Your Tuesday Morning Briefing covers the main headlines of the news.
The main story remains the powerful explosion which took place in Bologna on Monday afternoon. 2 people died and 67 were injured after the deadly explosion. A number of cars were involved in this incident which also caused the collapse of the road where it happened.
The Times reports that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said yester- day he had not approved a record government direct order of €274 million and admitted he had only become aware of it through a story in The Sunday Times of Malta.
L-Orizzont leads with a photo story of the signing ceremony of the enlargement in the operations of SR Technics.
Whistleblower Maria Efimova is expected to be charged with perjury and slander, police sources have told The Malta Independent. Efimova is a former employee of Pilatus Bank who allegedly leaked information to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia regarding Egrant and its ownership.
The Malta Independent reports that the lawyers defending the three suspects accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have been accused by the Attorney General’s office, of “forum shopping” after they filed new proceedings before the constitutional court requesting bail for their clients.
L-Orizzont quotes a number of former PN candidates and members of the Executive saying that the biggest problem of the party now is that it chose to remain ‘insular’ in its approach.
The Times says that the effect of ‘sea slime’ emanating from fish farms on aspects of the marine environment has not yet been thoroughly assessed due to a lack of studies, according to a new environmental report.
L-Orizzont reports that Finance Minister feels there is no reason to believe there is concern about the inflation rate. In-Nazzjon also refers to Minister’s Scicluna comments during the MCESD meeting. It says that the increase in the Cost of Living Adjustment, probably won’t reflect the increase the price of petrol and diesel.
In-Nazzjon reports that an elderly man, at St Vincent De Paule was allegedly beaten by a worker, who in the process has been suspended pending investigations in the alleged wrongdoing.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Washington’s call for new negotiations at the same time as it reimposes crippling sanctions “makes no sense.”
Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s right-hand man for years, began testifying against his former boss in federal court in Alexandria, Va. He is considered the most important witness in Mr. Manafort’s trial on tax and bank fraud charges. Asked by prosecutors whether he was involved in any criminal activity with Mr. Manafort, Mr. Gates responded, “Yes.” (New York Times)
Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe. (SKY)
Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia’s Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, while rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter. (France 24)
New calls for Islamophobia inquiry in Boris Johnson’s party after he says women wearing face veils resemble ‘letter boxes’.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday reimposing many sanctions on Iran, three months after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying the U.S. policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country.
Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.
A no-deal Brexit poses a substantial risk to public safety, with police officers instantly losing vital access to cross-border investigative powers and databases, the home secretary has been told in a damning letter from the national body of police and crime commissioners.
Twelve people, all migrant workers, have died in a collision between their work van and a truck loaded with tomatoes in countryside near Foggia, Puglia.
Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family.
Joel Robuchon, the French chef who owned and ran restaurants around the world including several that were awarded three Michelin stars, died today in Geneva aged 73.