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- The police said the body of a man found dead at sea off Xemxija was of 24-year-old from Rabat, who was reportedly freediving. TVM identified him as Simon Psaila.
- US President Donald Trump signed an order to allow sanctions to be levied on foreigners who interfere in US elections through hacking or spreading disinformation but reserved the final say in how to apply the measures. France 24
- The United States is pushing the Security Council to toughen UN action against peacekeepers who abuse or fail to protect civilians, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday. DW
- Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said Britain will not pay its £39bn EU divorce bill if Brussels refuses to strike a deal. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Raab insisted the government “would not pay the terms of the financial settlement” if an agreement with the bloc was not reached. The Daily Telegraph
- Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States. New York Times
- Italian President Sergio Mattarella said that the magistrates, are legitimized “by the Constitution” and not by “electoral guidelines”. He added that no one is above the law, including politicians. Salvini replied: “I have closed the ports in compliance with the law. TgCom24
- Italy’s position on the censorship vote against Orban raised new tensions inside Italian’s coalition as Salvini reiterated that Italy will vote against and make the case against the sanctions, while Di Maio express his contrary views. Corriere Della Sera
- Polish President Andrzej Duda sent letters to seven Supreme Court justices on Wednesday to inform them they are being withdrawn from the court under a new law that lowers the retirement age of judges to 65. The court has contested the legality of the law, and asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the issue, but Duda has not waited for the EU court’s verdict. Politico
- Apple Inc introduced its largest-ever iPhone and a watch that detects heart problems on Wednesday in an attempt to get customers to upgrade to more expensive devices in the face of stagnant global demand for smartphones. Reuters
Malta’s News Front Pages
The government’s upcoming rent reform would use a “carrot and stick approach” to incentivise landlords while protecting vulnerable tenants, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday. Speaking during a pre-Budget meeting with developers, Dr Muscat said a White Paper on rent would be “controversial”. “There will be things you [developers] won’t like, other things other sec- tors will not like but we have to address this issue,” he said. The Times The Story features also on L-Orizzont’s front page.
The Malta Independent reports that a migrant boat that Malta “refused” to intercept in mid-August sank shortly after all people onboard were saved by the Italian coast guard, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said yesterday.
In another story The Malta Independent reports that Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud’s legal woes are mounting on both sides of the Atlantic, with him due to appear in court in Manhattan today to answer for his alleged role in the Trump-Russia Clinton email scandal and with an Italian court on Tuesday ordering the missing professor to return over €49,000 in overpayments from the University Consortium of the Province of Agrigento where he had once served as president.
The Malta Independent’s front page photo story shows European Commission’s President Jean Claude Juncker and reports about the State of The Union’s speech delivered yesterday. L-Orizzont, also reports the State of the Union speech, highlighting the announcement of the deployment of 10,000 guards in view of migration issues.
The Times also reports that the speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia yesterday presided over another session of the National Youth Parliament, which discussed the media and journalism, Vote 16 and civic education, mental health in Malta and the reform of the prostitution law. L-Orizzont reports the main message it selects from the Prime Minister’s speech, who encouraged debates on issues rather than hate fuelled arguments.
The Times reports a warning by an NGO, that unless an aircraft was allowed to resume “normal” humanitarian flights by the end of the week, judicial proceedings would be instituted against the government.
The Malta Business Weekly reports that Malta’s finance chief poured cold water over European efforts to strike a deal on taxing digital companies by the end of the year, saying such a levy should be agreed at a global level Nour Al Ali and Viktoria Dendrinou wrote on Bloomberg.
In another story we read that Maltese consumers will now be able to open an app-based current account in three minutes, send free domestic and international money transfers and spend abroad with no fees as fintech giant Revolut announces the launch of its service in Malta at DELTA Summit which is taking place between the 3rd and 5th of October.
In-Nazzjon reports the Interview given by the Nationalist Party Leader Adrian Delia on Times Talk, highlighting the argument, that according to Dr Delia, the government has no plan.
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