The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press:
The Sunday Times reveals reforms for the judiciary including higher pay for judges and swifter judgements.
The Malta Independent on Sunday says 75 Iranian ships have been struck off the Maltese register. It also says more companies are adopting flexible working practicses.
MaltaToday says lawyer Deborah Schembri, former leader of the divorce campaign, has taken the lion's share of divorce cases in court.
It-Torca features the traumatic experience of Joseph Micallef, who as a boy was taken to Australia. It also says Minister Dolores Cristina does not want to transfer her office, despite spending made on a new one.
Il-Mument leads with the opening of a new public garden in Gozo.
KullHadd writes on a network by the clique of Austin Gatt which is influencing the government.
Illum features Charmaine Borg the youngest MP in Canada.
The overseas press
Officials in Iran say 180 people have been killed in two strong earthquakes just 11 minutes apart in the country's northwest, near the city of Tabriz. More than 1,300 people are estimated to have been injured in Saturday's mid-afternoon quakes. State television Press TV reported at least six villages were completely raised to the ground, while 60 others sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 percent. Both Tehran University and the US Geological Survey put the magnitude of both quakes at six or above. The Red Crescent aid society says it has given emergency shelter to about 16,000 people and was sending in more supplies.
Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reports Arab foreign ministers hold an “urgent meeting” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, today to discuss the conflict in Syria. They are expected to discuss a new international envoy to replace Kofi Annan, who resigned early this month. The Arab meeting follows consultations on the crisis in Istanbul yesterday by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. They announced the creation of a new working group to deal with the threats emanating from the deteriorating regime of Syria’s Bashar Al- Assad, including refugees, terrorism and chemical weapons. Davutoglu said some of the attacks by Syrian government forces are war crimes.
The Jerusalem Post reports a group of armed men opened fire on Sunday on peacekeeping troops in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on the border with Israel. A security source in Sinai said one was injured. The incident came just days after the start of a military operation in the area against terrorists suspected of being behind a bloody attack on Egyptian border guards last Sunday, which killed 16.
Appearing for the first time as Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan attacked President Barack Obama for what he called a "record of failure". The Wall Street Journal quotes the seven-term congressman saying Obama had led the "worst economic recovery in 70 years". He noted that unemployment has been above eight per cent for more than three years – the longest stretch since the Great Depression. At 42, Ryan is a generation younger than the 65-year-old Romney.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that Obama's campaign released a statement criticizing Ryan for sharing Romney's commitment to the flawed theory that new budget tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, would somehow deliver a stronger economy. As House budget chairman, Ryan had proposed unpopular cuts in government health programmes for the elderly and poor.
The BBC reports that Stuart Hazell, 37, the partner of Tia Sharp's grandmother has been charged with murdering the 12-year-old. He will appear before magistrates on Monday. Tia was reported missing on August 3, having last been seen at the home of her grandmother Christine Sharp, 46, in New Addington, Croydon. On Friday police found a body at Ms Sharp's house. On Saturday Scotland Yard apologised to Tia's mother, Natalie, over the time it took to find the body at Ms Sharp's house, blaming "human error". The body was discovered after three earlier searches. Police admitted the body should have been found last Sunday.
The Times of India says at least 52 people were killed when a crowded passenger bus fell into a deep gorge in northern India. The police said the driver lost control of the vehicle and the bus then plunged more than 100 metres into the gorge. Police figures show India has the world’s highest road death toll, with more than 110,000 people dying each year in accidents commonly caused by overcrowding, speeding, and poor vehicle and road maintenance.
Bangladesh News reports 10 worshippers have been killed and some 20 others were injured when they were hit by lightning outside a mosque in the northeast of Bangladesh. The victims were struck by the lightning as they were leaving the mosque after special prayers tied to the holy month of Ramadan.
Mo Farah's gold in the 5,000m dominates the front page of most of the British national papers this Sunday. The 29-year-old becomes the sixth man in Olympic history to take the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the same games. Sky News quotes London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, a two-time Olympic 1500m champion, saying Mo Farah is a distance running great and arguably the best British runner of all time.
Meanwhile, Voice of America says the world’s fastest man has done what no man has done before: an Olympic triple double! At the London games on Saturday, Usian Bolt anchored the Jamaicans to victory in the 4x100m relay in a world-record time of 36.84 seconds. The win follows his first-place finishes in London in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. He also captured all three races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (10 p.m. Malta time) is set to celebrate the amazing sporting feats of the athletes who have taken part in the Games with a fun, colourful and festive party. Associated Press predicts the ceremony would feature an appearance by the Spice Girls, who would be joined by a hit parade of British music acts, including The Who, George Michael, Muse, Annie Lennox and the Pet Shop Boys, for what artistic director Kim Gavin calls "a mashed-up symphony" of British hits. The ceremony ends a Summer Games that have gone far better than many had predicted. Gavin says he wants the ceremony to be "the best after-show party that's ever been".