Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Matteo Salvini denounces photos of people stranded at sea by Libya as fake after being accused that this is a result of his action.

Donald Trump blames his ‘phonetics’ and ‘grammar’ for being understood correct on something he didn’t actually want to say.

Theresa May survives another day by just 6 votes in a crucial Brexit law.

As Obama said, we’re living strange and uncertain times.

Our morning briefing on what happened and how is reported follows.


Migrants 5.pngLibya would have left a woman and a child dead who were on board a boat in distress.  This is reported by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms publishing on twitter the photos of the two bodies at sea, among the remains of a boat.

The version released by the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, according to which there would have been an omission of relief from the Libyans, “is a fake news”.



Trump Putin InfamyDonald Trump has backtracked on his claim that he “didn’t see any reason” why Russia would be involved in US election meddling. “In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’.”Mr Trump was speaking after returning from the Helsinki summit to widespread anger over his performance during a news conference with Vladimir Putin.



Trump JunckerThe president of the European Commission is to travel to Washington for meetings with Donald Trump as relations between the EU and US hit their lowest point in recent memory.



T MayTheresa May has seen off a damaging defeat in the House of Commons after Tory Remainer rebels attempted to force her to change her Brexit strategy.



Vote LeaveVote Leave has been fined £61,000 and reported to the police by the Electoral Commission, after the watchdog found “significant evidence” of coordination with another campaign group, BeLeave.



Newspaper Headlines Malta

Brussels put political pressure on the European Banking Authority to “rush and act” and make an example of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, Maltese Finance Minister Edward Scicluna charges. Times of Malta


The teachers’ union has warned it will register an industrial dispute with the Education Ministry over a decision to centralise printing at State schools. Times of Malta



Libya Elections UNThe United Nations envoy to Libya briefed the UN Security Council on Monday about the latest developments in the country, urging member states to use pressure on “some parties who are still hindering the efforts to hold elections in the war-torn country.”



OBAMAFormer US president Barack Obama has used his first high-profile speech since stepping down as US President to say “you have to believe in facts”. Obama made no direct reference to his successor but warned that the “politics of fear and resentment” were spreading across the world.



Google EUThe EU is set to fine US internet giant Google several billion euros this week for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system, sources said, in a ruling that risks fresh tensions with Washington.  Reports were also confirmed through other outlets like Bloomberg.


Newspaper-Review-3254639422-1525074685113Australia is planning to ban Huawei’s planned 5G network in the country, after intelligence agencies raised concerns that the company could be forced to hand over sensitive data to the Chinese central government, Reuters has reported.

The report was published two days before the government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the telecommunications giant to co-operate on 5G, with the possibility of a trial of the technology being introduced to Maltese businesses and citizens in October. Malta Independent



Gaza Shooting

Israel tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday partly over kites carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland as concerns mounted over whether the rudimentary devices could spark another war.



Newspaper Headlines Malta

The animal park at Montekristo Estate is illegal but this did not stop construction magnate Charles Polidano from advertising it as an attraction for his Fiera l-Kbira. The company’s lawyer said that the place was advertised by mistake. MaltaToday


The Court of Appeals has dismissed as “frivolous and vexatious”, an appeal by car leasing company Burmarrad Commercials against a decision by the Department of Contracts to repeal a contract for the leasing of eight vehicles worth €469,000. MaltaToday


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