Our morning review
Three magistrates were promoted to judges and three lawyers were sworn in as magistrates in a ceremony that took place at the Palace in Valletta. The appointment of three women magistrates brings the number of women on the bench to 23, higher than that of men for the first time in the country’s history. But the appointments do not come without controversy. The magistrate leading the inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia – Anthony Vella – has been moved up the ranks. Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera was promoted to Judge. Prime Minister Muscat defended her appointment saying that she should have been appointed much before. Scerri Herrera’s appointment was blocked in the past. (Times/Independent)
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had harsh words for NGOs who do not follow international maritime laws and said they need to be better regulated. Muscat said this while speaking in Parliament on Monday afternoon. (Independent)
The partner that Gozo Channel has selected to run a fast ferry service lacked the necessary experience and certification, the Public Contracts Review Board heard yesterday. (Times)
The Auditor General concluded in an investigation that the former mayor of St Paul’s Bay, Graziella Galea, did not use its influence to acquire unjust advantage or to make personal gain. The report by the National Audit Office was made after the ministry responsible for Local Councils requested the office to analyse the conclusions of the Governance Board on allegations that the former mayor acted by breaching the Act on Local Councils and Financial Regulations.
Nine EU Members States along with the UK are set to formalise their commitment to a new intervention force, proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. A letter of intent was signed in Luxembourg on Monday by France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal, French defence minister Florence Parly told the newspaper Le Figaro. Click image to read more.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior authorised the cargo ship Alexander Maersk with 110 migrants on board, to dock at the port of Ragusa after four days waiting for instructions. Click image to read more.
During a visit in Libya, Matteo Salvini said that Italy is ready to provide Libya with “technical and economic support to guarantee security in the Mediterranean together and to strengthen investigative cooperation and security cooperation”. For its part, the Libyan government “categorically refuses” the proposal circulated in the European context to create “camps for migrants in the country”. Click image to read more.
Nearly a thousand migrants were rescued on Sunday by the Libyan coastguard and ten bodies recovered from the sea. Mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, the 948 migrants had taken to sea in three inflatable boats with hopes of reaching Europe. Click image to read more.
While we read and we’re aware of the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea, Associated Press carries a heart breaking detailed report about how Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, stranding them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). Click image to read more.
Matteo Salvini’s position at the heart of Italy’s new coalition government was bolstered after his candidates made big gains in municipal elections, including the capture of a trio of leftwing strongholds in Tuscany from the centre-left Democratic party.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he will not hesitate to retaliate against the U.S. on trade adding that while in the West ‘you have the notion that if somebody hits you on the left cheek, you turn the other cheek, in our culture, we punch back’. Click image to read more.
President Donald Trump said that people who “invade” the U.S. must immediately be sent back to their countries and not be given a court hearing. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the U.S. immigration system is “laughed at all over the world” and is “very unfair” to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry. Click image to read more.
British MPs have voted 415-119 in favour of building a £14bn third runway at Heathrow Airport.Prime Minister Theresa May’s government agreed to the £14 billion (US$18.5 billion) plan earlier this month, saying it would provide a major boost to the economy.
The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tel Aviv as part of a historic five-day Middle East tour, on which he will become the first British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Click image to read more.
A senior Palestinian negotiator has accused the United States of trying to topple the government of President Mahmoud Abbas, insisting that Washington has disqualified itself from any possible role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Click image to read more.
Spain, courtesy of a double drama in the last minute, are heading for Moscow on Sunday to face hosts Russia in the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The 2010 world champions topped Group B after a remarkable turnaround in the last minutes of their 2-2 draw with Morocco in Kaliningrad — just as European title-holders Portugal were being hauled back to 1-1 by Iran in Saransk. Click image to read more.