The following Morning Briefing presents the salient news as reported from the main newspapers and news media.
Malta’s frontpages report the settlement of the MV Aquarius stalemate as the 141 migrants aboard the ship yesterday disembarked in Senglea. They will now undergo medical examination before being flown out to six EU countries that have agreed to a sharing plan.
A 12-month state of emergency has been declared in the Liguria region in response to the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa. The Italian Prime Minister also said that he would make an initial €5m ($5.7m) available from central funds to the north-western region. This was announced by the Prime Minister who held a cabinet meeting in Genoa.
Late at night, the Government also announced that there will be ‘State Funerals’ on Saturday for the victims of the catastrophe. The funerals will be held at 1100h.
The suspect held over the Westminster terror crash was in the capital to get a Sudanese visa,
The Israeli military’s top lawyer on Wednesday closed the case on one of the bloodiest battles of the 2014 Gaza war, deciding not to file any criminal charges against those involved in a massive shelling of southern Gaza that left 72 civilians dead, the army said.
In other stories the Maltese papers say
The Times of Malta reports that Maltese crops are heavily sprayed with Chlorpyrifos – a pesticide that can cause permanent brain damage, with children the most at risk.
The Malta Independent quotes Inspector Timothy Zammit, who leads the Cybercrime Unit, that companies have lost more than €250,000 to online scams in a new wave of cybercrime attacks.
In-Nazzjon follows up the story uncovered this week, when scores of migrants were found renting space in a cow farm. The newspaper looks at other forms of exploitation of foreigners across different industries.
L-Orizzont reports that the Hephaestus has finally been towed away from the Qawra shore, where it run aground on February 10. The vessel was tugged into Cassar Shipyards for repairs.
U.S. President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, accusing Brennan of using his access to classified information in order to “sow division and chaos” about the Trump administration.
US Jury will begin deliberating on Thursday morning whether to convict former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of bank fraud and tax evasion.
The Telegraph reports that the European Union’s Brexit negotiators fear that they are being bugged by the British secret service after the UK obtained sensitive documents “within hours” of them being presented to a meeting of EU officials last month.
A court in Turkey has rejected an appeal by an American pastor, who faces terrorism charges, to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted. Andrew Brunson’s case has been at the heart of the escalating diplomatic row between the Trump administration and President Erdogan’s government. The Turkish lira has plunged as each country seeks to punish the other with sanctions and tariffs.
Turkey has secured a $15 billion investment from Qatar that could bolster its economy amid a widening dispute with the United States.
Although the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it seems that its story still hasn’t been fully told. It was announced that a previously unknown section of the wall was discovered.
The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia’s pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an “abnormal” way.
In NSW, Labor leader Luke Foley has accused the Berejiklian government of running NSW parliament like a third world dictatorship, after the government moved to shut down debate and votes for the entire day. The Legislative Assembly descended into chaos on Thursday morning, after the government used its numbers in the chamber to stop divisions, quorums or votes for the day.
The parliament in New Zealand, on Wednesday passed a law banning foreigners from buying into most parts of its residential property market as the government seeks to cool red-hot house prices.
Atlético Madrid have maintained their perfect UEFA Super Cup record, beating city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Tallinn to claim the title for the third time overall.
Atlético, the only side to have won their opening three UEFA Super Cup appearances, have always entered the showpiece as UEFA Europa League winners, but beat the UEFA Champions League holders on all three appearances. Indeed, they are the only UEFA Europa League winners who have won the UEFA Super Cup since Zenit beat Manchester United in 2008.