Your morning briefing includes newspapers’ headlines for today and also covers the latest news from the past hours’ news cycle and the latest developments in on-going news.
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The MV Aquarius remains at Sea, with Italy, Malta and Spain all saying that it will not be allowed in its harbours. Late in the day, as the MSF, operators of MV Aquarius issued a statement where it said that they were in dialogue with the Gibraltar Maritime Authority to respond an issue related to vessel registration problems and could be stripped of its Gibraltar registration.
MSF claimed that the publication of a press release, written in haste and with little understanding of the current situation, only attests a deliberate will to stop the rescue activity of the Aquarius, one of the last civil and humanitarian rescue ships in the Mediterranean. (MSF/Times/CD)
In the meantime a group of 114 migrants was brought to Malta on Monday afternoon after being rescued from a sinking dinghy 53 nautical miles south of Malta.
The dinghy was spotted by a patrol boat of the Armed Forces of Malta which was on a routine patrol early in the morning. (Times)
Malta’s Newspapers lead with the story related the inhumane conditions over 100 migrants were found, living in a farm in Qormi following an inspection by MEPA officials.
Another main story focuses about the former Serbian porn star who flashed naked in front of two children in a Qormi supermarket.
Orizzont also reports a story through which the Church is urged to invest more in homes for the elderly. It also has another story where Transport Minister Ian Borg is reported to have said that there will be more incentives so that people will use less cars.
The Transport Minister also features on a story in the front of the Malta Independent, where he’s said to have had a positive meeting with the residents of Attard in connection to the Central Link project.
Vera Jourova, the EU’s commissioner for justice, told the Financial Times that “citizenship for sale” schemes in eight member states will come under tougher scrutiny from Brussels as part of a wider drive against money laundering and corruption. (FT/CD)
President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused “economic terrorists” of plotting to harm Turkey by spreading false reports and said they would face the full force of the law, as authorities launched investigations of those suspected of involvement. It has been an excruciating few months for Turkey’s normally hard-charging corporate sector. But every day now seems to become more difficult. Companies in construction, real estate and energy have struggled to contend with a weak lira, and the banks that finance them have also felt the pain. (CD/FT)
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has a row with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter over ceremony for individuals behind Munich massacre. This follows a recent controversy about the issue of semitism which saw the Labour Party and its leader under attack. (The Guardian)
President Donald Trump and former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman faced off in a messy clash that involved an explosive tell-all book, secret recordings, an ethnic slur and plenty of insults — reviving their roles as reality show boss and villain. (AP/NYT/NBC/CD)
Iran will never accept US President Trump’s offer to negotiate – but nor will it start a war with its Western adversary. That’s the message from the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Euronews)
313 people were injured during a festival in Spanish coastal city Vigo after a boardwalk with hundreds of spectators on it collapsed. (CD/ElPais)
North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported following high-level talks in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.
Time is ticking down to a court-ordered deadline Tuesday afternoon to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP)
Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law. (CD/France24)
Peter Strzok, the F.B.I. senior counterintelligence agent who disparaged President Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations, has been fired for violating bureau policies.
Multiple sources report that Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. Media reports on 13 August 2018 state Roger Friedman, a journalist and family friend, made a statement on his website Showbiz 411 on 13 August saying Aretha Franklin is seriously ill and surrounded by her relatives. Franklin was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.