• Prince Harry, Elton John and others sue UK paper group over privacy breaches

    LONDON, (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry, singer Elton John and other individuals have launched legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper, alleging phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy, a law firm for some of the group said. Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online, […]

  • More heavy rains forecast for flood-weary Australia's east

    SYDNEY, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Australia’s two most populous states are preparing for heavy rains over the weekend as authorities on Friday urged residents in flood-prone regions to avoid unnecessary travel. Starting late Friday, an intense weather system will bring widespread rain over eastern New South Wales (NSW) and northern Victoria likely resulting in riverine […]

  • U.S. accuses Russia of exploiting Africa resources to fund Ukraine war

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States accused Russian mercenaries of exploiting natural resources in the Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and elsewhere to help fund Moscow’s war in Ukraine, a charge Russia rejected as “anti-Russian rage.” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the Wagner Group of mercenaries are exploiting natural resources […]

  • European Parliament President Says Citizens Must Know Sanctions Are Price Paid For Democracy

    European Parliament President Roberta Metsola hinted that the European Union could impose more sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, saying in an interview with RFE/RL that the bloc’s citizens must understand “the price that is being paid for democracy has to continue to be paid.” Metsola, who spoke with RFE/RL on the sidelines […]

  • Human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus and Ukrainian and Russian NGOs win Nobel Peace Prize

    The 2022 Peace Prize is awarded to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organisation Center for Civil Liberties. The Peace Prize laureates represent civil society in their home countries. They have for many years promoted the right to criticise power and protect the […]

  • EU needs to provide more money to pay for military aid to Ukraine – EU foreign policy chief Borrell

    PRAGUE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell pushed the 27-nation bloc on Friday to earmark more money to pay for the military support of Ukraine. “I will ask the leaders to support the proposal for a new tranche for European Peace Facility to continue providing military support to Ukraine, also to […]

  • National Grid warns Britain could face three-hour power cuts this winter

    LONDON  (Reuters) – Britain could face three-hour planned power cuts to homes and businesses this winter if it cannot import electricity from Europe and struggles to attract enough gas imports to fuel gas-fired power plants, the National Grid warned. The prospect of power cuts comes as Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday called on Europe […]

  • Lebanese banks close again after holdups by depositors seeking their own money

    BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Lebanese banks have unanimously decided to close their doors to clients indefinitely after a series of holdups by depositors seeking funds frozen in the banking system because of the country’s financial meltdown, two bankers told Reuters. Banks will continue urgent operations for clients and back-office services for businesses, the bankers […]

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to civilian EU mission alongside border

    BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The European Council on Friday said Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a civilian EU mission alongside the countries’ border, where the worst fighting between the two ex-Soviet states since 2020 killed more than 200 people late last month. It also said the next meeting of a border delimitation commission […]

  • Erdogan says Turkey still negative on Sweden's NATO bid

    ANKARA, (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey would continue opposing Sweden’s NATO membership bid until its demands are met for a tougher Swedish stance against “terrorist organisations”. “As long as terrorist organisations demonstrate on Swedish streets and terrorists are present in their parliament, our approach to the issue will not be […]

  • Energy consumption rises 7% in 2021 / Malta News Briefing – Friday 7 October 2022

    Updated 1000 Energy consumption rises 7% in 2021 Energy consumption has risen above 2671 gigawatt per hour in 2021, an increase of 7% in just one year. Enemalta plants produced 71% of this supply, while 10% of electricity came from renewable energy, the latter representing an 8.4% increase. Last year the country imported around 30.4% […]

  • EU leaders turn to gas price caps to end energy crunch

    BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – European Union leaders will lock horns on Friday over whether and how to cap gas prices, as they attempt to curb a surge in energy prices that threatens to push the 27-nation bloc into recession and disrupt the EU’s cherished single market. The leaders, meeting in Prague for informal talks, […]