100 people, including 21 children, died in the Mediterranean is amongst the news one can read on a number of international websites. We also read about the possibility of a new summit between the U.S. and North Korea. We also had a whole round of football in the UEFA Nations League. Malta and Azerbaijan drew their match 1 – 1. Italy lost to Portugal, Turkey won in Sweden and Scotland beat Albania.
Your morning briefing includes a review of the main stories one finds on the front pages of Malta’s papers, the latest headlines and a reminder of the salient news of what was reported in the past 24 hours, to make sure you start your day informed.
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A pair of twins about 17 months old, as well as their parents were among the more than 100 people, including 20 children, who died in early September when their rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, according to the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders.) A survivor said that at the time of the incident, mobile phone navigation showed the people were not far from the coast of Malta. Al Jazeera
President Donald Trump is preparing to hold a second summit with Kim Jong Un, following a request from the North Korean dictator for another encounter in the wake of their historic June meeting in Singapore. The White House said it had started planning for a second summit between the leaders after Mr Trump received a “very warm, positive letter” from Mr Kim. Financial Times
The US has held out the prospect of a partial trade deal with the EU in the next two months as part of detente in transatlantic commercial relations. After a meeting in Brussels on Monday with Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU trade commissioner, the office of US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said that “an early harvest in the area of technical barriers to trade” could be reaped as early as November. Financial Times
After Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed last month that she secretly taped White House chief of staff John Kelly as he fired her in the Situation Room, a change was made to the West Wing’s phone policy. CNN
Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Enzo Moavero Milanesi held a “long and cordial meeting with Marshal Khalifa Haftar” in Benghazi on Monday. The Foreign Affairs ministry said that the meeting “re-launched the close relationship with Italy, in a climate of consolidated trust. convergence for an intense cooperation and on the common commitment for a united and stable Libya “. Haftar “expressed his appreciation for Italy’s foreign policy commitment, considered essential for Libya”. ANSA
Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the Carolina coast in nearly three decades, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane on Monday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground. Reuters
The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said on Monday that the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed that is searingly critical of Donald Trump’s ability to be president, is “attempting to undermine the executive branch”, and added that the US Department of Justice should “look into” the writer’s identity. The Guardian
A part-time Ryanair pilot is looking to launch a new budget airline in Switzerland, offering cheap transatlantic flights by next summer. The Telegraph
Malta’s News Front Pages
The Malta Independent reports that the 2019 Budget will be presented on 22 October, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has announced. Speaking at the pre-budget consultation meeting at the Phoenicia, Scicluna said that the government was now at a stage where it needed to manage expectations and success. “A balanced budget would be satisfactory now – we don’t need a big surplus, and whatever extra revenue comes, we want to spend and redistribute,” he said. L-Orizzont says that Minister Scicluna said that the budget should be the source from which the wealth is redistributed. In-Nazzjon also reports on the budget day.
The Times leads with the story about the court proceedings related to the murder of Hugo Chetcuti, citing what emerged at court, that Chetcuti lost almost three litres of blood following a stabbing and was too weak to fight off an infection that eventually killed him.
In another story the newspaper, says that the mother who recently abandoned her new- born outside a block of flats in Buġibba had told no one that she was pregnant, not even her partner. The case of Cristiano, is also dealt with on the front pages of In-Nazzjon and L-Orizzont.
The Independent has another story saying that prisoners at the Corradino Correctional Facility are pursuing legal avenues over concerns that their living conditions and other factors are infringing upon their rights, The Malta Independent has been informed.
L-Orizzont, Times and The Independent report through a photo story the completion of the demolition of the Delimara Power Station chimney.
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