Tuesday Morning Briefing

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Good morning

Today’s morning briefing brings you the a brief update on the latest developments and main news from around the world and a quick review of Malta’s newspapers.

Syria, Libya, USA, Argentina, Germany, Kosovo and Italy are amongst the main news for this morning.

Wishing you a good day.

PaperMaltese nationals in Libya have asked to be evacuated as clashes between militias in Tripoli intensified, government sources said yesterday. Times of Malta

The Times also reports that complaints about the lawless state of some parts of Ħamrun inhabited by foreigners have prompted the local council to introduce tighter regulations on loitering and the consumption of alcohol.

The Independent leads with the story where the case officer processing the highly controversial proposed City Centre development application on the former ITS site has recommended that the project be approved. The Planning Board is set to hear the application and take a decision as to whether to approve or decline the proposed development on 20 September.

It also reports that the government is currently working on plans for a water polo pool for the San Ġiljan Aquatics Sports Club, as was promised in the Labour Party’s 2017 electoral manifesto, this newsroom is informed. No date for the actual start of the project has as yet been set.

In-Nazzjon leads with the Constitutional case being made by the Nationalist Party for the publication of Egrant inquiry. The report refers to the statement by th party about the delaying tactics from the AG’s office.

L-Orizzont leads with a story about the competitive elements demonstrated by Band clubs in feasts, which were described as useless by the Band Clubs’ association president. We also read about the submission and presentation of forensic evidence, in court, in relation to the Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder case.

Syria IdlibUS President Donald Trump has warned the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies against “recklessly” attacking rebel-held Idlib province.

Libya (2)So far in Tripoli, 41 people were killed and 128 others were injured as well as 8 others were reported missing, according to the Sunday records of the field hospital of the Injured Affairs Department in Tripoli. The department called on the Health Ministry and humanitarian organizations to assist Libyans and enable ambulances to take injuries and trapped families out of clashes zone. The Interior Ministry warned all residents to be away from the areas of clashes as there is little security presence in there.

SalviniThe Interior Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini, has said his country would not be involved in military intervention in Libya. Salvini said military intervention won’t solve any problems “and others should come to grips with that,” implying France. “Italy should advocate for peace and stability in the Mediterranean and the intervention of others which only act upon economic prompts should not replace peace.” Salvini remarked.

FicoThere is no doubt, and I say without any hesitation that all 179 people, including the 29 unaccompanied minors, had to get off the first day and we did not have to wait all this time. This was said by Italian Speaker Roberto Fico.

Chemnitz concertTens of thousands of people thronged an anti-racism concert Monday in protest against xenophobic mobs that ran rampage in the city of Chemnitz, as Angela Merkel urged Germans to stand up against the far right’s message of hate and division.

Mep election watch weberThe appearance of the first formal candidate in the EU top jobs derby on Friday clarified little about who will run the place a year from now.

Malaysia CaningTwo Malaysian women accused of pursuing a sexual relationship were caned in an Islamic court on Monday, setting off an outcry from rights groups who said the country’s political transformation this year had done little to ensure equal treatment of all citizens.

wilders amsterdamA man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s central station last week named Dutch, anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders during police questioning and said he was motivated by perceived insults to Islam in the Netherlands, prosecutors said on Monday.

Argentina crisis 2Argentina has announced austerity measures in a bid to tackle the “emergency” created by the country’s currency crisis.


Jeff SessionsPresident Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen.

KosovoThe presidents of Serbia and Kosovo made clear on Saturday they are considering border changes to reach a historic peace settlement and called on the European Union to provide crucial support for their efforts.

TrumkaPresident Donald Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

china north koreaAs North Korea celebrates a major anniversary this weekend, the presence — or absence — of Chinese President Xi Jinping could highlight just how much vitality has been restored to ties between Pyongyang and its most powerful backer after a prolonged chill.

Fifa footballer of the yearFIFA has announced a shortlist of nominees for its seven annual awards. The Men’s Player of the Year is between Mo Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal), and Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia).

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