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Two brothers admitted to assassinating Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and have been sentenced to 40 years in prison, just days shy of the five-year anniversary of the brutal car-bomb killing.

Alfred and George Degiorgio, aged 57 and 59 respectively, initially entered pleas of “not guilty” when their trial began in Malta on Friday morning — but by the afternoon, the pair reversed course and pled guilty to  their part in the murder, according to the Times of Malta.

Caruana Galizia was a prominent columnist and investigative reporter whose work focused on political corruption and organized crime in the tiny island nation. Her follow-up reporting on the Panama Papers in 2016 made international headlines and included an investigation into alleged links between offshore business deals and Malta’s top politicians.

She was killed by a car bomb outside her home in Bidnija, Malta, on Oct. 16, 2017.

According to prosecutors, the Degiorgio brothers were hired to murder Caruana Galizia by Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who has been charged separately and awaits trial. Fenech denies the allegation.

The Degiorgio brothers were arrested in the wake of the killing, and were accused of remotely detonating a bomb that was placed under the driver’s seat of Caruana Galizia’s car. After fighting the case for more than five years, the pair admitted to the six charges against them on Friday, including wilful homicide, criminal conspiracy and more.

“This is an important step forward, to deliver justice in a case that represents a dark chapter in Malta’s history,” Prime Minister Robert Abela’s government said in a statement.

Matthew Caruana Galizia, Daphne’s son and a former web developer for ICIJ, told reporters that it had taken “far too long” for the case to make it to this point.

“I’m relieved that they have been convicted and sentenced. Now it’s about the remaining cases,” he said, referring to charges against Fenech as well as two men charged with supplying the bomb. An accomplice, Vincent Muscat, is already serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to his part in the killing.

Sunday marked five years since Caruana Galizia’s death. The anniversary was commemorated by events around Europe, including a gathering at the site of the bombing, a demonstration attended by more than 1,000 people in Malta’s capital, a vigil in Brussels, a two-week-long festival in London, and more. Members of the European Parliament called for a motion for a resolution on the rule of law in Malta, which has been subject to an official European Union investigation over allegations of corruption and the failing of its justice system.

Caruana Galizia’s murder brought international attention to bear on Malta and its government, and kicked off years of protests and unrest that led to multiple resignations of high profile politicians and officials.

Joseph Muscat, prime minister at the time of the murder, resigned in January 2020. An inquiry conducted by former judges and released in 2021 singled out the country’s former prime minister and his entire cabinet as bearing responsibility for the journalist’s death. The report accused the Maltese state of creating a pervasive “atmosphere of impunity” that allowed her killers to believe they’d face minimal consequences.

“The state should shoulder responsibility for the assassination,” the inquiry board wrote.

Speaking at the Sunday night gathering in Valetta, Reporters Without Borders’ Pavol Szalai said it was important that Malta continue to pursue justice for Caruana Galizia’s murder, the Times of Malta reported.

“Since Daphne was killed five years ago, four journalists have been assassinated in the European Union,” he said. “We have not yet seen full justice served for any of those murders.”

“We still need full justice to be served – for the family, for Maltese journalists, for the country. Malta needs this for its own healing.”

Missiles strike Russian city of Belgorod, Russian-held Donetsk

posted on Oct 16 2022 17:02:54 UTC by TRT World via TRT World

Barrage of missiles landed inside Belgorod city on Sunday, hitting an oil depot and the airport. In a town nearby, 11 soldiers died after two servicemen opened fire at them at a Russian military training camp. Elsewhere, missiles hit an administrative block of the Russian-held Donetsk city. The incidents are a stark reminder that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine shows no signs of abating. On the frontlines, Russia says it’s managed to repel Ukrainian forces gaining ground, but Kiev is keeping up the pressure. Rahul Radhakrishnan has this report.

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Положение РФ в войне с Украиной ухудшается с каждой неделей, заявил бывший командующий войсками США в Европе Бен Ходжес. “Говорят, что война – это испытание воли и логистики – и у Украины есть огромное превосходство по обоим этим пунктам”, – считает он dw.com/a-63454482?mac…

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⚡ Israeli minister: Time has come for Israel to support Ukraine.

The delivery of Iranian ballistic missiles to Russia impels Israel to deliver military aid to Ukraine, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai wrote on Twitter.

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Более 60 тысяч евреев решили уехать из России в Израиль после начала войны РФ против Украины, пишет The Guardian. За последние семь месяцев как минимум 26 тысяч прибыли в Израиль, а еще 35 тысяч подали документы на репатриацию

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Ukraine asks ‘Star Wars’ legend for help in fight against Putin

posted on Oct 16 2022 12:59:36 UTC by CNN via CNN

Actor Mark Hamill, known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” franchise, discusses his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. #CNN #News

Father Pfleger removed while another investigation is launched into a child sex abuse allegation

posted on Oct 16 2022 13:00:58 UTC (updated on Sun Oct 16, 2022 16:58) by WGN News via WGN News

The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement Saturday letting parishioners of a South Side church know a pastor had been removed while a child sexual abuse allegation is investigated.

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posted on Oct 16 2022 13:27:08 UTC by USA Radio via USA Radio News
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