Wednesday Morning Briefing

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The main development of the past hours concerns Libya as rockets were fired on the road to Tripoli Airport and the IS claimed that responsibility for the attack on the NOC. The last SOTEU speech by EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker will take place against a backdrop of a very particular juncture in the EU’s history. During the night an earthquake was reported in Macerata, Italy.

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Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his final “State of the Union” speech on 12 September 2018.

Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya’s capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli, Reuters said. The Libya Observer said that the rockets caused fire as clashes reported on the Airport Road and reports say some residents have been injured. CD/Reuters/LO

A U.N. panel of experts on Libya said Tuesday that Belgium is in violation of international sanctions targeting assets once owned by the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Politico

Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. AP

The United States warned Iran on Tuesday it will “respond swiftly and decisively” to any attacks by Tehran’s allies in Iraq that result in injury to Americans or damage to U.S. facilities. Reuters

The deeply troubled state of the European Union was on full display in Strasbourg on Tuesday as senior EU officials lambasted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for trampling democratic freedoms and undermining fundamental rights. Orbán fired back, accusing the guardians of the EU treaties of hypocrisy, abuse of power, and violating Hungary’s national sovereignty. Politico

Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, said Tuesday he will vote for a motion declaring Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government is at risk of breaching core EU values — but will give other members of the center-right group a free vote. CD

Pope Francis will meet on Thursday with U.S. Catholic Church leaders who want to discuss the fallout from a scandal involving a former American cardinal and demands from an archbishop that the pontiff step down.

EU lawmakers are set to vote on a controversial copyright reform that could change how internet companies treat uploaded content from users. BBC

The Irish government has said that Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November – a trip that would have been his first as US president – will not go ahead because of scheduling issues. But Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, seemed to contradict that view by saying that no decision had yet been made.  The Guardian

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 was recorded at 23:57 yesterday in the province of Macerata. According to the surveys of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv), the earthquake has had a hypocenter at 7 km of depth and epicenter 4 km east of Ussita. No damages to people or things were reported at the moment. Corriere della Sera

Around one million Catalans rallied in Barcelona on Tuesday, banging drums and blowing whistles in a show of support for independence nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain. France 24

Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, the hugely popular but jailed former Brazilian president, has withdrawn his candidacy for the country’s top seat ahead of a general election next month. Al Jazeera


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The Times  leads with a photo story showing the Lifeline captain Claus-Peter Reisch accompanied by volunteers protesting the continued delays in his court case. They walked down Republic Street, Valletta, wearing masks representing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other political personalities. So does the Malta Independent.

In-Nazzjon, the Malta Independent and Malta Today report about the court case the Leader of the Opposition is doing against the Attorney General. A lawyer for Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia yesterday told a judge that his client’s constitutional role was being suppressed by the attorney general.

The Times also reports that adults in Malta consume between one and two alcoholic drinks every day, a study published in world-renowned medical journal The Lancet has found.

In another story we read that demolition of old buildings often runs into opposition from nearby residents but in the case of a century-old house in Santa Venera, the ‘residents’ are of a different sort: a colony of roosting bats that appears to have settled in the house or its garden.

MaltaToday leads with the story that the court heard how the teen, charged with the attempted murder of  a policeman, was given drugs by his mother since he was 9 to put him to sleep.

MaltaToday also reports that rescue charity Sea-Watch has warned it will hold the Maltese government responsible for “deliberately” and arbitrarily detaining the ship Sea-Watch 3 for over two months, without legal justification.

L-Orizzont carries comments by GWU secretary general, Josef Bugeja, about the issue of the increase in the price of rents, which went up at a much higher rate than the increase in the cost of living.

 

 


The Headline Roundup

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