Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Here’s your morning briefing for today covering the front pages of Malta’s newspapers, the revelations from a new book FEAR about ‘fear’ working at the White House under Trump, the ceasefire in Libya and more.




The main news item is the tragic end to the search of 20 year old Neil Zammit, who went missing on Monday, late afternoon while diving in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. Zammit was found dead yesterday.

In other stories we read

L-Orizzont  reports that for now there are no plans for evacuation of Maltese from Libya, though The Time confirms through its sources that the evacuation is imminent.

In Malta the prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks have risen by almost 70 per cent since 2000, according to Eurostat data. The 68.7 per cent increase was the ninth highest within the European Union and was well above the EU average of 43.3 per cent, the figures show. Times of Malta

Platinum International Ltd, the company that has allegedly defrauded clients out of thousands of euros, was never licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority, an MTA spokesperson has told The Malta Independent.  The Malta Independent on Sunday previously reported how the Office for Consumer Affairs (OCA), in collaboration with the MTA and the police, were assessing what legal action can be taken against the company, after a number of people who registered as members with what is known as ‘Escape from Malta’, were left with unpaid hotel bills and nonexistent bookings.

The same company even sent ‘falsified’ bank transfers and flight tickets, as confirmed by the hotel and flights operators, to its clients.

MaltaToday reports that an elderly blind man was reportedly threatened and assaulted when he asked a couple if he could sit in the disabled seating of a bus.  We also read that Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi has been hit by a request for an €800,000 garnishee order by his wife, in ongoing marital separation procedures. The courts yesterday upheld a request to remove the garnishee from Azzopardi’s law firm’s client accounts.

L-Orizzont reports that in the first six months of the year, 2 persons were investigated in connection with human trafficking.

In-Nazzjon continues with the story about Silvio Parnis, who is being accused by the paper of making pressure in a case related to a traffic fine, where he’s said to have sent one of his officials to alter the fine and influence process.


al assad fearPresident Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to FEAR a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as dangerous.


According to reports on 04 September 2018, Russian air forces allegedly bombed the rebel-held province of Idlib in northern Syria ahead of an expected major military offensive by the Syrian Army and its allies to retake the province held by various rebels groups, and is considered to be their last stronghold. Some three million people are estimated to be living in Idlib.


Libya Update (1)A ceasefire has been reached between armed factions fighting over the Libyan capital for more than a week, the United Nations said on Tuesday.  It was the UN Mission in Libya which brokered the ceasefire agreement between the warring groups in Tripoli with the aim to end all hostilities, protect civilians, safeguard public and private property and reopen Mitiga Airport.



Juncker SelmyrThe European Commission on Tuesday defended the appointment of Martin Selmayr as its secretary-general after an EU watchdog said the move “stretched and possibly even overstretched the limits of the law.” The European Ombudsman has found that the EU executive under President Jean-Claude Juncker failed to follow procedures in appointing Martin Selmayr as secretary-general to run the EU civil service and so undermined public trust.


img_3713-2A portion of a bridge in the Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles nose-diving into the wreckage, killing at least one person and possibly trapping several others, government officials said.


French President Emmanuel Macron has named François de Rugy as his new environment minister, the Élysée Palace said in a statement on Tuesday, after his former ecology chief resigned unexpectedly late last month.


corbynAfter months of wrangling, bitter rows and accusations of institutional racism which have dogged the party all summer, sparking fears of a damaging split, Labour on Tuesday finally adopted the internationally-recognized definition of anti-Semitism in a bid to finally put the issue to bed.



trump (2)U.S. President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, diplomats and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.



TyphoonA powerful typhoon killed 10 people in western Japan and an airport company started to transfer some 3,000 stranded passengers by boats from a flooded airport, the government said on Wednesday, as more than a million homes were without power.


Update KavanughJudge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began with a bang, as Democrats moved angrily to adjourn to consider newly released documents and protesters screamed in support. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, called it “mob rule.”



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