The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press:
The Times reports how soldiers made up a story when they realized how a migrant who was in their custody had died. It also says that Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando is to hand the PN a list of witnesses he wishes to have heard in connections with his allegations against Richard Cachia Caruana.
The Malta Independent quotes Prof Henry Frendo saying the current situation in the PN is unusual but not unprecedented.
l-orizzont gives priority to proposals made by the GWU to the political parties.
In-Nazzjon reports that Malta is to open a consulate in Misurata.
The overseas press
Egypt Independent reports the Egyptian parliament would reconvene later today, risking a showdown with the army after the new Islamist president defied the generals by quashing the dissolution of the legislature they had ordered last month. Quoted by state news agency Mena on Monday, Speaker Saad al-Katatny, who like President Mohamed Morsi hails from the long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood, said the lower house would sit from noon, overturning a court judgment and military order issued a month ago, before Morsi’s election. The move, heralded by a decree issued by Morsi on Sunday, barely a week after he took office, threatens Egypt with fresh political uncertainty.Thousands of people have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square ahead of the parliamentary meeting.
L’Echo says the 17 eurozone finance ministers have agreed to offer Spain an initial €30 billion by the end of the month to help its ailing banks. The agreement was reached at meeting in Brussels after nine hours of talks. The ministers also agreed to extend by one year the deadline for Spain to reduce its public deficit to the EU limit of three per cent.
According to The Irish Independent, an independent Irish MP, Thomas Pringle, has said he would be appealing yesterday's High Court ruling which allowed the state to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty. His lawyers have argued the €500 billion rescue fund breaches the Irish Constitution, EU treaties and EU law. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy has refused to grant an injunction halting ratification of the ESM Treaty but she has decided to refer to the European Court a point of law about procedures relating to the effect and operability of the stability mechanism.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has told MidWest Radio Irish people have to deal with the economic challenges ahead. His comments came after a report found nearly two million people in Ireland have just €100 to spend a month after paying essential bills. According to the Irish League of Credit Unions, half a million have no disposable income at all. Kenny said that he would not disparage the report, but €3.5 billion of budget cuts would still have to be implemented.
Romania Post says the country’s constitutional court has ruled that Friday’s vote in parliament to suspend President Traian Basescu was legal. The prime minister accused him of exceeding his authority and of meddling in the country’s institutions. In a separate ruling, the court decided that an attempt by parliament to reduce the court’s powers to oversee parliamentary decisions was unconstitutional.
Euronews reports a survivor of a massacre in Bosnia has become the first prosecution witness in the genocide trial of the former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic. Elvin Pasic held back tears as he gave a dramatic account of an attack by Serb forces on his home village in 1992. Gen Mladic is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The 70-year-old ex-army chief denies the charges.
Le Parisien confirms that the police in France have launched an investigation into how a TV channel came to broadcast recordings of conversations between the Islamist killer Mohamed Merah and the police. He killed seven people in Toulouse in March before being shot dead in a siege.
Ad Dustour reports that prosecutors in Jordan have began an investigation into a member of parliament who pulled a gun on a rival in a live TV show. Mohammad Shawabka pointed a revolver at Mansour Murad during a debate about Syria after Murad called him an Israeli spy.
Ansa says Italian prosecutors were investigating corruption in funeral parlours in Naples. They said medical workers were being bribed to tip off funeral firms of recent deaths and promote the services of particular companies. Three arrests have been made.
People Magazine confirms that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached an agreement to settle their divorce. In a joint statement released on Monday, the pair said they were "working together" to settle custody of their daughter Suri, six. The divorce had raised speculation among Hollywood media that the couple differed on raising Suri as a Scientologist. Neither Holmes nor Cruise's legal team would comment.