Tuesday Morning Briefing

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Our morning briefing for today focuses on the main points following the US – Russia summit where comments by US President Trump were deemed as treasonous.

On the other side of the globe, the EU and China entered into an agreement to seek more partnerships and collaboration.

In Libya, 8 people, six children, one woman and one man were found dead in a container freezer where they were being trafficked.

The highlights as reported by the media follow.

libya zuwara8 illegal immigrants – six children, one woman and one man – were found suffocated due to inhaling fuel inside the fish freezer container, while 90 others were rescued and sent to the Zuwara seaside hospital, according to the city’s security directorate.



us russia summitUS President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible.

Donald Trump has been condemned as “treasonous” for siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies after a stunning joint appearance with Vladimir Putin in which he seemingly accepted the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling.


Times of Malta says an overhaul of the way sexual offenders are prevented from working with children has been finalised and will soon be discussed by the Cabinet.


Eu - ChinaThe EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership at the 20th EU-China summit. Leaders expressed their joint support for rules-based trade and reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation.

At the beginning of the summit, European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday urged President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos.



China USChina has filed a complaint against the US at the World Trade Organization after Donald Trump’s threats to place tariffs on an additional $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods.



protectorAll migrants on board the FRONTEX boat Protector have disembarked in Pozzallo. The operation was authorised by the Italian government and only after the governments of Malta, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany accepted to share the persons on board.


The Malta Independent reports That captain of a private aid ship that engaged in migrant rescue missions is accusing Italy and Malta of hiding a deadly “farce” in the Mediterranean Sea.Claus-Peter Reisch, who faces trial in Malta for allegedly captaining a ship that wasn’t properly registered, said Monday in Munich that he’s done nothing wrong.



airbnbThe European Commission and EU consumer authorities are calling on Airbnb to align their terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and be transparent on their presentation of prices.



T MayTheresa May has only just squeezed through a series of tight House of Commons votes on key legislation, after stirring up a Tory Remainer backlash by siding with her party’s Brexiteers.



img_2979Downing Street has ruled out a second referendum on Brexit under “any circumstances,” in a blow to those pushing for Britain to remain in the European Union.


Courts UK resignation
Robert Courts left his role as a ministerial aide saying he could not look himself in the mirror if he had been forced to defend the prime minister’s Brexit plans.


The Malta Independent says Malta has the highest employment rate for recent graduates in the European Union.


thai mourningThe 12 boys who were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks paid tribute to the Navy SEAL who lost his life during the rescue operation.


thai rescuerBritish rescuer Vern Unsworth says he is considering legal action against US billionaire Elon Musk after he made an unfounded and disparaging claim he was a “pedo”, or pedophile, in a now-deleted tweet.


img_2977Paris and London have tweaked their metro stations names to celebrate aspects of their World Cup participation and results.


The Times of Malta says various government agencies acted with what commentators criticised as ‘uncharacteristic’ speed to remove traffic hazards from various main roads consisting of placards criticising the government.


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