoid being returned to detention centres in Libya. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said  that he will not give the all-clear for Coast Guard ship Diciotti to dock unless he has the names of the migrants on board involved in alleged violence on the private Italian vessel that initially rescued the group off Libya.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaAir Malta will be adding two more new aircraft to its fleet by the summer of 2019, Air Malta chairman Charles Mangion said on Tuesday. These additions are part of Air Malta’s long term strategy and will offer new opportunities to its clients, Mangion said. (The Malta Business Weekly)



British WatsonA fresh referendum on Brexit will become necessary if increasingly divided MPs cannot agree on any departure plan, Labour’s deputy leader has suggested.




Telegraph ThaiThe Thai hospital where the 12 boys and their football coach are recuperating after being rescued from a flooded cave released video on Wednesday showing them in their hospital beds, smiling and chatting with nurses.




Doctor ThailandThe grand feel-good invitation from FIFA to the 12 Thai boys to attend Monday’s World Cup Final, if rescued in time, appears unlikely to happen with most boys in a fragile physical state. The last member of the rescue team to leave the Thai cave, Australian doctor Richard Harris, has lost his father.



Europe ExplainedThe Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and ‘Doing Less, More Efficiently’, chaired by First Vice-President Timmermans, handed over its final report to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.



AFP Euronews MacedoniaNato invited Macedonia to start accession talks as earlier on today  Greece has taken “the necessary measures to protect its national interest” after “interference” by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said on Wednesday.



NATO PompeoU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Brussels on Tuesday, where he plans meetings on the sidelines of the NATO summit aimed at stepping up pressure on Iran and reassuring allies about alternative oil supplies, a State Department official said.



Ronaldo JuveA  small union has called a strike at FIAT’s Melfi plant in Italy to protest against the huge sums of money spent by Italy’s Juventus soccer club to sign up Cristiano Ronaldo.



Isreael HaertzThe Israeli military fired a Patriot missile at a drone that approached from Syria and infiltrated Israeli territory, the army confirmed Wednesday afternoon.



Euronews - Women at workViews on women’s place in British society have been greatly upended in the past few decades with a vast majority of Brits disagreeing with the idea that women should stay at home while men work — yet less than 10% think mothers of young children should work full time.



Japan Floods 2Japan is still reeling from one of its worst flooding disasters in decades, which has killed at least 179 people and left 70 missing.



air crash south africaOne person has been killed and at least 18 people injured in a plane crash near South Africa’s capital Pretoria.



Egypt Air MS804The 2016 crash of an EgyptAir flight that killed all 66 people on board was likely to have been caused by a cockpit fire, investigators have said.



CRoatiaCroatia have crushed England’s World Cup dream with a 2-1 extra-time victory in their semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.