Daphne Caruana Galizia

US orders Chinese Consulate in Houston closed; Middleman in Malta journalist's murder in critical condition; Scream into Iceland’s abyss

The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston. And, the self-confessed middleman in the 2017 murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is in critical condition with knife wounds today, hours before he was due to give evidence in the case. Also, US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum that would prevent undocumented immigrants in the US from being counted when US congressional voting districts are next redrawn.

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The car bomb and the journalist: the murder that showed the 'Two Maltas'

It was just before three o’clock in the afternoon on Oct. 16 when Malta’s most famous, outspoken blogger got into her car for what was to be the last time. Minutes later, a bomb planted under the driver’s seat flung the vehicle into a field beside the road. Daphne Caruana Galizia, who’d relentlessly attacked corruption in the tiny island nation, was dead.